ANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2890 times:
Self Gloss Alert
Being Promoted to Command Sergeant Major in the U.S. Army on my 36th Birthday. Since I made the military a career, there was no other goal except to attain the highest enlisted rank possible. Fortunately, I managed it well ahead of my peers (was the youngest CSM in the Army the day I was promoted).
Matt27 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2865 times:
I don't really know, but having done military service and being promoted to sergeant is one thing. I think I can answer this question better in four years after having finished med school and (hopefully) I have graduated as a paramedic.
TNboy From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 1131 posts, RR: 18
Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2854 times:
Oh - that is a difficult question. Probably the most recent was taking up karate after I retired, and getting to be runner-up State Champion just three years later. But in the whole scheme of things, that is really just a little achievement that is nice to have - its not the sort of thing that you say has made your life complete.
I guess there are two things - still being loved by my wife (and vice versa) after a lot of years is one; and knowing that a lot of people that I have tried to help or be an example to over the years still regard me with a lot of love and respect (and vice versa) is the other.
If that sounds mawkish - sorry.
KROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2821 times:
Quoting September11 (Reply 8): Bowling seven career 300 games (300, that is all 12 strikes in one game) was my greatest accomplishment. My bowling accomplishment include several bowling tournament victories I have captured.
Nothing like being proud of something you can do with a longneck in one hand and a heater dangling out of your mouth.
AsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2800 times:
I bought a 6 year old house that had been repossessed by the feds. I outbid the next-highest bidder by $201. I paid $58,000 for it. It had been occupied by a guy and his 10 buddies who turned it into a crack house.
When I toured the place there was:
1. A hundred holes punched in the drywall
2. 2 inches of moldy water in the basement
3. Moldy drywall in the walls of the basement
4. Water damage from an overflowed bathtub
5. Ruined carpet
6. The odor of the dead dog left in the living room
7. Gravel driveway, no deck, no landscaping, etc.
It took me 16 months to repair it all. The only things I reused were the kitchen cabinets and bathroom fixtures. The only thing I hired out was the concrete driveway and carpet laying.
ArmitageShanks From Costa Rica, joined Dec 2003, 3834 posts, RR: 14
Reply 14, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2772 times:
These are some things I'm proud of in my stupid 20 years of life:
Flying a plane solo before I drove a car
Graduating Highschool with good grades
Saved a drowning kid in the sea
Becoming very close to my grandparents
Becoming the first person in my family to attend college.
Winning awards for something I've created.
NHGrafx From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 198 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2760 times:
For me it was graduating college (graphic design associates degree), and returning to college again and currently working towards my 2nd degree (sociology bachelors degree). I have a learning disability and a lot of people told me growing up I wouldn't make it in college, but I proved them wrong and am doing it again for a 2nd time, which is what makes it such a great accomplishment for me. And yes I know graphic design and sociology is a rather odd combination, but I love sociology.
Is it weird I have a RemoveBeforeFlight pitot cover on my car rear view mirror?
Gilligan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2734 times:
Quoting Beowulf (Reply 3): To become a conscious person and to overcome your failures seems like a great accomplishment to strive for.
Yes, life is so useless when spent unconscious! lol Did perhaps mean conscientious my friend?
Two things. The day my Ranger Tab was pinned on, and I was still a teenager. Secondly, having the FAA examiner say "Congragulations Mr. Stephens, you passed, you're now a licensed Aircraft Dispatcher!"
I would say getting married and having two wonderful children but I was but a bit player in both those events!
DL021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11454 posts, RR: 72
Reply 20, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2709 times:
My greatest accomplishments in life.....
I honestly don't think I've done anything that I would call great in any historical sense, but I'm very proud of the following
1. In the army I did my job when it counted and the shit was flying. When Staff Sergeant Williams (who never, ever lied or embellished anything...wierd that way) met my father and told him that I really knew my job and was important to my unit. My father died a year or so later, but he heard that from a guy who would have said the opposite if he felt it was true. I was promoted and did interesting stuff after that, but that sticks out. It was happenstance that the two met, and Steve told me later that he meant every word and he trusted me when it counted....regardless of whether I made my own bunk or had the shiniest boots (which I did not). Steve later went to SF and I met him again in HALO school....as far as I know he is still in and a CSM.
2. Rescuing my 10th grade history teacher from a total collapse of his carefully orchestrated tenure classroom review, as he had assigned specific tasks to several students so that all the different teaching tools would be used in this one class (when he was primarily a lecture teacher) and my assignment was to keep my mouth shut and not say a word (I was something of a smart ass, but I agreed because I liked the guy). When every one of the students failed to show with their assignments and the principal was seated in the class Murph looked stricken for a moment, but turned to me and asked me to stand and deliver a little talk and answer questions (with zero notice...as my assignment was to stay invisible) after the short film on the second revolution of the US (the creation and ratification of the Constitution) and I did well enough that the Principal of the school left after I sat down complimenting Murphy on his work and the productivity of his students.........and when the door shut Murphy told me I had passed his class no matter what happened from that point on....
I still feel proud of being there for him, as it was the first time someone had ever asked me to step up and perform when it really meant something and they needed things to go very well. It was my first real taste of real world responsibility for something that affected someone else.
3. Graduating Airborne School when I was 18 and had always been the athletic trainer/newspaper editor type. Many said I'd never make it, and when I did...and went further... I learned that there was little I could not do when I set forth and did not quit.
4. Starting my own businesses from the time I was 10 years old to now....from the lawnmowing enterprise (I learned to hire other kids to cut the grass and I sold and collected) to the summertime bar business which made money, to the point where I was 23 and the youngest franchisee in the system. It set me up, education wise and people wise, for what I do now...as a matter of fact my business partner now was our lawyer then. So much of my life now is there because of what happened then, including this latest venture upon which I'm embarking.
Here's some kudos....
Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 1): Being Promoted to Command Sergeant Major in the U.S. Army on my 36th Birthday.
For those of you who don't know....that's fairly damned young and very impressive....
Don't get the bighead there Pep.
Quoting KyleLosAngeles (Reply 4): switched majors three times during college and still got my Masters by age 22.
Impressive...hope you are maxing that out....
Quoting Matt27 (Reply 5): I don't really know, but having done military service and being promoted to sergeant is one thing.
Very meritorious. We NCOs are the ones that run things....