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Old 12-22-2009, 07:35 PM
 
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Default Military Regrets?

Just curious, does anyone on here ever regret joining the military or serving in the military? I know most people are generally proud of their service and sacrifice, but I have met some vets who wished they would have done something else like attend college or learn a trade.
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Old 12-22-2009, 07:55 PM
 
Location: South Florida
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After graduating college, and teaching for a few years,
I joined in the Air Force and served for four years and was in the Air Force Reserves for 12 more...

Now that I am an old ..(well, middle aged lady)... I wish I had stayed in for 20 or 25 years and retired, then gone on to my current postion with the Fire Department, or back to teaching.

My military experience was excellent.
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Old 12-22-2009, 09:28 PM
 
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I'm proud of my service, but I wish I had stayed in college instead and finished, absolutely.

Alternatively, I wish I had gone from active duty straight to Guard/Reserves when I got out vs waiting so long - I'd have retired years ago. As it is, I have a few more years.
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Old 12-22-2009, 09:29 PM
 
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After graduating college, and teaching for a few years,
I joined in the Air Force and served for four years and was in the Air Force Reserves for 12 more...
You were in 16 total and didn't finish??
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Old 12-22-2009, 11:28 PM
 
Location: Hawaii
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I would hope that anyone who has served there country would be proud of it and have no regrets.
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Old 12-23-2009, 02:21 AM
 
Location: SA
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It will be hard pressed to find someone who served that has any regrets other than not sticking it out. The one thing you find is pride for finishing basic and doing what ever job was needed. I regret getting out after 8 years active Marine, and then 2 years National Guard. I still have alot of my buddies overseas hooking and jabbing in Afghanistan and wish I could be by their side. If I had it to do all over again I would go to college first and go in as an Officer.
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Old 12-23-2009, 04:18 AM
 
Location: Prescott Valley, Az (unfortunately still here)
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Just curious, does anyone on here ever regret joining the military or serving in the military? I know most people are generally proud of their service and sacrifice, but I have met some vets who wished they would have done something else like attend college or learn a trade.

Well, sometimes I wished I had stayed in Texas and didn't join (I could have married my high school sweetheart and there would be no problems). And sometimes I wished I had went to college first and join a little later or something. I wished I never got stationed in Korea (1998-1999), because that's when I had my first drink and that's when things changed for me when I got back to the states.

But things happen for a reason I guess.

But I'm proud that I served and now I'm part of the U.S. military veterans around our great country.
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Old 12-23-2009, 06:27 AM
 
Location: Texas
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I don't regret having served, but there are some things I had to do in the Army which I wish I hadn't done.
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Old 12-23-2009, 06:38 AM
 
Location: Fuquay Varina
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I do not regret 1 minute of my service! Nor would I want to go back and change 1 thing. Sure I made some bad mistakes along the way but whatever happened got me to where I am today, and I am very proud of myself and happy with the way my life has turned out.
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Old 12-23-2009, 02:17 PM
 
Location: Left Coast - Not Where I Want To Be
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I served 4 years in the USAF and have absolutely no regrets. Had it not been for my ex-wife who did not want me to re-enlist, I may have made it a career. The military taught me many things and made me a better person. I'm proud to have served my country!
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