Goodbye THR I joined the military.


August 14, 2008, 12:23 PM
I must say goodbye to all my fellow THRders thank your for the years of entainment and for the knowledge you have given me. I officially swore into the US Army on monday as an 11x infantryman. I will be leaving on the 21st so wish me luck and keep me in your prayers.

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Black Majik
August 14, 2008, 12:24 PM
Stay safe, best wishes, and thank you for your service.

August 14, 2008, 12:29 PM
Best of everything, doubleg. Stay safe and alert. We want you back home in one piece.

Henry Bowman
August 14, 2008, 12:29 PM
Thank you for your service. I hope you will find the time to occasionally check in here no matter where you are located.

tasco 74
August 14, 2008, 12:30 PM
stay safe and thanks for defending us.....................................

August 14, 2008, 12:31 PM
Wow...that only gives you a week to sort out all the things before you go.

A huge THANK YOU! in advance for your service, and come back to us in 1 piece.

Check in here as you can.

August 14, 2008, 12:35 PM
Goodbye THR I joined the military.


I must say goodbye to all my fellow THRders thank your for the years of entainment and for the knowledge you have given me. I officially swore into the US Army on monday as an 11x infantryman. I will be leaving on the 21st so wish me luck and keep me in your prayers.

You are going to IET not crossing the river styx! Your membership here will still be valid, check in later on!

One week is a very short time, I hope you have great success getting your things in order. I know I didn't when I shipped off, and lost some great furniture as a result. And my SKS and eight year old Boa died/were lost because the people taking care of them for me are losers.

Good luck, train hard, focus on your tasks, and don't fall asleep on the firing line like Rossi did.

August 14, 2008, 12:37 PM
Thank you for your service. Be safe, be smart, and do your country and your family proud!

August 14, 2008, 12:56 PM
Thanks and stay safe!!

August 14, 2008, 12:56 PM
Thanks for doing what us old guys can't.

August 14, 2008, 12:59 PM
thanks and God bless!

Tim L
August 14, 2008, 01:07 PM
Thank you, Stay safe and we'll talk with you in a few months after basic.


August 14, 2008, 01:10 PM
Good luck and thanks

August 14, 2008, 01:10 PM
Congrats! New experiences abound when in Basic.. Just stay safe and come back in 1 piece. Thanks for your service!


August 14, 2008, 01:27 PM
Thank you for your service! Our prayers go with you to stay safe!

August 14, 2008, 01:28 PM
Maybe when you come back you can settle the 9mm vs. .45 and 5.56 vs. 7.62 wars once and for all.
Just kidding.
Thank you for your service.
Stay safe.

August 14, 2008, 01:29 PM
good luck and stay safe

no use in getting the cmoh if your dead

August 14, 2008, 01:30 PM
God speed, and thank you for your service.

Mike Franklin
August 14, 2008, 01:31 PM
I just prayed for you. I prayed that you'd be safe, do well, work hard and do your best.
I pray God has His hand on you.

August 14, 2008, 01:32 PM
Good luck! Stay safe. pay attention to what they tell you, kep in touch with the crew here and if you go in harms ay "Keep your head down" & " watch your six"

Kind of Blued
August 14, 2008, 01:32 PM
Thank you for you service and devotion. Watch your six and let us know how things are going when you find the time (as long as it's gun-related :neener:).

Take care brother.

August 14, 2008, 01:39 PM
Best of luck to you doubleg :)
No need so say goodbye .. you gotta come back for a visit every now and again!

Keep'm ears pricked and your head on a swivel.
Prayers inbound.


August 14, 2008, 01:40 PM
The best of luck to you! Thank you and be safe....

Stephen A. Camp
August 14, 2008, 01:49 PM
Hello and thank you for your participation here and deepest respect for your serving the country as you are.

Be merciful if you can but a bear when you can't and come home safely.

Best and again, thank you.

Intrepid Dad
August 14, 2008, 02:02 PM
Thanks for your service. Please be safe and I hope you rejoin us ASAP.

August 14, 2008, 02:06 PM
Thank you and God bless you for your service to our country, and for me and my family.

