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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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 4 Responses Aug 10

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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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    Marine Corps Bus Ride Instead Of Walking With My Fellow Graduating Class

    The last year of high school I made a few choices...one was to drop my advanced placement Economics class that met at 6am before highschool. I was a A/B student with advanced calc/chem/bio anyways plus graduating with more credits then I needed and wanted to have more time to do...
    2ph1 2ph1 31-35, M Dec 3, 2011

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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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    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.
    yossarian1944 yossarian1944 26-30, M 2 Responses Aug 22

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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 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

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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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    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...
    CableDawg CableDawg 36-40, M 5 Responses Nov 12, 2011

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    stuntman86 stuntman86 26-30, M 1 Response Dec 5, 2013

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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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    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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    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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    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 4 Responses Mar 26

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Indian Counrty

    1966 /1967 medivaced due to friendly fire 1/13/1967 my wife gave her life the next day for gor and country in viet nam
    rickibrat2 rickibrat2 61-65, M Sep 23, 2011

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    mouse121 mouse121 51-55, M 3 Responses Jul 9

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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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    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 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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    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 3 Responses May 5, 2013

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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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    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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    Related Experiences

    Hey everyone I am new to this and am just looking for advice and conversation about things you may encounter and how to deal with situations. For example the marines have a very...
    sarah143757 sarah143757 26-30, F 5 Responses Aug 9

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    All grandparents my brother sister cousins uncles & my bf who passed away...lots have served and we are a proud military family!(:
    ChandlerTitus1 ChandlerTitus1 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 2

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    Hi everyone, So I'm really struggling here and I am hoping this site can help. I met my soulmate about 4 months ago. I knew he was in the army and had served in Afghanistan twice...
    skwoods skwoods 22-25, F Aug 17

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    I always wanted to join the Navy, but my weight and ankle that has metal prevented me. I have family serving and have served in all branches. Thanks God for our soldiers🙏
    roselani2005 roselani2005 26-30, F 3 Responses Aug 17

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    Every morning I wake up to a "Good Morning" text from my boyfriend and it is amazing to see his dedication while he is away. I know many of you long for communication from your...
    mrsgallegos mrsgallegos 18-21, F Aug 4

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    I always supported the military. I grew up a military brat being that both of my parents, and step father, were in the military. My dad always wanted me to be an officer & I plan...
    luvabl3 luvabl3 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 17

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    My boyfriend just went into the military and he has been dreaming of this day since he was little. He has such a passion to save people and wants to get rid of as many bad people...
    morgan2054 morgan2054 18-21, F 4 days ago

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    Revenge is a dish best served cold. Bwahahahahaha! I love it!
    Littlebikiechick Littlebikiechick 41-45, F 1 Response Aug 6

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    I absolutely love that my revenge has been served up to a most deserving man icy cold! Bwhahahahaha
    Littlebikiechick Littlebikiechick 41-45, F 2 Responses Aug 7

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    yep it came this morning.... 8am.... what a nice way to wake up..... been served the divorce papers... my ex asks for full custody and seem I have no right to ask my 2 oldest...
    womanonly womanonly 41-45, F 1 Response Aug 13

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    I am 16 and my boyfriend is 17. He called me to tell me he'd be leaving for boot camp a little earlier than expected. I always thought being with somebody in the military would be...
    alwaysxo alwaysxo 16-17, F Aug 5

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