|11-04-2013 10:49 AM|
I was originally going to go in the Army as an MP but the First MEPS tard counselor was like you want Infantry Infantry Infantry!! This was in 2002, I was like no i want to have something that I can use when I get out. He got all shitty and was like well you need to go call your recruiter and tell him there is no more MP spots available..... I go sit back in the main waiting area for a while
I get called back in to a different counselor this time he was an MP he said you dont want to do that shitty job You see all the memorabilia up their....(figures of k-9's and other MP stuff) I was an MP, Do you want to stand outside in the rain...no.....do you want to work holidays......no.... do you want to work 15 hour shifts....... no...Then you dont want to be an MP....
Ok well what do you recommend I said ,I just want to be able to use something when I get out. He said 91W medic he also threw on M6 nurse and Airborne school.
Got through all the testing in M6 Nurse school after the 91w Medic training and saw that my job would be .......emptying bedpans... so I answered all A's on the scantron Final, oooooooo that colonel was PISSED at me she was like you have such a good average on all your testing and clinicals why did you do this....I told her Im not going to empty bedpans as a career.
Boom first ticket to Iraq I got literally 1 week to get to Ft. Cambell and was only at Campbell for 1 week and I was gone. 101st Airbone as 91W then near the last 9 months in the army got attached to 160th Spec ops, that commander want ed me to be their lead medic but also wanted me to sign another 4 year contract... I probably would have stayed in if I wasn't married I got stop lossed once for 6 months but was already in Iraq so it didn't matter to me.
4 1/2 years and I was out
Do I miss it? Eh some aspects; like I was in way better shape but other than that no. Killing innocents and growing opium so the CIA can ship it back to states wasnt for me.
The wars are total BS. Once I realized that I decided I wasnt going to be the NeW WoRlD OrDEr's pawn any longer.
|11-03-2013 07:42 PM|
I was a na´ve young just-turned 18 year old when I joined the Army back in 1983. I wanted to go in as a helicopter mechanic. When I got to the MEPS station they gave me some bs story about how the only MOS available at the time was a cook. Me being young and na´ve, I wanted to join so I said okay. So I go to basic Ft. Jackson S.C. and when I went to do my MOS (which was also at Ft. Jackson) my orders said to report to D company. I told the Sergeant that I thought I was supposed to be in C company but he told me basically to zip it because my orders stated company D (which was 76Y supply specialist). Halfway through MOS training he calls me in the office and realizes they screwed up. So my choice was stay in Supply or go to C company and start over training as a cook. Course I said I'd stay in Supply (quartermaster corps). Whew I dodged that bullet. I didn't want to be no cook!
Course, then they tried another switcheroo 3 years later when it was time to re-enlist. I was in Germany at the time. They told me there wasn't an opening in supply for re-enlistment and that I'd have to switch MOS's. They wanted me to be a MLRS driver. For those that don't know that is one of these:
Course I was wise to them by then and said, okay, I will just ETS out and walked away. Like 2 weeks later, they offered me no less than my choice of 14 different locations in my MOS. Hawaii being one of them. I chose Arlington Va.
Now years later, I wish I would've made the MOS switch. Would have been cool to say I drove one of those.
|10-29-2013 06:43 PM|
They were offering me 60k (tax free) to reup as a Lance and go into Intelligence. I have no regrets on getting out.
|09-08-2013 12:33 AM|
anyway, out and lovin it.
|09-02-2013 10:33 AM|
I don't miss the Big Army in any way, shape, or form. The absolute only thing I would have liked to have had from the Big Army is the retirement check.
|09-02-2013 10:29 AM|
Formations, shaving? I've forgotten what that is!... :)
|09-02-2013 10:07 AM|
I guess I'll join the party.
I originally wanted to go into the UAV field, but it was too new at the time, 1998. There wasn't even an actual AIT for it.
I ended up going 63B, Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic, which changed over to 91B.
Been AGR in the Army Reserves for 11 years, 3 years TPU before that.
|09-02-2013 10:04 AM|
I don't agree at all. I did 8 years Marine Corps. Haven't regretted EASing for one second. I make more money, I get to do what I like, I don't have to shave if I don't want to. I don't have to live in some trashing military town. I get to wake up after the sun. No deployments. No Uniforms. No formations. No power tripping idiots. Whats not to love. Nothing I miss.
|09-02-2013 09:33 AM|
|BOMBtech001||EXACTLY, Duane! Once you get a position like that, you can NEVER go back! Like having your balls clipped... Ever since going EOD I've realized this... So, contemplating SFAS this next year, I should have in '04 when I was trained up for it but overseas tours got in the way. :)|
|09-02-2013 09:23 AM|
|dyn085||I started my enlistment as a 19k (tanker), and then re-enlisted into 67U (CH-47 Repairer, later changed to 15U). I ETS'ed at 8 years and sometimes wish I hadn't simply due to the fact that I would only have 5 years left until retirement. I can't honestly say that there is a specific job that I would have rather done outside of Special Forces. One doesn't fully understand how much being part of the Big Army sucks until they've been lucky enough to have spent time elsewhere.|
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