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    Feb 14, 2009 12:41 AM GMT
    Just considering military and wondered if anyone knows what its like. Im a little worried but ready for a change
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    Feb 14, 2009 3:14 AM GMT
    You'll be fine.

    Walk into, through, and beyond any fears you have. The Army will help you understand how much you're truly capable of.
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    Feb 14, 2009 3:35 AM GMT
    Get all the info you can and if you find that its the road for you, go for it and be all you can be. Learned a lot and never regretted my 6 years. It will definately change your life. How is totally up to you. Go for it!
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    Feb 14, 2009 3:40 AM GMT
    thanks I just feel like at this point its the best thing. I just worry about my shy personality in inseccure ways
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    Feb 14, 2009 3:41 AM GMT
    rosenberger_m saidJust considering military and wondered if anyone knows what its like. Im a little worried but ready for a change


    Hey bra, look into the different branches the military has to offer and pick yourself up an ASVAB Study Book, because this test is very important and will place you in the job that you will be doing while you serve. best of luck to you man.
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    Feb 14, 2009 3:46 AM GMT
    well, its probably not something to do because 'you're bored and need a change'..... if you don't feel the burning desire and passion to serve the country and kill for it, not to mention possibly die for it, i'd just get a different haircut, find a new apartment in a new city, and call it a day.


    that said, you could have reasons not mentioned here... and i think it'd be safe to say that you'd look damn good in a uniform ;)
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    Feb 14, 2009 3:49 AM GMT
    The military will treat you like your sexuality is something to be ashamed of, send you to a foreign country to fight in a war that should never have been started, and then ignore your needs when you return home wounded and broken.
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    Feb 14, 2009 3:54 AM GMT
    I spent 8 yrs in the Air Force right out of HS. I think it was the best thing for me at the time. I was in the same boat, sort of shy and not very outgoing. The military definately gave me the confidence and discipline I have today. That being said, I would agree that it is not for everyone. Do as much research as you can about the different branches and decide what you feel is best for you.

    Good Luck
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    Feb 14, 2009 5:13 AM GMT
    rosenberger_m saidthanks I just feel like at this point its the best thing. I just worry about my shy personality in inseccure ways

    Joining the military will help you get over your shyness and insecurity.

    Do it because you want to. Not because you have no other choice.
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    Feb 14, 2009 5:54 AM GMT
    Yes, do it because you want to do it. I was in the Army and I saw a of of guys who joined for the wrong reasons. They hated it.

    Recruiters LIE. LIE. Do not believe a word they say. They have a quota. They are gonna tell you everything and anything to get you to join.
    Get everything in writing. In our contract and hold the to them to the contract. Get am Army job that will get you a job in the outside world. such as supply, logistics, medic, do not go combat arms or any infantry. yes they are gonna tell you that you make rank faster. but it does not mean anything in the real world.

    ask me if you want to know more.
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    Feb 14, 2009 6:08 AM GMT
    Ah you want to do it, because you want to do it.. Also your personal life, who you date, your sexual preference ect, isn't important, only the job, and doing it very well. You have to know you'll be sent to war. I've run into a lot of people who joined not thinking about the possibility of going to war, then they're all shocked and scared.

    Just work hard, and don't do anything stupid, and you'll be fine icon_smile.gif
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    Feb 14, 2009 6:47 AM GMT
    been there done that, 8 years USAF. loved my crews and loved my job, loved the symbolic pride and honor. hated the politics and and prejudice and parts of the UCMJ and you can figure out which parts those are. they coincide with the old regime way of thinking and what can happen inside the court and outside the system. it's an old boys club in a very scary way if it ever comes to that.

    some grown men are mortally afraid of "the gay"

    yes, it's a place to excel in combative skills and some intellectual skills, it's a place where you can kill and a place where you can easily replace your brain with a trained rock. you won't get rich and the benefits i got are far more than those you're able to get today. and if you do need certain benefits, ALWAYS get everything in writing and ALWAYS keep a copy for your records.

    go into the army if you want but just remember you lose the rights of an american citizen. in the military you are permitted to do things, but as the vernacular goes, you have no rights - you are the property of the U.S. Gov.

    there are really awesome experiences to be had and in far-away places, and you may get to do things you'd never be permitted to do as a citizen. you will experience a bonding and camraderie you're unlikely to experience as a citizen. you may face death and you may see your best friend taken in the blink of an eye in a very gruesome way right in front of you.

    regardless, you will have many memories that are likely to be far more intense and you are likely to have a very strong sense of the cliché, "becoming a man". there are few jobs in the civilian world that can match the above.

    i won't tell you to run for your life nor will i tell you to go balls to the wall. i won't recommend military service. i will ask you to spend enough time in consideration, so that you are certain of your decision.
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    Feb 14, 2009 6:48 AM GMT
    czarodziej saidthat said, you could have reasons not mentioned here... and i think it'd be safe to say that you'd look damn good in a uniform ;)


    ... understatement icon_twisted.gif
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    Feb 14, 2009 6:57 AM GMT
    triguy33907 saidI spent 8 yrs in the Air Force right out of HS. I think it was the best thing for me at the time. I was in the same boat, sort of shy and not very outgoing. The military definately gave me the confidence and discipline I have today. That being said, I would agree that it is not for everyone. Do as much research as you can about the different branches and decide what you feel is best for you.

    Good Luck


    strangely, it wasn't the military that broke my shell. i was responsible for weapons, weapons i loaded that probably killed. i was responsible for the safety of my crew and at times for the entire shift of crews. i have a number of ribbons and clusters to go on them. they, and the accompanying ceremonies always felt rather plastic.

    for me, it was the fire department. far smaller, only a few handfuls of guys but the camraderie and brotherly love there (no, no puns [or stories]) is what really broke the shell of shyness. it wasn't the news cameras, it wasn't the crowds - you never notice them when you're busy and they all disappear when the flames do.

    i can't explain why the military didn't break my shell, lord knows my crews were put on display far more often and to dignitaries but it didn't.

    different strokes for different folks icon_smile.gif
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    Feb 14, 2009 6:58 AM GMT
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    Feb 14, 2009 7:30 AM GMT
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    Feb 14, 2009 8:52 AM GMT
    Bro, just make damn sure this is what you want. Make sure that you are willing to scrub the internet of any "gay" presence. Make sure you never have to much to drink among fellow military personnel. Be ready to hide yourself completely, more completely then camoflauge. Be ready to give up yourself to be the person the government and the good old boys club wants you to be. Be ready to give up your life and all your rights for piss poor pay and mediocre benefits. In other words, don't do it for lack of something better to do, or for boredom, unless you have a burning desire to serve God, country and core; this is probably not a wise decision. Most free spirited people don't make good military men. Best of luck in whatever you decide to do. Remember once you arrive there is no going home until they are through with you.