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#357742 - 09/09/07 04:54 PM Re: Army and Marines [Re: trevek]
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He has to finish his senior year of high school, and then it will all depend on when an opening comes up.

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#357743 - 09/11/07 07:24 AM Re: Army and Marines [Re: trevek]
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I see. That's interesting. Quite different from when I joined Her Majesty's Forces... do they still have muskets?
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#357744 - 09/15/07 05:40 AM Re: Army and Marines [Re: trevek]
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I leave August 13th of next year to basic in fort Benning Georgia. I chose that time over June or July just to enjoy my last summer of freedom for a few years.
Georgia summer=HELL and goody goody.
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#357745 - 09/15/07 09:29 PM Re: Army and Marines [Re: Stormdragon]
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Could be worse, you could arrive in Missouri in the middle of winter.

Military life isn't that bad. Sure, you can't just up and go somewhere whenever you like, but these days, your room is your own private room, although you share a common area with someone else. Most posts now have policies prohibiting "hey you" details after duty. Shopping at the PX is comparable to Walmart. And there's plenty of room to advance, plus the opportunities you'll have after military service. If you signed for four years, you'll probably make SGT. If you do, you might consider staying in for a career.

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#357746 - 09/16/07 01:01 PM Re: Army and Marines [Re: Bushi_no_ki]
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In the 1980's we poor limeys were amazed to find that US soldiers not only had fridges in their rooms but could even ave beer! (not sure if the second bit is true)
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#357747 - 09/16/07 11:43 PM Re: Army and Marines [Re: trevek]
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trevek, it is true. I've got a 12 pack right now. Tomorrow is a training holiday.

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#357748 - 09/17/07 07:58 AM Re: Army and Marines [Re: Bushi_no_ki]
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a 12 pack? Must be all the sit-ups?

British squaddies aren't supposed to have alcohol in the billets.


Edited by trevek (09/17/07 07:59 AM)
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#357749 - 09/18/07 07:25 AM Re: Army and Marines [Re: trevek]
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Eek, there are definitely times when I'm thankful to be an American.

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#357750 - 09/18/07 07:45 AM Re: Army and Marines [Re: Bushi_no_ki]
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Yes, I suppose every cloud has a silver lining.
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#357751 - 09/19/07 09:22 AM Re: Army and Marines [Re: trevek]
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Yes, I suppose every cloud has a silver lining.


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To quote the Greatful Dead "Every silver lining has a touch of grey"


Ahh... Good ol' Benning.. I had some good times there. I'm not sure what the AFPT scores needed to get into Airborne and Ranger school are anymore (I've been out for 5 years) but one word of advice.. since you have Airborne and RIP schools in your contract make sure you qualify with the proper scores. If you don't it may constitue a breach of contract. A guy in my basic training unit had Airborne and RIP schools in his contract and while he could run like the wind.. he couldn't do push ups very well. He didn't get a high enough score on the AFPT for Airborne and RIP so he was told he was in breach of contract.. he had station of choice as Ft. Lewis, WA and ended up going to Korea. Just be careful when dealing with the recruiters/drill sergeants.

That is only a very few of the people in the Army though. For the most part (in my experience) soilders are very nice people and should be commended on the sacrifices they and their families make.

Another thing, besides the obvious Delta Force, Green Berets, Rangers, etc.. one thing that you may want to consider is Infantry Scouts. When I was in the army I was in an infantry scout unit. Basically.. they sneak around and stick their noses where it doesn't belong (that's how the Platoon Sgt explained it to me when he convinced me to transfer to that unit.)

Anywho, Infantry in the Army is the ONLY way to go IMO

Good luck!


Edited by aeclark82 (09/19/07 09:36 AM)
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