Saying thanks...


June 15, 2006, 07:21 PM
I just wanted to thank all of you for making this the amazing community that it is. My life is going to change tomorrow. Friday, June 16th i'm signing my name on the dotted line and swearing my oath and entering the United States Army.

Many of you know i've been one of the few 2A activists fighting for gun rights in New York, in the heart of the dragon's lair, the state Assembly. Well, i'm not giving up on that fight just yet. But I have to answer my country's call to duty. It's somewhat fitting that i'll be joining officially two days after the Army's 231st birthday as well.

I won't be leaving for basic training until early September, so I will continue to contribute both to our community here and to the 2A movement in New York throughout the summer. After basic, i'll be entering Officer Candidate School. I guess those college degrees will be worth something afterall!

Going before that Officer Candidate review panel was tough, intimidating, and exciting all at the same time. But i'm ready for this challenge and the unanimous recommendation they gave me along with the support of some very special friends and my family gives me all the confidence in the world.

Again, I just wanted to say thank you to all the men and women who have made this a great community to spend many nightime and weekend hours at. Thank you to all of those who have served before me as well. Your sacrifices paved to way for today.

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June 15, 2006, 07:36 PM
Thank you and God bless ya, son.


June 15, 2006, 07:57 PM
If you go in as an Officer find the good NCOs and weed out the bad ones, you owe it to the Army to do so. for every bad NCO you weed out you save a lot more careers in the long run.

June 15, 2006, 08:21 PM
Here's to ya!


June 15, 2006, 08:39 PM
Good luck and Godspeed in your service!

However, remember the ancient and honorable wisdom of those who have gone before ye . . .

The most dangerous creature in the world is a newly-minted Second Lieutenant with a map, a compass and a gun!

:D :neener:

June 15, 2006, 08:43 PM
Cheers! Stay in condition yellow!

June 15, 2006, 08:46 PM

>The most dangerous creature in the world is a newly-minted Second Lieutenant with a map, a compass and a gun!<

Nah. A map, a compass, and a radio!:eek:

June 15, 2006, 08:46 PM
Wish I could go with you, but with my eyesight as bad as it is, I doubt they'd let me in.

June 15, 2006, 08:47 PM
Thanks for your services. Stay safe. :)

Brian Williams
June 15, 2006, 09:23 PM
Semper Fi, Good luck in the Army and best of all as you go for any leadership role, Remember this; Public Praise, Private punishment.

Maser good comment

June 15, 2006, 09:28 PM
Good luck, God bless and thank you for your service. Let us know if you need anything. We'll do what we can to help. Take care of yourself.

June 15, 2006, 10:16 PM

Work hard, learn all you can, and lead your soldiers to the best of your ability.

Going infantry, or another MOS?

Best of luck in Basic and OCS. Hard to believe it's been 5 years for me since Navy OCS.

Keep up the good fight for the 2A and the USA!


LT Casey Bates, USN

June 15, 2006, 10:23 PM
I salute you, sir!
Please lean on this board if you need anything. Some of us have helped others with time, money and little things like phone cards. We do not forget.

June 15, 2006, 10:26 PM
Wishing you all the luck. Hope you have a safe, and successful jouney.

June 15, 2006, 10:35 PM
From a former 11-Bravo, congrats and thanks for your service.

June 16, 2006, 01:24 AM
Good Luck Sir!

As stated above, find yourself an experienced NCO and learn from him!

Just remember the difference between a Private and a Second Lieutenant is that a Private knows when to shut up! :D

June 16, 2006, 01:56 AM
Go Infantry, you won't regret it!

The Infantryman's Creed:

I am the Infantry! I am my country's strength in war, her deterrent in peace. I am the heart of the fight, whenever, wherever. I carry America's faith and honor against her enemies. I am the queen of battle!

I am what my country expects me to be: the best trained soldier in the world. In the race to victory, I am swift, determined, and courageous, armed with a fierce will to win. Never will I fail my country's trust. Always will I fight on, through the enemy, to the objective, to triumph over all. If necessary, I will fight to my death.

