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I Served In the Military

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    I spent five years in the Navy.

    I was stationed in Bahrain when Iran and Iraq were at war in the eighties. Then I was assigned to the USS LaSalle (AGF-3) homeported in Bahrain. I finished my enlistment at NAS Sigonella Sicily. I learned a lot and made friends like civilians never can. I would not advise...
    SilverPagan SilverPagan 51-55, M 1 Response May 10

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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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    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

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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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    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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    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 5 Responses Jan 24, 2014

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    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 3 Responses Aug 10, 2014

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    Ifi Had To Do It Today

    i think i would go to canada as out goverment hasmade it very clear only the rich count and we cannot even get care for the injury we took for thuis country
    rickibrat2 rickibrat2 61-65, M 2 Responses Dec 24, 2011

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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, 2014

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    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

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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

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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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    stuntman86 stuntman86 26-30, M 2 Responses Dec 5, 2013

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    Proud

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

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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 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 3 Responses Oct 13, 2014

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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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    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

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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 Apr 16, 2014

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    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...
    EvoKinevil EvoKinevil 26-30, M Jul 23

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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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    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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    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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    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 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

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    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

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    i proud to say i have done my time

    and served for my country as an EX royal Marine
    BrynDavid BrynDavid 31-35, M 3 Responses Jul 12

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    mouse121 mouse121 51-55, M 2 Responses Jul 9, 2014

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    Anybody currently in a reserve component

    and using their GI Bill for school?
    izzyduzit izzyduzit 22-25, M 1 Response Mar 31

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    Ex Sailer

    14 Years in the Navy.. took an early retirement...
    fastanez fastanez 51-55, M 6 Responses Jan 31, 2012

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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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    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 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.
    Zachary95 Zachary95 18-21, M 1 Response Jan 21

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    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 26-30, M 5 Responses Mar 26, 2014

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    One thing I love about my husband (still getting used to the term lol) being in the military is that I get to travel to see him! I have visited him at every base he has been at and...
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    New to this site and would love to talk to other military girlfriends! message me (:
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