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    US Navy '82 - '89: helicopter pilot, flew the UH-3A station SAR on Diego Garcia (ugh) and then the CH-46D performing VERTREP out of San Diego with HC-11.

    Now I work as a civilian analyst for Naval Air Systems Command, but there was 18 years between the time I left active duty until I came back aboard as a civilian. A lot changed in between.

    I have to laugh, my old job has been turned over to civilian aviators and the ships are now civilian manned (or is that "staffed"). I tried to get a job doing what I qualified to do in the Navy but according to the insurance of the contractor hired by the Navy to provide VERTREP services I did not have enough experience.
    Experience is what you get when you don't get what you want.

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    US Army...active duty...1990-1994...Biomedical Electronics Tech...lots of TDY...favorite assignment was Ft. Ord, CA...least favorite Ft. Hood, TX...these days I work for Navy SSP.

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    Enlisted in 1976, got out in 2002 after 20 plus years. Most of it as a medic. Loved it. Got out because I could not keep up with the 19 year old kids any more. I miss the troops but do not miss the politics. Would consider going back if I was younger.

    Worked for a prison supply company and stayed with them for 9 years 7 months.
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    Quote Originally Posted by akbeemer View Post
    Thought it would be entertaining to find-out how many forum denizens have prior service experience and how much. I'm guessing there are a bunch of folks with military service. How about telling us your branch of service and the number of years you served. Active, reserve or National Guard; Army Navy, Air Force, Marines or Coast Guard... report it all. How about you peace officers and fire fighters reporting your service as well. Colorful anecdotes are optional and encouraged. If you are normally a lurker and don't join in the discussions, then please make an exception and tell us about your service.


    I'll start it off: Army, 27 years.
    Bump. Many new members and many of them likely have served.

    Let us hear about it.
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    Navy, 30 years...1979-2009...submariner. 11 years enlisted (Chief Torpedoman), got commissioned & did 19 more.

    Diesel boats & fast attacks, underway on 30+ different boats. Mostly USN but the RAN and RN as well.

    Still miss it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Subman View Post
    Navy, 30 years...1979-2009...submariner. 11 years enlisted (Chief Torpedoman), got commissioned & did 19 more.

    Diesel boats & fast attacks, underway on 30+ different boats. Mostly USN but the RAN and RN as well.

    Still miss it.
    I was stationed at FT Monroe across the James River from Norfolk Naval Base. When a sub came in or out of the James I was always amazed at the size of the bow wake it would have. Far larger than even a carrier. Small boats would scatter when ever one of the attack subs was moving.
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    Army: Enlisted 1991-1994. Officer 2001-present

    Let's see...Ft. Leonard Wood, Redstone Arsenal, Eglin AFB, Friedberg, GE, Ft. Sill, Iraq, DC, Ft. Bragg, Iraq again, Ft. Sam Houston to go along with a few paid short stays in Vietnam (not back in the 'nam obviously), Germany again, Korea, El Salvador, and Niger. Didn't even get the frequent flyer miles...

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