Posted on Apr 5, 2015
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SSG Robert Burns
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I was actually going to go to the Air Force but when I waked into the recruiters building, their office was at the end of the hall. The Army's was at the beginning. Someone says "hey you need some help?" I never made it to the end of the hall.
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MSgt Marvin Kinderknecht
MSgt Marvin Kinderknecht
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Should have kept going my friend. Retire E-7 plus.
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TSgt Ncoic, C2 Ops Systems
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Do you regret that or are you happy you stopped there?
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SrA Christopher Snell
SrA Christopher Snell
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My father was a pilot in WW2 flew 39 missions in a B17's over germany a day raider . We had a Cessna 182 and a setarbria....Me and would fly all over NE that was in my youth 8-16 years old. The war came my draft number was 12 my day said son you better go sign up so me a 2 of my school buds went to the recruiters office ..I signed up Air Force with one buddy and the other went to the Marines...I wanted to fly but only collage boys to do that..I said to the recruiter I could fly circles around any fly boy at training school right NOW...YES anyone..well no College no fly school..pissed me off..
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SPC Roger Giffen
SPC Roger Giffen
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I visited the AR recruiter for 2 months. Army recruiter 1 time. US ARMY
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PO2 Mark Saffell
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I love my choice. How many are lucky enough to serve onboard the USS Enterprise!!!
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PO2 Jimmy Bones
PO2 Jimmy Bones
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Enterprise was my last deployment, when we buzzed the strait of Taiwan in 2005ish.
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MSgt Marvin Kinderknecht
MSgt Marvin Kinderknecht
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PO2 Jimmy Bones - We had to go to Meto Power to climb up over the Enterprise. We were in EC-121's 50 feet above the water. Navy was not to happy. Also almost shot down two Navy jocks on their way back because they were not squaking. Weapons officer said get a visual. F-4 pilots had a lock-on and wanted o fire.
Navy got lucky.
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PO2 Mark Saffell
PO2 Mark Saffell
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in 1978 we almost shot down a Navy P3 because it wasn't squawking Instead we launched the alert 5. Tends to get people excited some.
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SPC Ralph Warner
SPC Ralph Warner
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Live long, and prosper.
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COL Charles Williams
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Interesting question.

I had no idea going in, but it was a great choice... I would not change a thing.

I actually tested to enlist in the Navy, but they did not offer Military Police for new recruits (Master at Arms, at that time had to be Petty Officers). I then looked at the USAF as my buddy was enlisting to the be a Security Policeman, but my eyes were not good for the USAF or aviation MOSs in the Navy; aviation was my other option.

The Navy wanted me to go into their Nuke Program, and would not offer much else, so I wandered into to see SFC Jack Webb. He was a Combat Engineer, and wanted me to be Combat Engineer... Luckily my brother had just ETSd and gave me the skinny on what Combat Engineers really do vs. what the recruiter said... I never considered the Marines, as their recruiters were quite arrogant, and condescending about all the other branches in the office complex; all 5 branches in Elizabeth NJ.

I ended up enlisting as an Army MP, and it was the best decision I ever made.

I love the Army, but I know all branches have a purpose, as do all their jobs. I value all service. The Army was right for me and my mentality. I am blue collar type, and the Army is the blue collar work force of DOD, in my view...
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LTC Mark Maitag
LTC Mark Maitag
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No doubt...the Army does the heavy lifting.
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PFC Student
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Your so cruel about Marines COL. We may be arrogant but I feel I earned that lol
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Cpl Elizabeth Koeneman
Cpl Elizabeth Koeneman
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The arrogance was an attraction, not a turn off, for me. I was the quiet, mousy one in high school (who am I kidding, I still am a bit) and the idea that I, too, could gain that total self-assurance was pretty cool.
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SPC Steven Depuy
SPC Steven Depuy
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I was told I had two options, Radio Repairman, or Calvary Scout in Europe wanting to go in right away. I asked what Scouts do, she said they make maps. I said you mean I will be able to work as a topographer when I get out, she said sure. I said Europe is a long way from home, she said don't worry, you can apply for transfer back to the states after 18 months. Gotta love recruiters, they are well trained to be in politics when they get out the way they craft statements.
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