By my steadfast courage, I have won over two hundred years of freedom. I yield not to weakness, to hunger, to cowardice, to fatigue, or to superior odds, for I am mentally tough, physically strong, and morally straight. I forsake not my country, my mission, my comrades, my sacred duty.

I am relentless. I am always there, now and forever. I am the Infantry. FOLLOW ME!

If you do go Infantry, the faster you learn this the less pain you will feel. ;)

June 16, 2006, 02:13 AM
Thank you sir. Goodluck, and stay safe.

30-06 lover
June 16, 2006, 02:15 AM
Thank you so much for your service. Good Luck and Be Safe.

June 16, 2006, 02:28 AM
Thank you for your courage, honor, and service both as a 2A soldier in NY and as an Army Soldier.

June 16, 2006, 02:57 AM
Congratulations! This could be the best thing you ever did for yourself. I wish you well. May God bless you and keep you during your enlistment.

June 17, 2006, 09:12 AM
Thank you all for your words of encouragement. It was truely the biggest decision of my life. I had to leave a good job to do this, but I know it is the right decision.

I got some bombs dropped on me yesterday. My delayed entry date of Late August turned into June 26. In 9 days i'll be on a plane headed to Fort Leonard Wood... Almost game time.

Thanks again for your words of encouragement. I appreciate them!

June 17, 2006, 10:03 AM
Thank you son and may you go with Godspeed.

June 17, 2006, 10:14 AM
"The most dangerous creature in the world is a newly-minted Second Lieutenant with a map, a compass and a gun!"

Truer words have never been spoken. Trust your Elisted soldiers. Nothing more comical than the time we saw 1LT Belcher with his map layed out on the hood of his Humvee, his GPS in one hand and compass in the other with a look of utter confusion on his face. We let him try to figure it out for about 20 minutes.

Remember, it is not disrespect when the senior Specialist taps you on the shoulder points off over the hill and says in a low voice "Psst, Sir, the objective is that way."

You E4's and E5's will rarely ever lead you astray.

Good luck and stay safe. If you can't stay safe, shoot straight!

Working Man
June 17, 2006, 01:07 PM
Thank you for your service both here and abroad.

June 17, 2006, 01:12 PM
Outstanding! Congratulations and God Bless You!!

June 17, 2006, 07:55 PM
Thanks you soldier, It is an honor share lines with you. Shimes anytime in need.

Keep head down
Run fast
Shoot with rage, not fear.

God be with you, son.


June 17, 2006, 09:14 PM
Welcome to the Army. SEP is a good time of the year to go to basic - many of the posts that the Army conducts BCT at start to cool off. And Benning in the winter isn't that bad - generally warm and humid with some raw and cold days. The best advice I can give you is be a sponge and absorb everything you can. If you don't understand something, ask. As far as branching goes, think long and hard before you fill out your "dream sheet". Ask your DS' in BCT and ask your peers once you get into OCS. As an enlistee, it's pretty easy to re-up for a different MOS (to a point). For an officer, it's pretty damn difficult.

Again, wlcome aboard.



Smokey Joe
June 17, 2006, 09:27 PM
Jobu--I'd like to add something original, witty, and pious, which is at the same time good advice. But the previous posters got there fustest with the mostest.

Lead from the front. Never ask anyone to do something you wouldn't do yourself. Never stop learning. Trust in God but keep your powder dry. Amazing things can be accomplished if nobody cares who gets the credit.

Sounds great, don't it. I borrowed all of 'em.

We're all proud of you. Give 'er Heck.

June 17, 2006, 09:37 PM
thank you, young man, from me and mine. Fort lost-in-the-woods eh? thats where i took my basic and ait. at the time that was where all 12B combat engineers went, not sure now. at least you won't be there in the winter like i was. try to keep your spirits high and HANG TOUGH!

June 17, 2006, 10:16 PM
NO! Not the Army!! You've ruined your life!!:eek: You should have joined the Air Force! :D But oh well, it's too late now, so good luck and take all the advice everyone else here gave you. If you don't you may end up like the LT who called in a code 2 ECS because he thought knobs on the AC panel had been switched around (which they hadn't been).:banghead:

June 17, 2006, 11:14 PM
Good luck hope you get out safe/and enjoy your time in there:)

if you need things shipped, I am willing to pitch in

June 18, 2006, 12:07 AM
Good luck and thank you for your service to this country. Take care and God Bless.

