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Thinking about serving in the military. Any tips or things I should know?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by MassachussettsMosinNagant, Feb 10, 2019.

  1. whacko

    whacko NES Member

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    I wasn't trying to pole holes in your story......Details just stick out to me sometimes.
     

  2. Greg

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    Ahh no problem man,made me start trying to look shit up lol..Not much about the 2nd Armored Div in Garlstedt Germany on the internet,just some pictures but no past commanders.

    He may have even been the division XO under the Brig General,I seem to recall BN XO for some reason.
     
  3. 440beeper

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    One of the best things I ever did...served with some really great people and got to do some cool stuff. It's not for everyone, but it's a great experience. Boot camp isn't that bad and it goes by before you know it.
     
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    People will say, "Thank you for your service"
    At first it's like a nickname you did not want - painful to hear
    But over time, you learn to accept it and appreciate those that say it to you.

    Provided you actually serve in an honorable way and portray yourself in a respectful way. Guessing by the way you asked for advice I'm sure you'll do fine.

    Good luck and keep us posted - I wish you well.
     
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    Read his other thread he started about WWIII. It’s been linked in this thread at least 10x as a warning to others.

    ETA: Come to think of it, it’s because of idiots like him posting insane diatribes online that we’re now getting this Red Flag/ERPO shit stuffed down our throats.
     
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    This thread outed a NES nazi so it wasn't for nothing.
     
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    ^^^ To be fair I don’t think he was hiding it too much, with a white nation tattoo on his arm and telling everybody about it on his third post or something, but ya I hear what you’re saying.
     
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    Changes they are a coming.
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    [​IMG]

    ETA:
    I once searched the Intarwebs for fragging stories.
    Most of the anecdotes I found were actually just
    tales of passive aggression resulting in attitude-readjusting injuries.
    Akin to:
    Poor leader is yelling at his troops yet again while walking backwards.
    <Descending whistle noise>
    <Splash>
    "Watch out for that missing manhole cover, sir".​

     
  11. Picton

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    I can't keep all the whack-jobs straight.
     
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    were you in that BN that sent company to Africa?
     
  13. whacko

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    Yup.

    FSC commander......Was the best job I ever had. I was a lucky commander because I had a great 1st sergeant......One that gave 110%.....Which is about 90% of the battle in creating a good company in the army......Good NCOs. I also understood the concept that the NCOs run the company. Officers manage it. I always told my officers that your job is to provide the when where and why of a mission...Let the NCOs provide who how and what is needed to get it done.

    Before that command I was deployed as company xo for an engineer bn fsc

    I was commander of the infantry fsc for 3.5 years. Then went to a bn staff.....For 9 months......Then went to another company command of a trans unit for 2 more years.....Then made major and went to state headquarters......Headquarters ruined me dude. I was happy working with soldiers......Field grade rank sucked for me. I'm not a politician and I'm not a spreadsheet guy. I made shit happen with a stubby pencil and a notebook while wearing a Kevlar and carrying a rifle......That was logistics to me. I voluntarily retired because I started to hate my job.......That's when it's time to go. Was told by the hhd admin that I was the only major he ever saw request retirement while sitting on a freshly printed 2 year retention memo! I t was just time to hang the boots on the wire for me.
     
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    So the bed wetter had a blanket party and washed out. Got it.

    LOL

    That was either the dryest bed wetting joke I've ever heard or hilariously unintentional.
     
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    Your resume was sounding like MAJ Rooney- and I thought it was weird he was in here.
    Big Greek was the 1SG in question? Great guy
     
  16. whacko

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    Little Portuguese was my 1sg! Silva
     
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    The Marines are no where near the same combat arms numbers as the Army. We Have 3 Active duty divisions roughly 120000 strong. The army has over 30 divisions at about 500000 strong.
     
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    I think we're taking a out two different battalions. I was with the 182......I just re read the article about the Africa deployment and that was the 181. My bad brother.

