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I Served In the Military

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    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

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    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

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    Navy Wife!

    My name is Noemy and im married to a military, he is a very loving and undesrtanding person for me.my hubby is been in the navy for 21 years, we have 2 kids,we bee married for 18 years, its hard to marry to service man, you go all over the world , we travel alot,and the very sad...
    SweetyPrincess SweetyPrincess 41-45, F Oct 16, 2008

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    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

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    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 4 Responses Jan 24

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    It Was One Hell of An Adventure

    After 20 years, I look back at my time in as one hell of an adventure and a wild ride.  It took me to places that I thought that I would never see in my lifetime.  To this day, I have people that I knew when I was growing up ask me what I did with my life...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Sep 27, 2008

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    Dual Service

    I did 8 1/2 years in the Marines, got out for a year and a half, and then joined the Army.  I have done about three and a half years in the Army so far.  Was deployed to Liberia in 96 with the Marines and Afghanistan (only 3 f*cking months) while in the Army. ...
    wikkedirish wikkedirish 31-35, M 4 Responses Aug 6, 2008

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    I Really Enjoyed Being An Army Ordnance Officer (thankfully, I Never Saw Combat)

    I was an eagle scout, a regular all american Indiana boy.  As college time approached the military seemed a great route to a college education and a fulfilling career.  I was awarded a 4 year Army ROTC scholarship just before High School Graduation.  I graduated...
    xtheduke xtheduke 46-50, M 4 Responses Mar 8, 2010

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    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 18-21, M 2 Responses Oct 28, 2013

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    stuntman86 stuntman86 26-30, M Dec 5, 2013

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    For A Short Time...

    I was raised in a military family, so it seemed only natural to me to go into the sevice myself.  I hesitated to join this group b/c my stint was so very short.  Shortly after I began basic training, a congenital defect was found in my back..one that was not...
    lonesurvivor lonesurvivor 51-55, F Mar 9, 2010

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    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 6 days ago

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    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

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    U.S. Air Force

    I was in Security Forces. I didn't especially want to be, but I didn't score high enough on the exam to be a linguist, so I didn't care what career they stuck me in as long as it wasn't medical. The thing is, if you don't specify what you want to do, then they dump you in SF or...
    Sinaname Sinaname 26-30 Oct 24, 2012

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    Served With Special Forces

    I served with SF in Vietnam ..and other incursions throughout the world... served with 5th, 7th, and 1st Special Forces Groups...Enlisted during Vietnam and became an Officer after 8 and half years... then I served as an A-Team cmdr...them went to SOCOM. and have since retired...
    Silverwings50 Silverwings50 56-60, M Dec 28, 2011

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    Still In

    If anyone has "gone over" in the last four years and wants to talk about it - I'm available.  I'm not a therapist but I've been there so you can vent if you need to.
    EdwardIII EdwardIII 41-45, M 2 Responses Sep 14, 2007

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    Prior Active, Current Reservist

    I've been in the military since 2002.  I joined because I really needed to get my stuff together after college and while I had a job, I wanted to leave my history behind and start new. I moved to FL for my first duty station, then SD, then NC as a Reservist. ...
    EgoSumFrustror EgoSumFrustror 31-35, F Jan 12, 2009

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    Military Tribute

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wEI2NcoBEM
    jburns1947 jburns1947 61-65, F Jul 19, 2011

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    I Served In The Israeli Army

    I served in the Israeli tanks corps , for three years of regular army service and then until the age of 42 in reserve duty.
    boxersoff4u boxersoff4u 51-55, M 1 Response Aug 5, 2013

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    U.s. Air Force

    Six years as an intel analyst.  Of course all I have to show for it is a DD 214.  My medical records "disappeared" around the time my reenlistment was denied after ONE PT failure.  My fault really for not being able to run with a broken toe...
    Xamilezis Xamilezis 26-30, M 1 Response Oct 16, 2009

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    The Green Berets Are Cool

    i served in the paras commandos spec ops cia fbi  then went to the gree berets still there now
    reevell reevell May 1, 2007

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    I Was In the Us Army

    I was in the United States Army- My job was an MP and I loved it more than anything..I was in for a couple years, went through OSET training (basic + ait) and was also stationed there. I ended up fracturing my pelvis on a 28k road march, which I had NO ...
    Babytucktuck Babytucktuck 18-21, F 4 Responses Sep 3, 2009

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    Funny Story

    In the days I still used to go for military reserve duty I had an emberresing and funny experience. We were doing border patrols down south. It was a platoon size base and there were a few girl soldiers there as well. Anyway .... one day after finishing an 8 hour patrol I went...
    boxersoff4u boxersoff4u 51-55, M 1 Response Sep 29, 2013

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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 2 Responses Oct 20, 2008

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    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

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    Once A Marine---

    Always a MARINE!!! Semper Fi 4 years of awesome service ---1979-1983!!!
    switchmj switchmj 51-55, M 3 Responses Dec 9, 2012