August 14, 2008, 02:06 PM
It is people like you that make our country what is Great. Thank you for your service and stay safe. You will be in my prayers. Best wishes

August 14, 2008, 02:07 PM
Stay safe.

Plenty of our members in uniform these days still get to drop in from time to time so don't be a total stranger.

August 14, 2008, 02:23 PM
Good luck from an Army man in Germany. It's a (mis)adventure to say the least.

August 14, 2008, 02:26 PM
Stay safe, and when you return, by God please tell us how effective and reliable your M4 or M16 was... Assuming they issue you one. :)

Happiness Is A Warm Gun
August 14, 2008, 02:30 PM
OSUT for 11B (Basic + AIT combined) should be about 4 months.

After that you will have internet again.
So see you in 4 months.
Be sure to check back in.

August 14, 2008, 02:34 PM
Serve with Honor and Godspeed!

August 14, 2008, 02:39 PM
May the Lord keep His protective angles around you, and all the others who serve.

Thank you for your service to our country. I can't tell you how proud we all are of you and all the others who wear, or have ever worn a uniform.

Stay low, and look unimportant, wherever you go.

August 14, 2008, 02:45 PM
Best of luck to you, stay safe and get home quick

August 14, 2008, 02:47 PM
You may be leaving THR, but you are entering an honored brotherhood.


August 14, 2008, 04:12 PM
Happiness, Dont forget if they make him a 11M it will added 3 weeks!

Bradley school....

Have Fun Doubleg!!

11M Mounted Inf (Bradley)
11B Leg Inf (Hummers)

August 14, 2008, 04:21 PM
Our great Country shines because of good men like you...thank you for your service doubleg,keep safe...

August 14, 2008, 04:21 PM
May God keep you safe, may your m4 stay clean and fire. And remember we are proud of you and thank you and make sure to drop in before you deploy.

August 14, 2008, 04:29 PM
Good luck kiddo. The nastiest things will be those outdoor range latrines.
Good lordy lordy. And watch out for thick-necked Drill Sergeants with cranky attitudes who scream their heads off at you at in-processing. Always eyes straight ahead or it is your ass.
Feels weird talking to someone who is about to follow where you've been.

August 14, 2008, 04:31 PM
Good luck, stay safe, work your ass off. Don't believe that "Don't get Noticed" thing in Boot camp. Get noticed in a good way, you wind up a squad leader, team leader, or guide of the platoon, and maybe score yourself a promotion when you graduate. Always try to take the job of the guy senior to you. And I really, REALLY hope you like cleaning. :D Good luck Army Dog.

August 14, 2008, 04:32 PM
Good luck, godspeed, and good hunting. Wear your armor. Once you get in country, always keep a firearm and a loaded magazine with you, even on base.

August 14, 2008, 04:39 PM
One tip :)... you will be tasked with waxing and buffing a floor. Do not follow the directions on the jug that have you dilute the wax, pour it on straight! One of our DI's made us redo a floor 4 times because it was not shiny enough trying to get us to figure this trick out.

oh.. and go watch Full Metal Jacket if you have not already. If your DI has a sense of humor you may do the "this is my rifle, this is my gun" bit as well as "this is my rifle, there are many like it, etc" in bed. If you understand what is going on and are not all wierded out about it it is more entertaining.

August 14, 2008, 04:48 PM
Good luck and thanks!!

August 14, 2008, 04:50 PM
Keep your powder dry and your (radio edit) hard!

August 14, 2008, 04:55 PM
Off to Benning in summer? OY!!!! Good luck.

August 14, 2008, 05:10 PM
best of luck and THANK YOU for your decision to serve your country.

keep a level head, play the game at its all a game there but pay attention...when you deploy its no longer a game. keep your head level and down.

peace brother and pop in and share some stories!

August 14, 2008, 05:25 PM
Thank you for serving. Stay safe!

August 14, 2008, 07:18 PM
Thank you for your service.
God speed!

August 14, 2008, 08:33 PM
Good luck and God Bless.

