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LEOs and Military: Why did you join?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Drjones, Jan 6, 2003.

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  1. Drjones

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    Why did you and others in your line of work join up?

    Was it for noble ideals like wanting to defend our country and constitution, or for a more practical reason of wanting money (hard-earned, at that!) for college?

    Are most LEOs interested in helping people or what?

    Just curious....


    Respectfully,
    Drjones
     
  2. telewinz

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    Meaningful work, rewarding, sense of excitement.
     
  3. HS/LD

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    I really did have the noble ideals of protecting my nation... mixed with a healthy dose of getting to play soldier and shoot stuff! :D

    That is why I went Army infantry... and on from there.

    I have a sibling who is an LEO same reason; To protect and serve .... and to drive really fast and kick the stuffin' outta the bad guys.... So they say.

    Why I got out?
    A completely different story...


    HS/LD
     
  4. wingnutx

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    I originally joined the Navy partly out of patriotism, partly because it sounded like a cool job with lots of travel, and partly because I didn't know what the hell else to do as an unmotivated 17 year old fresh out of high school.

    I went back into the reserves after 7 years of civilianhood after the 9/11 attacks. I didn't want to sit there on my thumbs while my civilization was being attacked, but do SOMETHING constructive.

    I had considered reserves on and off for years, mainly because I missed the people and the esprit de corps, but always waffled on rejoining. Now I'm very glad to be back.
     
  5. MacPelto

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    When I joined ('92, out in '97 - honorable discharge) I wasn't ready for college, and didn't know what I wanted to do...but I knew what I did NOT want to do. Namely, work at a McGrease for minimum wage. So, the Navy seemed like a good idea at the time. I'm undecided as to whether I liked it or not, but it was definitely good for me.

    I guess it kind of boiled down to...nothing better to do.
     
  6. Redlg155

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    For me is was a simple means of survival. Coming from a tourist town with relatively few industries either you worked seasonal, for the paper mill or for the Air Force Base.

    The Army was a way of getting out. Did my time and when they offered me a medical out with a bit of disability it was time again to consider finances. I thought....get a small check monthly and see my children grow up or stick it out and miss life for bit more of a check. I chose out..

    When I got out I joined Corrections because...yep..Finances. Best paying job around.

    Patriotism isn't why I joined the military. It was something I learned while there.

    Good Shooting
    RED
     
  7. El Tejon

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    I joined to sit behind a desk and talk on the phone. I got my wish!:D
     
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    I joined the Navy and became a Corpsman because I had to get the hell outta the dead-end town I was in and turn around the dead-end life path I was treading. It worked.
     
  9. Fed168

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    The most difficult question asked. Why did you become a cop? I still don't know how to answer that without it sounding textbook. Some of it is giving back to the community through service, some of it is fulfilling a goal, some of it is having a dynamic career, part of it was that I was a concientious objector from 1992 to 2001 (status lost after last elections).
    Still don't know how to answer that question.
     
  10. 4v50 Gary

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    Most guys I know (LE) needed a job and liked the idea of serving the community.
     
  11. Average Guy

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    I joined the Marine Corps because I wanted to be a cop, but knew that as middle-class white-bread boy, I was in no way prepared for it. When I got out, they weren't hiring people of my color and gender, so I went back to school.

    Ten years later, I'm back to trying to get into law enforcement (my Filipino wife got fast-tracked). Why? Because my wife makes 30% more than I do. I figure, why not work where I'll get paid to do things I like? Where I can go home with maybe a sense of satisfaction on a good day. Plus, the variety of jobs/opportunities is very appealing to a guy like me, who gets distracted very easily. The "helping people" part, for me, is purely tangential.
     
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    Joined the Navy out of highschool due to lack of funds for college and they offered the best schools.
     
  13. rms/pa

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    in my family service is, "the price you pay for citizenship."
    if you are male and not disqualified from service, you are expected to serve one term.
    i did mine 77 to 81

    rms/pa
    navy rules for a gunfight.
    stay 3 miles offshore
    send marines
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  14. DadOfThree

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    Army 1983 to 1992. I farmed for a couple of years after I got married but couldn't make a go of it. I joined the Army because I needed a job and because of all the stories my dad told about his time in service. I loved my time in but I got out to be with my kids while they are growing up.
     
  15. pwolfman

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    I joined for two reasons. First, I have a liberal arts degree in history...um, hello, MceeDee's? Then there was the fact that my dad served in the National Guard, and it looked like a good experience for jobs in the civilian world. The only trouble is, where else can you get a job where you are expected to fire weapons frequently, go to the field (aka extreme camping) a lot, and be responsible for over 70 people, (both the good and the bad things)? :cool:

    The patriotic feeling definitely came later..once I was in...


