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User currently offlineNavymidn From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 188 posts, RR: 1
Posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2145 times:

Hey Everybody:

I was just wondering, how many people on these boards have served in a country's armed forces?

I'll start. I am currently a MIDN 4/C in the USNROTC program stationed at Purdue University. I hope to become a sub driver after I graduate.

navymidn


Law is a major base of civilized society
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User currently offlineMoPac From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 215 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2127 times:

WOOOUUUUUHHHHHH!

Well, not really but I did reach MS1 & 2(I think) while attending NMMI in beautiful Roswell, NM. I think MS1 is only like completing Basic Camp. 2 of every 3 college cadets however were going for their commission, mostly 2nd Lieutenant Army, just about everyone else was Air Force or West Point/VMI prep, if not High School hold over. Every once in a while I catch myself at a restaurant popping too at the top of my lungs "Excuse me sir, cadet recruit MoPac, W. requests permission to use my tray, glass, and utensils in preparation, transportation, and mutilation of my food and drink". Ahhh.... those were the days.

http://www.nmmi.edu/images/Campus/corps.jpg
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User currently offlineGocaps16 From Japan, joined Jan 2000, 4334 posts, RR: 21
Reply 2, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2112 times:

Have you heard any information about you guys doing a summer cruise with us? On my last deployment work ups in the Pacific Ocean we had about a thousand or so upcoming senior midshipmen on the carrier USS John C. Stennis. I wonder if you guys participate in these exciting events to learn what the REAL navy is like. I'm sure for you, you will be in a submarine. It's actually quite the experience for you uprising officer candidates.

Good luck and bon voyage.

Kevin


User currently offlineSWA TPA From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 1559 posts, RR: 35
Reply 3, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2110 times:



I am former Air Force  Smile

Highest rank achieved was E-3 (I didnt stay long. Later regretted it.)

My job was an Aircraft Maintenance Scheduler working with B-52's and KC-135A's.

I was based at Carswell AFB in Ft.Worth TX.

I joined the military at 17 years old!!!! Felt like I was missing out on something better in the world so I got out, gave up all the great benefits (and great planes!) and found out I had no where to go except crawling back to mom and dad. From there I bounced around from low paying job to low paying job, fell in with the wrong people, yada, yada, yada, you have heard it all before. Finally went to dental assisting school for a year. Finished that, got into that job. HATED IT!!!! All I can say is thank you Southwest Airlines for coming along when you did  Big thumbs up
Met my now husband, got a job I have loved for the last 7 years and couldnt be happier!
Oops. Sorry about little miss babbles over here  Big grin

Tara aka SWA TPA



I believe I can fly.....
User currently offlineGocaps16 From Japan, joined Jan 2000, 4334 posts, RR: 21
Reply 4, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2104 times:

Is it true that all the good looking females are in the Air Force?  Smile/happy/getting dizzy How long were you in? I could never want to stay as an E-3 for 4 years - that's way to long and plus you have a great chance into getting kicked out since the Navy is overmanned right now.

Kevin


User currently offlineSWA TPA From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 1559 posts, RR: 35
Reply 5, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2095 times:

I went in as an E-3 due to JROTC and stayed about 2 years.
I got out under the "early out program." This was back during Desert Storm.
Yeah its true, all the good looking ones ARE in the Air Force!  Innocent



I believe I can fly.....
User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2089 times:

Gocaps, nobody stays at E-3 for 4 years. Better kick whoever fed you that garbage in the grill.

Anyway, I put in almost 6 years in the Air Force (due to extending) and I miss it allot. Higest rank was E-4 (Senior Airman). I was a weather technician and got to work on the flight line and interact with the pilots. Got to fly on a few Army Choppers (including a flight along the DMZ in Korea) and on some KC-135 refueling missions. Also got to ride in and drive the chase cars at Beale AFB for the U2's while stationed there.

Lackland AFB - Basic
Keesler AFB - Tech School
Hunter Army Airfield - First real duty station
Camp Page South Korea
Beale AFB
Crapchester NY - NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO


User currently offlineGocaps16 From Japan, joined Jan 2000, 4334 posts, RR: 21
Reply 7, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2082 times:

Mike, Only for the people who cannot pass their in rate advancement test. I know alot of E-3's getting ready to get out since their time is over.

Kevin


User currently offlineSWA TPA From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 1559 posts, RR: 35
Reply 8, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2080 times:

KROC-I flew some -135 missions too! Were those not the best! The most memorable for me was refueling the A-10.