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    Military

    I served 8 years in the army , for those of you who hate service men and women **** YOU For those of you who support us ,THANK YOU Still to this day , we are called babies killers,etc. we are spit on, threatend , treated like **** by some ,
    soldier8 soldier8 26-30, M 2 Responses May 5, 2013

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    I Have the Purple Heart

    I served in the US Army during the Korean war.  I was wounded early on in July 1951 as we moved into North Korea.  I was hit when a booby trap went off.  It was home made so it didn't have as much flying metal as a grenade.  I have lots of little pieces of...
    dorobo dorobo 70+, M 4 Responses Apr 16, 2008

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    F T A

    to be sung to the tune of armour hot dogs: armor tankers,armor tankers what kind of men are armor tankers? fat men, skinny men,men that smoke pot. sick men crazy men even men that drink alot are tankers,armor tankers the branch that really sucks.
    deleted deleted 26-30 May 25, 2010

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    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

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    Today=complete Kick.in.the.teeth

    Ive always wanted to be a soldier even since was about 9, my dad was n his dad n so forth, however my parents never wanted me to join as I was their little girl I guess n u never wanted to upset them, so when I was 21 I joined territorial army instead got n passed out no problem...
    harlequin28 harlequin28 26-30 Dec 10, 2011

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    In The Military

    I am a proud Australian and served in the Australian Army for 23 yrs. Made some wonderful friends and done some amazing things. Who'd think you could get paid to jump out of planes..awesome. Now as a civilian I am also helping out as I am currently working over in Afghanistan...
    blackdiamond38 blackdiamond38 46-50, M 1 Response Nov 16, 2011

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    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 1 Response Apr 21, 2012

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    Anchors Aweigh And Semper Fi

    I served in the Navy, my older brother is a Marine, and our dad served in the Army. Factor in an uncle who retired from the Air Force at the rank of Master Sergeant, and you have absolutely no doubt whatsoever where our loyalties lie; with the flag that all of us have served...
    BLACKTIGER75 BLACKTIGER75 36-40, M 2 Responses Sep 20, 2012

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    Related Experiences

    I served in the Army from 1977 to 1990. I was a Military Policeman 95B. I spent my time traveling year to year all over the world. I have seen or done just about anything you could...
    babyboomer58 babyboomer58 51-55, M 2 Responses Apr 9

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    My three children have served or are currently serving. My oldest son is active duty Navy, my youngest son served in the Marines for 6 years and my daughter just joined the Army...
    MilitaryMomX3 MilitaryMomX3 46-50, F 1 Response Apr 11

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    I have been thinking about it. I have made a few friends in college who were in the military. I'd never personally known anyone before who had served. And while I used to not like...
    shannonymous shannonymous 18-21, F 3 days ago

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    There's a special place in my heart for the true American soldiers... My best male friend (medically retired after 5 tours) started a hunting program for soldiers with ptsd, and I...
    Bluedevilguard Bluedevilguard 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 27

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    As the significant other of someone in the military, you know. You know what it’s like to wonder if he’s okay. You know what it’s like to lay awake at night and wonder if he...
    ProudArmyFiance13 ProudArmyFiance13 22-25, F 4 Responses Apr 1

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    Sometimes the military sucks. But you get out of it what you put into it. If your going to be one of those people who just complains that your soldier is gone or cant be with and...
    lmsabatino lmsabatino 22-25, F Apr 10

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    When I have ever explained my story to my friends, they always respond with , "Aww, that's so romantic" or, "That's like a movie or something." As nice as this is to say, it's...
    p3nnsgirl27 p3nnsgirl27 18-21, F 1 Response 8 hrs ago

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    Hey ladies! So I'm a fairly new Marine girlfriend. I met my Marine through my stepmom.... ironically her boss is his mother. :) She knew about me from talks with my stepmom and...
    JELarson3514 JELarson3514 26-30, F 3 Responses Apr 4

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    I support all military personnel; both men and women alike, in our American armed forces. My husband has now retired from the military after 23 years of service. I have two sons...
    momwithcleavage momwithcleavage 41-45, F 2 Responses Apr 6

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    I may not like you. I don't like the way you smell, your breath always smells of rotting milk. I don't like the way you talk, it's always too loud. I don't like the way you want to...
    heymunoz heymunoz 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 12

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    My engagement ring from my Marine :) can't wait to embark on this new journey with him <3 any military wives have some advice for a soon to be marine wife? I've been a military...
    lifeisabeautifulstruggle19 lifeisabeautifulstruggle19 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 28

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    My best friend ... I'll start by saying I love her to death :) Her and my guy best friend married each other , he is a navy man so they have moved quite a bit ... Her wish is...
    Gypsoul101 Gypsoul101 18-21, F Apr 6

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    I'm gay (lesbian) and married into the military. I got married to get away from a bad situation and I am in a *better situation but I'm still gay on a straight/christian-y military...
    KLynnMarie KLynnMarie 18-21, F Apr 7

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