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Just thought I'd throw a shout-out to all who have served their country.
US Navy 1977 - 1980 (active-duty) 1980 - 1982 (reserves)
Got out as an E-5 (Aviation Machinist's Mate 2nd Class)
I think ALL Americans should have to spend time in the service. What does everyone else think?
 

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Katshot said:
Just thought I'd throw a shout-out to all who have served their country.
US Navy 1977 - 1980 (active-duty) 1980 - 1982 (reserves)
Got out as an E-5 (Aviation Machinist's Mate 2nd Class)
I think ALL Americans should have to spend time in the service. What does everyone else think?
I didn't, but part of me wishes I had. I seriously considered the Navy when I was a junior in college.

Not sure I agree with mandatory service, it would never pass today anyway. Maybe if we added law enforcement, teaching, and possibly social work. Some kind of government service not necessarily military.
 

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Here's to all out vets...where would we be without them?? A special callout to my brother Bill...lost him in '68, Khe Sahn. Semper Fi, bro!!! Tried to enlist in '70...Uncle Sam said no!!
 

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Happy Veteran’s Day to all who proudly and bravely served in our armed forces.

Special tribute to my Dad who served on the USS Shangri-La, CVA-38 in 1955 on her first tour after retrofit with one of the first angle decks, steam cats, new elevators and a new hurricane bow (which cracked in a storm on her voyage from San Diego to Hawaii).

I love you Dad!
 

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Happy Veterans Day.

To all who have served this country in wartime or peacetime: Thank You.
Without you the freedoms we sometimes take for granted wouldn't be possible.
 

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Thanks you guys for defending our fine country!
 

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I'm probably too much of a non-conformist to have done well in the service, but I come from a military family. My Dad was career Air Force (28 years), both brothers-in-law are USAF (one retired), and my younger sister is now in the USAF Reserve, leaving active duty after having twins.

My Dad was a B-52 crew chief for most of his career. He did several TDY tours in Guam in the late 60s and early 70s during the Arc Light and Linebacker II bombing campaigns in Vietnam (this was when I was a preschooler). A few years ago, when wishing my Dad a happy Veteran's Day and thanking him for the sacrifices he made being away from home, he was grateful, but pointed out that my Mom, my sisters and I made sacrifices with him gone. I'm not sure why, but I was really touched by that.

So, happy Veteran's Day Dad, Dave, Linda, Matt and all the people (and their families) who keep us free.

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Katshot said:
Just thought I'd throw a shout-out to all who have served their country.
US Navy 1977 - 1980 (active-duty) 1980 - 1982 (reserves)
Got out as an E-5 (Aviation Machinist's Mate 2nd Class)
I think ALL Americans should have to spend time in the service. What does everyone else think?
June '98 - January '02. United States Army, active duty at an E-3 upon discharge (militay intell, if you can believe that). Full-Honorable discharge.
 

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damn right , military makes a man outta you ....

thank you to all my fellow veterans , if it wasnt for all of you i wouldnt have had such a good time while i was in ...ive had the privalge of serving next to some of the finest warriors that ever lived , fighting for the finest country ever devised ....Protecting our countrys rights and lives and enableing others to enjoy what many in our homeland have taken for granted ...

Lemme tell you a little story from the other day , for those who may not understand why we do what we do....
I get a call from a nice lady , needs a ride back to the dealership. I have a bad habit as some of you know of telling storys. Somehow as always me in the military came up. This lady , who is not a natural born citizen of our nation thanked me for what i did. As always i told her "i didnt do much compared to others" ...Afterwards we got to talking about where she came from. She and her husband fled cuba over 40 years ago just as fidel took power. I asked questions i have no business asking like "what spurred your move?" Of coarse it was communisim , but for some reason i had never understood all of the ins and outs of communisim. She says on phrase "they took my child and i wouldnt let them have any more of my chidlren". Apprently in Cuba when your child turns 14 (i think) the "state" comes and takes them away from you. They put them in the feilds to harvest the sugar cane and reform them into a military type capacity....That said it all to me , i couldnt even fathom the thought of having my own child ripped from my arms to be taken to a life of ....basicly..... slavery. All i could say to her is "i wish those in our country that hate our country could understand what you have told me". I never knew anymore about what she went thru , all i knew was about her child getting taken away .....and how outraged i was that we let this go on only a few hundred miles from my driveway ....

Think about what we have done for Iraq and Afganistan ....

as for me ....
E4 ,Airforce Firetruck Mechanic ..99-2003...Operation "Endureing Freedom" vet... just now makeing desicions that will once again get me back to kicking the worlds ass
 

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damn right , military makes a man outta you ....
thank you to all my fellow veterans , if it wasnt for all of you i wouldnt have had such a good time while i was in ...ive had the privalge of serving next to some of the finest warriors that ever lived , fighting for the finest country ever devised ....Protecting our countrys rights and lives and enableing others to enjoy what many in our homeland have taken for granted ...
Lemme tell you a little story from the other day , for those who may not understand why we do what we do....
I get a call from a nice lady , needs a ride back to the dealership. I have a bad habit as some of you know of telling storys. Somehow as always me in the military came up. This lady , who is not a natural born citizen of our nation thanked me for what i did. As always i told her "i didnt do much compared to others" ...Afterwards we got to talking about where she came from. She and her husband fled cuba over 40 years ago just as fidel took power. I asked questions i have no business asking like "what spurred your move?" Of coarse it was communisim , but for some reason i had never understood all of the ins and outs of communisim. She says on phrase "they took my child and i wouldnt let them have any more of my chidlren". Apprently in Cuba when your child turns 14 (i think) the "state" comes and takes them away from you. They put them in the feilds to harvest the sugar cane and reform them into a military type capacity....That said it all to me , i couldnt even fathom the thought of having my own child ripped from my arms to be taken to a life of ....basicly..... slavery. All i could say to her is "i wish those in our country that hate our country could understand what you have told me". I never knew anymore about what she went thru , all i knew was about her child getting taken away .....and how outraged i was that we let this go on only a few hundred miles from my driveway ....
Think about what we have done for Iraq and Afganistan ....
as for me ....
E4 ,Airforce Firetruck Mechanic ..99-2003...Operation "Endureing Freedom" vet... just now makeing desicions that will once again get me back to kicking the worlds ass

I thank you sir!

I like that story Mike, would you mind if I use that the next time some anti-American American (many students at school think this way) comes and whines to me about how evil and bad the United States is?

I think sometimes people need to wake the Hell up and realize that America is the best option they've even been given. Period.

Sorry for making this sound political, but it still grinds my gears to no end.

As for mandatory serivce, in this day and age, it might be considered opressive, but there are, and should be other options. I'll agree with it to the point that Elvis pointed out to, things like civil service should be required to attain a full status as an American citizen. And why not? People who do their country a civil service just might find out something realy good about the United States and learn to love the land in which they're given...
 
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