August 14, 2008, 08:55 PM
First off, this is a very hard time to make that commitment, knowing what our military faces. Thank you.

Second, hard work pays off. The uppers notice the guys who care. Strive to be an expert in your field and you'll shine. There are great programs out there, such as Green to Gold. This is one of only a few ways the military will help educate you and better your future. Serve proudly, and take advantage of the wonderful programs offered.

Last, I'm active and I'm on here all the time... you'll be back. :)

August 14, 2008, 09:10 PM
Best of luck at (I presume) Ft. Benning.

If they still give you the choice between 'boxers or briefs', go with boxers.

Try and *enjoy* the experience! It doesn't cost extra if you do...

August 14, 2008, 09:13 PM
Good luck kiddo. The nastiest things will be those outdoor range latrines.

Yeah, ours at our FTX were full. I mean that in every sense of the word. And always take a battle buddy with you everywhere you go, you will just make ti hard on your platoon if you don't. We had a guy (also at FTX) get captured by a company of cav scouts who were sharing the site (I was at Knox) and marched around and around for hours while they demanded to know the proper challenge of the day. He had to go to the hospital for frostbite, our Drill Sergeants and commander were pissed.

Stay strong and remember that no matter what sort of trivial nonsense they may decide to use as justification for PTing you and the platoon it is a short term thing, real military life is not like that. You just need to climatize yourself to stressful situations.

August 14, 2008, 10:39 PM
Congratulations brother! See you back here after training!

August 14, 2008, 10:43 PM
Good luck and lets us know how your doing.

Joe Cool
August 14, 2008, 10:44 PM
Thank you for your service - you are in our prayers, along with my nephew who will be a Marine recruit shortly. I know several men who have done tours in Iraq, and like the others have said, please come back to us in one piece. The best weapon you have is the one between your ears - please remember that!

Mal H
August 14, 2008, 10:44 PM
Thanks for your contributions here, and more importantly there. Stay safe and drop back in to see us from time to time.

August 14, 2008, 10:54 PM

If you really want to be a "Grunt", volunteer for airborne. It's a young man's game, but it is an experience you will carry with you the rest of your life.

Good luck, soldier hard, and Godspeed!

A special note for those who don't like the term "Grunt". Boots on the ground are what it's all about. I earned my right to call the Infantry "Grunts"; I was one for 5 years in 18th ABN Corps.

An Old Soldier

August 14, 2008, 10:57 PM
Best of luck, and thanks for serving.


August 14, 2008, 11:01 PM
thanks alot for your service

dont worry ur account will still be up when u get home from basic

August 15, 2008, 12:05 AM
Doubleg - Thank you for serving and godspeed. You will do well.

August 15, 2008, 05:46 AM
Sometimes the safest place to be is in an infantry unit. Godspeed my brother in arms.

August 15, 2008, 05:49 AM
Prayer sent. Stay safe, and thank you for your service.

August 15, 2008, 06:12 AM
Stay safe... return safe. Good luck.

Steve Raacke
August 15, 2008, 06:24 AM
Thank you for your service. Stay safe.
Some advice- Take it from this old Army vet, you will have memories which will last a life time. As soon as your DIs allow you to purchase a camera, get a 35mm model (Not digital) to keep in your pocket. Take lots of pictures and LABEL them with dates, location and names of those in the photos. Mail copies of the photos home to someone who can store them in a shoebox for you until you get out and can put them in an album. I recommend the old style 35mm over digital because while burning images to DVD/disk or putting them on photosharing sites (imageshack, photobucket, flickr) may be less of a hastle at first you will find that disks get damaged or break down and photosharing sites come and go in popularity and service. You will be glad you kept "real" photos in about 25 years when you are sitting around remembering the time you spent in the service.

August 15, 2008, 06:40 AM
do our country proud!

August 15, 2008, 07:26 AM
Bless you, brother.