I also wanted to get into weather. Should have. That's one of my fascinations in life. I am determined to see a tornado one day. A PLANNED hunt for a tornado that is. No suprises on my house thank you  Big grin



I believe I can fly.....
User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2078 times:

Inever got to see an A-10 refueled. I bet that would be cool though. Mostly saw fighters and one time we were supposed to refuel F-117's (which gave me wood all day), but that ended up getting changed to like F-15's. Bastards.

Weather was a cool field to be in, but the Army support sucked. I've spent more time in the field than most ground pounders have. Plus promotions in the wx career field tended to be slow. I'd love to see a tornado as well. Haven't yet. Had one near my base in GA when I was there...but I was on leave. Figures. I'm more of a Hurricane Fan myself. I want to go through one some day. Or better yet, take over for Jim Cantori on the weather channel.  Big grin


User currently offlineSWA TPA From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 1559 posts, RR: 35
Reply 10, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2076 times:

LOL! I have been plotting Steve Jerve's (local NBC affiliate chief meteorologist) take over for awhile now!  Big grin

I have lived in TPA for 31 years now and have yet to see a hurricane or tornado. Just lots of wicked lightning. Our house even got hit once. Destroyed everything plugged into a wall and burned all the metallic print (it was the 80's) out of the wall paper. It also put all these strange brown splotches all over the mirrors in the bathrooms.



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User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2074 times:

HAHA. I've been trying to get in good with local weather geek errrrrrrr chie meteorologist Kevin Williams here. He even runs a Forensic Weather business. I guess I need to take my ass back to school to get into that.

I was in West Palm for Andrew, and left for Tampa Bay. I remember getting in a huge fight with my mom, because I wanted to hang out near the beach, and she was making me leave! Had 2 close calls my first year in Savannah, and had a Typhoon pass over Korea well south of me when I was there. All these close calls...more like teasing.

Gotta love Lightning though (I actually have 2 cats named Thunder and Lightning - go ahead all, fire away, lol). Anyway, during a heavy Thunderstorm in Korea one day, I had to go measure the precip that had fallen. Lightning all around the airfield and such, and I LOVE how the rain gauge is metal...and in an open field. Of course I had to take the thing apart to empty it as well. While holding the big part of it, I felt the hair on the back of my neck start to stand up. I launched the can over my shoulder and took off in a dead sprint. Sure enough, the can, the parts, the base stand all got fired and I ended up diving/being thrown to the ground sliding across the drenched grass. Needless to say, I was aprehensive when it came to messing with the rain gauge in a storm after that point.


User currently offlineSWA TPA From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 1559 posts, RR: 35
Reply 12, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2070 times:

Hee hee. Speaking of naming animals, when I was little and we used to play horses, we were ALWAYS either white or black (usually fought over who was what color) and ALWAYS named either lightning for the white one or thunder for the black one. Too funny. Remember we were little girls ok.
Also when we were younger I remember being outside after a storm in TPA (trying to airplane watch, clouds were still to low) and all the hair on my arms stood up and my hair was standing up. I had the urge to run but they laughed at me so I stayed put (it was bad enough I was plane spotting) luckily enough nothing happened but I still remember that.

Hmmm, I just realized we are shredding this guys thread.
Whoops. Sorry Navymidn.



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User currently offlineSWA TPA From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 1559 posts, RR: 35
Reply 13, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2063 times:


Move over Jerve! KROC & SWA TPA are taking over!






I believe I can fly.....
User currently offlineGocaps16 From Japan, joined Jan 2000, 4334 posts, RR: 21
Reply 14, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2061 times:

Yea, guys...take it to IM. lol, jk.....I wouldn't mind getting into the meteorology field someday. I might be thinking of it if I switch rate. Weather has interest me from torandos, lighting, hurricane <---I survived Hurricane Isabel CAT II almost 2 weeks ago...stayed in Virginia Beach, VA to see the storm.

kevin


User currently offlineJcs17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 40
Reply 15, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2043 times:

I am currently a non-scholarship ROTC-Army MS1 at my college.


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User currently offlineJetsGo From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 3068 posts, RR: 5
Reply 16, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2041 times:

Im still in college but Im thinking about going to the Air Force Academy. If not there, then just basic Air Force. Anyone have any experiences to share?


Chris



Marine Corps Aviation, The Last To Let You Down!
User currently offlineJetsGo From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 3068 posts, RR: 5
Reply 17, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2037 times:

sorry, meant high school  Insane


Chris



Marine Corps Aviation, The Last To Let You Down!
User currently offlineBigphilnyc From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 4076 posts, RR: 54
Reply 18, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2037 times:

Sailor here.




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Phil Derner Jr.
User currently offlineNavymidn From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 188 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2029 times:

Great responses.

Gocaps16:

I will be doing a summer cruise all 3 summers while I am in college. I will be doing COTRAMID this summer, where I will spend a week with a surface unit, a week with a sub, a week with an aviation unit, and a week with the USMC. I am really looking forward to this summer.

