What/Who influenced/inspired you to join up?




 
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August 23rd, 2012  
hawky94
 
 

Topic: What/Who influenced/inspired you to join up?


Hi guys,

I'm considering joining the Canadian Armed Forces, and I'd like to hear from those of you currently in the military, or those of you who have served - what/who influenced you to become a soldier?

Thanks, hawky.
August 23rd, 2012  
senojekips
 
 
I'm retired and have been so for many years, but for what it's worth, I feel that those who tell you they joined up on patriotic grounds, "to do their duty" etc., are romancing themselves, as of all my mates and acquaintances I don't think that was ever the reason they joined.*

In my own case, I was being a typical teenager and going though that rebellious stage where I wouldn't apply myself to my schoolwork (I was plenty capable enough), and I was giving my parents persistent low level grief, wagging school and otherwise making life miserable for all those in any sort of authority about me.

During a teacher/parent interview the headmaster of my school bought up the suggestion that what I really needed was a stint in the Military, however that was problematic as I was only 14 years old at the time. My parents agreed, although I'm sure that the idea disturbed them a bit,... so of course being the little b@rstard that I was, I immediately set my heart on it.

Now at that time the Royal Australian Navy had just introduced a new form of entry, the Junior Recruit, for boys aged 15 years. By the time I turned 15 I had probably driven my parents to distraction and they agreed to allow me to sit the entrance exam.

The rest is history,...

Other than that, I enjoyed my 12 years and had I not married would probably have stayed on until retirement.
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* Having said that, once I did join, I can honestly say that I willingly fulfilled my obligations and was very proud to serve my country, however I feel that "going on about it" is a sign of false pride. As far as I'm concerned, you sign on the dotted line, and then you do what is expected of you to the absolute best of your ability without complaint or the need or desire for recognition. If you can't do that, well,... you're prolly gunna be either, a bit disappointed, or a general pain in the @rse to all you come in contact with.
August 24th, 2012  
m551sheridan
 
 
Hawk.......... I have not been affiliated with the military since 1987... I joined in 1969... I *am* one of those who felt it was their duty... my country was at war in Vietnam, I felt it was my duty to join (stories of my father and uncles played a big part)... Vietnam was the only war going on - I volunteered for VN for an odd reason - I wanted to see what war was like and how I would respond in that environment.
It took about .25 nano-seconds of my first contact to realize o'John Wayne lied... tis a very serious game that is played. I am glad I did this as my question was answered and I handled myself properly - but the downside is there is not much use for an Airborne Cavalryman who can hump a ruck out on the streets...

If you join try for a job skill you can use if/when you decide to leave the service. You will not miss anything if you do not see combat.

(final analysis? .... the men I served with in that arena were closer to me then any I can remember... we shared something unique - oddly I would do it all over again.)
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August 24th, 2012  
muscogeemike
 
I was drafted in 1966 and got out in 1968. I went back in the Army in 1970, honestly civilian life was boring - 8 to 5 just wasn’t for me. Most people think the military is tedious - I did not find my career to be routine. I served in several career fields and had many jobs. About half my career was overseas and I wish I could do it over again.

There were many bad times, though the memory of them has faded over the years and now I mostly just remember the good times (and there were a lot of those too). I never regretted my decision to go back in and highly recommend military service, especially for single people. Military life is hard on families.
August 27th, 2012  
LeEnfield
 
 
Who the hell joined I was drafted, and in the UK that was tantamount as being sub human and the government rubbed salt into wound by only giving half pay as you were not classed as proper soldier. Yet most of these these improper soldiers wound up fighting and dieing all over the world in many small wars that many of you would never have heard of. My self I wound up in the Parachute Regiment fighting in Cyprus and was on the invasion Suez and I spent most of my two years in the forces on active service, so excuse folks when I hear todays soldiers saying that a six month tour every two years is exhausting.

See list below of of many of the conflicts that have been fought by the UK since WW2

http://www.britains-smallwars.com/main/index1.html

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August 27th, 2012  
Der Alte
 
I was virtually born into the military since I grew up in the National Socialist Germany. As a 10 year old I went into the Deutsche Jungvolk which was a sub-organization of the National Socialist Hitler Youth, and had the same ideas about an Aryan ruler race and so-called Volksgemeinschaft, ie. peoples community in Germany. The organization was based on a militaristic vision and supported activities that would build up the young people's physical strength and vitality. Hitler Youth and Deutsche Jungvolk placed particular importance to teach children loyalty to Adolf Hitler, Nazi Germany and the new social system. And the age of 14 I went into the Hitlerjugend.

