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We had an older thread at our predecessor site that's been archived.   As Memorial Day is fast approaching I thought we should revive this. No matter the country you live in, did you serve in the Military?  How about in government service in a "three letter" agency?   Be proud of your service.  Let us know!  

 

I served in the U.S. Navy from '75 through '79 as a tail hook sailor working on F-14 Tomcats.

 

Jani

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1963 - 1966  US Army counterintelligence, mostly in the Republic of Korea

1966 - 1969  Department of the Army civilian employee, Eighth US Army HQ, Seoul

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USAF 1968-1972  18 months Thailand.  Electronics Technician

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1984-present Royal Canadian Naval reserves Port Inspection Diver.

thank you everyone for your service

Jocelyn

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1971- 1972 US Navy, USS Guadalupe, Tender for USS Kitty Hawk, Ship Store/Galley Cook, Captain's Mess.

One Tour Vietnam, 2 Special Ops

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From 2010-2018. US Army 10th MTN. I was a forward observer, and fire support sergeant. Only spent about 60 days in Afghanistan though XP

-Vaelyn

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Only 60!  Sounds like plenty to me.  Thanks for doing your part!  

 

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I admit this was a wise decision for me,came out a better person.Hung around the wrong people that were a bad influence.Then I realized I needed to do something in my life,enlisting in the Marines was one of the greatest decisions I made.

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US Army from 1997 to 2015.  

Two tours in Bosnia

One tour in Korea (2002)

One tour in Iraq (2006)

Two tours in Afghanistan (2004 and 2014)

 

I continue to serve as a public school teacher since 2016.

 

I agree with Korey.  I was on the fast road to no where when I joined ROTC.  I am not sure I would have finished college and found a meaningful career otherwise.

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On ‎7‎/‎10‎/‎2018 at 1:06 AM, Janeshannon said:

US Army from 1997 to 2015.  

Two tours in Bosnia

One tour in Korea (2002)

One tour in Iraq (2006)

Two tours in Afghanistan (2004 and 2014)

 

I continue to serve as a public school teacher since 2016.

 

I agree with Korey.  I was on the fast road to no where when I joined ROTC.  I am not sure I would have finished college and found a meaningful career otherwise.

I also learned a lot of respect and discipline as well.My family saw the changes too now a high school principal starting a new job in September

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On 9/16/2018 at 10:01 AM, Jennifer T said:

US Air Force. 1984-1996. 

 

Where where you stationed? I spent my time at EAFB.

 

Kymmie

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I served in the army between 1992 and 2002, right before the invasion of Afghanistan. I was asked to reenlisted after I had already begun out processing but declined because I realized that for me it was something I could not do anymore after a lot of reading and introspection. Soon after I took the first steps to attempt transition but had to give up. I’m glad I didn’t go back in because I was tired of getting deployed. My job was driving mostly but I was also a heavy equipment operator. However deployment gave me a different job of machine gunner. Talk about stress. I don’t entirely regret being in because I got to see places in the world I never dreamed of before but it changed me and I realized that military might is not the best diplomacy. It formed a lot of my personal journey and philosophy since then. I’m more of a live and let live girl now. 

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Hello Jenny!  Thanks for your service.  Please go to the Introductions sub-forum and tell us a bit about yourself! 

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US Army, 1985-1994, Chaplain Assistant

1996-2008, Contractor, FAA, NHTSA, DoD, & USArmy

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That was a unique role TammyAnne.  Did you have experience in ministry before or afterwards? 

Thanks for serving.

Jani

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I had done some peer counseling, but outside the ministry. Actually at the time I went in the Army my faith was lagging.

21 hours ago, Jani said:

That was a unique role TammyAnne.  Did you have experience in ministry before or afterwards? 

Thanks for serving.

Jani

I found the whole experience rewarding, but challenging. I was also in the midst of a struggle to understand and find myself, sexually, emotionally and spiritually. But while serving I also had the experience of waking up believing I had physically changed - I had never heard of tucking, had no idea it could be done, but awoke one morning finding my testicles "gone" and immediately thought "I'm so glad they're not there anymore" only to roll over and discover they had retracted during my sleep. I was so disappointed when they reappeared.

That was one of several turning points for me.

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