08'aIgnorance is not an excuse
28th November 2003
Today was the day that I've been waiting/dreaded for for a long time. Today I was at the "enlistment office" (in lack of a better translation) to see if I was one of the about 1/5 of all 18 year olds that gets to do military service. I'll keep it short (or else it would take me the whole day to make this thread). I left home at 05:30 (had to go up 04:45 :eek: ). When I got there an old officer talked for about 30 minutes infront of us 50 nervous 18-year olds. After that I made 50 million different tests for about 6 hours (alot of that was waitingtime). Intelligence test, strength test, endurance test (cycle on that bike was by far the most brutal thing I've done in my life. When I was done I couldn't stand for 5 mins), hearing test, eyesight and color vision test, "talk to a shrink" test and many more.
After all tests I went to talk to another old officer that was to decide where I would get placed. This was what I've been waiting for for the whole day. He was very friendly and understanding. I told him I wanted to be much in the field and preferably in the frontlines. As I already knew I was too tall to be a crew in a Combat Vehicle 9040 (that was what I really wanted). I was really close to choose "artilleryspotter groupcommander" (hard to translate). But then he said that I could be a gunner in a LvKv 90 (or CV9040 AAV/Anti Aircraft Vehicle in english). Don't ask me why there's different hieght requirements between the two :uhm:. Anyway, when I heard that I choosed it! Damn I was happy when I walked away :D.
I will make my military service as a part of Norrbottens Pansarbataljon in Boden. Boden is above the arctic circle and it gets about -35c (-31f) there on the winters :p. It takes 12 hours to get there with train from Stockholm.
Here's some info and pics about the Combat Vehicle 9040 Anti Aircraft Vehicle:
The CV90 is a family of modular ground combat vehicles designed to carry out the most part of modern mechanized units missions. The CV90 vehicles are extremely agile, all-terrain capable, with minimized radar and IR signatures to achieve high survivability. They also feature reduced maintenance costs and high growth potential. The CV90's turret is electrically operated and houses a UTAAS sight providing day/night and all-weather detection and fire control capabilities.
The CV9040 AAV combines the CV90 chassis with the proven Bofors Defence TriAD turret. This vehicle is intended to provide short range air defense supporting mechanized military units even in the front-line of the battlefield. The CV9040 AAV is armed with a Bofors L70 40mm cannon and is also suitable against surface targets.
Basically my tank will give anti-air support to the rest of the unit, especially from the tankers worst enemy: The anti-tank choppers (but also against low flying aircrafts). The CV9040 AAV can also fire the same ammo as the ordinary CV 9040, so it can hold it's own against ground targets as well.
You wont get rid of me yet though :p. I will join up this July. I will be in the military for 330 days (almost a year) but I think I will search for what we call the third term (3 months long I think) so I can join the Nordic Battle Group.
Private* Mikael "Mast3rofPuppets" Stridh. "Soon in a CV 90 near you :)"
[SIZE="1"]I think I will be a private but I'm not sure.[/SIZE]
Good luck mate! Don't worry, we'll catch you up on what you missed here at the forums. Take us lots of pictures, or else *shakes fist at your LvKv 90*... well, really, that did nothing, because anything i have can't even scratch that beauty. Have fun with 'er.:beer:
Congratulations man, enjoy it(I assume you've been waiting a long time for this, lol):D
Have good fun fighting.
Dulce et Decorum est Pro Patria Mori.
Erm, congratulations. (?)
Bah, Grimme said it for me.
Congrats MoP!! hope this doesn't mean we have heard the last of you. :bawl:
good luck with your career
Thinking about it.
Congrats! If this was what you wanted, then i'm happy for you. Have fun in the army and with your tank. or CV9040 AAV. :) . Good Luck!
Congratulations MOP, dont hesitate to tell us about your experiences when you eventually get there, you hardware nut.
46 and 2, are just ahead of me
23rd September 2004
M!tchCongrats MoP!! hope this doesn't mean we have heard the last of you. :bawl:
good luck with your career
Congratulations! :Party3: :Party3:
Shame you have to leave us, but i'm glad you are leaving to go do something you've wanted to do.
Have fun and don't die in training.
Wanna go Double Dutch?
9th December 2003
Congratulations Mikael! Have fun in your LvKv 90!
My brother went to the enlistment last month office of the Royal Navy but he was told to come back in April/May.