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Military Service

Discussion in 'The OT' started by jodyguercio, Jun 3, 2009.

Have you or are you serving in the US armed forces?

  1. Yes

    0 vote(s)
  2. No

    65 vote(s)
  1. longrider

    longrider Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Apr 21, 2007
    Elizabeth, CO
    While I was too young to serve in Vietnam I was old enough to understand some of what was going on and it gave me a bad feeling about the military. By the time I was old enough to serve the war was over and so was the draft. By the time I realized the value of the military I was too old to sign up. That said I have the utmost respect for those who are serving or have served and thank you for everything you do. I have 2 good friends currently serving, one is the nuclear officer on a sub, and the other is in Air Force intel. (that is all he could tell me, anything more and he'd have to kill me :) )
  2. fluffybear

    fluffybear Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Jun 19, 2004
    Wanted to serve but they wouldn't take me (Blind in right eye and border-line epileptic)
  3. Richard King

    Richard King Hall Of Fame

    Mar 25, 2002
    Never did, but often think of what other path would have happened if I had. I had lottery number 54 and was called up twice for the physical and was under the weight requirements both times (I actually was 1 pound lighter the second time, one year after the first time). While I didn't want to go in at the time, the weight situation was my natural weight (I've gained about 50 pounds since), I look back and regret not enlisting in the AF. My father was also underweight for WWII. He ate himself sick until he reached the required weight to get in.

    Thanks to all those who have served.
  4. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Apr 17, 2003
    My dad served for 28 years (ending in 1979). I got to be an Air Force brat!
    My brother served for 9? years - followed by civilian service repairing military planes.
  5. difficultrun

    difficultrun Mentor

    Feb 17, 2007
    Military Academy and then 7 years in the Army -- 80-87 -- looking back they were the best years of my life. Now living the dream with NASA.
  6. Cholly

    Cholly Old Guys Rule! DBSTalk Club

    Mar 22, 2004
    Yup! There's no place like Nome -- absolutely no place!!rolling
  7. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Dec 9, 2006
    Sure... Thule :lol:
  8. Ned C

    Ned C Just me being me DBSTalk Club

    Mar 6, 2008
    Racine WI
    USN for 8 years. 2 Tours of Vietnam. 2nd tour as a riverboat cox'n. Would have stayed but Trickie Dick sent us home.
  9. rumbach

    rumbach Cool Member

    Aug 8, 2007
    20 years navy 1965 - 1985
  10. David MacLeod

    David MacLeod New Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    3 yrs US Army Germany 96-89. injured both knees not allowed to extend.
  11. IM Rags

    IM Rags Cool Member

    Aug 7, 2008
    first, to my fellow veterans. thank you for your service to our country!proudly served in the u.s. navy for a total of sixteen years. (four active)
    duty stations included the u.s.s. dixon, u.s.s. pigeon, scf annapolis, ftc fire school norfolk.
  12. Polardog

    Polardog Legend

    Mar 4, 2008
    Served proudly in the United States Marines from Aug 1965 thru Oct 1971. 6 1/2 years total active duty. Joined a reserve Marine at Port Newark, NJ. Served 6 months followed by 2-3 year reenlistments. Served 19 months in Vietnam (13 month initial tour followed by a 6 month voluntary extention).
    Both my Father and my Uncle were Marines.
    Once a Marine, always a Marine. Marine Corps training and discipline is part of who I am.

    Never forget.

    Semper Fi
  13. lflorack

    lflorack Godfather

    Dec 16, 2006
    Retired as a MSG after 24 Years in the Army -- all in the Reserve.
  14. Nick

    Nick Retired, part-time PITA DBSTalk Club

    Apr 23, 2002
    USAF. Korea, Tok Chok Do, shot at, 'friendly' fire, missed.
    No, no one would consider you a coward. All of us who have served or are currently serving will tell you that military service is not for everyone. There are many ways to serve.
    If you don't already know what Gen. George Patton had to say about dying for your country, then be sure to look it up.
  15. tfederov

    tfederov Well-Known Member

    Nov 18, 2005
    USMC 1990 - 1998

    And yes, this Jarhead is also a Shellback ('97).
  16. djlong

    djlong Hall Of Fame

    Jul 8, 2002
    New Hampshire
    I never have and suspect that they wouldn't let me in due to physical problems. The closest I've come is my current job working for a defense contractor on a job for the USAF.

    My birth mother was in the Marines (discharged when they discovered her pregnant with me)
    My father was in the Navy.
    Grandfather in the Army.
    Uncle in the Air Force.
    Half-brother in the Navy.
    Another half-brother tried to get into the Air Force but the physical revealed a hole in his heart.
  17. Reaper

    Reaper Godfather

    Jul 30, 2008
    Marines 1984-1990.

    Served as an American embassy guard in Rangoon, Burma ('87-88) and Tokyo, Japan ('88-90).

    Had a great tour of duty. Haven't gotten laid nearly as much since.

    Semper Fi!
  18. Stewart Vernon

    Stewart Vernon Roving Reporter Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Jan 7, 2005
    Kittrell, NC
    I moved all the off-topic posts (very good discussion in my opinion) regarding "required" service, the draft, etc. here.

    Now to try and stay on topic to this thread :)
  19. Hutchinshouse

    Hutchinshouse Hall Of Fame

    Sep 27, 2006
    I voted no.

    My brother in-law is going to Iraq in two months.

    He’s a surgeon. I hope he can be safe and save many lives.

    Thanks to everyone who served!

  20. Supramom2000

    Supramom2000 In Loving Memory of Onyx-2/23/09

    Jun 20, 2007
    Colbert, WA
    Those military docs are absolutely incredible!! God bless him and wish him luck for us.

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