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filkove 09-24-2007 10:55 AM

Any Military?
 
Any military here? Iím in the US Air Force active duty, going on 6 years, just wondering if anyone else is mil...

nhzoso 09-24-2007 12:15 PM

Re: Any Military?
 
Was in the U.S. Navy for 12 years, Submarines...Hold all the jokes I have heard them all already : )

Honestly it was the best thing I ever did.

filkove 09-24-2007 12:27 PM

Re: Any Military?
 
12 years? why'd you get out? more then half way done!!!

I'm puting on my E-5 stripe on Oct 1st... i have 6 months left and really thinking of getting out. i have a lot of good things going for me here in the Denver area and really dont want to risk relocating or getting deployed (again). I'm really nervus though, when all you know is the military getting out is really stressful...

nhzoso 09-24-2007 12:50 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by filkove (Post 363061)
12 years? why'd you get out? more then half way done!!!

I'm puting on my E-5 stripe on Oct 1st... i have 6 months left and really thinking of getting out. i have a lot of good things going for me here in the Denver area and really dont want to risk relocating or getting deployed (again). I'm really nervus though, when all you know is the military getting out is really stressful...


I met my wife and really did not want to do subs anymore. I told them I may stay if they would send me to a target (surface ship) but they said no that I was now too valuable to subs with all the experienece and training I had. Plus they said no one with 12 years ever gets out. So I guess I was the 1st..LOL


It is stressful when you get out but the conversion to civilian life is not as bad as the military will tell you. I was so scared about not getting a job I took the 1st thing that came along, terminix...LOL .I lasted about 3 months there and then a few old buds who got out before me hooked me up with some interviews and I have had excellent jobs since then.

The most important thing is to network as much as possible and try not to burn any bridges. Also have a great resume, pay someone to help you write it if you have too because it is very, very important in getting you interviews. Most major company's absolutely love to hire ex military people so you have a big advantage going in already.

Good luck, I am sure you will be fine in whatever decision you make.

GRUNTERSDAD 09-24-2007 12:53 PM

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Three years in the Army 1968 - 1971. Back in the day when the cavalry was the cavalry.
Medical Supply Specialist. SP/5 Berlin Germany.

filkove 09-24-2007 01:25 PM

Re: Any Military?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by nhzoso (Post 363064)
I met my wife and really did not want to do subs anymore. I told them I may stay if they would send me to a target (surface ship) but they said no that I was now too valuable to subs with all the experienece and training I had. Plus they said no one with 12 years ever gets out. So I guess I was the 1st..LOL


It is stressful when you get out but the conversion to civilian life is not as bad as the military will tell you. I was so scared about not getting a job I took the 1st thing that came along, terminix...LOL .I lasted about 3 months there and then a few old buds who got out before me hooked me up with some interviews and I have had excellent jobs since then.

The most important thing is to network as much as possible and try not to burn any bridges. Also have a great resume, pay someone to help you write it if you have too because it is very, very important in getting you interviews. Most major company's absolutely love to hire ex military people so you have a big advantage going in already.

Good luck, I am sure you will be fine in whatever decision you make.

Thanks for the advice... I'm scheduled for TAPS (Transition Program) and Iím also going to see a career advisor and learn how to write a resume... but it looks like I may have to pay someone to write it for me 'cause I havenít the slightest clue on how.

GRUNTERSDAD: 3 years back in the day eh? well thanks for serving!

Muckster 09-24-2007 03:39 PM

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Master Sergeant E-7 (Retired)

USAF - (1984-1988).
Air National Guard - (1988- 2004).

AMMO!!!!!!

T.Underhill 09-24-2007 04:18 PM

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Ammo...meh. If you ain't ammo you ain't dumb? Is that how that goes?

Garvin 09-24-2007 04:24 PM

Re: Any Military?
 
