I joined the United States Navy in 1980 right out of high school and it was a very good experience for me. I really did a lot of growing up there and got to see so many new places and people.
I did learn a skill as a shipboard electrician and went on two western pacific cruises. That let me see Australia, Korea, The Phillipeans, Japan, Hong Kong and Thailand.
It was fine, but everyone has a different experience. I served in combat units, though most of the army is made up of non-combat soldiers. The experiences between the two ends of the spectrum will be noticeably different. One end is generally fatalistic while the other is patriotic. The fatalistic soldiers always put the needs of others before their own. They were great and loyal people and I miss them.
I joined the Air Force Reserves at the beginning of the first Gulf War. I was a Medical Technician. Most of my time was spent in training, and by the time I went to Activity duty, the war was over and I just went to my Duty Station. In the Air Force (or the Civilian's Military) it's more mental than physical. In Basic, instead of screaming at you all day to move it, they tested your understanding of orders and how well you carried them out. The Service is a great way of life because it is filled with volunteers, and as long as you did your job, everything was fine. There's a reason we have the greatest military i the world, it's because of the dedicated people.
by Credence2 5 years ago
Hi, folks, the link that I provide is from an article written by Patrick Buchanan, not one of my favorite guys. He is blunt in his opinion and I think just as wrong. http://news.yahoo.com/pentagons-surrend … 00599.html
by Jim Higgins 5 years ago
What do you think of the announcement today that women will be allowed to serve in combat?Defense Secretary Leon Panetta made that announcement today, opening up thousands of frontline positions for women in infantry, armored and even elite commando units. What will be the reaction when one is...
by Holle Abee 8 years ago
According to both MSNBC and FOX, 70% of those serving in the military favor the repeal of DADT. According to FOX's Shep Smith, it's the generals who want to keep it - not the enlisted men and women. Shouldn't these guys and gals in the trenches have more say-so than the generals?
by alexandriaruthk 5 years ago
Pros and cons of allowing women in combat?or should women be allowed in combat?
by LiamBean 5 years ago
Should combat roles be opened to women?
by Peeples 3 years ago
In what ways is the USA military different than ISIS?Politically incorrect I guess to ask but curious what others think. American army follows orders without question, bomb and kill civilians, attempts to control other countries, would die for their cause, believe our killing is somehow justified,...
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