THR Members-Military service or not? POLL


October 13, 2005, 10:13 AM
I know there are a lot of ex -military here, I'd like to get a feel for who, what & where.

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Nehemiah Scudder
October 13, 2005, 10:14 AM
Did 4 in the USAF.

October 13, 2005, 10:21 AM
5 years USMC
7252 Air Traffic Controller
Mostly Yuma, AZ
Got out as an E4 Corporal.

October 13, 2005, 10:22 AM
something about this subject has always bugged me..
I think a few Anti's who have trolled here have almost always opened with

"I assumed that most of the people here would be military/police"

That always makes me feel like they are saying
"military and police opinions don't count"

Taipei Personality
October 13, 2005, 10:24 AM
21.5 AF

October 13, 2005, 10:36 AM
That always makes me feel like they are saying
"military and police opinions don't count"

What they are really saying is that those who have sworn to Uphold and Defend the constitution have no actual say.....

October 13, 2005, 11:10 AM
3 Years Army '71 - '74
10 Years Navy '75 - '85

October 13, 2005, 11:34 AM
20 years and still going in the Air Force.

October 13, 2005, 11:43 AM
USMC 5 years 9 months, Sgt.

October 13, 2005, 11:43 AM
10 years Army
Grenada, Panama, Gulf War

Very proud of my service to my country and my people and our way of life.

Defending the american peoples right to say anything under the First Amendment.

(very diverse crowd at THR :cool: )

Phantom Warrior
October 13, 2005, 11:44 AM
Army here. About three and a half months in service. I graduated from Infantry OSUT on Friday and I'll be shipping out to Germany next weekend.

October 13, 2005, 11:51 AM
Medically ineligible for anything :(

October 13, 2005, 11:56 AM
US Navy, 1982-1988

October 13, 2005, 12:23 PM

Fleet firefighter/welder from 88-94, USS Proteus & USS Cape Cod

Seabee steelworker in the reserves from 9/01 on, NMCB-17

Got back from Baghdad in April, where I was lucky enough to get assigned to Army SF unit in a support role.

October 13, 2005, 12:24 PM
No. My parents were poor immigrants born at the end of the Great Depression that thought going to school and getting a good job were the absolutely highest priority. Not even considering all the other reasons for serving, it probably would have been a good investment of my time - I would have grown up sooner.

October 13, 2005, 12:27 PM
Would love to

But for physical reason's am unable to.

October 13, 2005, 12:27 PM
19 years US Navy (retire next year)

October 13, 2005, 12:35 PM
US Navy 1985-89. Had some of the best times of my life during those years.

October 13, 2005, 12:37 PM
4 yrs army
11 and counting in AF (Full time technician Air Guard)

October 13, 2005, 12:38 PM
U.S. Army. Been out since 9-11-1972.

VMI 1991
October 13, 2005, 12:41 PM
Currently on active duty, US NAVY. 14.5 yrs and going...

October 13, 2005, 01:03 PM
5 yrs active Army 88-93

3 yrs + Oklahoma National Guard 02-current

Plan on doing my 20+

October 13, 2005, 01:18 PM
Army. ETS'd Sept 1975.
edit to add: MOS 13 Bravo-Field Artillary

October 13, 2005, 01:40 PM
3 yrs Army 1970-73, MOS Signal and Crypto.

October 13, 2005, 01:41 PM
13 years US Army VietNam 67-68 71-72

Old Dog
October 13, 2005, 01:42 PM
Active duty USN since 1979 ... retiring shortly ... It's been a great ride.

October 13, 2005, 01:43 PM
Four years in the Army, July 2001-July 2005. I didn't particulary enjoy it but have never regretted my decision to join. If nothing else it helped me to grow up in a hurry and appreciate what we have in this country more than ever.

October 13, 2005, 01:50 PM
Twenty years a Naval Aviator. Retired in 1989.

October 13, 2005, 01:59 PM
Army 1974-1978.

October 13, 2005, 02:00 PM
10 years. USMC.

October 13, 2005, 02:17 PM
11yrs USMC

October 13, 2005, 02:20 PM
Navy, 1991-1998, surface line.

