Military dreams

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    Nov 12, 2012 5:49 AM GMT
    Updated post: Sorry I should have said that I come from a military family and I always planned on joining and serving my country For a while I was even going to apply the West Point when I was in high school. Unfortunately I have hyperthyroidism that I just found out about last week and another thing, both keep me from ever joining even if there is a draft.

    It seems the US military is more strict on who can join than other countries.


    Did anyone always want to join the military but couldn't? Which branch would you have joined and why?
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    Nov 12, 2012 5:53 AM GMT
    Ha! Hell no! icon_lol.gif I'm not that fond of the extremely loud noises that I would have to put up with if I did...........I don't even like the sound of firecrackers going off, so I'll be damned if I heard a gunshot.....
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    Nov 12, 2012 3:32 PM GMT
    Yeah, well, I had that dream... and as it turns out, it came true icon_smile.gif
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    Nov 12, 2012 3:34 PM GMT
    I wanted to join the air force. I cannot due to my previous heart condition. Even though it has been corrected and I am healthier than I have ever been, they still wont take me...
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    Nov 12, 2012 3:41 PM GMT
    I would've been content in either branch, but I had my first big epileptic seizure and lost that opportunity.
  • ohioguy12

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    Nov 12, 2012 3:55 PM GMT
    I wanted to join the air force, but I'm afraid of not liking it, and not being able to get out of my commitment.
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    Nov 12, 2012 4:18 PM GMT
    I actually wanted to join the navy..... sometimes I wish I had. LOL.
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    Nov 12, 2012 4:29 PM GMT
    I commissioned last year on the day that Don't Ask, Don't Tell was repealed and am glad that I did. I'd always wanted to be in the Navy but always found different reasons not to join...(i.e., bad time in my life, other work commitments, fear of the unknown, it was inconvenient, etc...)

    I finally realized that it was pretty much now or never. It's been a really interesting experience and I'm proud to be serving my country and giving back to my community in some small way.
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    Nov 12, 2012 4:59 PM GMT
    I'm barred from all military services, including a draft, due to a medical condition so I never really put any thought at all into the military.
  • Medjai

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    Nov 12, 2012 5:04 PM GMT
    I was considering joining the reserves as a way to fund school and pay my civic duty. Unfortunately I don't love my country enough to die for it, so I'd be a terrible soldier. Also, bradycardia kind of eliminated the option as well.
  • SuperGMS3

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    Nov 12, 2012 9:41 PM GMT
    Wanted to join the Navy, ended up as a soldier. Been done for a few years now ....
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    Nov 12, 2012 9:54 PM GMT
    http://www.duffelblog.com/2012/10/halfway-heroes-near-veterans-seek-recognition-for-almost-serving-in-military/


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  • Montague

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    Nov 12, 2012 10:12 PM GMT
    I was suppose to join the Air Force except I would of had to wait over a year to get the MOS I wanted. So instead I walked my ass out the door and the Marine Corps recruiter was standing out there in front of the complex. He asked what service I just joined and of course i said none...and some time soon after that I ended up falling in love with the USMC that day and now I'm in it for the next 25 years. hah
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    Nov 12, 2012 10:16 PM GMT
    35Foxtrot saidYeah, well, I had that dream... and as it turns out, it came true icon_smile.gif


    Haha I know what your name means. I do the same job in the Army.
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    Nov 12, 2012 10:17 PM GMT
    Medjai saidI was considering joining the reserves as a way to fund school and pay my civic duty. Unfortunately I don't love my country enough to die for it, so I'd be a terrible soldier. Also, bradycardia kind of eliminated the option as well.


    bradycardia does not eliminate the option. its an incredibly common condition among military members. also please defer to my previous link.
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    Nov 12, 2012 10:20 PM GMT
    Montague saidI was suppose to join the Air Force except I would of had to wait over a year to get the MOS I wanted. So instead I walked my ass out the door and the Marine Corps recruiter was standing out there in front of the complex. He asked what service I just joined and of course i said none...and some time soon after that I ended up falling in love with the USMC that day and now I'm in it for the next 25 years. hah



    finally the AF did something right. you not wearin silkys would be a crime against nature.
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    Nov 12, 2012 10:24 PM GMT
    Montague saidI was suppose to join the Air Force except I would of had to wait over a year to get the MOS I wanted. So instead I walked my ass out the door and the Marine Corps recruiter was standing out there in front of the complex. He asked what service I just joined and of course i said none...and some time soon after that I ended up falling in love with the USMC that day and now I'm in it for the next 25 years. hah


    That seems to be a running theme for the Air Force. I did the same thing 9 years ago. Walked into the AF office, talked to the recruiter who signed me up for the ASVAB and I never heard from him after. When it was time for me to take the test, he was a no-show, so the Army recruiter took me up, waited for me and then bought me lunch. I feel stupid for declining his offer to join but I was intent on joining the AF. Well a year went by and I didn't show up to my ship date and the AF recruiter left me some threatening messages. I told him to go to hell and six months later I joined the Army. I've been in for almost 8 years now and I'm getting ready to get out and get a civilian job making more than double of what I get now to do the same job or less.
  • mynyun

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    Nov 17, 2012 7:10 AM GMT
    Growing up I never through I'd join the military in any way and was set against it. Now here I am in the Navy reserves looking for the chance to go active.
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    Nov 17, 2012 9:18 AM GMT
    Awwww, poor babies. I hope you have the chance to get shot some other way.
  • NMGUY505

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    Nov 17, 2012 9:27 AM GMT
    wanted to join the USMC but blew out my right knee junior year during football. got doubled teamed then some lil fucker came around for the kill and dislocated my knee cap, cracked my miniscus, tore my ACL and ripped my MCL. Recovered after some surgeries and intensive rehab. Tried to enlist last year thinking that since my knee is 90 percent oprative I could. but was denied right away because of my injury
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    Nov 17, 2012 4:14 PM GMT
    Flying since I was a baby, before regular jet service, and having a married-in airline pilot relative invite me into a jet cockpit as a child where I was so taken by all those lights and buttons and levers (I'm one of those people who push everything to see what works what before knowing what it might do--surprise me!), I thought I'd enjoy AFROTC back in the 70s, after Vietnam but as it turned out before the Gulf War. Not sure how I'd have decided if this country was at war at the time. It's not my favorite thing.

    I interviewed here http://det157.db.erau.edu/ at Embry-Riddle and could have gotten in only they wouldn't accept me as a candidate for pilot because I needed glasses. I don't know if that still applies, particular with lasik, but back then they wanted perfection and considering the time and expense they put into training, it made sense, so I went off in other directions.
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    Nov 17, 2012 4:48 PM GMT
    I almost couldn't join because I had torn my ALC in a sports accident a few years prior. I had a big operation on it. It was a big hassle to get a waver for it. I almost didn't get in but I finally got my waver and got in.
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    Nov 17, 2012 4:52 PM GMT
    I always wanted to join the military I have father ,grandfather who are lifers so I wanted to be a part of that. Unfortunately, because of my deafness I was excluded.. I always wondered why not be able to serve back of the line?
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    Nov 17, 2012 4:53 PM GMT
    I am still going to try and join as an Air Force officer...even though this past summer I bombed the AFOQT. Got one more shot. I just need to learn how to do math.

    I'm also willing to bet that my counseling records would disqualify me.
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    Nov 17, 2012 4:55 PM GMT
    I have enough medical deferments ready to not even be call-able for a draft- Not that I am unwilling to serve in some capacity.