Go Navy

navymidn



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User currently offlineCovert From Ghana, joined Oct 2001, 1445 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2016 times:


Mike, Only for the people who cannot pass their in rate advancement test. I know alot of E-3's getting ready to get out since their time is over.

Kevin


Dude, promotion up to E-4 is like just about automatic in the Air Force. I don't know about the other services, but it's easy to get in as E-2 or E-3 because of a few college credits, jrotc, cap, etc then the minimum time in grade for E-4 is 26 months or so, even earlier if you can get a below the zone. E-4 in the AF is commanders discretion, so the only way you can serve a couple years a not get it while you came in as E-3 is if you really piss the man(or woman) off.

E-5 is where that board crap comes in. My friend in the navy says theirs is a lot different though, I heard they get all 2nd class POs in the fleet together in one day and test them for rate, so it can vary a lot between services.


I think its the stuff we have a few airmen here. Anybody here current active duty?


covert


When did you get out KROC?



thank goodness for TCAS !
User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2004 times:

Covert is right. Promotions up to E-4 are based on time in service/grade. It has nothing to do with achievement tests. Again, check your sources.

Covert, I got out in May, 2001


User currently offlineTeva From France, joined Jan 2001, 1869 posts, RR: 16
Reply 22, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1999 times:

French Air Force, in Mururoa, at the time we were testing the nukes there.
Really great and unique experience
Teva



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User currently offlineRJ100 From Switzerland, joined Nov 2000, 4114 posts, RR: 30
Reply 23, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1998 times:

I am serving in the Swiss army in an anti-tank unit. While basic training and sub-officer training was tough it is now a great experience to teach and work together with my recruits. I am a corporal now and have to do my repetition courses every second year.

Cheers,
RJ100



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User currently offlineGocaps16 From Japan, joined Jan 2000, 4334 posts, RR: 21
Reply 24, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1978 times:

Mike,

For TIR from an E-3 to an E-4 in the Navy is 6 months. So there are two cycles for the advancement exams for uprising 3rd Class POs....beleive in March and September. Automatic advancements is up to E-3 after that it's based on you're evals, your percentile on your test, and about you. Since the Navy is overmanned right now, it's really hard to be advanced only unless if you practically aced the test. The boards are only for upcoming E7s and above.

I am currently active duty.
My shore duty homeport is Naval Air station Oceana in Virginia Beach, VA and my sea duty is San Diego, CA and I'm assigned to AIMD Sea OpDet on the U.S.S John C. Stennis CVN-74. Sea trials from Oct. 24 2003 to Nov. 20, 2003 is COMPTUEX (Comprehensive Tactical Unit Exercise) and in March 2004 is JTFEX with the Marine unit and 6 month deployment isn't til late May/early June 2004 til December. Get back home before Xmas.

v/r

Kevin


25 KROC : GoCaps, I think we got a little mislead on each others posts. I was talking about E1-E4 in the Air Force, and how they promote. I guess I thought you
26 Cfalk : I did my service in the Swiss Army, in a tank batallion (Bat Chars 24). Charles
27 Gocaps16 : It's okay, Mike...Well, at least you guys will understand how our advancement procedures works. My father was in the Army for 20 years...retired about
28 Covert : Sorry to talk to you like that, Gocaps16, I didn't know you were active duty, like KROC said, since we were on the topic of the AF I assumed you were
29 Gocaps16 : Covert, No apologies. It's not a problem. Sounds like you got a plan on your life. Once you serve in the military, you will probably continue to like
30 Covert : Actually, Gocaps16, I have not enlisted yet, it's been pretty hard to get in touch with the AF recruiter here, his tour is like a big vacation to him
31 Gocaps16 : Usually I will fly commercial to San Diego from Norfolk, VA and yes, the Navy does pay for everything. Kevin
32 Covert : Do you live in the barracks when not floating? How is it like for a lower enlisted man? What does one do while in the barracks/dorm for fun? Can you g
33 Post contains images Alpha 1 : The closest I've ever come to the military is when my cousin's ex-husband gave us a tour of Mirmar back in '90. He's a Top Gun winner, and was a Top G
34 Gocaps16 : Alpha, did you actually get the ride from him? I was offered a C-130 ride from the Blue Angels at the airshow here but I couldn't go up since I was wo
35 Covert : Interesting Kevin, they said that the Air Force has the best rooms out of all the services, and the Navy doesn't sound bad at all.... As for that Seam
36 L-188 : I am still pissed that the Airforce Weather detachment got extra money for staying in our barracks because they where "Below Standard" Us Army guys go
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