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How many of us have served?

How many members have served in the Armed Forces? I'm still in college, but as of right now, I am going into the Coast Guard post graduation.

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That I know of..

myself, 10 years Army reserve (and counting) And no, no real news of an activation. Then again, they aren't too keen on giving us much notice.

Hooligan ZX6, served during desert storm.

KBOlsen's beau (and honary member) John was in the Navy years ago.

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I'm not going to joke about it. I did not serve. I wanted to but it came under huge protest of my mother.

Both of my Grandfathers served in WWII. One was on a submarine in the navy. The other was a siper in the army. He has 2 PURPLE HEARTS and a ton of other medals. He has scars up his leg onto his back from being hit by a machine gun on the beaches of Normandy. He also stepped on a landmine at one point. The shrapmetal still works it's way out his skin. Needless to say I am thankful to be here and am glad that we have people to defend our country and freedoms.

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I'm not going to joke about it. I did not serve. I wanted to but it came under huge protest of my mother.

Both of my Grandfathers served in WWII. One was on a submarine in the navy. The other was a siper in the army. He has 2 PURPLE HEARTS and a ton of other medals. He has scars up his leg onto his back from being hit by a machine gun on the beaches of Normandy. He also stepped on a landmine at one point. The shrapmetal still works it's way out his skin. Needless to say I am thankful to be here and am glad that we have people to defend our country and freedoms.
You too? Both grandpas and my dad were in wars, and I was about a day away from joining the Air Force when my mom finally broke me down and got me to continue going to college.
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You too? Both grandpas and my dad were in wars, and I was about a day away from joining the Air Force when my mom finally broke me down and got me to continue going to college.

Yep, my parents argued that It would be a waste for me to do anything but go to College. I went under protest and I'm glad I did, but would have been proud to serve my country.

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My Grandfather survived Pearl Harbor. Hes 87 now and doing well although you cannot visit him without him telling you war stories. Its still in his mind like it happened last week.
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My Grandfather was in the italian Army under Mousilini before he came over here. I was soooo bad to go into the airforce. but they said there was no way they would let me fly since my eyesight sucks. Kind of wish I had done it anyways though. Right now I'm trying to talk my little brother into it.




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I personally haven't...but my dad's brother did serve the army for nearly 20 years (maybe more, not sure when he joined). He was in the Gulf War. I worried alot during 7-8th grade as did my dad.
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As Grover said I was in Desert Storm during my 8 year stint in the Naval Reserves.

I was in the SeaBee's " construction Batallion"

Did I ever expect to go active at any point? Not a chance. But when I moved to Chicago from Denver I had only a temporary spot in the Chicago unit, so............. There were several units going that were short personell, guess who was the only Seabee called from the Glenview Base? Moi.

Hated every minute I was over there, but now Im glad I went. Was a great experience, and in a weird sence I kind of wish I was over there again.

If I were active duty still Id only have 3 years left to full retirement

By the way,,,, the first 3 months I was there I did nothing but sling concrete for the tent cities Im sure most of you saw on tv. the last 3 months I was there I was assigned to the cobra base and assembled and reassembled the landing pads every single time a Cobra would take off. I was 30 miles south of the Iraq border , could see the oil fires and felt the rumbling from the B52s, never saw any real action, but Im glad I didnt.
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The service is a must do for EVERY young person !!
Actually, I think it would be a good idea if this were the case.

I don't generally talk about my service background because it was something I did by choice and from my convictions.

I pleged an oath to protect and defend the Constitution, not to protect and defend whatever happens to be the trend of the times and everyone else can leave the country.

Don't mean to get too far but I find myself incredibly more frustrated when veterans show no respect for the right to desenting opinions.

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Do you mean voicing our opinions against those who are voicing theres?
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I think it means that Dave's not very excited about the US's recent actions towards the middle east, but being a Vet most people (or other Vets) wouldn't understand why he feels the way he does. If I'm wrong, I apologize, that's what it sounded like to me.
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Do you mean voicing our opinions against those who are voicing theres?
If you mean something along the lines of, "What the fuck is wrong with those whiney liberal communist motherfuckers, I'd like to kill them all them stupid assholes.", then yes, because that's just a mindless fucking rant.

You are welcome to oppose their opinions, hopefully showing the intelligence that people are bitching about them lacking, but you are not welcome to try and stop them from a basic freedom that this country stands for.

Hopefully most of us can tell the difference.

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I think it means that Dave's not very excited about the US's recent actions towards the middle east, but being a Vet most people (or other Vets) wouldn't understand why he feels the way he does. If I'm wrong, I apologize, that's what it sounded like to me.
The only actions I'm not very excited about is alienating a substantial portion of the world, potentially causing problems with the UN and NATO allies, and the failure to understand that the freedoms are not freedoms at all if everyone has to agree or keep their mouth shut.

We have no option now but to complete the mission, establish a representative government, and turn Iraq back to the Iraqi people as soon as effectively possible. Failure or withdrawing is NOT an option!

I'm wondering if this should be split off into another thread.

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I agree with you Dave, but at the point we began fighting I can't say these people protesting the war are on top of my favorite people list. I have friends over there that I feel bad that have to deal with a nation that won't support them now that they are over there fighting for their country. The truth is that the people are more of a nuisance then accomplishing anything by shutting down LSD and things of that nature.

A friend said it best when he said it's ironic that the people protesting this war also have the least say in whether this war happens or not. I realize that's a pretty broad statment, but a generally valid point.
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The truth is that the people are more of a nuisance then accomplishing anything by shutting down LSD and things of that nature.

A friend said it best when he said it's ironic that the people protesting this war also have the least say in whether this war happens or not. I realize that's a pretty broad statment, but a generally valid point.
Yes, but war is also a nuisance. A couple of hours blocking LSD is pretty trivial by comparison.

What's really ironic is that the people FIGHTING the war have the least say in whether the war happens or not.

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If I were active duty still Id only have 3 years left to full retirement

By the way,,,, the first 3 months I was there I did nothing but sling concrete for the tent cities Im sure most of you saw on tv. the last 3 months I was there I was assigned to the cobra base and assembled and reassembled the landing pads every single time a Cobra would take off. I was 30 miles south of the Iraq border , could see the oil fires and felt the rumbling from the B52s, never saw any real action, but Im glad I didnt.
The surface to air fire was real perty at night time

Kiss my ass Saddam!
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