TechRep From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (11 years 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2026 times:
I find it relevant with the War ongoing to get a consensus of those who have served in the Military. Please state your country, military branch and Job Classification. Also if you would like to include any other "war stories" feel free.
United States Air Force 1985-1990
Aircraft Maintenance Specialist (F-16)
Patrick AFB Florida
Kunsan AB South Korea (JUVAT)
Clark AB Philippians
Homestead AFB Florida (Emrald Knights)
Would also be interesting to see how many anti-war pundants are ex-military.
Sabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (11 years 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1986 times:
In Germany you have to go to military service for a few months when you are over the age of 18 but you have also the choice to work in a public civil place (for example a hospital) when you can tell a committee several reasons for you decision. I told them several reasons why I refuse to go to the army and fortunately I did not have to go to the army. Instead of military service I worked one year in the revenue department of a hospital, I had a nice office job but the best was that I got a ride on an EC-135 rescue helicopter, it was the first and only time for me that I flew on a helicopter, very cool experience!
Racko From Germany, joined Nov 2001, 4856 posts, RR: 20
Reply 9, posted (11 years 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1954 times:
We have the draft in Germany, but due to a injury of my spinal column they didn't want me -> T4, that's the "ability class" (no idea of the correct english term) "currently not useful". I never got called to the army after that.
BTW, I didn't know the Swiss army has Leo2s? I always thought beside Germany, only Sweden, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway and Spain had bought them. Does a Swiss company produce them under license, or were they built in Germany?
Gocaps16 From Japan, joined Jan 2000, 4334 posts, RR: 21
Reply 14, posted (11 years 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1897 times:
Currently on active duty.
United States Navy
Aviation Machinist Mate (AD) "Intermediate" level
Engine mechanic on the F-14 Tomcats F110 engines.
Possibly being sent out to the Persian Gulf soon, as I am willing to go. I am currently shore based out of Naval Air Station Oceana, VA and also "part-time" sea duty on any U.S.S. Naval Carriers around the globe.
L-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29698 posts, RR: 59
Reply 15, posted (11 years 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1870 times:
United States Army
Was assigned to HHC 4/159 Avn Battalliion at Stuttgart Army Airfield and then sent to HHC 11 Avn Bde in Illesheim Germany.
My MOS had a great title.
Mobile Subscriber Equiptment: Network Switching Systems Operator. Which is a really fancy way of saying that I was trained to sit in a metal box on the back of a Humvee and pretend I was an AT&T phone operator.
Once I got to the permant party units, I never saw the gear I was trained to use again. Spent the rest of the time cleaning saudi sand out of radio gear that came back from the desert.
OBAMA-WORST PRESIDENT EVER....Even SKOORB would be better.
VonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4626 posts, RR: 37
Reply 16, posted (11 years 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1863 times:
Well I was in sea cadets when I was 12 LOL.
However I've never actually served in the armed forces, though lately I've been thinking A LOT about joining the RCAF. I know I meet the physical requirements for a pilot. Though, I've never been in a centrefuge (sp?) so I don't know my G tolerance. Though I am 5'6" and pretty stalky, I've been told short stalky guys tend to handle G's a little easier than somebody taller.
Zauberfloete From Austria, joined Nov 2000, 302 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (11 years 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1809 times:
I served in the Austrian armed forces.
In a heavy armored artillery unit (M109A5), and in a unit of the military command. My rank beeing only private first class, in the reserve now.
"I always thought beside Germany, only Sweden, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway and Spain had bought them..."
Austrians armed forces are operating the KPz Leopard 2 A4 as their main battle tank.
Planespotterx From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (11 years 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1787 times:
I was in Air cadets 2517 and 55 sqn for 5 years, flying on trainer aircraft like Chipmunk and Bulldog, also had some great combat experience out in the fields on exercise in the dead of night with "cap" guns and firecrackers lol
Cfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (11 years 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1770 times:
Cfalk, always wondered, do you get issued with a Swiss Army Knife?
LOL!!! Yes we do. It's just a simple one with a knife and a couple of screwdrivers. The knife is good for opening food packets and miscelaneaous stuff, and the screwdrivers are useful for setting gunsights. The officers get a slightly better one - it has a corkscrew!
By the way, the tank is a modified, licence-built Leopard II. It is equivalent to the American M1-A1 in nearly every way, but has a Diesel engine rather than a turbine. The gun is the same as on the M1-A1.
Unfortunately, the Swiss Army is being downsized, and my unit has been dissolved. I don't know what unit I'll go to next. I might get let off completely as I only have about 20 days to go.