Well, I never went in, but my father just retired after 33 years. He was a 2 star General. Kind of set the bar a little too high for me...

filkove 09-24-2007 04:44 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by T.Underhill (Post 363093)
Ammo...meh. If you ain't ammo you ain't dumb? Is that how that goes?

Close but no... do i sence a little hostility? lol

Muckster 09-24-2007 04:53 PM

Re: Any Military?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by T.Underhill (Post 363093)
Ammo...meh. If you ain't ammo you ain't dumb? Is that how that goes?

LOL!!!

Better than being a Load Toad. LOL.

DogBreath 09-24-2007 08:04 PM

Re: Any Military?
 
Four years, sergeant USAF, then three more years as a Navy contractor, back before most of the kids here on the forum were born.

That Guy 09-24-2007 11:03 PM

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1995 - 1998: 3rd Class Petty Officer *ABH 3* U.S. Navy, USS Gerorge Washington (CVN-73) Flight Deck Director FLY 2

T.Underhill 09-25-2007 12:33 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Muckster (Post 363102)
LOL!!!

Better than being a Load Toad. LOL.

True, you know how many ammo and maint. retrainees I work with? Somehow the flightline and working all weekend isn't that appealing...go figure

nebula821 09-26-2007 09:37 AM

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2 years in the US Air Force, was stationed at Barksdale AFB in December of '98 and that's how I ended up living in Louisiana (Air Force parents as well). Started playing drums in the AF, so I guess that's why I needed to go in. It wasn't for me at all.

Steady Freddy 09-26-2007 05:56 PM

Re: Any Military?
 
I was an US Army paratrooper from 69-71. Got out and got back into music.

These days when I fly I'm just glad I don't have to jump out of the friggin thing.

Jeremy Bender 09-30-2007 02:55 AM

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US Navy Band 1985-1991. Musician third class. Sometimes I wish I'd stayed in. Could be retired by now !

bojangleman 09-30-2007 09:54 AM

Re: Any Military?
 
im not in it now,(to young) but i plan on joining when im 17 to the Jr. Rotc, Airforce. i am going to be a pilot no matter what, so if the airforce wont let me fly cause of my eyes, im gonna go commercial...

Alex

LiveGoat 09-30-2007 10:17 AM

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That's awesome! My best friend was on a supply ship (the Kiska, I believe) during Desert Shield. Have you ever been to subsim.com? It's a great site with a huge community, with many members being active and former servicemen(and women).

--LG


Quote:

Originally Posted by nhzoso (Post 363060)
Was in the U.S. Navy for 12 years, Submarines...Hold all the jokes I have heard them all already : )

Honestly it was the best thing I ever did.


nhzoso 10-01-2007 03:29 PM

Re: Any Military?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by LiveGoat (Post 364726)
That's awesome! My best friend was on a supply ship (the Kiska, I believe) during Desert Shield. Have you ever been to subsim.com? It's a great site with a huge community, with many members being active and former servicemen(and women).

--LG

Never heard of it but I will check it out..Thanks!

hawk9290 10-02-2007 01:58 AM

Re: Any Military?
 
I'm considering NROTC or waiting for OCS later, but I'm looking at going into engineering, and to go 4-8 years without touching any of that stuff will make life a bit harder career or grad-school wise. However, if nothing else, I know I will do either CAP or USCGA.

Unfortunatley for me, my family sees me as being very much like my uncle, who is currently a 2 star admiral after less than 1 year at 1 star, and who is being fast-tracked for CNO. Just a small act for me to follow there ;-) That said, I would be guarenteed just about any career in the Navy, and I'm already (time and weather permitting) getting a flight on a F-18 Super Hornet next week, so its a very tempting deal for me. But my vision changes day-to-day anywhere from 20/20 to 20/40ish so it throws the Lasik guys for a loop and makes flying a bit harder of a choice, and to go SEAL would be a lot of work.

georgeman 10-02-2007 02:47 AM

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if we ever meet in person remind me to shake your hand

i am an eagle scout and realize the sacrifice you had to make

even in times of peace

thanks


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