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Please Post If You Have Served In The Military

Mon Mar 24, 2003 6:44 am

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)

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P.S.
Would also be interesting to see how many anti-war pundants are ex-military.


 
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RE: Please Post If You Have Served In The Military

Mon Mar 24, 2003 6:58 am

USAF
'96 - current
ATC
 
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RE: Please Post If You Have Served In The Military

Mon Mar 24, 2003 7:04 am

Portuguese army
Enemy Communication Interception

Lisbon, 1988,1990


what's a pundant ?  Smile
 
Sabena332
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RE: Please Post If You Have Served In The Military

Mon Mar 24, 2003 7:12 am

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!

Patrick
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RE: Please Post If You Have Served In The Military

Mon Mar 24, 2003 7:17 am

United States Army, Texas National Guard, U.S. Army Reserves 1970-1976

Wish I could claim a more colorful MOS, but I was a clerk-typist.
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erj190
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RE: Please Post If You Have Served In The Military

Mon Mar 24, 2003 7:33 am

Don't worry sleekjet

In my communication interception shores, somebody forgot to tell me that Portugal has no enemies to spy on. So, we spied on our allies  Smile

After all the spying, what do u think we had to do?

you guessed... Typing all the gossip

 Big thumbs up
 
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RE: Please Post If You Have Served In The Military

Mon Mar 24, 2003 7:35 am


United States Navy
1986-1990
Aviation machinists Mate
Worked on the P-3 Orion & A-3 Skywarrior
Stationed at Guam, VQ1, detachments to Japan, Philippines, Korea, Hong Kong

Only war stories was trying to figure out the best way to combat a hangover.
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RE: Please Post If You Have Served In The Military

Mon Mar 24, 2003 7:40 am

United States Air Force
1995-2001

AFSC - 1W051B - Weather

Assignements

Tech School - Keesler AFB
Hunter AAF, Savannah GA
Camp Page, South Korea
Beale AFB, Marysville California

Plenty of stories, especially from Korea. I'll spare you all though.

Proud member of the VFW also!
 
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RE: Please Post If You Have Served In The Military

Mon Mar 24, 2003 7:40 am

Swiss Army

24th Tank Batallion
2nd Campaign Division

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RE: Please Post If You Have Served In The Military

Mon Mar 24, 2003 7:53 am

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?
 
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RE: Please Post If You Have Served In The Military

Mon Mar 24, 2003 8:08 am

Ohio Air National Guard

Aug. 2nd 2001-Present

Tech School @ Keesler AFB for Personnel

Work in Relocations

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-Matt



 
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RE: Please Post If You Have Served In The Military

Mon Mar 24, 2003 8:12 am


CFALK

That's what I call, THE BEST TANK IN THE WORLD!
 
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RE: Please Post If You Have Served In The Military

Mon Mar 24, 2003 9:06 am

1998-Present: Civil Air Patrol Cadet, USAF Auxilary

No Real Military Service....


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RE: Please Post If You Have Served In The Military

Mon Mar 24, 2003 9:18 am

Cfalk, always wondered, do you get issued with a Swiss Army Knife?

Sorry, I'm messing about, but have you ever seen the hilarious Billy Connolly routine about the Swiss Army with the Swiss Army Knives on parade. If you get a chnce check it out.  Smile
 
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RE: Please Post If You Have Served In The Military

Mon Mar 24, 2003 9:22 am

2002- present

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.

Kevin
U.S. NAVY
 
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RE: Please Post If You Have Served In The Military

Mon Mar 24, 2003 12:17 pm

United States Army

91-94

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.
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RE: Please Post If You Have Served In The Military

Mon Mar 24, 2003 12:30 pm

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.

Regards,
Kris
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RE: Please Post If You Have Served In The Military

Mon Mar 24, 2003 1:10 pm

1987-Present
Aircraft Maintenance (Crew Chief)
Sheppard AFB -Tech School
Altus AFB, Ok - C-141B
Yokota AB, Japan - C9A
Kelly AFB, Tx - Aircraft Battle Damage Repair C-17 and C-5
Incirlik AB, Turkey - AMC enroute C-17, C-141B, C-5 and Comercial acft
Scott AFB, Il - C9A

FltMech9
 
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RE: Please Post If You Have Served In The Military

Mon Mar 24, 2003 5:16 pm

Not many Brits.

RAF 1974 - 1988
Aircraft Engineer

Phantoms
SAR
VC-10s

RAF VRT
1989 -1996
 
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RE: Please Post If You Have Served In The Military

Mon Mar 24, 2003 5:23 pm

Ronnie RAAF here ......
 
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RE: Please Post If You Have Served In The Military

Mon Mar 24, 2003 8:54 pm

Philippine Navy

Reserve Unit 507
1999- onwards

some of my jobs

-Medic
-Assistant in HQ
 
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RE: Please Post If You Have Served In The Military

Mon Mar 24, 2003 9:24 pm

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.

@Racko:
"I always thought beside Germany, only Sweden, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway and Spain had bought them..."
->
Not true.
Austrians armed forces are operating the KPz Leopard 2 A4 as their main battle tank.
 
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Does Cadets Count As Military?

Mon Mar 24, 2003 10:30 pm

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
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RE: Please Post If You Have Served In The Military

Tue Mar 25, 2003 12:11 am

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.