June 18, 2006, 08:10 AM
Good luck, and remember the advice about your NCO's. The good ones will work wonders for you if you tell 'em *what* to do and not *how* to do it.:D

June 19, 2006, 07:10 AM
But Sir that Tee intersection at the road junction must have gotten up and walked away. In all seriousness I have always told my soldiers "trust your own compass" for darn good reason, your chain of command can and will get you lost. Learn how to read a map. Learn how to navigate. It's not too hard, just find those who know how to do it and learn from them. Nothing takes the place of inspiration, perspiration, passion and a willingness to learn and this always commands respect from anyone worth their salt.

Bullet Bob
June 19, 2006, 07:43 AM
You'll love it. Enjoy.

June 19, 2006, 06:23 PM
Just remember the 4 most dangerous sentances in the army.

1. When a 2Lt says "based on my experience"
2. When a Sgt. says "trust me, sir"
3. When a Capt. says "I've been thinking"
4 When a Chief Warrant Officer says "CHECK THIS OUT"

Best of luck to you.

Ala Dan
June 19, 2006, 07:07 PM
Thank You Sir~! S-A-L-U-T-E

For your service too our great nation, as well as the THR community.
All of us here at THR are proud when one of our own steps to the
plate, in order to defend our freedoms; as well as combat the war
on terror. Stay safe, and May GOD BLESS you and yours~!:D

The most important thing I can remember about what was said
by our company commander was:

" For the next eight weeks I will be your mother, father, sister,
and brother. " 1st LT. Joe C. Smitherman, United States Army
Training Center located at Fort Benning, GA in November of 1965.

Dusty Rusty
June 19, 2006, 07:18 PM
Good luck and God bless!!!! Come home safe!!!

June 19, 2006, 07:21 PM
Okay future Papa Lima.
Don't go off half-cocked, watch your six, and always know that Top is there to hold your hand when you're scared. ;)

June 20, 2006, 03:46 PM
Drive on Soldier. Thank you.

June 20, 2006, 08:36 PM
Head on a swivel. Good Luck.

June 21, 2006, 08:02 AM
Thank You for your service!
God Bless you and stay safe.:)

June 21, 2006, 09:12 AM
My advice? Forget all this OCS and Officer stuff for the time being. You've got to make your way through Basic first, and that's not something you should look past or take lightly. Focus on the day, the task, and the challenge at hand. There will be time to think about an Officer's problems when you get there. First, you've got to earn the right to be called a Soldier.

Good luck and Godspeed, and thank you for what you're doing.

Oh, and take a personal word of advice from an old man: KEEP A JOURNAL! Or a diary, or whatever. Believe it or not, one day you're going to look back on this period as the best time of your life, and young men take that for granted when it's happening to them. Take pictures, write a daily journal entry, and enjoy every moment.

June 21, 2006, 04:24 PM
Thank you all again, i'll be away from the computer from here on out. I leave Monday at 0300. Fun fun!

I'm not too worried about OCS yet, i'm scheduled to attend that 10 weeks from now. First I have to get through the next 9 weeks.

Thank you all for your support, advice, and kind words. I'll take them with me in my heart as soon as this journy gets underway.

September 17, 2006, 09:42 AM
Well everyone, i'm back, sort of, and just wanted to give all my friends here at THR a little hello since i'm back. Looks like you all have been busy.
I'm now a Basic Training graduate. I must say i'm suprised, everyone i've talked to in the past said it's a PT nightmare. Low and behold, the Drill Sergeants placed far far more emphasis on BRM than PT. The entire experience was challenging but good for me.
Currently, i'm at Fort Benning awaiting my OCS class to start. Then i'll learn how to not work for a living. ;)

September 17, 2006, 10:05 AM
Congrats on making it past the first step. OCS won't be easy but I'm sure you'll do fine.

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