October 13, 2005, 02:38 PM
Going to RETIRE this Saturday with 35 years total service :D :D :D
USAF Pararescueman 1970-1976
Ca Nat'l Guard Medic on a Recon Team 1976-1980
USAF Reserve Flight Medic 1980-1986
Army 18D40 Special Forces Medic 1986-2000
Currently 1st Sgt CA unit San Antonio,Texas

October 13, 2005, 03:20 PM
too young for nam now to old for anything else.
unlike some folks who have been added to my ignore list i do salute all who have served.

October 13, 2005, 03:22 PM
Army National Guard 52 -54; USAF 54 -58.

I mention the NG time to show that I did have some military experience. :)


October 13, 2005, 03:25 PM
4 years. USMC 1989 -1993. Desert Shield/Storm

October 13, 2005, 03:51 PM
Who says ex military? I'm still AD USAF.

Having a line for police experience might be usefull given the questions about service, and the fact that police often seem to think that they're military(referals to 'civilians' and such). Checkboxes for AD/Guard/Reserve/Retired.

I'm also a bit suprised at the number who've switched services.

October 13, 2005, 04:05 PM
USMC 1989-1993

Started as 0331 (Heavymachinegunner) Moved to 4300 (Public Affairs)

Semper Fi!

October 13, 2005, 04:32 PM
4 years three months and thirteen days, USAF 72-76. 43171E.

October 13, 2005, 05:58 PM
4+ years, USN, diesel boats.

October 13, 2005, 06:07 PM
9 years USAF...going for broke.


October 13, 2005, 06:36 PM
I'm also a bit suprised at the number who've switched services.

I'm always surprised at the number of folks who do relatively short hitches or who get beyond 10-12 years but don't make 20. I'd have presumed that, once in that far...

"Thanks guys."

October 13, 2005, 06:37 PM
10 years. Army. Artillery and Infantry.

Art Eatman
October 13, 2005, 06:39 PM
Army, 1954-1958. Mostly a ribbon clerk.

:), Art

October 13, 2005, 06:42 PM
26 years AF 81152A, 2T370 and 8F000.


October 13, 2005, 06:46 PM
3 years US Army. 81-84

October 13, 2005, 06:47 PM
Sgt Army 68-72, RVN 70-71, USNG 75-77

October 13, 2005, 06:47 PM
6 years USMC currently assigned to the 1st Civ Div, Old Farts Battalion.

October 13, 2005, 06:47 PM
I had a pretty positive experience (6+ years) and the Army paid for my degree WHILE I was on duty. I didn't have to use my GI Bill either:D Now I get compensation every month and nearly free lifetime medical care. Only some of my inmates have a better deal than that! Army Security Agency

October 13, 2005, 06:48 PM
USNMCB 62 73-77. 4 years in the Navy and never out on a ship. Seabees builder. Lots of good times and fond memories.

October 13, 2005, 07:40 PM
Enlisted USAR - 83-87
Active Duty MP Officer - 87-91
USAR MP Officer (aka "Mentoring Father Figure :barf:) " - 91-96

Got out as O-3, still regret getting out.

October 13, 2005, 07:53 PM
Navy MM3 A-Gang '75 - '80. Tin Cans. Two WESPAC cruises.

October 13, 2005, 07:54 PM
Active duty Navy for the last 4 1/2 years.

October 13, 2005, 08:54 PM
Navy 1972-79. EM2


Bruce H
October 13, 2005, 08:56 PM
Marines 68 to 73.

October 13, 2005, 09:24 PM
22 years Navy- Mustang E2 to O3 over 10,000 hours of flight time as a crewman on a variety of acft. Started with Nam, ended with the 1st Gulf war. Volunteered for this one because I wanted to finish what we didn't get to the first time around...

Proud of and scared for each and every Soldier, Sailor, Marine, Air Force and Coastie over there... God keep them safe!

October 13, 2005, 10:08 PM
USMC 1971 - 1999. Retired Master Gunnery Sergeant.

Been around. And around. And around.

October 13, 2005, 10:19 PM
I'm currently at Fort Bragg, just back from Iraq. Signal officer, 3 years in.