And as long as we have this thread handy... There is a movement that's been going on for a bit to have a way for us to easily say "THANK YOU" when we see a military man or woman in public. Hold your hand straight as if you were going to salute, touch your fingers to your chin- palm toward you, and then sweep your hand out and down in an arc to waist level. It's American sign language for "thank you". Simple, yes? The troops are seeing it all over and know what it means. It is a very simple, minor demonstration of our respect and love for the men and women who step up and step forward to defend our freedoms. Make it OUR SALUTE for the men and women in uniform.


August 15, 2008, 07:34 AM
Have fun at the Sandhill School for Wayward Boys. Let us know when you "turn blue". I'm a 1995 graduate myself, and just remember keep your pecker hard and your powder dry and the world will turn.

1911 guy
August 15, 2008, 07:42 AM
Good for you. I hope you are able to get some good experiences and training that will serve you while in and after you get out. Just remember that the military will either make or break you. Suck it up, play the head games in boot camp and life will return to "normal" after graduation.

Meanwhile, stay safe as possible, give us updates when you can and know that our well-wishes and prayers go with you.

(formerly) BU2 Garlich, USN

August 15, 2008, 09:56 AM

The job of an in infantryman is to return fire, supress fire, and gain fire superiority, using cover and concealment, fire and maneuver, to close with and defeat the enemy.

God bless!!

August 15, 2008, 10:47 AM
Best o' luck, Brother In Arms.

Watch your top knot and keep your powder dry.


August 15, 2008, 11:07 AM
God go with you, keep you, and grant you success. From the father of a Marine.

August 15, 2008, 12:08 PM
You should have joined the Air Force! :neener: But really, without the Infantry, all of us Air Forces guys would have no one to provide air support to. :(
So have fun and come back in 1 piece.

August 15, 2008, 04:53 PM
Good Luck and remember in Basic:

Don't be first.
Don't be last.
Never volunteer for anything.

August 15, 2008, 05:15 PM
Stay safe and keep your thinker screwed on straight so you come back with all parts intact.

Enjoy's the most fun you can have while getting your rear end completely kicked.
You'll come out a brand new person.

August 15, 2008, 05:24 PM
Remember while in Basic, Never be first, Never be last.
And the most useful piece of advice ever; Never miss a chance to shut up and LISTEN.
Good Luck.

Does the Army still have the 11xray MOS? or is 11x a place holder for B or M now?

August 15, 2008, 06:06 PM
Oh wait that's the USMC...

Really from one US Army veteran, always remember:

"This we'll defend."

Rusty S

August 15, 2008, 06:54 PM
stay safe, enjoy the opportunity the best 20 years my life was in the USMC

All us older guys have got your six

August 15, 2008, 09:34 PM
Thanks for your service.
Keep posting, and come back stronger.


August 15, 2008, 09:50 PM
Good luck at Benning!

August 15, 2008, 10:07 PM
Basic training will be a memorable time in your life! You will make good friends and you will become proud to have joined. I still remember and look back with pride and fondly remember my time at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri during winter. Basic training is a bond that all military people have in common. Good Luck troop.

Oh and by the way . . . . your recruiter lied to you!!:neener:

Take Care.:D

August 15, 2008, 11:20 PM
Benning in summer is actually fun. wheni was there this summer, only been out for a month, the average temp at 6 am was 70 degrees with 70-80 percent humidity. by 1030 it was usually heat category 5, ie 98degrees plus and 85plus percent humidity.
do not go with anykidn of long hair, cut it down conservatively. trust me, youll see enough of the "ugly chicks" in the 30th AG BN soon enough. and when they get "smart" with you, just ask your biggest ugliest looking battle buddy the infamous
"hey, dont he have purty lips?"
shuts everyone up if they have a feminine hairstyle. the DS dont really care, and when your in the DFAC or johnston hall, STAY OFF THE WALL.

sadly you wont get the 2/47th INF RGT for your training company, as far as i could ever learn they were 9 week only training terms.