Charles
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RE: Please Post If You Have Served In The Military

Tue Mar 25, 2003 12:12 am

You know. I wish the US still issued P-38's.

Those are handy.
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RE: Please Post If You Have Served In The Military

Tue Mar 25, 2003 12:16 am

Cfalk - Cool, Just had a LOL at a picture in my mind's eye of the Swiss Army advancing with corkscrews at the ready  Smile

Seriously, that's one lethal looking tank. Is the Swiss Army classed as an army in the traditional sense or as a defence force like neutral Ireland's? I wasn't aware that they were that well armed.
 
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RE: Please Post If You Have Served In The Military

Tue Mar 25, 2003 12:19 am

Oh yeah...

There where some very good reasons Hitler didn't invade Switzerland during WWII.
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RE: Please Post If You Have Served In The Military

Tue Mar 25, 2003 12:22 am

There where some very good reasons Hitler didn't invade Switzerland during WWII.

Even the Swiss won't claim that they could have beaten off a determined German attack. But Switzerland could have made such an invasion very costly to the Germans. The northern plains would have fallen fast, but the Alpine areas in the center and the south would have held for a long time.

Gc, The Swiss army is a defensive force only. We have very few "professional" soldiers, and theay are all either senior officers or instructors. Each Swiss man must serve 300 days at a bare minimum, spread over 10 or 20 years.


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RE: Please Post If You Have Served In The Military

Tue Mar 25, 2003 12:23 am

But Switzerland could have made such an invasion very costly to the Germans

Oh yeah. And the Germans knew it.

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RE: Please Post If You Have Served In The Military

Tue Mar 25, 2003 12:40 am

U.S. Army
4 Years in Air Defense late 90's - South Korea, Saudia Arabia, Kuwait

Army National Guard
Currently 3+ Years - On alert, haven't been activated (yet) and hoping I never have to be. But if it happens, oh well, I'll do my time and try to get home in one piece.
 
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RE: Please Post If You Have Served In The Military

Tue Mar 25, 2003 12:56 am

US Navy...

1993-1998 USS Kitty Hawk (AC Launch and Recovery)
1998-2001 NAS Patuxent River (AC Launch and Recovery)
2001- USS Nimitz
 
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RE: Please Post If You Have Served In The Military

Tue Mar 25, 2003 1:56 am


Ejército de Tierra
Centro Regional de Informática
Capitanía General Región Centro, Madrid

Translated, a programmer in a Regional HQ of the Spanish Army. 1988.
 
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RE: Please Post If You Have Served In The Military

Wed Apr 02, 2003 9:40 am

I was in the 5th Battalion, Queens Regiment, a Volunteer Reserve unit, (a bit like the US National Guard) from 1984-87.
It was assigned to NATO, wartime role would be in Germany if WW3 kicked off.

I left for two reasons, firstly, after months of preparation and training for a big NATO exercise in Germany, I go and get chicken pox (no fun when you're 19 anyway), so I missed out.
(From an aviation perspective, I also missed out on RAF Tristars to and from Germany, plus lots of flying on RAF Puma and Chinook choppers).
Then a change in job circumstances meant I'd be on shifts, (though BA provided several extra weeks off for this sort of thing), but still I could not have kept it up.

A few of my friends did it too, some local, some while at university, the extra cash was useful and it was interesting and challenging, they originally encouraged me to give it a go.

Seeing British troops firing a Milan anti-tank missile in Basra on the news reminded me of a big live fire exercise at night, my company at Hounslow near LHR, was a standard rifle company, but another part of the battalion had Milans, they were with us and seeing them being fired at night was quite a sight.
Post Cold War, the Battalion was disbanded.
Couldn't do it now anyway, still on those shifts, and since getting rheumatoid arthritis 3 years ago, clearly not medically fit anymore.



 
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RE: Please Post If You Have Served In The Military

Wed Apr 02, 2003 11:20 am

Well, I'm younger than Limbaugh and older than Hannity, but I haven't served in the military. The draft was ended the year I turned 18. Had I been even a year younger, I would have registered for the draft and served if called, unlike the esteemed radio voices I mentioned above. I am as against the war as the former two are for the war. I think too many who post here who are current or former military think that those of us who oppose this war don't support our troops - holding a belief that most of us would stand on a corner and shout "baby killer" at passing soldiers, ala Vietnam. Nothing could be further from the truth. There are many of us who believe:

A) Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11, and overthrowing Hussein will do nothing to curb terrorism or bring the culprits to justice

B) The Iraqi people don't really want to be "freed", nor do the majority of Arab nations want them to be freed, as evidenced by their complete lack of support for America in this conflict.

c) That American and British lives are being sacrificed for nothing, and that a war will only serve to create even more anti-American hatred and acts of terror on our shores.

So I don't support this war, and I find it upsetting that someone's son or daughter may be killed "protecting" the US from...???
 
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RE: Please Post If You Have Served In The Military

Wed Apr 02, 2003 11:23 am

Royal Australian Airforce
Military Photographer
 
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RE: Please Post If You Have Served In The Military

Wed Apr 02, 2003 12:39 pm

United States Navy
1988-1990

Electrician's Mate, Petty Officer 3rd Class

No excitement to report, but my floor cleaning expertise really came in handy with a work/study job in college when I got out.
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