I Served In the Military

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 460 People

    I am currently serving in the Canadian Royal

    Forces. I'm a Women. I really don't like how some people think women aren't fit for the Military. Not including training, I've been in 3 years. I've done 2 tours and I'm a Medic so I think I can Handle it just fine, and so can any other women. So anyone out their complaining...
    MedicGirl1992 MedicGirl1992
    22-25, F
    3 Responses Aug 23, 2015

    I Have Served

    My service began with the Viet Nam War and with a short break went on to include the War On Terror, through Afghanistan/Iraq and beyond. I've participated in more 'little excursions' than I care to remember. I was honored to work with some of the greatest men and women I have...
    Josie06 Josie06
    56-60, F
    3 Responses Oct 20, 2008

    I went to basic training almost 4 years ago.

    Spent my time in BUT and AIT in good olé Fort Lost in the Woods in the state of misery. Other wise know to the rest of the world as Fort Leanord wood MO. After completing AIT I was stuck for 6 weeks waiting on orders. Landed up in Texas and have been developed 2 times once for...
    dec2remember86 dec2remember86
    26-30, M
    2 Responses Jan 17, 2014

    I Am, Technically, A Vet- Army Dogs!

    Hot, sweltering. Well, it was Afghanistan... For my time as a vet serving in the UK (through an overseas/Commonwealth as I am not Britiah!) I am and was a vet. Now I work in a relatively tame vet practice for much loved pets on a small island. Compared to the life at Camp...
    MummaToAZoo MummaToAZoo
    36-40, F
    2 Responses Mar 22, 2013

    Searching For My Patricia

    In summer/autumn of 2009 I had a profound experience which turned my world upside down.  I had recently given blood and learnt how the black and Asian communities were three times more likely to need a kidney transplant than Caucasians.  I took upon myself to tell as many of...
    childofgod74 childofgod74
    36-40, M
    Feb 28, 2012

    Be Proud Of The Military And The People Who Serve.

    So I currently serve in the US Coast Guard. People usually don't see us as a military branch and when they do, they think we belong to the Navy but we don't. We are a separate branch of the military under the Department of HOMELAND SECURITY. Not DEFENSE. I don't like how some...
    AlphaMay05 AlphaMay05
    22-25, M
    2 Responses Oct 28, 2013

    I Miss the Army..

    well sometimes I miss it but I realise I needed to get out when I did. I was in the British army for nearly 12 years I joined at 16 when I left school with **** exam results. I had a pretty good time but looking back I didn't work as hard as I should have to...
    sarah1079 sarah1079
    26-30, F
    7 Responses Sep 16, 2009

    The Only Thing I Wanted To Do When I Grew Up Was....

    I can only remember thinking all I want to do is join the service when I grow up. Well that has been 21 years so far, not sure if I have grown up yet or just older, in any event I have loved every step of the way. I joined the US Navy right out of high school, because I...
    NavySailor NavySailor
    36-40, M
    4 Responses Jan 9, 2011

    What an experience it was to be in the military.

    I served in the USAF (United States Air Force). I know I didn't want to go to college, and I had enough of school.. I couldn't find a well paying job at the time. So I thought why not join the military.. Now the choice was which branch. I decided Air Force, since it has more to...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    1 Response Jul 23, 2015
    stuntman86 stuntman86
    26-30, M
    2 Responses Dec 5, 2013

    Vfw Post In Missouri

    In 1971 i had a low draft number and enlisted in the U.S.Army.After finishing Basic and A.I.T.was stationed at Ft.Dix and got orders for Vietnam. The day before shipping out i was sent to Germany for a year. Returning back home to Chicago with other veterans were spit on and...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    Apr 21, 2012

    I had served up until right

    before my 19th birthday, i was in the 143rd MP. Our convoy was hit by ied's and then i was medically discharged.
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    1 Response Jan 21, 2015

    i proud to say i have done my time

    and served for my country as an EX royal Marine
    BrynDavid BrynDavid
    31-35, M
    2 Responses Jul 12, 2015

