Posted on Aug 10, 2020
SSG Elizabeth Koss
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Note...this is research for a book that I am writing. It is supposed to be funny and informative.
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SSgt Joseph Baptist
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Edited 12 mo ago
When you retire, you will get FREE medical (comprehensive health care) for life.
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MAJ David Stokes
MAJ David Stokes
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Interesting, First, FREE MEDICAL? Under what plan? FREE DENTAL? Again under what plan? you have to be 100% Service related to get dental. I'd would like to know how and under what plans you are receiving these free medical benefits.
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CMSgt Milton Newtom
CMSgt Milton Newtom
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Actually when i was in, it was true that upon retiring you would get free medical, dental and eye exam plus medications. That was one of selling points for making it a career. But at that time each base or Post had a hospital which retiree's could go to receive these services. This was 1964.
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MSG Tom Ryan
MSG Tom Ryan
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MAJ David Stokes - Tricare for life after age 65, you have to take Medicare part B, Tricare for Life is free for you and 25.00 per month for the wife.
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SFC Dan Sorrow, M.S.
SFC Dan Sorrow, M.S.
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TRICARE for me was like a medical layaway program for acute illnesses. I’m retired and VA sc at 50%, so I get most of my ongoing care from the VA. My VA PCP is one of the best doctors I’ve ever had! She’s amazing! I also have a job with great health insurance plans, so I have that covered as well for me and my wife. It’s come in very handy a few times for acute illnesses, injuries and surgeries. TRICARE usually picks up what the private healthcare doesn’t. So, it pays to have more than one way to get healthcare out here. SSG Elizabeth Koss
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SSgt Tony Lamb
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I was told just having a Top Secret clearance would open up jobs at a number of three letter agencies. CIA, FBI, NSA, you name it. None of them have called yet.
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Dawn Boyer, Ph.D.
Dawn Boyer, Ph.D.
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SSgt Tony Lamb - Well - just because you have a clearance doesn't necessarily mean you have the experience or skill sets - you could have a clearance as a Nuclear Bomb Disposal Tech, but that doesn't quality you for a Intelligence Analyst position, and an IA background won't guarantee you have the experience or skill sets to manage or supervise others (unless you were a Chief or Master Chief or equivalent)>
NOt trying to 'pooh-pooh' your background, but sometimes its what you HAVE in your resume that counts, not just one bullet point. (From a seasoned resume rewriter, with over 13,000 resumes rewritten over the last 25 years, including government contracting and federal civil service resumes.)
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Deployment Diatribes
Deployment Diatribes
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SSgt Tony Lamb - but you have to apply for the jobs to get them.
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SGT James Searle
SGT James Searle
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Deployment Diatribes - I had the same response as you did: If someone hasn't applied for a position at any of those agencies, why was it necessarily a lie when that someone was told that "having a Top Secret clearance . . . [will] open up jobs at a number of three letter agencies"? Also, it's at least possible that those agencies' HR departments, rather than having the "Don't call us; we'll call you" approach characteristic of civilian enterprises, are more keen on those who take the initiative by sending in an employment application.
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PO2 Gary Carter
PO2 Gary Carter
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I went through ET (A) school at Treasure Island in 1958 and became a Communications Technician with TS/Crypto Clearance. After I Was discharged I did get applications for NSA and other organizations which needed personnel with clearances.
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SFC Observer   Controller/Trainer (Oc/T)
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Before anyone reads below, please know that NONE of them are true. They're all proven urban legends. Please don't argue them, you'll just look dumb.

- The contents of the Finial at the top of the flag pole (finials and truks aren't the same thing, and there's nothing in there anyway).

- The old "government property/sunburn" urban legend

- The old Boot Camp "salt peter" urban legend.

- To get XYZ award, you must be ABC rank

- Using a .50 cal in troops is against the Geneva Conventions

- The notch in the old dog tags was to jam them into the teeth of a corpse

- Boot Camp "stress cards" get you out of punishment (Marines say the Army had them, Army said the Air Force had them, etc...)

- Soldiers with no siblings can't deploy

- Mister Rogers was a Navy SEAL/ USMC sniper in Vietnam! Depending on who you ask.

- Jane Fonda passed along POW messages to their captors (never happened, documented urban legend, I know the elderly will scream they knew a guy who knew a guy, but it's not true)

- Mccain and the Forrestal fire

- The Old Guard members are forced to live cloistered lives where alcohol and profanity are forbidden for the rest of their lives! (I know, ridiculous, but some actually believe this)

- General Pershing and the anti-muslim "pig blood bullets"

- Chesty Pullers " real Marines have an Article 15" quote. (Chesty Puller never had an article 15 or got in trouble AT ALL, but somehow Marine shitbags have adopted him as their patron saint with a bunch of fake quotes.

- The M-16 "Mattel grips" (they never manufactured any parts, to include grips)

- "Hollywood can't wear uniforms correctly because of Stolen Valor!" Yes they can, don't be silly. This is easily research'able.

- "The Army has more aircraft than the Air Force and more boats than the Navy."

- "There are self-destruct buttons on bases and ships."

There's a lot more, obviously, but these spring most readily to mind...
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SFC Howard Holmes
SFC Howard Holmes
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No SFC, it was without a doubt stamped on there because I have never heard it in rumor, or even in jest. Like I said, you can say what you want, think I'm nuts, crazy, off my rocker, brainwashed, or whatever term you wish to use, I know for a fact what I saw, thought it strange, but didn't give a second thought when I saw my .45 was made by GM. It was never anything that was important or a point of contention that I would make that up, it's just not that serious to me. There was no reason for me to convince myself that it's true, I've never discussed it with anybody, and like I said, when I saw it, I thought it odd, but it never crossed my mind until I saw your post.
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SFC Howard Holmes
SFC Howard Holmes
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SFC, I am looking up the truth, and all of the articles and videos I am seeing are referencing the M16, and are specifying the M16. Mine was on an M-60. I will continue to look where they didn't make parts for ANY military weapon. I will let you know what I find brother. BTW, the urban legend came forth when the very first M16s were issued because they were so light that the soldiers joked that it must've been a toy gun made by Mattel.
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SFC Howard Holmes
SFC Howard Holmes
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Just for a clarification SFC, I am not claiming that they produced the machine gun, I saw the stamp only on the lower receiving group - it may have been on the handgrips. I am finding evidence that Mattel did produce some of the plastic pieces for some of the weaponry.
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SFC Howard Holmes
SFC Howard Holmes
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"The handgrip of the M16 rifle was made by Mattel. When the gun was first introduced in Vietnam, soldiers noticed the toy company’s logo embossed on the handgrip and complained. Later shipments arrived without the imprint, but the grips were still manufactured by Mattel." Source: https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/m-16-made-mattel/

Sorry to all for the repeated responses. I do not intend any disrespect, nor am I doing this in any bad taste, I just know what I know what I saw.
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