Practice reading off your chest insignia at long range aspossible. that screws people up. for some reason the acu pattern really screws with the chest patch. it like adds lines, ie a e5 patch looks like an e6 or 7.

keep that camelbak full at all times. DS will make you start drinking when they see someone has gone empty, and then everybody gets to learn through the use of CT that you need to keep it full.
and hope you have a good intestinal system, the water buffaloes are all full of algae and nice and warm. when the day is done, that chalky poweraide in the dfac really becomes the highpoint of your day.
never eat the cake or cookies, thats suicide.

oh yeah have fun, and you will be getting sick about 10hours after you get vaccinations. the drugs themselvs do screw with your system, but the problem is that the shot guy, specialist something or other has the guys in sick call assemble syringes. ive spent many times doing so while on sick call.
and waxing the bay will take all night ot do it correctly. expect 2-3 coats on the walking area, and 4-5 on the kill zones. and that will mean bunks an wall lockers get moved around so the whole floor gets waxed.
you will find old letters and stuff. remember keep hatpins, they are 15.50 EACH if you have to buy one at the Post Exchanges.

August 16, 2008, 12:14 AM
Take care and God bless you.

August 16, 2008, 12:51 AM
Thanks and Godspeed! Check in from time to time and let us know of your progress.;)

November 1, 2008, 11:30 PM
Hey everyone. I just graduated basic and i'm on family day pass. But tomorow its back to the CTA for 5 more weeks of infantry training. :(. I've learned a lot and now apreciate the simpler things in life. BTW 30th AG was the worst experience of my life.

Big Daddy Grim
November 1, 2008, 11:40 PM
Good luck stay safe

November 1, 2008, 11:57 PM
Congrats! I remember graduatin from Basic and feeling like I actually accomplished something, whereas graduating from High school was pretty meaningless to me.

Indeed, good luck in future and stay safe. :)

November 2, 2008, 01:07 AM
Hey Soldier,
Congratulations! Enjoy your time off while you've got it. Keep soaking up as much as you can, remember a lot of this stuff could take or save a life to the benefit of you and your battle buddies. On a side note, I agree with your comment RE 30th AG. I would have had to stay two more weeks if I didn't have my gear ready to run when they said they needed to fill 5 buses.

November 2, 2008, 07:25 AM
Welcome, nice to have another brother in arms in the fight. Take care of yourself and if you have any questions let me know.

SGT Cameron Channell
82nd Airborne Division

November 2, 2008, 08:36 AM
I hope you know we have the internet in the military now, it was part of the modernization,,lol.

Things will slow down after a few months of newguy adventure and you can check back and update everybody.

Always remember you volunteered for it, so make the most of it. Even the crappy parts are good for funny stories later and the friendships last a lifetime.

November 2, 2008, 08:50 AM
Good luck!

November 2, 2008, 08:56 AM
I must say goodbye to all my fellow THRders thank your for the years of entainment and for the knowledge you have given me. I officially swore into the US Army on monday as an 11x infantryman. I will be leaving on the 21st so wish me luck and keep me in your prayers.
that dosen't mean that you have to stop droping by thr, even during a deployment you will be able to get to the internet cafes and write threads and post stuff. i have been a member of thr only while in the army, i have no problems coming on and giving my .02cents

November 2, 2008, 07:22 PM
Good luck. Train hard and stay safe. You signed up for an adventure of a lifetime. Some of my fondest memories are my days in the Army. When you're at your permanent duty station try to sign up for as much extra schooling and training as possible.;) "FOLLOW ME!"

November 2, 2008, 09:12 PM

Good luck.

You do know they have computers with internet in the military right?

And that you'll probably have your own lappy in your barracks.


Mark K. C.
November 3, 2008, 01:00 PM
God Bless You and keep you safe. Let us know when you get back. Thank you.

Ala Dan
November 3, 2008, 03:08 PM

Many thanks for your service too our great country, May GOD BLESS
you and yours~! ;) :D

McCain-Palin On Nov. 4th~!

November 4, 2008, 11:42 PM
thank you for your services, good luck.

November 4, 2008, 11:43 PM
God bless you Doubleg. You are in all of our prayers and hearts.

November 5, 2008, 08:14 AM
congrats on graduating.

i hope the election did not spoil it too much for you.

remember, much of america really does appreciate what you guys are doing.

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