After education and training in the Hitler Youth it was a requirement that you continued into Waffen SS or Wehrmacht. You were from childhood trained to be a soldier and to know what a great honor it is to die on the battlefield. Membership in the Hitler Youth was mandatory of December 1936. From there my future was founded. The soldier was the new hero in Germany.

I wished to be an officer in the Waffen SS, but I did not have the qualities that were required at the time (Which I think is my luck today. Wondering what kind of monster I could have been). But I had shown leadership skills and was recommended for Army officers academy. After the war, I stood there without a profession. Everything I had learned was useless. I had a good job on my grandfather's farm, but I would not end my days as a farmer so when the new German Army was created and veterans were sought after, my fortune was made.

I have been a soldier all my life, it was my destiny and virtually the only option I had.
August 27th, 2012  
alessandro.pirisinu
 
 
Dear Sirs senojekips, m551sheridan, muscogeemike, LeEnfield, Der Alte

let me thank you for having written your experience as soldiers...
Very interesting to read, it leaves a great deal of respect for you and your life.

My experience was very very "little": I joined the army in 1994, I enroled in the school of antiaircraft artillery, I have been commissioned second lieutenant... but after few days in the Army I realised it was not my "road"...

As Der Alte Sir says "I think is my luck today"... I am a teacher of mathematics and I never forget my days in the Army... but my life was going somewhere else!!

Good day everybody
Alex
August 27th, 2012  
The Highway Man
 
I always wanted to join the police ever since I was a youngster. However I couldn't join as my dad had been a naughty boy so I had no chance of passing the vetting. I enjoyed listening to the tales of what he got up to when he served with the Royal Army Service Corps, so I thought I'd realise my ambition of joining the police by combining it with the army and joined the Royal Military Police where I served 7 years. I have fond memories of my time in the Corps and the skills I acquired as a RMP NCO helped me to get my current job as a Traffic Officer patrolling the motorway.
August 27th, 2012  
senojekips
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by alessandro.pirisinu
Dear Sirs senojekips, m551sheridan, muscogeemike, LeEnfield, Der Alte

let me thank you for having written your experience as soldiers...
Very interesting to read, it leaves a great deal of respect for you and your life.

My experience was very very "little": I joined the army in 1994, I enroled in the school of antiaircraft artillery, I have been commissioned second lieutenant... but after few days in the Army I realised it was not my "road"...

As Der Alte Sir says "I think is my luck today"... I am a teacher of mathematics and I never forget my days in the Army... but my life was going somewhere else!!

Good day everybody
Alex
You did well Alessandro,... you tried it and realised it wasn't for you, so instead of staying on and making yourself and those about you miserable, you moved on to a better suited career where you have obviously done well..

It always made me wonder why the Services made it so hard for people to get out, that clearly were not suited to the job.
August 27th, 2012  
alessandro.pirisinu
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by senojekips
You did well Alessandro,... you tried it and realised it wasn't for you, so instead of staying on and making yourself and those about you miserable, you moved on to a better suited career where you have obviously done well..

It always made me wonder why the Services made it so hard for people to get out, that clearly were not suited to the job.
Thank you, Senojekips Sir!!
I'll tell you more: my experience is now very "useful" to many of my students who are willing to join the Military Forces: one of them, my dear Friend Gianni, is now a (Lance) Corporal in the Army and partecipated to several ISAF missions in Afghanistan.
Apart him, there are many others who think about joining the Army or the Air Force just to have a job, as if the military were a 9-to-5-job...
So, I have to warn them and to explain their idea of military is somewhat distorted.
I always tell them my experience as an officer made me a better man and a better citizen than I was before, because I now appreciate values like Nation, Flag, Country, Respect, Commitment... but being in the military just for a salary is not so comfortable... and, you're right, it makes your life very miserable.

You say "why the Services made it so hard for people to get out, that clearly were not suited to the job"... I say they'd rather investigate the reasons why a boy/girl joins the military.

Have a good day, Sir (but if you live in Australia, it's deep in the night )
Alessandro
 


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