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MSG Pat Colby
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Call it luck, chance, grace, or the hand of God himself, I never saw combat. As an 11Z5VF7, at times I felt cheated. I guess it all boiled down to the timing. Joined in 1979 so I was too young for Nam. My Company in the 82D deployed to Grenada 2 months after I left. I was an instructor during Desert Storm/Shield. Deemed "mission critical". Spent countless nights teaching deploying Soldiers how to effectively use their AN/PVS-4 with a variety of weapons systems. After that Gig, I got "stuck" in one Staff weenie position after another. Finally retired in 2003. In 2005 I was contacted by ARPERCEN to see if I wanted to go to Iraq. My 50% VA rating pretty much shot that idea down.

I don't harbor any ill feelings nor inadequacies. Sometimes shit happens, sometimes it doesn't.
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SGT Infantryman (Airborne)
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That's the way the ball bounces sometimes MSG Pat Colby. I met a guy at reception station who was also drafted. I went to Vietnam. He stayed at Fort Polk the entire two years as a signal corps lineman. Go figure.
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LTC Jason Mackay
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I would say that people of my era, should, even by dumb luck, have been deployed at least once with only rare exception (like FAOs). However, the folks who have come in since 2010 or so may not have had the opportunity. As I had seen over the last two years a formation is 50/50 with deployed experience. It is increasingly the norm with junior folks now not to have a deployment, those deployed may not have been in a designated combat zone. I am sorry she missed her turn because of the poor, unprofessional conduct of her senior. I have not walked a mile in her shoes, and will not claim understanding. I was frustrated as a young LT in 1994, not by being maligned, but by circumstance. Many of the Captains and most senior NCOs all deployed to ODS, Panama, or in some cases Somalia. It would not be for nearly half my career before I would deploy the first time (2003). Consider this, if you entered service between 1973 and 1980, and were not in the right corner of the Army for ODS or Panama, then you didn't deploy either in a 20yr career.
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SGT Infantryman (Airborne)
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LTC Jason Mackay, That's a good thing right? Nobody wants to go into a war deployment, so unless they like blood, guts, and beheadings, I'd be happy to serve in a non hostile environment.
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LTC Jason Mackay
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SGT (Join to see) - the young get hung up in it up until they go to combat...then you know better and deal with it as a part of your duty vice the grand Hemingway-esque adventure. I was there once too.
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SGT Infantryman (Airborne)
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LTC Jason Mackay, I think most all newbe combat soldiers are there. I know I was too. It took me about 30 minutes to get used to combat. That's about all the time I had. Lol
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MSG Tom Earley
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A good friend of mine is a retired Army 1SG. He was a career Infantryman, and the kind of NCO you feel safe if your kids went to war and he was their leader. He transferred out of the 7th Infantry Division, and missed Panama in 1989. After our tour together in Germany he went back to the 7th Infantry Division, and missed Desert Storm while I did a double tour in Germany and went to war. As a 1SG he did some time at Fort Lewis in the 25th Infantry Division Brigade there, and was then transferred to a Garrison 1SG billet at Fort Wainwright, Alaska shortly before we went to war in Iraq in 2003. One of the best NCOs I ever served with that served 25 years, and never heard shot fired in anger. On the flip side I had a PFC on my crew in 1st Armored Division during Desert Storm who came to us just in time to deploy in 1990, and had just finished a tour in the 7th Infantry Division where he fought in Panama in 1989. By the time we got back from Desert Storm that guy had 3 years in the Army, and had been in 2 wars. It's just the luck of the draw.
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SGT Infantryman (Airborne)
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Really MSG Tom Earley, You had a best friend? Lol
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