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Old 06-26-2017, 11:18 AM
 
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I had 6 years in The USAF, I went in after I reached 18 and had no prospects. I was stationed in a bad tiny town, finally became Staff Sargent. I hated being here though I did get to go to Germany and many other places which made me love being in the Military. I felt I missed my family very much, I wasn't married like many other guys my age, my Parents kept saying that was good for me, and it was.

I guess because I lived in Poor Towns my mindset got changed but not challenged, I became increasingly lazy and wanted out, my head was full of ridiculous things like creating a business of my own, and going back to school for Electronics....sure but I am bad at math. I was told by my Grandmother who I listened to allot not to give up and go for retirement, which I truly could have...but again I was lazy and listened to my friends who had already left.

So now two years out I tried finishing my school here in LA, I am from Colorado Springs, CO. I decided to try and beat myself up and go nails to the wall and do something with my life. I was going to move to Portland, OR where my Grandmother is, but just like LA its way too expensive to live.

I felt like I was 18 all over again with no prospects once again. I used all my money foolishly and never listened to my Grandmother who always looked out for me. Really looking back on it now, I have two more months before I will loose my tenure for good, so I am going back so I can retake something different and at least retire when I am 42.....and being out truly was not as nice as being in like I thought. I was not ready to leave, though I thought I was.

I know this is right for me, being out all I do is play games and try ways to meet girls. I have found that girls complicate things for me. I need to be solid first, Military in all its bad and good was that for me. I am not a strong person, and I guess the Military pushed me to exceed which I didn't want to do...but in the real world you either do or fail. Since I would have to do this myself, its not working for me.

I am glad I learned this lesson before I lost everything, so back I go and I am going to be stationed in Austin Texas, now that I can live with!
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Old 06-26-2017, 11:34 AM
 
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Interesting post learned

Don't sweat your 'what you didn't knows', you are on your way to a good place. These detours make us who we are in the end. I think we all have these zig zags

Good luck
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Old 06-26-2017, 11:44 AM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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I think we all have these zig zags

Good luck
Yep... And it sounds better as "zig zags"...
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Old 06-26-2017, 02:46 PM
 
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
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I don't miss it, but when I completed 4 years of active duty in 1970, there were no open billets in the USNR stations near where I lived, which was too bad. I could have used the retirement income and the yearly reserve cruises were a joke. You were treated like excess baggage and really didn't have to lift finger, based on my active duty experience.
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Old 06-26-2017, 03:40 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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Nope. I did six years in the Marine Corps. By the end of my enlistment I was married and didn't want to raise a family that had to move every three years. There was no Marine Reserve in Alaska at the time, so I joined the National Guard. I did that for almost 26 years. That turned out to be the best of both worlds. Six years of active duty gave me a lot of retirement points and the Guard time allowed me to continue my military career at home. And I still got a pension out of it.
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Old 07-03-2017, 11:52 PM
 
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I regret a lot maybe because I am at the age I would have been retiring. Time has flown by I am not sure if it would have gone faster or slower if I stayed in. I am glad I used my gi Bill. Sometimes when I miss the navy and it happens when I see friends still in on Facebook some of who are now master chiefs and officers I miss it. But then I remind myself of the lifestyle and how much being underway sucked and was miserable at times on double four to eight watch only 3 hours of sleep a night for three months then i say maybe I needed too go out not sure if I could of handled 20 years. There was also the drinking culture I am not sure where that would have taken me., but I miss my close friends never maid those kind of friends again maybe never will.
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Old 07-04-2017, 12:31 AM
 
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Nope. I did 4 years as an AF officer. My job sucked. I never slept. I was diagnosed with prediabetes and high cholesterol in my 20s.

I've been out for 1.5 years. I live in a big city and have a good job. I no longer have prediabetes or high cholesterol, despite eating whatever I want and not exercising. I'm not under nearly as much stress and could actually sleep now.

I think that if I would have done 20, I probably would have had a heart attack by my 40th birthday.
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Old 07-04-2017, 06:15 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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I've wondered what % of my Army enlisted basic training group (or even Officer Basic) group ended up making it a career (like I did).

Probably not very many......

I know a few stories of people who got out very late in their careers (a year or two short of 20). One was an oral surgeon COL (0-6). Another was an E-7 NCO Jevohah Witness....and another LTC (0-5) Army Nurse who wanted out of another deployment to be w/ her children (I think she returned later to get to 20 yrs).
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Old 07-04-2017, 10:20 AM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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Not for the last 50 years or so. Thankfully the VA now provides help from the PTSD and Diabetes earned by being on the Mekong River in 66 - 67. Some of the memories are difficult to process and Agent Orange is the gift that keeps on giving.
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Old 07-04-2017, 11:10 PM
 
Location: Old Mother Idaho
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No. I enlisted to go see the world for four years, and got exactly what I wanted. Made as much rank as I could, came out with a clean record, and was glad I did it, but I never thought of making the military a career.
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