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View Poll Results: Branch of Service and Current Status
USAF 26 23.01%
Navy 26 23.01%
Army 29 25.66%
Marines 10 8.85%
Coast Guard 6 5.31%
Active 8 7.08%
Retired 41 36.28%
Active Guard 10 8.85%
Active Reserve 6 5.31%
"former" military 32 28.32%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 113. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 07-20-2008, 07:27 AM
 
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I consider "Retired" to be someone who served the full 20 years plus and is now drawing a pension. However, how would all of you classify someone who just did a stint and is now merely "former" military? Or more specifically, how would our OP classify someone like that? Especially for the purposes of this poll?
Anyone who has completed their initial commitment & was discharged honorably is a veteran.

Those "someone's like that" comprise about 75% of the military, so thank goodness we have those who are willing to do "stints".
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Old 07-20-2008, 07:42 AM
 
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I consider "Retired" to be someone who served the full 20 years plus and is now drawing a pension. However, how would all of you classify someone who just did a stint and is now merely "former" military? Or more specifically, how would our OP classify someone like that? Especially for the purposes of this poll?
Someone who is retired has put in 20+ years in the military. The only time you would be put into retirement before that 20 is if your medically retired.
If you serve less than 20 your considered a vetran.

OP ?- My husband is Active Duty Army
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Old 07-20-2008, 09:20 AM
 
Location: Fort Worth/Dallas
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Army. I've been out for awhile though..
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Old 07-20-2008, 01:49 PM
 
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Someone who is retired has put in 20+ years in the military. The only time you would be put into retirement before that 20 is if your medically retired.
If you serve less than 20 your considered a veteran.
Ladybug, you are correct (with one minor exception). In order to draw down the forces somewhat, the USAF (and I believe all of the other branches) authorized a limited number of enlisted members with 15 or more years in to take an "early" retirement. This happened in 1995 or so. There was a considerable loss of retirement income, but some of those eligible took the military up on it. One of my shop's best Tech Sergeants took the money and ran...
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Old 07-20-2008, 03:01 PM
 
Location: Des Moines, IA
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USMC 1999-2005. I picked "retired" because I think that's what the OP meant.
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Old 07-20-2008, 08:34 PM
 
Location: Living in Paradise
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I added "former" military to the poll.
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Old 07-20-2008, 10:45 PM
 
Location: Canyon Lake & northern VA
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Voted Navy retired but that actually describes my husband who is not a member of CD.
Lori
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Old 07-21-2008, 06:33 AM
 
Location: West Texas
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Retired Navy. 1982-2003. Initially came in as an Electronics Technician... switched to Intelligence Specialist in 1984. Enlisted. Specialized in satellite imagery analsysis.
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Old 07-21-2008, 05:52 PM
 
Location: hinesburg, vt
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USAR 1979-1983
USAF 1983-1992 (Elmendorf AFB, Ak for three consecutive tours)
USAFR 1992-1995
ARNG 2004-2010 and perhaps beyond.
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Old 07-22-2008, 08:49 PM
 
Location: Living in Paradise
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USAR 1979-1983
USAF 1983-1992 (Elmendorf AFB, Ak for three consecutive tours)
USAFR 1992-1995
ARNG 2004-2010 and perhaps beyond.
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WoW, best of luck.. I salute you....http://bestsmileys.com/army/4.gif (broken link)
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