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#1 8 years ago

So I've noticed how GF has quite a bit of members who are military, more than I would think. So, for those of us who are not military, what would make you join? And for those of us who want to be in the military, why do you want to be in the military, what do you want to do and where do you want to be posted? And for those of you that are in the military, why did you join? did you enlist? Or become an Officer? OCS, ROTC, Military academy? Why that? What position do you hold? When did you join? When do you want to leave? Do you like it? Do you hate it? etc....

I want to be an Officer in the Air Force, hopefully a fighter pilot. My paternal grandfather was a pilot during WW2, he flew the hump, engines failed and he crash landed and was walked out by local head hunters. One story he told was, when they were transporting themselves to Burma, they flew from WI to FL to Cuba to Brazil and then across the Atlantic. They were given the week end off in one of their African stops. So, being a 19 year old boy from Wisconsin, his Squadron and him went out to party. Long story short, he got lost and spent the night in a tree on the Savannah. And he also later flew the Berlin Air Lift.

I want to at least make Captain, maybe go past that. I want to be in the Air Force mainly because of my grandfather, who retired as a LtCol.

What about you guys?




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#2 8 years ago

Joined the Marine Corps partly because my grandfather was a Master Sergeant in World War 2 and was at Guadacanal.

Other partly was to fly in helicopters. (I wanted Ospreys). Got disqualified during Flight School due to lack of 20/20 vision (which was thanks to a giant fuckup from my recruiter for not ordering the "flight" vision test during my entrance paperwork and physical examinations. ) and I was reassigned to drive floating APC's (the AAV).

I have no plans to reenlist because I got shafted from my original goal and I cant have corrective eye surgery because I dont meet the contract requirements with my time left, and I cant promise to reenlist to do it. I'd have to full on reenlist and its no guarantee I'd get the eye surgery.




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#3 8 years ago

I'm not in the military, nor do I really have any plan to join.

If I did, however, I think my reasoning would be something along the lines of wanting to do something for my country, and because my dad was part of the US Special Forces, and I know he would be proud of me if I could do all the things he had done in his lifetime, if not more.

I have great respect for all the soldiers of my country. Hell, as a sign of respect and love, I wear my dad's dogtags nearly 24/7. I remove them only to take a shower, and immediately put them back on when I am done.


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#4 8 years ago

I've wanted to join the military every since I was really young, like five years old. I remember when I was 11 I wanted to be an Army Ranger cause I mostly played MoH:AA during my pre-teen years and wanted to do the stuff they did :p When I was 14 I joined Young Marines cause I wanted to get some experience of what the military was like, so I'd be at least a little bit prepared for the Army.

Of course, I must've changed my mind as to what I wanted to do at least 20 times from 14 to 16 =p After I graduated boot camp I wanted to become a Navy SEAL, then I grew out of that. Then, I wanted to become a Marine Officer, so first I looked at OCS, then for a while I wanted to go to Annapolis, but then after deciding that I didn't want to go to a military college, I decided that I wanted to go ROTC, at least until I figured out just how hard it is to get the scholarship. Basically, I wanted to be a VH-53 pilot and be a part of HMX-1 (Marine 1), then I changed my mind and wanted to become a Cobra pilot.

Long story short, here I am at my senior year and enlisting in the Reserves for a job as an Electrician :cool: Yeah, it's funny how things change from your first year of High School to your last. But mainly, the reason I want to join the Marine Corps is because I want to serve my country, my parents were both Air Force (that's where they met). So yeah, that's pretty much it for me :)

Also: tomorrow at 12:17 I will officially be old enough to enlist, which means DEP for me soon :cool:


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#5 8 years ago

I have considered joining the reserves a few times. But I don't think I will. However if WW3 starts, although that's unlikely to happen for while, I would definitely join the army. Strong military back ground in my family. Uncle was in Army for like 30 years, other uncle is in a paramilitary organization, grandpa was in the navy for a while, great uncle was in 1st Division, 1st Corps. Fought in Sicily and Italy, died in Ortona leading his platoon. :salute: Great Grandpa was in 1st Division during WW1, wounded leading his platoon at Vimy. :salute:

Oh, and my other Grandpa designed the fire CTRL system on the M1A1. So, Americans thank me now. :lulz:




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#6 8 years ago
Destroyer25;5294570Oh, and my other Grandpa designed the fire CTRL system on the M1A1. So, Americans thank me now. :lulz:

Thank you Destroyer's Grandpa :)


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#7 8 years ago

Haven't joined yet, intending on finishing at least my undergrad studies first. I did AFJROTC in high school, basically I think the most important benefit of that is that it teaches you how to deal with inexperienced people who may or may not be on a power-trip. That and the importance of properly tailoring your clothes.

