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Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by maganoo82, May 24, 2011.

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  1. maganoo82

    maganoo82 Member

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    Just out of couriosity, how many vets we have here? What branches? Years served? Tours? Maybe share experiances or stories? LEOs too! Not trying to start anything, just always cool to hear from our vets.

    4 years army, 25th inf div, two tours to iraq, loved it hated it all the same :p

    Happy shooting.
     
  2. USAF_Vet

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    10 years USAF active 98-08, OIF three tours.
     
  3. HarleyFixer

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    35 years active and reserve, VN, OIF1 retired in 06
     
  4. RaceM

    RaceM Member

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    4 years, '77-'81 USCG
     
  5. tyeo098

    tyeo098 Member

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    Any Vets mind sharing some war stories? Im sure we'd all love to hear some! I know I would!
     
  6. ErikO

    ErikO Member

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    I 2nd the request for war stories. :)
     
  7. Fleet

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    U.S. Navy 1975 - 1995
     
  8. EmbarkChief

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    For all my service member brethren I submit the "unofficial oath's of enlistment" for your reading pleasure:D

    Code:
    US AIR FORCE OATH OF ENLISTMENT
    
    "I, (State your name), swear to sign away 4 years of my life to the
    UNITED STATES AIR FORCE because I know I couldn't hack it in the
    Army, because the Marines frighten me, and because I am afraid of
    water over waist-deep. I swear to sit behind a desk. I also swear
    not to do any form of real exercise, but promise to defend our bike-
    riding test as a valid form of exercise. I promise to walk around
    calling everyone by their first name because I find it amusing to
    annoy the other services.
    
    
    I will have a better quality of life than those around me and will,
    at all times, be sure to make them aware of that fact. After
    completion of "Basic Training", I will be a lean, mean, donut-eating,
    Lazy-Boy sitting, civilian-wearing-blue-clothes, Chair-borne Ranger.
    I will believe I am superior to all others and will make an effort to
    clean the knife before stabbing the next person in the back. I will
    annoy those around me, and will go home early every day. So Help Me
    God!"
    
    ____________________
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    US ARMY OATH OF ENLISTMENT
    
    "I, Rambo, swear to sign away 4 years of my mediocre life to the
    UNITED STATES ARMY because I couldn't score high enough on the ASVAB
    to get into the Air Force, I'm not tough enough for the Marines, and
    the Navy won't take me because I can't swim. I will wear camouflage
    every day and tuck my trousers into my boots because I can't figure
    out how to use blousing straps. I promise to wear my uniform 24 hours
    a day even when I have a date.
    
    I will continue to tell myself that I am a fierce killing machine
    because my Drill Sergeant told me I am, despite the fact that the
    only action I will see is a court-martial for sexual harassment. I
    acknowledge the fact that I will make E-8 in my first year of
    service, and vow to maintain that it is because I scored perfect on
    my PT test. After completion of my Sexual.....er.....I mean "Basic
    Training," I will attend a different Army school every other month
    and return knowing less than I did when I left. On my first trip
    home after Boot Camp, I will walk around like I am cool and propose
    to my 9th grade sweetheart. I will make my wife stay home because if
    I let her out she might leave me for a better-looking Air Force guy.
    Should she leave me twelve times, I will continue to take her back.
    While at work I will maintain a look of knowledge while getting
    absolutely nothing accomplished. I will arrive to work every day at
    1000 hrs because of morning PT and leave everyday at 1300 to report
    back to "COMPANY."
    
    
    I understand that I will undergo no training whatsoever that will
    help me get a job upon separation, and will end up working
    construction with my friends from high school. I will brag to
    everyone about the Army giving me $30,000 for college, but will be
    unable to use it because I can't pass a placement exam. So Help Me
    God!"
    
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    US NAVY OATH OF ENLISTMENT
    
    "I, Top Gun, in lieu of going to prison, swear to sign away 4 years
    of my life to the UNITED STATES NAVY, because I want to hang out with
    Marines without actually having to BE one of them, because I thought
    the Air Force was too "corporate," because I didn't want to actually
    live in dirt like the Army, and because I thought, "Hey, I like to
    swim...why not?" I promise to wear clothes that went out of style
    in 1976 and to have my name stenciled on the butt of every pair of
    pants I own. I understand that I will be mistaken for the Good
    Humor Man during summer, and for Nazi Waffen SS during the winter.
    I will strive to use a different language than the rest of the
    English-speaking world, using words like "deck, bulkhead, cover,
    geedunk, scuttlebutt, scuttle and head," when I really mean "floor,
    wall, hat, candy, water fountain, hole in wall and toilet."
    