October 13, 2005, 10:54 PM
34 years active duty. 2 years Army Air Corps then 32 years US Army. MOS Field Artillery Unit Commander

October 13, 2005, 10:56 PM
Proud Army Reserve 95B Military Police for 6 years. Went to Bosnia and El Salvador.:neener:

October 13, 2005, 10:56 PM
USS Jouett (CG-29) and USS Tarawa (LHA-1)

October 13, 2005, 10:58 PM
USMC 1980-85

Semper Fi

October 13, 2005, 11:13 PM
USN 1977 - 1986 RM1(SS) USS Patrick Henry SSBN 599, USS Patrick Henry SSN 599, USS Tunny SSN 682.

I just bought a gun off a guy that was on the diesel version of the USS Tunny (SS 282)


October 13, 2005, 11:59 PM
20.5 years in the Army, 19 of it as a Special Agent of the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID).

Would have been 20 years and 4 days, but we were having that little disagreement with the gentleman in Iraq at the time. Wound up guarding Atlanta with my .38 and 12 rounds.

Did a hell of a job, too. Not a single Iraqui got through!

October 14, 2005, 12:08 AM
NAVY! I did 15yrs, family had enough and asked me to make a choice. I''m sure i made the right I spent my service as an ORDIE! I left as an E-6.
I sure do miss the sea

October 14, 2005, 12:08 AM
4 1/2 years USAF active + 6 years as a reservist, medic and Aeromedical Evacuation Tech.

October 14, 2005, 12:42 AM
Me? Drafted at 19. Was told I was 4-F due a to football knee injury in college. Played 10 yrs semi-pro football & 42 yrs of softball after that. I wish I went in though, I didn't grow up til I was around 40 yrs old.

October 14, 2005, 12:49 AM
Rest assured ill join when i can;)

not sure just what branch yet.

October 14, 2005, 01:35 AM
I've got 3 in the USMC Reserve. 0311 Infantry. Did 6 months in Iraq, just south of Baghdad. Should be going to Africa for a few weeks (in a few months). Still got 3 left to go.

Sergeant Bob
October 14, 2005, 03:40 AM
MSgt, USAF (1975-1994), Retired. 43191E (Jet, Over Two Engines)

October 14, 2005, 07:12 AM
Never been in, but thats just cause they wont let me in. I'm going to try again after I lose some weight.

October 14, 2005, 07:30 AM
Army, 1983-1991, 95B.

October 14, 2005, 07:40 AM
US Army 19K 1989-92 Cpl

Germany and Gulf War

Scouts Out

October 14, 2005, 07:56 AM

Active Duty AF 1982-1992
ANG 1993-1994

4 years in SAC, 6 years in TAC I must say that the SAC years were the best of my military career. :D

Brian Williams
October 14, 2005, 08:10 AM
I was in boot camp during the fall of Nam, one of the few who ever saw a Ssgt Senior DI cry. They put on a TV for us maggots to see the news during the fall of Hue. Senior was in the DI hut and needed the platoon scribe for something. He needed to tell a story, he was in Hue during 2 different attacks by NVMR

October 14, 2005, 08:29 AM
USMC 20 years 1975-1995
2531/ Field Radio
0861/ Shore Fire Controll Party
9962/ Jumps from perfectly good flying contracptions

Jeff Timm
October 14, 2005, 08:46 AM
US Army Ordnance Corps 1972 82
US DoD 1982 present.

45B20 and 45B30

But I spent most of my time as a Clerk, then as a platoon sergeant, which was the same thing.

Who had his career changed too often by authority. :banghead:

October 14, 2005, 08:53 AM
USMC 0321 14 years 9 months

October 14, 2005, 09:00 AM
USN 1973 - 1995
Parachute Rigger Chief (E-7)

USS Enterprise (CVN-65)
USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2)
USS Eisenhower (CV-69)
Various and sundry shore commands

Dad was a Torpedoman in WWII - USS Cubera (SS347)
Ex-Wife was a Personnelman - USS Puget Sound (AD-38)
Son is currently a spook (Intel) on the USS Cowpens (CG-63)

How could all of my relatives been so wrong and have been black shoes?