    Airman 1st Class

    I enlisted in the U.S. Air Force later then most, I was 25 when I took my oath. Although I enlisted for full time service I was moved to the Air Force Resurve after my cancer scare. I ended up surviving my 8 years attatched to the 439th Airlift Wing at Westover AFB.
    xj287 xj287
    41-45, M
    1 Response May 26, 2013

    I am in the army at a new duty station

    and away from home. Months without seeing my family. People of higher rank make up stories to get me in trouble sometimes. Because I'm new to the army with no rank I have no day in anything. I can't even defend myself. I have a lot of payments and stuff to deal with at home and...
    25Csoldier 25Csoldier
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Apr 16, 2014

    US Navy 1964, USS Coral Sea CVA-34 then USS

    Pikin County, LST 1082.. Stay in the Reserves, retired As Chief Engineman.
    cdsparky cdsparky
    66-70, T
    3 Responses Aug 19, 2015

    So Did I...I Miss It

    I came from a background with a lot of pain. I grew up without a dad, and my mom was hardly in my life as well. My brothers and I were raised by different family members, so I moved around a lot. As much as my family was against me joining the military due to religious beliefs...
    MysticLioness MysticLioness
    31-35, F
    Mar 7, 2010

    My Child Hood Dream

    I served in the US Army for over 18 years.  I started as a private, worked my way up to Captain when I finally finished my military career due to health issues. I had all the fun jobs:  Supply sergeant dealing and trading, Drill Sergeant, Airborne, transportation...
    thatweirdromanguy thatweirdromanguy
    46-50, M
    7 Responses May 1, 2007

    Ex Sailer

    14 Years in the Navy.. took an early retirement...
    fastanez fastanez
    51-55, M
    5 Responses Jan 31, 2012

    The Best,worst and Strangest Experiences In My Life

    I was conscripted two months after my 17th birthday. I was tiny. So small, they wanted to send me back home. It was funny watching the guys making the adjustment to military life. The guys were loud  and sassy and got cut down to size in seconds. I watched and noticed that...
    penguinswon penguinswon
    51-55
    2 Responses Jan 20, 2008
    mouse121 mouse121
    51-55, M
    2 Responses Jul 9, 2014

    I was in the U.S. Air Force

    for about 4 yrs. After I moved to AZ in 2001, I was supporting myself working temp jobs & deciding what I wanted to do w/my life. Armed w/my bachelor's degree & job experience since age 19, I knew I wanted something financially stable & secure. I initially wanted to work for the...
    afdragon afdragon
    36-40, F
    2 Responses Aug 10, 2014

    Proud

    Career, veteran and proud to have served and consulted for the military.
    TheBlackBuck TheBlackBuck
    46-50, M
    Jan 12, 2012

    When I was 22 I was serving in a very small

    town in Afghanistan on an aid mission, we were told to distribute medical supplies to local doctors and nurses, (because of a supposed virus travelling the region via meat livestock) there were 32 houses in the town and almost all of them were of a higher quality than what we...
    USMC1990 USMC1990
    22-25, M
    2 Responses Apr 17

    Seven years. Two deployments.

    Bipolar disorder, depression, drug and alcohol dependence. Other Than Honorable discharge. No benefits. No help. No job. Where do I go from here?...
    IDKhow2deal IDKhow2deal
    26-30, F
    3 Responses Jan 24, 2014

    I already served in the military once

    and I'm strongly considering going back in. I don't have a wife or kids or a girlfriend so I wouldn't be leaving anybody behind. The career I've been working towards as a civilian is taking way to long and if they did a hiring freeze I'd be screwed. But I am halfway through the...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    1 Response Mar 19, 2015

    So I'm thinking about signing up with the

    marines... My moms pissed but I did the military before.. She just wants me home but that's not me,...she says I have a death wish because of how the world is now... But I don't care ima go to the recruiter tomorrow and talk at least
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    1 Response Mar 26, 2015

    My Story Of My Military Brother In Law Raising My Son Jacob

    My brother in law was in the US Airforce the last time I checked I know he retired. My husband was his yungest brother one day in 97 he took off after an argument about him taking off in his big rig shortly after all the money was removed from the account at a truck stop. I ended...
    rosewaters41 rosewaters41
    41-45, F
    1 Response Jun 14, 2012

    I'M A Veteran Still Learning To Be A Civilian.

