Posted on Dec 12, 2014
SGT Jinger Jarrett
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If you have, would you share your experience? If you have served in all the branches, then we'd really love to hear from you on that one.

http://www.stripes.com/news/20-years-4-branches-servicemember-is-part-of-exclusive-club-1.298471
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GySgt William Hardy
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I served on active duty with the Marine Corps. Did a year in the Army Reserves and then moved to the Army National Guard. I did a tour in Vietnam with the Marines and tour in Iraq with the Army. My active duty time with the Army is more than that of a draftee so I consider it as sufficient time to compare the two, plus I have considerable time training with the regular Army over the years at Ft. Campbell and Ft. Bragg. The attitude of the Soldiers at these two posts were very similar to the attitude of the Marines. When I was in Iraq, I could not tell the difference between our National Guard unit and the regular Army units that were there. In the end, based on my experience only, I enjoyed being in both and have no regrets one way or another.

My father joined the Navy when he was 17 and shipped out to sea. A couple of years later WWII broke out and by the time he was released, he had 6 years in the Navy. After returning home, he and his buddy decided to go back, but his buddy didn't want anything to do with the Navy. My father had joined the National Guard so they decided to go into the Army. After a bit of MOS training time, my father was sent to Japan and assigned to an AAF base. When the Air Force was created a short time later, he found himself in the newly formed Air Force. He always was talking about his 6 years in the Navy so I take it he had better memories from those years.
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SSG Matt Murphy
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Served in four branches of the US Armed Forces & the New Jersey National Guard:

Soldier, Sailor, Airman, Marine

USAFSS Yale University IFEL
USAFSS 6987th SECURITY SQ
USAFSS 6924th SECURITY SQ
USNR 3-12th NAVAL SECUITY GROUP
USAR 11th SPECIAL FORCES GROUP ABN
USMCR Co "G" 2nd BN 25th 4thMarDiv
NJNG 3/113th M INF

... --- .-.. -.. .. . .-. / ... .- .. .-.. --- .-. / .- .. .-. -- .- -. / -- .- .-. .. -. .

USAF SGT

Discharge 20JU70

RVN service
6924th SECURITY SQ
07JA67 - 07JA68


USNR CTI3

Discharge 19NO75

3-12th NAVAL SECUITY GROUP

USAR SSGT

Discharge 07JA78

11th Special Forces

USMCR SGT

Discharge 22JN82

Co "G" 2nd BN 25th 4thMarDiv

NJ National Guard SGT

Discharge 18AU85

50th Armd Div
3/113th M INF

Wrote to SSgt Yanez wishing him well in his overseas duty and invited him to Rally Point
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SSG Matt Murphy
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....below is a conversation (long, long time agao) with Jim Watson, of seal team 6, on the "bugged beer can" who was somewhat skeptical (understandable) about my having served in four branches...

Jim,

No problem. The saga:

Part I
As you can see, my only active duty service was with the Air Force. The rest were reserve component duties.

Part II
Too keep up with the language and to avoid being totally associated with
civilians, I joined the Navy reserve as the Air Force was way too far away
(lived in NYC - Staten Island and USNR just down the street at Ft
Wadsworth).

Part III
Sibling rivalry story to be told in detail only while drinking, but suffice to say
my older brother (ex 11th ABN Div active and 11th SF reserves) called me a
"bus driver" (AF uniform) once too often. Next day went out and "joined"
11thSF in Tappan, NY. At 31 went through jump school given by 10th Group
at Ft Devins. Reserve SF training is quite different. Did not have "a" class.
Training consisted of three phases and rated exercise. Each of the first two
phases was divided into two sections, one correspondence (many, many
courses), & one 2 wk active duty stint at Ft Bragg for the corresponding
"physical" component for each phase. Phase III was all correspondence and
then a rated "exercise"; I eventually wound up on an "A" team in Richmond,
VA (another long story) and completed everything for flash (including rated
exercise) except Phase III morse code session, which was scheduled, but CO
(Cpt Berquist - father famous for Pear Harbor role) talked me into going with
team on rated exercise as no one could handle the comm and no real
language skills for rest of team. (I had finished morse code school in record
two weeks (also on reserve stint).

Part IV
As I lived in Roanoke VA, the hike to Richmond was long (4hrs) and very
annoying to my boss and the "war department" - my new Italian wife (whom I
kidnapped (11 yrs junior) from NY. Opportunity came up (challenge, again by
third party - you REALLY haven't served until you can say "I are a Marine."
So I did. Only regret......left before official award of flash.....instead of 31v4s
mos left as "candy striper" 31v4p.

Part V
Moved back to NJ & Joined up with younger Brother in the NJ National
Guard. He was the one who followed me into the 11th, only fitting I return the
favor.
Did absolutely NOTHING in the guard (another long story) but "earned" my
discharge.

That's about it for a high level recap. Lord love a challenge.

Only reason I did not go Marine (1st choice - PLC while at St John's) or
"Airborne" (follow in bro's bootsteps) the first "hitch" was because I failed the
eye test (miserably) for both & the Air Force did not care if I was blind.

Nuf for tonight.........beers on me when we hook up........regards.....<<>>
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SSgt Forensic Meteorological Consultant
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Not unless you consider the Salvation Army...lol.
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