October 14, 2005, 09:02 AM
4 years USAF (CCT/South Vietnam in 1967-1968, switched to SP/West Germany in 1968-1970). I was about "this" close to becoming a "lifer", but the guy who gave me my final retention interview was a 12-year "paperwork" vet with 3 stripes, and I made 4 (SSGT) UNDER 4 years....and was on the list for TSGT! I "cheated fate and challenged death" in combat for 13 months, and that was ENOUGH! Back then, the pay was TERRIBLE! Great duty, though!

31 years "cheating fate and challenging death" as a LEO! Now happily retired for almost 4 years!

October 14, 2005, 09:16 AM
US Army 05-17-1980 to 07-21-1996 54E40P 1Bn/75th . Medical retired E-7


October 14, 2005, 09:20 AM
USMC 06/98-06/02
ARNG 07/02-02/04 Including 12 months activated.

October 14, 2005, 09:26 AM
6 years USMC (3x3)
6113 Helo Mech/Crew Chief

October 14, 2005, 10:19 AM
4 yrs USNR
4.5 yrs USN, P-3 Driver

October 14, 2005, 09:46 PM
4 years B Co. 327th Sig Bn 35th Sig Bde Fort Bragg NC.
1992 to 1996.

Citadel99 whats your unit?

October 14, 2005, 09:48 PM
I plan on trying to get into the USAF academy in CO when I graduate high school.

October 14, 2005, 09:58 PM
USA retired. Early retirement just over 15 as part of force reductions. Around the block a coupla' times including Panama and Shield/Storm.

October 14, 2005, 10:03 PM
Air Force. 37 1/2 yrs in all. Best yrs of my life.

1911 guy
October 15, 2005, 01:15 AM
U.S.N. for six years. Aircraft carriers for four years, then two years with NMCB-23 (SeaBees). U.S.S. Carl Vinson, CVN-70 and U.S.S. John F. Kennedy, CV-67 then Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico.

October 15, 2005, 01:30 AM
USN 62-66 Brown Shoe (Nasal Elevator)

Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron 5
USS Lake Champlain (CVS39)
Space Shot Recoveries

Plane captain SH3-A

October 15, 2005, 11:16 PM
U. S. Navy 1963-88 (6473).

October 15, 2005, 11:30 PM
Hey ! Thanks all you guys for your service . I would have joined you, but they 4F'd me back in 67 .

October 16, 2005, 12:18 AM
8 years amongst Uncle Sugars Misguided Children. Some of the best times, and some of the worst times were had there. :D

USMC E-5 Med Retired

Zach S
October 16, 2005, 07:22 AM
I've never enlisted, despite wanting to. When there wasnt one big thing keeping me from enlisting, it was a pile of small things. Even now I couldn't enlist for reasons I wont go into here.

On Mom's side of the family, I was the first man that didnt serve. Not exactly something I'm proud of.

To those who have served and those that still are, thank you.

October 16, 2005, 09:53 AM
US Army
Military Police

October 16, 2005, 10:32 AM
US Army:

1977-1980 - 11B/Infantry
1980-1990 - 16D/IHAWK Missile Crewman
1990-1992 - 24N/CHAPARRAL Missile System Technician

October 16, 2005, 10:43 AM

E-6, Tech Sgt. 9 years, 9 months, 27 days. 81170A. Got my bachelor's and master's and then decided to try my luck in the civilian market. If I had re-upped one more time I'd have stayed in as a career and tried for OTS. Stationed at Ronny's Rocket Ranch(Warren AFB, WY) and Florennes AB, BE(GLCM) back when we staring down the Bear, 1979-1989.

SAC Motto: "Peace is our Profession."
Unofficial SAC Motto: "War is just a Hobby."

Turkey Creek
October 16, 2005, 11:09 AM
Army 71 to 73 active- 73 to 77 reserve

October 16, 2005, 11:14 AM
Four in the Corps.

