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March 13th, 2004  
SemperFi!
 
 
Go in the Marines, not trying to toot their horn or anything but they need a "few good men". Armys got too much any way . I heard somewhere that the Rangers have the same school as the Marines but a higher drop-out rate. Hmmmm i dont know. Anyway, I think its very brave and noble to die for your country. its to me the "best" sacrifice. Tell all the people who are against you, ask them if they have a Kerry rally to go to. Of course, they probably dont know who thats is but hey...
March 13th, 2004  
dragon_master_gunner
 
Dude, I have been in the Army 11 years, and I plan to retire at 20. I joined right after High School, and I don't regret a day of it. Some of the friends you make in the Army, you will have for life. Some of the things you will experience, and the places you see, will color your viewpoint on things until the day that you die. But you will be a better person and a better citizen by experiencing them.

To agree with RnderSafe, don't concentrate on dying. General Patton said that no one ever won any wars by dying for his country. They won them by making the other poor son of a b*itch die for his.

On another note, does anyone realize that being deployed in Iraq (yes, I am, thank you), you have a less than 0.5% chance of getting killed. Those are pretty RIGHTEOUS odds, if you ask ME! But listening to John Kerry, you would think you'd would have better than a 50% chance of coming home in a box. What's up with THAT?

Back to the subject: Dude, take it from someone that was in your position 11+ years ago. Don't worry about what anyone else tries to drill in your head (to include your recruiter). Ultimately, YOU'RE the one that raises your hand and gets sworn in. To hell what anyone else thinks.

My motto? "Do the right thing, even when no one is looking. ESPECIALLY when no one is looking..."
March 13th, 2004  
Private Shadow
 
Ok thanks guys im going for it.
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March 13th, 2004  
RnderSafe
 
 
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Originally Posted by Darkmb101
If u go into the military right after highschool, u will miss out on alot of experiences. Read my sig.
Not necessarily. He'll have plenty of experiences while in the military. In fact, much of the same ones most college lads get .. he'll just have more money and females to do it with. But the military will give you opportunities you will NOT have in civilian life. If it's in your heart to do it, do it .. bugger what anyone else says. Ultimately, it is your life, and you are the only one that will have to answer for the decisions you make later.

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Originally Posted by SemperFi!
. I heard somewhere that the Rangers have the same school as the Marines but a higher drop-out rate.
If you're talking about Ranger school, the USMC doesn't have anything equivalent to it. It's a kick in the gut leadership school, and the USMC sends Marines there, depending on their MOS and if the Corps feels it is a necessity for them.

I'm curious as to what your experiences are as to hand out advice and knowledge? There is enough bad information floating around out there, if you don't know .. don't state it, it only clouds the accurate information.
March 14th, 2004  
Darkmb101
 
I am not saying civilian lifestyle is better or anything. But wouldn't u, Private Shadow, prefer to go to of military academy after highschool? If u do u can make a lot of mistakes and not cost anyone's life. After graduating u would have more experience in the military field. Also, the ladies would brag and say,"My man went to ... and is a soldier."

The choice is yours Private Shadow; this is just my opinion.
March 14th, 2004  
RnderSafe
 
 
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But wouldn't u, Private Shadow, prefer to go to of military academy after highschool? If u do u can make a lot of mistakes and not cost anyone's life. After graduating u would have more experience in the military field.
How very incorrect this assumption is. Butter bars (LTs) are no more experienced than a green PVT. The military will teach each what they need to know. Four years at a military institution may give you some training, but it will NOT prepare you for the real world of military life. Period.

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Also, the ladies would brag and say,"My man went to ... and is a soldier."
Military service is not about what the "ladies will say."
March 14th, 2004  
Darkmb101
 
im just piggy backing on:
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he'll just have more money and females to do it with.
Of course the military is NOT about wat the ladies say. Point of fact I didnt say u would be ready for the military life if u go to a military school, but have a better clue of what to expect.
March 14th, 2004  
Redneck
 
 
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Originally Posted by RnderSafe
Military service is not about what the "ladies will say."
It's not, Sir? Then why the heck did I sign on the dotted line. Dang recruiting officer lied to me.

But on a serious note, neither myself nor any of my fellow MSIV cadets here (many of whom will receive their commissions within the next three months) hold any illusions about our "experience" and its worth in real-world situations, but our training is (as the training of the junior enlisted is) designed to give us a basis upon which to build.
I believe that the ONLY way to be prepared for such real-world situations is real-world experience, and no schooling can substitute for that.
This is based mostly off of the experience of growing up in a very small town full of retired NCOs.
March 14th, 2004  
RnderSafe
 
 
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I believe that the ONLY way to be prepared for such real-world situations is real-world experience, and no schooling can substitute for that.
That's correct, and listening to your NCOs .. unless they suck, then go and find another one to teach you. They are the best the Army has to offer, and can teach a young butter bar many things.

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This is based mostly off of the experience of growing up in a very small town full of retired NCOs.
Your training began early then.

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It's not, Sir? Then why the heck did I sign on the dotted line. Dang recruiting officer lied to me.
Eh, don't worry about it. Now that the Army has given everyone the Black beret, every woman thinks she's getting a commando.

Back on topic, for the young buck that was asking. Follow your head and your heart. Enlisted is a different world from Officer. Each have something to offer, talk to a recruiter, find out your options. And remember, never sign the contract until you are happy and 100% sure you've gotten what you want. It's your life, not the recruiter's.
March 14th, 2004  
Darkmb101
 
Go with what he just said.