Computernerd: try for the ROTC scholarship again if that's what you want to do, when I applied to USMA but was rejected due to Accutane use (acne medication), they offered me a full Army ROTC scholarship. Frankly, my grades weren't that great, odds are you're comparable academically to me (or better).

I intend on going in after college, while I've still got healthy-ish years left. Why do I want to join? Government service, a chance to do a lot of travel, training in various skills I find interesting, shiny things on a uniform. What else could you want, besides decent pay?

If I recall correctly, the last guy in my family to serve in combat was my great-grandfather, in the Pacific during WWII. My grandfather was an Army Reserve medic during Korea, but he stayed in the USA. Before that I think the last ones to serve fought in the Civil War. Frankly, I don't think that my great-grandfather or grandfather's positions really affected my desire to serve, although what's possibly my most prized possession is the compass from my great-grandfather. If anyone can find information on a German compass-maker with the brand name "Pyramid", I'd be much obliged.




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#8 8 years ago

Crazy Wolf;5294589Haven't joined yet, intending on finishing at least my undergrad studies first. I did AFJROTC in high school, basically I think the most important benefit of that is that it teaches you how to deal with inexperienced people who may or may not be on a power-trip. That and the importance of properly tailoring your clothes.[/QUOTE]

Yeah, same things I learned from Young Marines. Also learned a lot of life-lessons as well.

P.S. Speaking of acne, that's something else I got a lot of from Young Marines =p

[QUOTE=Crazy Wolf;5294589]Computernerd: try for the ROTC scholarship again if that's what you want to do, when I applied to USMA but was rejected due to Accutane use (acne medication), they offered me a full Army ROTC scholarship. Frankly, my grades weren't that great, odds are you're comparable academically to me (or better).

Well, also, I figured that in the end, I didn't really want ROTC, mainly because I love living here in Georgia. Plus, I wanted to be stationed at the base where my old YM unit meets so I could volunteer there. Plus, if I do decide to become (probably will), I'm just gonna do the standard OCS course.


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#9 8 years ago

[INDENT]So, for those of us who are not military, what would make you join?[/INDENT]

Depends on the branch.

Right now I wouldn't join the infantry; I don't mind hard work but I don't want to be treated like shit. And from what I've seen of the British Army they treat their people like serfs; shout at them when they get something wrong rather than working with them to fix it, patronise them even when they're doing something right. Fuck that.

It might be fine when you're sixteen years old and just out of school - when you need to bring someone up sharpish and make them obey without thinking - but I'll be heading towards my mid twenties by the time I'm free of academia. If I were to join the army I'd want to work with competent professionals, learn soldiering as a skill set, not be treated like a five year old with an abusive parent.

So yeah, mature peers and respect for that one.

Navy, hmm, navy. I don't see much future for the navy - as missiles get better a ship is a massive risk. Obviously CIWS has been getting better too but the theatre is expanding, a ship cannot really face down a shore battery of similar development. I think as time goes on naval warfare will become about policing pirates while the risky parts are done with less expensive assets.

I'm not quite sure how it's meant to differ from an office job either. Would be nice to go the command route but at the same time I don't want to be trapped in a tin can under water if things go utterly tits up. I do like working with people though and there's the travel the world/get a bit of experience bit.

Some sort of decent promotion scheme I suppose, more info about advancement.

Airforce. Not likely to get the test scores to fly, don't give a damn about being a mechanic, can't think of much else to do.




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#10 8 years ago
Nemmerle;5294606Right now nothing would convince me to join the infantry; I don't mind hard work but I don't want to be treated like shit. And from what I've seen of the British Army they treat their people like serfs; shout at them when they get something wrong rather than working with them to fix it, patronise them even when they're doing something right. Fuck that.

Are you talking about basic training or the actual work that you do once you become a Soldier?


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