October 16, 2005, 11:27 AM
10 Years USNR(TAR) Aviation Structural Mechanic, Egress Systems(AME2) - 1987-1997

1988-1988 - NARU Norfolk, VA

1988-1991 - VA-42 A-6E Intruders Oceana, VA - Detached on the USS Theodore Roosevelt, USS Saratoga, USS America

1991-1995 - VP-65 P-3C Orions - Pt. Mugu, CA

1995-1997 - NAF Washington, D.C. (Andrews AFB) AIMD LOX Farm

Currently Aircraft Maintenance Contractor for Army Aircraft in Iraq

October 16, 2005, 11:29 AM
U.S. Army-Signal Corps '94-'98 31R MSE Operator
Bco 122nd Sig Bn 2nd Inf Div -Camp Casey, ROK '94-'95
Bco 57th Sig Bn 3rd Sig Bde -Ft. Hood, Tx. '95-'98


October 16, 2005, 11:51 AM
USN 1988-1994
3 yrs in San Diego
3 yrs on FFG-58 in Newport RI.

October 16, 2005, 01:49 PM
US Army, 4 years 78-82
Infantry 11C20, Sergeant E-5
101st Airborne, Ft. Campbell, KY 78-80
3rd ID, West Germany, 80-82

October 16, 2005, 02:26 PM
19 yrs in AF (Biomedical Sciences Corps) and still going.

October 16, 2005, 10:32 PM
6 years USN ET2(SS) [83-89]

October 16, 2005, 11:01 PM
Did a little over 4 years as an Army Military Policeman.

October 17, 2005, 05:46 PM
I'm just about finished with 6 years in the Navy and I'll be moving out of CA and back to UT.

October 17, 2005, 07:34 PM
US Army 1967-1971
CW2 Army Aviator UH-1s
101st Airborne Aug 68 - Aug 69

October 17, 2005, 07:41 PM
ARMY 12B Combat Engineer Enlisted in the mid 80's at the tender age of 23.

October 17, 2005, 07:44 PM
1965-69 Khe Sanh Vietnam 67, F2/3 3rdMarDiv

October 17, 2005, 07:46 PM
5 years, USMC, '94-'99, Sgt, 0231 (Intelligence Specialist).

1 year, Marine Aircraft Group 36, Okinawa

3 years, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable), aboard USS Peleliu and USS Boxer.



(Spent 5 more years as a contractor for the Marines, and currently serving my sentence for all those good times as a contractor for the Air Force. :neener: )

October 17, 2005, 07:52 PM
As of Saturday, 5 November I'll be retiring from the Navy with 30 years of service. The ceremony will be on the flight deck of the USS Midway (our longest serving aircraft carrier, and now the San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum). Flags, color guard, Navy Ceremonial Band, lots of friends & fellow service members.

The 4 brothers in my family all served in different branches of the armed forces. We have always joked that if we had a 5th brother, he would have served in the Coast Guard. All of us strong patriots and committed to freedom.

Thanks to all my fellow veterans, now and in the past.

October 17, 2005, 07:53 PM
Had to sign up for the draft in '79 or '80 because of the Iran hostage crisis. But I was never drafted. I had a good job at the time and did't want to quit for voluntary service but a lot of my friends did. I would have gladly went. That's the closest I came.

October 17, 2005, 08:07 PM
Nine years and a week at the moment, but still going.

97E3P in the 1st Cav (going on seven years at my first permanent duty assignment now :eek: ). When it was disbanded, I was the second-longest continously serving soldier in the 312th MI Bn (another guy from my Arabic class had been there two months longer because he had a shorter AIT). Did OIF in 2004-05 and will be headed back next year. I also did three rotations to Kuwait before OIF and a tour in Bosnia back in '99. I'm now in the 1st Cav's Greywolf Brigade.

October 17, 2005, 10:44 PM
Five years USMC and USMCR. Sergeant.

larry starling
October 18, 2005, 08:44 AM
10 years in the ARMY was a Armor crewman spent time on m-551a1, M-60a3's, M-1's and m-1a1's...done some time over seas desert storm 1 and Somalia.......:D when everything was said and done E-6 Staff SGT

October 18, 2005, 09:28 AM
Well, I'll bite.
I'm currently waiting to go off to basic for the army reserve. When I've done that, I start training as a combat engineer. I was sold when I read they get to make things go boom.:evil:

October 18, 2005, 09:55 AM
Volunteered out of high school in 1968-USAF. Preferred a bunk to a hole in the ground or rolling on a ship.

BA110N Man
October 18, 2005, 01:04 PM
USMC 79-85 1/1 1stMarDiv
Field Wireman (2512)
Field Radio Operator (2531) / Tactical Air Control Party (TACP)

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