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Old 01-02-2018, 08:30 PM
 
Location: Aridzona
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I joined the service and went active duty in 1976. The USAF trained me as a med lab tech, something I had wanted for years knowing it would serve me well after the service when the GI Bill would allow me to attend college. That GI Bill helped me earn both a bachelorís degree and it helped for most of a masters.

Iíll retire at some point this year and I canít help but think the service helped me to be successful. My training helped to give me a great part time job both during and after the service when I was in college. Twice, I walked into a hospital looking for a job, twice I walked out with a job pending paperwork of course.

If you know someone in high school who doesnít have money for college, could use a few years to ďgrow upĒ and is willing to work hard, the service is still a great option. I got to serve with some great people in a time when most in the US turned their backs on the military but that didnít matter to us. We did our jobs and we were there for each other.
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Old 01-10-2018, 03:49 AM
 
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Thanks for your service and sharing your story. I'm glad to hear your decision as a young person helped you out in your life and career. I hope that at least some of CD's younger readers will take your post seriously in their future decisions. I do still think joining the military can be an solid avenue for some disadvantaged youth who come from a difficult or troubled background. Or quite simply some of them are just having a hard time figuring out what to do in deciding a career path.

Now with having the ability to search internet, younger people have many options before their curious eyes without realizing how much it can help them now and in the future.
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Old Today, 04:51 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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I joined the Navy in 1975 after working dead-end jobs because I had no real skills. Military people weren't well-liked after the Vietnam war, but fortunately I didn't care what other people thought of me anyway. Becoming a Hospital Corpsman opened my eyes to all kinds of health care related fields I could pursue. The GI Bill helped pay for undergraduate and graduate degrees, and 43 years later, I'm still employed in health care. As you said, the military has a lot to offer someone who is willing to work hard and put in the time. It wasn't all fun and games, but I managed to have some great times during those four years, too.
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Old Today, 09:40 PM
 
Location: Aridzona
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I joined the Navy in 1975 after working dead-end jobs because I had no real skills. Military people weren't well-liked after the Vietnam war, but fortunately I didn't care what other people thought of me anyway. Becoming a Hospital Corpsman opened my eyes to all kinds of health care related fields I could pursue. The GI Bill helped pay for undergraduate and graduate degrees, and 43 years later, I'm still employed in health care. As you said, the military has a lot to offer someone who is willing to work hard and put in the time. It wasn't all fun and games, but I managed to have some great times during those four years, too.
Feels pretty good doesnít it? All of your/our hard work is paying off!

Agreed on the Vietnam war comments. I was set upon by a drunk in the airport in Dallas on the way home at Christmas, 1976...we were told to wear dress blues. He ended up stuffed and cuffed with a bloody nose. Luckily, a vet stood helped explain to the cops what occurred and I made my flight home. Took me a while to understand why I was targeted. Yep, young and maybe a little green.
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