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Old Yesterday, 08:06 AM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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20 years is a LONG time to hate life.
But I know people who waited 40+ years with nothing in return except Social Security...
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Old Yesterday, 08:48 AM
 
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But I know people who waited 40+ years with nothing in return except Social Security...
Exactly!
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Old Yesterday, 09:51 AM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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22 famous people who served in the military
Nov. 15, 2016, 9:04 AM

and apparently did not make it to military retirement...

An interesting read.

Famous people who served in the military - Business Insider
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Old Yesterday, 02:04 PM
 
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Well like what most of the general public already thinks about the Air Force, it is run like a major corporation and it is the "lesser"of the branches when it comes to being under a strict regime 24/7, so the discipline aspect is basically waking up on time for work, maintaining your finances, attending PT when required, maintaining your physical appearance, etc.....easy stuff and like Chris Rock once said "THAT'S THE STUFF YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO DO!!" lol
Oh yea I have heard the AF is the best branch of miltiary, had I done the AF I would probably still be in. The other branches, living in the field and mass deployments no thanks. i did the army gaurd and that was just a small taste of the military and between that and basic training, no thanks. I will just have to worry about the crony second world economy and hear all the scuttle butt of christmas time lay offs withtout the pension coming in, such is life.


The saddest part is that soildiering skills can be learned and training accomplished even at the marine corp level without the extreme loss of family time, this is done because we are an expidtionary military which I think is the other top tier reason people wanted out bad. People were tired of being deployed away from the wife for exagerated amounts of time.


Of course if we were not expeditionary we would probably only have like a 100,000 person total military force and then draft when WW3 hit.
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Old Yesterday, 02:06 PM
 
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22 famous people who served in the military
Nov. 15, 2016, 9:04 AM

and apparently did not make it to military retirement...

An interesting read.

Famous people who served in the military - Business Insider
You dont think this is a red herring? I would also be curious to see these guys contracts and if they had speical writers or if they just go the standard "needs of the miltiary" contracts?
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Old Yesterday, 09:47 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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They didnt buy a house, have nightly sex with the wife becasue they were not in a tent in iraq, buy some investment properties, sit at the coffee house with friends on weekends becasue they were not in iraq in a dirty tent.


When it boils right down to it, it was the lack of sex living in a dirty tent in iraq that did it for me. IF we had a belgian military I would probably have gone career. The money is secondary to quality of life.
You're obviously not military material. Thank you for not serving.
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Old Today, 02:40 AM
 
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You're obviously not military material. Thank you for not serving.
How many people are? Did you enjoy iraq, have a good time there? Would the USA have been invaded if we had not gone there? From my little bit of time in the gaurd I know that people were classified as "real soldiers" and then the ones everyone knew would get out as soon as possible.


Out of a 1.5 million man military would you say that what 1% of that are "military material"? Were you part of the 1% that relished being away from your wife and/or kids?


So is Belgium/switzerland not real militaries because they are not compulary expidiationary? I am pretty sure that Germany beat out the USA as far as competency in tank warfare, but they are not going to iraq in droves during the bush and obama adminstrations, so they are also not real military material?


unless your just trying to goad me since this is a strict subforum.
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Old Today, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Astana, Kazakhstan
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No. I do, however, wish I'd picked a different career field when joining though. I joined the Air Force hoping to work in the space lift program in either Florida or California. Not knowing any better, I was shuffled into a gig as a cruise missile technician and was posted to Barksdale AFB in Shreveport, Louisiana. The job was incredibly boring, restrictive, and unchallenging (yet required a high ASVAB score) and I hated Shreveport. It got to be just a job, which I didn't particularly care for, to me. I never got the satisfaction of seeing the results of my work, nor did I ever want to. Were I to do it over again I would have gone for linguistics or a network engineering job.

I obtained an Associates degree and attempted to pursue the Bootstrap program but I was turned off by the attitude of some Lieutenants running the ROTC program at a school I visited. My dad, a reserve Chief Master Sergeant was pretty disgusted by them as well. Maybe I should have been more persistent but I think things worked out for the best.

I probably got more out of it that I put in though. I used the GI Bill to get a Bachelor's degree and for a semester of law school. I used Veteran's Preference to get other government jobs and I used the VA when I didn't have health insurance.
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Old Today, 08:09 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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How many people are? Did you enjoy iraq, have a good time there? Would the USA have been invaded if we had not gone there? From my little bit of time in the gaurd I know that people were classified as "real soldiers" and then the ones everyone knew would get out as soon as possible.


Out of a 1.5 million man military would you say that what 1% of that are "military material"? Were you part of the 1% that relished being away from your wife and/or kids?


So is Belgium/switzerland not real militaries because they are not compulary expidiationary? I am pretty sure that Germany beat out the USA as far as competency in tank warfare, but they are not going to iraq in droves during the bush and obama adminstrations, so they are also not real military material?


unless your just trying to goad me since this is a strict subforum.
I served in Afghanistan, not Iraq. And I didn't go there to enjoy myself. I served my country and did my duty, as did so many others.
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