|07-09-2009, 12:03 AM||#41|
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Cleburne Tx
When I'm through, they'll scrape you off the wall with a squeegee!
|07-09-2009, 12:05 AM||#42|
From Parts Unknown!
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: St Louis, MO
Nice to know I'm not the only one...
For the future Squid,
Just be careful with the military. It's not all fun and medals and glory. It's a lot of bull$hit followed by a little satisfaction and pretty decent pay. You get out of it exactly what you put into it. And sorry to say, but you've got to be a little selfish when it comes right down to it. Take advantage of every program and benny that you can. Your @$$ belongs to them, but they'll overpay you like crazy to have that liberty with you. A true mercenary force.
"Often imitated, Never Duplicated, Always Lubricated."
|07-09-2009, 12:06 AM||#43|
Alley Viper Strike Team
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Beaverton, Oregon
That's why they call me Gamble.
Alley Viper attached to the Strike Team Urban Division 82nd.
Cobra wants you! I'm looking for some ruthless Vipers to fill the ranks. Joes need not apply.
Laugh Now, Cry Later.
|07-09-2009, 12:07 AM||#44|
Join Date: May 2008
my older bro is a officer in the navy, he digs it alot.
coola784 sale/trade/want list
|07-09-2009, 08:59 AM||#45|
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: New Hampshire
Active Army is 580,000 strong and has lost 2544 or .44 percent of their total size.
Active Marines is 201,000 strong and has lost 888 or .44 percent of their total size.
Active Navy is 332,000 strong and has lost 86 or .03 percent of their total size.
Active Air Force is 323,000 strong and has lost 48 or .01 percent of their total size.
EDITED My math was wrong You are 3 times more likely in the Navy and 43 times more likely in the Army or Marines
Last edited by Sgt. Stowell; 07-09-2009 at 11:27 AM..
|07-09-2009, 11:11 AM||#46|
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Northern Michigan
|07-11-2009, 01:14 PM||#47|
Join Date: May 2009
Here's what I remember from Boot...First off...make sure you get PLENTY of sleep BEFORE you get there...I did my Boot at Great Lakes (Great Mistakes) in the spring...I arrived at the facility at like 5pm and did not get to see a rack until something like 5am the following day. There will be ALOT of shouting and what seems like pointless running around to various stations...If you get confused, then you are doing it right...beyond all the cleaning, yelling, physical exercise, and educational lessons, they are trying to take you and everyone else in your division apart and re-build you into something they can work with. They want everyone to be on the same level. After you get your head shaved and whatnot, you will be issued a set of blue sweatpants, white and blue Navy T-Shirts, Sweatshirt, socks, underwear, and whatnot...Because these things are blue, and new, there will be an excessive amount of blue lint everywhere, and the RDC's will be adamant about cleaning all that dust up. The lint sticks to your head like velcro, and it get's everywhere. The medical part of the processing involves alot of shots and stuff...one of the shots they give you breaks down all the white blood cells in your body, basically destroying your immune system and starting it over from scratch, so if even one guy in your division has a cold, EVERYONE get's that cold...so expect some congestion, sneezing, and lots of phlegm for a couple weeks...the neat thing is that from all the blue dust and lint from the new uniforms, all your boogers will be blue as well. Another shot they give you is called "the peanut butter shot". I have no idea what it is, but it has the consistancy of peanut butter and they shoot you right in the ass with it...right cheek I think...then they tell you to go sit on that cheek and kind of spread it around a little...just be careful the next day when you get out of your rack (especially if you have a top bunk) 'cause your right leg might not work right away...Make friends with your bunk mate, because the two of you can work together to get your racks and lockers squared away in the mornings...expect alot of lining up from shortest to tallest...just remember who's in front of you and who is behind you in line, and then when they start yelling to get in line just go grab those two guys and stand with them. You're gonna be REALLY tired for the first couple of weeks, becuase it takes alot of getting used to when it comes to getting up at 3am to go stand in line for breakfast...they used to stand us in lines so tight that you could actually go limp and catch a couple minutes of sleep in line for chow, and the guys in front of and behind you would keep you standing because they are pressed so tightly against you. There will be an excessive amount of filthy language, and refrences to homosexuality directed at the recruits in general...theres a reason they call it "sailor mouth", and by the time you're done with boot, the "F" word will be commonplace. When I got back from boot, my folks met me at the airport, and I think I dropped the F-bomb in front of my whole family like 8-12 times in a matter of hours. The hardest thing for me about boot camp (and I'm not trying to be a smart ass here) was the "Pump-n-Dumps" You have about 90 guys in a division right? So after lunch you'll all be standing at attention at the end of your bunks, and the petty officer (or chief) will come in and yell "Port side, Pump-n-Dump...you have 5 minutes...GO!!!" and instantly, 45 guys turn towards the head and go line up to poop. That isn't so bad, but when you're sitting on the throne trying to push one out, the next guy in line is standing there watching you waiting for his turn...there are no doors on the crappers.
Just try not to stick out. Keep your head up, your mouth closed, and your gaze straight and fixed on an imaginary point in space that goes through anyone that gets in your face. Also keep in mind that they are not allowed to touch you in any manner other than to correct you...back in the old days the RDC's were allowed to slap/punch you and get physical, but not anymore...it's against the law, and if anyone lays a hand on you in that manner, it's assault. When I was in boot, we had a female Petty Officer that was one of our instructors...she came into our compartment after lights out one night in civilian clothes and she was pretty wasted (drunk)...she proceded to "beat" us (jumping jacks, push up's etc...), but when that didn't satisfy her she started getting in people's faces and going off on them...it boiled up to a point where she completely cold cocked the guy standing next to me, and laid him flat on the deck. He got right back up and back into place without missing a beat, but a couple of days later, that Petty Officer was gone. The guy she hit pressed charges against her for assault, and lord only knows what they did with her.
After Boot camp, everything else is FUN! A-School was a blast...I went into Aviation Ordnance, and spent alot of time with aircraft and their weapon systems...there was a period of manually lifting bombs onto racks, and whatnot which was alot of dirty, sweaty work, but I didn't spend much time doing that as I was able to move on to a more "involved" position, and work on some things that I was encouraged to not discuss in detail. If you can get into that, you'll find out on your own what it takes to move on to more elaborate positions, and you might even get lucky enough to make friends with some of the attack pukes who's aircraft you configure...that bond will pay off if you have any interest at all in taking a few cat shots and traps. Alot of those pilots are very thankful when weapons come off the bird as advertised, and destroy what ever it was they wanted to send to hell...they will get to know you, and even to some extent consider you a good luck charm.
I personally would not do it again, because I'm too much of a free thinker, but if I were to have another go at it, I would join the Air Force...why??? Two words...Air Conditioning.
|08-10-2009, 10:17 PM||#48|
supreme allied commander
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Knoxville, TN
Thanks again everyone for the helpful advice and tips. Finally found out what i get to do it only took two months for the job to be chosen lol
|08-11-2009, 01:48 AM||#49|
Join Date: Aug 2008
Lots of soap getting dropped in the shower!
I'm a Army guy so its my duty to give crap to the Navy any chance I get. Go Army beat Navy!
On a serious note, good luck! Had a few friends in the Navy and its a great to see the world when you're young and before you settle down. If I had known the Army was going to end up making me an Intelligence Officer, the Navy or Air Force would have been the better choice.
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