FINALLY heading to basic.

  • rmd210

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    Mar 22, 2012 10:41 PM GMT
    So after about a year as a DEPer (delayed entry program) with the U.S. Navy I'm finally leaving for basic on Monday. I'm both excited and nervous...I have a feeling going in at 24 may be harder than it would've been if I was 18...but we'll just have to wait and see.

    Anyways! My heart is pumpin' and I'm ready to go! Great Lakes Illinois for 9 weeks, then up to Connecticut for submarine school. Navy here I come~
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    Mar 22, 2012 10:47 PM GMT
    Great Lakes? Good luck. You'll need it. icon_twisted.gificon_biggrin.gif
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    Mar 22, 2012 10:50 PM GMT
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    Mar 22, 2012 10:57 PM GMT
    Another Bubble Head is born.

    Good luck, stay strong, practice your front-leaning-rest-position.
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    Mar 22, 2012 10:59 PM GMT
    Just practice with moms MOP!.. yer gonna need it!
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    Mar 22, 2012 11:31 PM GMT
    TropicalMark saidJust practice with moms MOP!.. yer gonna need it!
    And make sure you use the one with the ribbed handle for extra enjoyment.

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    Mar 23, 2012 12:47 AM GMT
    If I had the medical record for it, I'd probably take the same path. Oh, well. Enjoy.
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    Mar 23, 2012 12:51 AM GMT
    Congratulations. You'll be in great company. There are a number of active and ex military guys on the site.
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    Mar 23, 2012 12:58 AM GMT
    rmd210 saidSo after about a year as a DEPer (delayed entry program) with the U.S. Navy I'm finally leaving for basic on Monday. I'm both excited and nervous...I have a feeling going in at 24 may be harder than it would've been if I was 18...but we'll just have to wait and see.

    Anyways! My heart is pumpin' and I'm ready to go! Great Lakes Illinois for 9 weeks, then up to Connecticut for submarine school. Navy here I come~

    A salute to you, sailor! And I doubt they'll have you doing anything physical a 24-year-old can't do, though it make take you a few weeks to get fully toned for the specific kinds of activities you'll be performing.

    I took college ROTC Cadets through their paces who were your age, and older, and they did just fine. And I could still get a maximum score on Army physical fitness (PT) tests into my 40s myself, and I was no muscle man, so you'll do just fine.

    Be proud wearing that uniform, as we are proud of you, and good luck! icon_biggrin.gif
  • Lanter

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    Mar 23, 2012 1:10 AM GMT
    Good Luck. I have a good friend in the navy. He told me a lot of what the experience was like and more specifically what the Great Lakes experience was like and he said it actually wasn't all that bad. He even said that I could probably handle it (and that is saying something, and I'm not in all that bad shape). In fact in someways I am/was in much better shape than he was at the time and neither of us were 18. Let me know if you want to know more, otherwise good luck.
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    Mar 23, 2012 2:31 AM GMT
    Congrats and good luck! icon_cool.gif

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  • kuroshiro

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    Mar 23, 2012 2:43 AM GMT
    Good luck being singled out for leadership roles based solely on the fact that you're older icon_biggrin.gif
  • tomdat2me

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    Mar 23, 2012 3:39 AM GMT
    dude good luck! i wouldnt be nervous at all though just think about all the people who have gone in before you. If they can do it im sure you can too. Personally i think with age comes self discipline and internal motivation which by the way most 18 year olds probably dont have. Im leaving too on april 16. Im not really nervous as much as i am anxious to get the rest of my life started. Anyways good luck and i hope you love being in the navy. (Hospital corpsman E-2 SG HM - U.S Navy) icon_biggrin.gif
  • Montague

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    Mar 23, 2012 3:42 AM GMT
    Remember to always volunteer in boot camp and evoke teamwork from all..I want you to leave that place with honor grad or at least one of the runner up promotions!
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    Mar 23, 2012 3:43 AM GMT
    Good luck. I can assure you that if you make it thru basic your life will never be the same. Keep your head up!!!!
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    Mar 23, 2012 3:45 AM GMT
    Its a shame they closed San Diego down.. we used to eat you Navy guys for lunch! Oh and it was so much fun to scare the crap out of ya!

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    Carry on!
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    Mar 23, 2012 3:59 AM GMT
    tomdat2me saidi wouldnt be nervous at all though just think about all the people who have gone in before you. If they can do it im sure you can too.

    Great advice! It is exactly what I realized, and told myself, during my own Basic Training, and later Officer Candidate School (OCS) which was actually much tougher. I saw every kind of guy taking training with me, some clearly in worse physical shape than me (which in the beginning was not very impressive), and yet everyone got through it. So will our OP. icon_biggrin.gif
  • Coug24_wyo

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    Mar 23, 2012 4:28 AM GMT
    Good luck to you OP! I think it's great that your following after your goals and working hard to get where you want to be. Wish you the best!
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    Mar 23, 2012 4:30 AM GMT
    Be scared, company commanders are jerks. ;)
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    Mar 23, 2012 4:36 AM GMT
    i went in at 24. it's annoying to have kids yell at you and tell you to do stupid shit. just shut up and color. your maturity will carry you a long way.
  • rmd210

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    Mar 23, 2012 9:16 AM GMT
    thanks for the votes of confidence everyone - I really appreciate it. I'm really not too worried - just figure I'll keep my head down and blend in as much as possible.

    I'll put up another post when I'm done with basic and let everyone know how it went icon_smile.gif
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    Mar 23, 2012 11:10 AM GMT
    TropicalMark saidIts a shame they closed San Diego down.. we used to eat you Navy guys for lunch! Oh and it was so much fun to scare the crap out of ya!

    LOL

    Carry on!
    Marines never scared a Navy guy. We just realize that y'all like to chase stuff, so we pretend to be scared and run. Then later we laugh at how outta shape y'all are cause we outran you.
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    Mar 23, 2012 12:32 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidMarines never scared a Navy guy. We just realize that y'all like to chase stuff, so we pretend to be scared and run. Then later we laugh at how outta shape y'all are cause we outran you.

    The Army had another view, though despite inter-service rivalry, professionals respected anyone who wears "U.S." on their uniform. Nevertheless...

    We used to refer to the 13-button drop-down front flap on the classic Navy enlisted white trousers as a "Marine bib." And this in the 1960s!

    And for the benefit of our OP going into submarines, the classic: "100 men go into a submarine, and 50 couples come back out."
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    Mar 23, 2012 12:43 PM GMT
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    paulflexes saidMarines never scared a Navy guy. We just realize that y'all like to chase stuff, so we pretend to be scared and run. Then later we laugh at how outta shape y'all are cause we outran you.

    The Army had another view, though despite inter-service rivalry, professionals respected anyone who wears "U.S." on their uniform. Nevertheless...

    We used to refer to the 13-button drop-down front flap on the classic Navy enlisted white trousers as a "Marine bib." And this in the 1960s!

    And for the benefit of our OP going into submarines, the classic: "100 men go into a submarine, and 50 couples come back out."
    I thought it was 151 men down, 75 couples come up, and the Capt 3-way'd with all the couples.
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    Mar 23, 2012 12:46 PM GMT
    Congratulations! And good luck. Military service is fun, at times frustrating, but mostly rewarding!