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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-04-2003, 01:32 PM Thread Starter
 
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leaving for basic in 12 days right/wrong

i am supposed to be leaving for basic training in about 12 days from now. does anyone think i am wrong for going? I am trying to decide if i want to stay and go to school at S.A.M. nobody that i have talked to in the last few months has any good advice about military life because they were in it 20+ years ago. i dont know if i should believe what the recruiter tells me because the benfits seem to good to be true. Any words of encouragement would be greatly appreciated.
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Although I didn't go through the enlisted side, I have had a very rewarding time in the service (Navy). I am in the reserves right now but after completing school plan on going back on active duty. I would recommend that you take every opportunity to travel to foreign countries and go to every school that can. Make use of the GI Bill and obtain your bachelors and maybe even a masters degree. The services are a great opportunity to broaden your horizons and learn some valuable skills and meet some of the best people in the world.

At times you will ask yourself "why did I do this to myself" but in the end you will appreciate the hard work and the sacrifices you make because you are doing it for the best country in the world!

Best of luck...Joe
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-04-2003, 01:43 PM
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Re: leaving for basic in 12 days right/wrong

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i am supposed to be leaving for basic training in about 12 days from now. does anyone think i am wrong for going? I am trying to decide if i want to stay and go to school at S.A.M. nobody that i have talked to in the last few months has any good advice about military life because they were in it 20+ years ago. i dont know if i should believe what the recruiter tells me because the benfits seem to good to be true. Any words of encouragement would be greatly appreciated.

Your recruiter is a liar.
That's jsut the way it is.
Now, jsut because he is a liar, doesn't mean he didn't mix some fact in with it.
Basic is......I don't know how to describe it. Life changing, for sure. LEarn therules of the game, quickly. If you don't learn the rules, Basic can really suck. And yes, it's one big game..a big head fuck.
Don't ever use the phrase "My recruiter said...." btw....your drill seargent/RDC/whatever will have a field day on you.
As much as I hated Basic, at the beginning, I loved it with as much intensity, toward the end. it was the most pure experience of my military career.....I was in 95-97, active. I still remember the day we shipped out of Great LAkes (Great Mistakes). We were packed up, seabags on back, and Colors struck up. Standing there, with like.....100 lbs of gear on my back, with all my buddies, at attention, saluting the flag, on a clear, cool Great LAkes morning....it was soul touching. very moving.
A school was a blast, too (Navy training for your actual job.)
What branch are you going in?
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I am going in the Air Force. I wanted to fly but I failed the depth perception eye test. Oh well, guess I'm going to school to get a good education.
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Basic will be a cake walk.
Your training school bennies rock, too.
We ran into some guys fresh outta boot, on to their "job training" portion of their career....they had their own rooms on base...not in the barracks, in family living quarters...nice rooms. Thy had phones, cell phones, and each suite had a car, rented and paid for by the Air Force.
Enjoy man!
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