    Plus they paid for some of my college and got me the hell out of the cold a** midwest!...that was a nice incentive..:D



    pwolfman
     
  16. voilsb

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    yup, that's me. I sucked horribly my first quarter at college, and hit it up because all of a sudden everything I had planned out for my life was gone, and I knew from my dad that you could get a sense of direction out of the army.

    not knowing the details about it, I got into the ROTC program, ended up staying in college, and am in an 11B national guard company until I graduate, at which time I go immediate active duty.
     
  17. dinosaur

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    Viet Nam, the draft.:)

    Life is the greatest show on earth and cops have a front row seat. Besides, I didn`t want to work until 65 and drop dead 2 years later.
    I retired at 47 and haven`t done anything for money I didn`t want to do. Of course that pesky heart attack slowed me down some. :cuss:
     
  18. JPM70535

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    Joined the Navy to "see the world". Saw it from the deck of a Carrier.

    Left, and vowed never to wear a uniform again.

    Worked private industry, Dull

    Became a LEO to help people, make a difference.

    Wore a uniform, took orders, don't know if I made a difference.

    Both the Naval service and LEO service invaluable in lifes trials and tribulations.
     
  19. Blackcloud6

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    Ever since I was little I wanted to be a soldier. I like all things military so that is the way I wanted to go in life.

    There was also a sense of family history and patriotism. All the males on my Dad's side of the family served our nation. My Dad was a WWII vet as was all of his brothers (except the youngest who became a Korean War vet). My grandad was a WWI vet.

    When I was 5 or so, while at the county fair, my dad toke me into the USMC recruiters van, the Sergeant there sat down and filled out enlistment papers for me, I swore the oath and he gave me a lance corporals patch and bunch of brochures. I remember this well to this day.
     
  20. Sisco

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    Joined the Navy (75-79) because I didn't have anything else to do. Lived in a small town with no future working for my Dad in a gas station. Dad gave up the business and I didn't want to make a career of pumping gas & washing windshields (That's right, full service!).
    Navy recruiter stopped in for gas quite often and he was a shooter. He'd sometimes leave guns with me to try out, pick them back up next time he came through. One day I said give me the papers, where do I sign.
     
  21. Sleeping Dog

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    I was "personally invited" by President Johnson to report to Fort Wayne for induction.

    I still think the draft is a good idea.

    Regards
     
  22. Monte Harrison

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    I had this too, along with the fact that I was on the verge of flunking out of college so I felt like a real failure and needed to prove something to myself.

    Became a cop out of sheer idealism; thought I could make a difference.
     
  23. Preacherman

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    Military service was obligatory in South Africa. I decided to volunteer for a longer enlistment in the Permanent Force, and choose where I wanted to go and what I wanted to do, rather than be made into an Army cook (as the draft board wanted to do to me!). '75-'78, South African Navy, electronic warfare & communications. Learned a lot, got the youthful stubborn self-centered trip knocked out of me, helped to make me a man... also combat experience (on detachment to the guys in brown), which had a profound and life-changing impact on me. Further combat experience during the '80's and early '90's, on callup and as a civilian, in a civil war situation. All of that helped me to change my career direction entirely, and become a pastor.

    I got into LE (specifically, prison work) as a chaplain after many years of trying. It seems that LEO's in general, and CO's in particular, are looked down upon by too many in the church. I've found quite a few of them to be men and women who genuinely want to make their world a better place to live. I've been associated with them as a Special Deputy in a Sheriff's Dept. for the past four years, as well as visiting chaplain at a couple of prisons. When the chance arose to go full-time with the BOP, I didn't hesitate, and I have no regrets about it today. CO's are great people to work with, and one can, indeed, make a difference in some inmates' lives (not many, alas... but that's their call, not mine).
     
  24. Coronach

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    1. Personal opinion: if you're not part of the solution, you are part of the problem. Period. I decided to be part of the solution. *shrug*

    2. What this guy said:
    Where else can you hear the following conversation, between a cop responding to a domestic, and the male half (seated outside and sporting a massive lump on his head)?

    Cop: What happened?

    Male: She hit me inda head wit da smoothie.

    Cop: The...what?

    Male: Da smoothie.

    Cop: what, was it frozen or something?

    Male: Huh? No! What are you talkin 'bout?

    Cop: OK...whats a smoothie?

    Male: You know, a smoothie. That thing you use to smooth the clothes.

    Cop: Heh...you mean an iron?

    Male: Yeah...iron, smoothie, whatever, she hit me with it.

    See what I mean? And you get paid to be there! How cool is that?

    Mike
     
  25. Ebbtide

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    Yep, thats why I did. Oh.....to be 18 again :(
     
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