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So I am thinking that I'm most likely going to be joining the army a little while after my birthday this august. Its a stressful decision but i think it will be good for me. I'm looking into become a 19D Calvary scout. The thing i will miss the most if i join will be my comanche 

 

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some of the best people I've ever met were military guys/gals.  :L:   if it's for you, then go for it! 

 

do you have someone to store the truck for you? 

 

and have you started your daily running/pushups/pullups?  if so, put on a 20# backpack and keep going with all 3.  then step that up to 30#, the 40#, etc.  boot camp is hard enough without needing to also get your arms/legs in shape at the same time. 

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Yeah i should have someone to store it for me when I'm in basic but from what i understand once I'm in training school for a job id be able to have it again. And no not officially joined yet so no pushups or anything 

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3 minutes ago, Muncher said:

Yeah i should have someone to store it for me when I'm in basic but from what i understand once I'm in training school for a job id be able to have it again. And no not officially joined yet so no pushups or anything 

 

It's not too soon to start. Start doing pushups, pullups, and running IMMEDIATELY.

 

I played multiple sports through college, and I thought I was in good shape when I enlisted.

 

I was wrong.

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if your not willing to kill somebody because your told too, then now is not the time to enlist. 
Well I am looking into being a cav scout which is combat so I could do that
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6 minutes ago, MiNi Beast said:
if your not willing to kill somebody because your told too, then now is not the time to enlist. 

Well I am looking into being a cav scout which is combat so I could do that

good deal. You will be in combat. Its quite the commitment and a very honorable one at that. I would be proud to have you protect my freedoms. Ill support you when you go and Pray for you while your away and shed a tear when you return home and welcome you to be my friend to the end. :beerchug: 

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1 minute ago, MiNi Beast said:

good deal. You will be in combat. Its quite the commitment and a very honorable one at that. I would be proud to have you protect my freedoms. Ill support you when you go and Pray for you while your away and shed a tear when you return home and welcome you to be my friend to the end. :beerchug: 

Thank you. it has always been a dream of mine to fight for my country and protect it. especially a group of people like this club is worth it to protect you are all great people. 

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Bro there is so much more to being in the military than "killing" people. That is just civilian movie watching. There is a whole generation of people who don't have their CIB/CAB/EFMB. There are the majority of MOSs that never even pick up a rifle for months at a time.

 

If you want some advice from someone not a recruiter pm me and we can talk. I am an RI with ARTB and mentoring lower enlisted is a big part of what I do now. First step is get airborne in your contract.

 

One question, why 19D? 

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1 minute ago, Muncher said:

Thank you. it has always been a dream of mine to fight for my country and protect it. especially a group of people like this club is worth it to protect you are all great people. 

your welcome. I have my moments, but save @PeteM before me. :grinyes:

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Good luck, I was USAF myself. Military will not only teach you a skill but discipline as well. One piece of advice., I have no idea what Cavalry 9D is. Learn a valuable skill for the civilian world. Like my Dad told me, Ain't much call for a tank driver in civilian life. He basically talked me out of being an ordnance fitter on an aircraft carrier. Don't many bombs on 737s. So I joined the Air Force as a Computer systems specialist. Point is look to your future as well. Combat medic, communications specialists etc. Learn a skill. Had a former Marine in my boot camp flight. I asked him why did he reenlist in the the Air Force. He told me all the Marines taught him was how to kill people and he couldn't find a job doing that.

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1 hour ago, Car Enthusiast said:

Bro there is so much more to being in the military than "killing" people. That is just civilian movie watching. There is a whole generation of people who don't have their CIB/CAB/EFMB. There are the majority of MOSs that never even pick up a rifle for months at a time.

 

If you want some advice from someone not a recruiter pm me and we can talk. I am an RI with ARTB and mentoring lower enlisted is a big part of what I do now. First step is get airborne in your contract.

 

One question, why 19D? 

I just think it just seems like the most interesting Combat arms job to me and i have a couple people i knew who were one and it seems like a gppd mos 

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1 minute ago, tugboat95 said:

Good luck, I was USAF myself. Military will not only teach you a skill but discipline as well. One piece of advice., I have no idea what Cavalry 9D is. Learn a valuable skill for the civilian world. Like my Dad told me, Ain't much call for a tank driver in civilian life. He basically talked me out of being an ordnance fitter on an aircraft carrier. Don't many bombs on 737s. So I joined the Air Force as a Computer systems specialist. Point is look to your future as well. Combat medic, communications specialists etc. Learn a skill. Had a former Marine in my boot camp flight. I asked him why did he reenlist in the the Air Force. He told me all the Marines taught him was how to kill people and he couldn't find a job doing that.

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I am aware of doing something to translate to civilian life. id 19d is like recon job so i could do that and switch to a machine operator or something after a couple of years 

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Keep working on your education. Use all the opportunities they provide. My service is dated.(the 80s) but even then in the USAF (which is generally high tech) you wouldn't rise higher than an E5 Without at least an Associates Degree. By E7 you had a Bachelor's and E8 to E9 you needed at least a Master's or even a PhD. If you didn't have this things you would not be allowed to reenlist. They pay for it...get it.

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I 1000% support your decision to join the Army!

Its funny, when I first told my parents I wanted to be an Army Ranger, my mom was all worried and wanted me to do something safe and with 'valuable job skills' I could use when i get out. I replied with "if I want to do the same thing in the Army as I could here in town, why join the military?"

They were there at the (Ranger graduation ceremony) and were beaming from ear to ear with pride. I'll never forget that. 

 

I retired from the Army not too long ago. A hair over 22 years total with multiple trips around the globe as 11B (infantry) and then 12A (engineer officer.) Not a day goes by where I don't spontaneously chuckle to myself thinking of things I've done/seen.  