    I will take great pride in the fact that all Navy acronyms, rank, and
    insignia, and everything else for that matter, are completely
    different from the other services and make absolutely no sense
    whatsoever. I will muster, whatever that is, at 0700 every morning
    unless I am buddy-buddy with the Chief, in which case I will show up
    around 0930. I vow to hone my coffee cup-handling skills to the
    point that I can stand up in a kayak being tossed around in a
    typhoon, and still not spill a drop. I consent to being promoted and
    subsequently busted at least twice per fiscal year. I realize that,
    once selected for Chief, I am required to submit myself to the sick,
    and quite possibly illegal, whims of my newfound "colleagues." So
    Help Me Neptune!"
    
    
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    US MARINE CORPS OATH OF ENLISTMENT
    
    "I, (pick a name the police won't recognize), swear..uhhhh....high-
    
    and-tight.... grunt... cammies....kill....
    
    fix bayonets....charge....slash....dig....burn....
    
    blowup....ugh...Air Force women....beer.....
    
    sailors wives.....air strikes....
    
    yes SIR!....whiskey....liberty call....salute....
    
    Ooorah Gunny....grenades...women....OORAH!
    
    So Help Me Chesty PULLER!"
    
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    XX _________________________________
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  9. mrbro

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  10. Hangingrock

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  11. leadcounsel

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    Army OIF and OND vet.

    Thanks for all your service my brothers!
     
  12. PX15

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    USAF 61-65...

    61' early 62' AF Special Forces.. 62-64 killer with Operation Phoenix in the rice paddies of VietNam, Cambodia, N.Vietnam, and three miles of Red China on one occasion..

    Early 1965 to discharge in June 1965 I was a member of the special detachment of dedicated liars and those who "mis-spoke" on a regular basis (as for example, does her ladyship Hilliary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, and Hanoi Jane, etc.) in the Mentally handicapped ward of the V.A. hospital near Weeping Water, Ne.

    Theory being if you escaped from the hospital you'd be among friends..:D:p

    I swear that the above statement is absolutely true and any info (excepting the time with the Phoenix program of course :neener:) can be verified by sending a self addressed envelop to:

    His Lordship Reginald Fitzhugh c/o Ne. State mental hospital for the insane, V.A. building, Weeping Water, Ne.

    Attn: Reggie

    Jesse
     
  13. jackpot

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    I dont have any war stories, but we were the first on scene after the Tsunami in Indonesia...we packed alot of water and rice, and flew the hell out of our helos.
     
  14. jon86

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    4 years active duty USAF. 2006-2010, 2 tours.
     
  15. Kaeto

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    During which enlistment I cruised from 'Tedium to Apathy with occasional side trips to Monotony.'
     
  16. eye5600

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    Drafted December 1968. Assigned to the 173rd Army Band, Ft. Dix, NJ.

    Went to RVN September 1969, returned September 1970, and yes, I was in an Army band in RVN. Each division had one.

    If look at this YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meK02Gac2WQ
    At about second 32 there is a very short shot of the band. I think I recognize some of the guys shown.

    So, if you want a bandsman-type war story, Bob Hope brought his Christmas show to Lai Khe. We were assigned to play to entertain the troops for the several hours it took to fly in the audience, and so we were set up quite near the stage. Among the celebs he had along were Connie Stevens, Theresa Brewer, a Miss World or Miss Universe, and Neil Armstrong (who had walked on the moon about a year earlier). Since it was one of the first stops on their tour, they were almost as interested in seeing us as we were to see them. It was very interesting to see one of the Hope shows in person after seeing them on TV while growing up.

    I never fired my rifle in anger, and so far as I know, no one ever shot at me. Life in rear echelon, but being a band, we were out and about more than some.
     
  17. Justin

    Justin Moderator Emeritus

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    This isn't really on topic for THR's General Gun Discussion forum.

    That said, we do have many members of the forum who've served in every branch of the military, as well as a large number of members with law enforcement backgrounds as well.
     
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