    I joined the Army less than a month after my 17th birthday. I'm not sure but probably one if the youngest women. At first I wasn't crazy about it but it grew on me and in very proud of everything I accomplished. Fast forward eight years, a deployment and a kid later. I felt like...
    laura2627 laura2627
    31-35, F
    Jun 25, 2013

    I served in the military

    for 10 years. I met my husband in Puerto Rico while he was stationed there. I just turned 18 and he was 27. I admired him for the sacrifices he made and inspired me to join too. I was honorably discharged so I could raise my kids. My husband is still in the service after 35...
    Sisterforlife Sisterforlife
    41-45, F
    1 Response Mar 30, 2014

    Right this is one of my experiences I've never

    been able to talk to close friends and family members. Before I start I'd like you all to please not ask stupid questions as I will not answer them. I've told everyone who has before to F off. Well I am an ex military serviceman that's served 6 years in the force. Which in that...
    Northwestmale11 Northwestmale11
    31-35, M
    4 Responses Mar 26, 2014

    Anybody currently in a reserve component

    and using their GI Bill for school?
    izzyduzit izzyduzit
    22-25, M
    1 Response Mar 31, 2015
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    1 Response Aug 5, 2015

    I served in the US Navy in the late 80's.

    I spent some of that time in the Persian Gulf aboard CVN 65, the USS Enterprise. Was on her during operation Praying Mantis. Just like to say thank you to all the others that have served our great country, both before and after me. You are my brothers and sisters....
    kten59 kten59
    56-60, M
    1 Response Oct 30, 2015

    Actually, For Me It's Not Served, But Serving!!

    I am currently finishing up my 12th year in the Illinois Air National Guard. How I got to this point has been a long strange, but absolutely awesome adventure. I could not have ever dreamt that I would have one and seen all I have up to this point. The way I decided to join is...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    5 Responses Nov 12, 2011
    DLD24 DLD24
    22-25, M
    Aug 30, 2015

    I Was In, But Now I Regret It...

    I was 5th generation Navy. I joined the Seabees. It was wonderful at first, I loved the structure. Then I ended up pregnant and everything went to heck. During the birthing process my hips ended up misaligned from one of my hip muscles not retracting correctly. This caused...
    midnightmiasma midnightmiasma
    22-25, F
    4 Responses Apr 22, 2010

    I was in the Navy for 6 years on the USS Bataan

    and then stationed in Washington
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    Aug 5, 2015

    I didn't serve but my father did,

    he was a Major in the Black Watch which is now merged into the Royal Regiment of Scotland. He was retired when I was five and by all accounts he was very well respected by his men. I'd hate to be in the army myself because people would be shouting at me a lot but my brother is...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    1 Response Feb 6

    There I Was....

    ...  with my finger on the trigger on the top of a hill.  No not really, but I want to write a book that starts like that.   I was in the Army National Gaurde and loved it.   I had to get out because of job and family commitments conflicted with it...
    CTSwampYankee CTSwampYankee
    41-45, M
    1 Response Jan 30, 2008

    Today was my last day active duty

    after six and a half years of service. It feels great to be a civilian again, looking forward to this new chapter in my life. I hope everyone is having a good weekend.
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    2 Responses Aug 22, 2014

    I spent 9 years in the US Military

    as an Army Aviation Officer. I am proud of my service, and it has made me a better person. I spent most of my time in Cavalry Squadrons (i.e. in the field!). When my son was born, I made the decision that it was time to separate and start a new life in the civilian world...
    2censored 2censored
    46-50, M
    2 Responses Oct 13, 2014
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