 

It will change you as a person. Don't let anyone talk you out of it. I recommend doing the delayed enlistment program where you sign up for example, today, but don't report to basic for several months...that way you have time (and motivation) to get ready both physically and mentally. Better to show up in shape than be one of the guys struggling from day 1. 

 

 

Feel free to PM me if you want! 

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There are a few things I try to caution people away from, assuming that I like them.  Joining the military is high on the list.

 

Right now you're young and stupid.  I mean no offense by that statement.  We ALL start out that way.  Luckily, most of us live to outgrow it.

 

I was military.  What passed for training was absolutely pathetic, once you got past the physical part.  (I'm talking basic AND the skills training.)  I've heard it said that the larger the organization, the more stupid BS is built into it.  Take it from me, the military is a VERY large organization.  At least I was smart enough to join as a reservist.  I had the option to go regular if I wanted.  The Army certainly made an impression on me.  It just wasn't a good one.  Needless to say, I didn't go regular.

 

Forget all your romantic notions about serving god and country.  You won't be protecting your "country".  You'll just be doing whatever the "government" wants.  If you can't understand the difference between country and government, sign up.  You're good military material.  The internet is your friend.  I'd invite you to take a good hard look at everything we've done with our military going back to the 1960's.  If you do any fighting at all, odds are it will be for oil, major corporations, or just so the military industrial complex can continue to make big money.  (After all, there's huge profit to be made in war or any other conflict.)

 

Others can say how proud they are of you.  That's their call.  But if you're running around the world creating enemies for me, you're no friend of mine.  I understand that this post may be abrasive.  If anybody wants further clarification, or to debate the issue, I may (or may not) respond.  I think I've said everything that needs to be said, and it's based on decades of observation and my own personal experience.  YMMV

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I think every young person should do a hitch in the military. I did and I am glad that I did. You will have a bunch of life changing experiences and learn lessons that will aid you down the road as you grow older. You will also meet a lot of different types people that you have not experienced so far....trust me. 

 

You will also reap many benefits that are available to veterans. Also look at this way: If you do 4 years you will only be 22 when discharged. That is mighty young in the scheme of life, but, you will have numerous experiences under your belt and a better idea of what you actually want to do. 

 

GO FOR IT YOUNG MAN !!!!

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Ollie

PS...One branch of the Service that is overlooked is the US Coast Guard. Not my branch but I wish it had been. 

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I think every young person should do a hitch in the military. I did and I am glad that I did. You will have a bunch of life changing experiences and learn lessons that will aid you down the road as you grow older. You will also meet a lot of different types people that you have not experienced so far....trust me. 
 
You will also reap many benefits that are available to veterans. Also look at this way: If you do 4 years you will only be 22 when discharged. That is mighty young in the scheme of life, but, you will have numerous experiences under your belt and a better idea of what you actually want to do. 
 
GO FOR IT YOUNG MAN !!!!
Having Comanche Fun,
Ollie
PS...One branch of the Service that is overlooked is the US Coast Guard. Not my branch but I wish it had been. 
I deal with the puddle pirates daily. I will buy a beer for The SAR guys anytime. I know when it hits the fan, them boys are gonna move heaven and earth to come get me off this forsaken hunk of floating steel or that 6 foot diameter liferaft in an angry sea. The rest of them I wouldn't piss on if they were on fire. The regulation and inspection people are morons. I love how a 20 year old kid from Iowa that's never seen the ocean til 6 months ago is gonna tell me how to do the job I've been doing for 30 years and grew up doing.

I'm proud of my service and yes you will be defending our country. Does my heart good that even now there are plenty of young men and women that hear the call to serve. It's a beaurcracy and you will deal with crap buts it's the best decision I ever made. I don't regret a minute of my service. I still serve in the Merchant Marine as well as being a volunteer firefighter when I'm on the beach. Embrace the core principles they instill in you. And if you ever need it seek the help that will be provided. I do feel we are letting our warriors down in that department.

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I 1000% support your decision to join the Army!
Its funny, when I first told my parents I wanted to be an Army Ranger, my mom was all worried and wanted me to do something safe and with 'valuable job skills' I could use when i get out. I replied with "if I want to do the same thing in the Army as I could here in town, why join the military?"
They were there at the (Ranger graduation ceremony) and were beaming from ear to ear with pride. I'll never forget that. 
 
I retired from the Army not too long ago. A hair over 22 years total with multiple trips around the globe as 11B (infantry) and then 12A (engineer officer.) Not a day goes by where I don't spontaneously chuckle to myself thinking of things I've done/seen.  
 
It will change you as a person. Don't let anyone talk you out of it. I recommend doing the delayed enlistment program where you sign up for example, today, but don't report to basic for several months...that way you have time (and motivation) to get ready both physically and mentally. Better to show up in shape than be one of the guys struggling from day 1. 
 
 
Feel free to PM me if you want! 
I think I will do the delayed entry program. Seeing I want to wait a little while anyways before i join
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Start regular morning exercise now.  And get used to getting up at oh-my-god-its-early.

 

If you're already in the routine, I'll make the transition easier.

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14 hours ago, Car Enthusiast said:

Bro there is so much more to being in the military than "killing" people. That is just civilian movie watching. There is a whole generation of people who don't have their CIB/CAB/EFMB. There are the majority of MOSs that never even pick up a rifle for months at a time.

 

If you want some advice from someone not a recruiter pm me and we can talk. I am an RI with ARTB and mentoring lower enlisted is a big part of what I do now. First step is get airborne in your contract.

 

 

How about not using all the abbreviations? I'm a veteran with a box full of medals, and orders for others that I am allowed to purchase on my own if I want to add them to the box. I know what the CIB and CAB are, but I've never heard of EFMB, ARTB, or RI. How about using English?

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