    Oh.....And big Greek......Yes I know Lou. He was an e4 when I was an e3 in charlie 1-104 infantry back in the early 1990s. Great guy.
     
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    He's talking proportions not total. If you read our banter back and forth we mention 5 support for every combat arms. He agreed and said it's 20% of the Marines is combat arms the rest support.
     
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    Yup and he was a logistics guy.
     
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    Yup. Tooth to tail.

    I read once that the actual number of 11-series active duty soldiers in the entire army would just about fill the Meadowlands. I have no way of knowing whether that’s true, but it sounds right to me.

    Bearing in mind a lot of dismounted fighting gets done by 12s, 19s, 91s, 13s, and (of course) 18s seeking TDY.
     
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  22. whacko

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    88s (trans) did their share of closing with the enemy in Iraq too. Present company included. Certainly not the primary function.....But shit happens.
     
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    I'm tracking. I'm simply saying by proportion the combat arms options are similar. If you get an infantry contract you get an infantry contract. Like the Army, the USMC will give you a contract for the opportunity to "try" at recon. That said, regular battalion Recon is not part of SOCOM like the ranger regiment is. But like the rangers, one is more likely to wash out than make it through. You also can't get a raider contract out the door like you can with the 18X program for green berets. So in that regard, you're right.

    I'd consider any of the "field" logistics/support units to be somewhere between grunts and POGS. My wife was 3531 (Motor-T operator) in a truck company in the USMC. Her unit saw more combat than we did doing log runs through indian country in 2011. Even very pogy pogs in an infantry battalion are more likely to see combat than in other Marine units (except admin lol). We had an optics technician for the SABRE system (USMC TOW system) who basically was just a rifleman on our deployment.

    Mike
     
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    Am I the only one making the connection between this thread and Banshee?
     
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    I’m surprised this thread isn’t locked yet. Spending that much time and energy on a non-green member’s vacuous post? After the first page or two a new thread should have been started for military commiserations. C’mon guys.....
     
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    Two updates, having reviewed the posts in this thread, I encourage the OP to go ahead and join the military, preferabbly the Marines. It will be a genuinely education experience for him [lmao]

    Second, PH really DOES have "WN" aka "Russian Midget" porn on it. Need eye bleach.
     
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    I went USAF right after high school. Less than a month after graduation I was on my way to Lackland AFB. Of course I owned nothing but the clothes in my bureau.
    Air Force is the hardest branch to get into but the easiest basic training to get through. The most technical of the branches. Gamers who are good at flight games have a good shot at drone programs too.
    Whatever branch you choose, thank you for your service.
    I met a swimmer at the Y who was getting ready to head off to Coast Guard rescue swimmer training after he completes basic. Met another swimmer who was a Marine Corp swim instructor. Dude was a powerful swimmer.
    There are many ways to serve.
     
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    Back when I joined during Desert Storm I could get a Infantry contract with the Army and get Jump School, Ranger School and a spot at SF selection in my Contract, and then all the other schools the army has, from the recruiter. The Marines had just Infantry and then come the words “you can do all that in the Corps too and look at our pretty Dress Blue uniforms”. I don’t know anything about Raiders or “Recon tryouts” nowadays. Back then if Recon had a tryout, great....if they didn’t, oh well. My first 3 years in the Corps I saw only 1 Recon tryout and by then I was counting the seconds until I was transferred to Camp Couch.
     
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    The army will send you to flight school out of high school though, so there's that. Somehow doubt the OP would qualify though.

    Yeah the USMC doesn't like to give people schools. Easiest way to be high-speed from the infantry is probably to try out for STA. I'm pretty sure the army still has Ranger, SF, and airborne incentives they can throw in an enlistment contract. Doesn't guarantee you will graduate any schools, and even less likely you will make it through RASP or SFAS.
     
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    Right, u have to pass the school. My brother discovered his fear of hieghts at jump school, lol! He then got orders to a line company.
     
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