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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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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MAJ Rapheal I agree they are cheap; HOWEVER, NOT FREE. If you are 70% or greater and use VA, your health care is covered, IN MOST CASES. But Dental is only covered with 100% Service connected. For SM's just retiring out of the military, they are going to PAY for Tricare. Rates are much lower than the civilian sector BUT NOT FREE.
Pharmacy - again I agree it is free (service related) or at reduced cost. Tricare you pay a copay, VA - depending on disability rating ZERO. Anyway you go, the military health care is much cheaper than the civilian health care, BUT IN NO WAY IS IT FREE in all cases. FREE HEALTH CARE is based in GOING TO VA and VA DISABILITY RATING.
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LTC David Howard
LTC David Howard
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The medical care coverage is one of the most important benefits to military retirement, second only to the pension. I have been retired from active service (24 years, U.S. Army LTC) and while at first TRICARE was only my supplement to my post-military employer provided insurance, now that I am over 66 and fully retired the coverage is incredible. Between Medicare Parts A and B, and the rest picked up by Tricare for Life, the only cost I typically incur for my care of the care of my wife is the small co-pays for prescription drugs. I have had literally at least a million dollars of care covered by the U.S. government for quintuple coronary bypass, bi-lateral knee replacements, a nephrectomy for renal cancer, the costs of care after a motorcycle accident which included 31 days in an Intensive Care Unit, and partial corneal transplants in both eyes, where the bill for each was about $40,000 and my cost was zero. Staying on Active Duty until eligible for length of service retirement was the second best decision I ever made in my life. The best decision was in marrying the girl of my dreams, going on for over 55 years married.
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SSG James Stodola
SSG James Stodola
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Well first of all, you can always choose where you want to be, i.e. location, MOS, etc. I initially didn't think I would go long enough to retire, but ultimately did so in the beginning I didn't think about insurance. Once I retired, in 2005, after 34 years, I found that once I started my Social security and after turning 65, I had what they called Tricare for life. There were no indicated premiums that I had to pay. At this point, and to note My health isn't terrible as yet, my soc. sec. and Tricare cover all my bills. I have not yet had anything I had to pay. So, not being an expert on this, maybe I'm lucky..
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LTC Pauline Geraci
LTC Pauline Geraci
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Tricare is the best! My husband, who did not serve, had a heart transplant which costs millions. Tricare has covered it all!
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SSgt Investigative Analyst
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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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SPC Chris Ison
SPC Chris Ison
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I am not sure if you are being snide or what; But you have to APPLY for those jobs, no one is going to go knocking on your door.

And it is not the "three letter agencies" that will want that clearance, but civilian contractors like Pantheon and SAIC that are looking for goobers like you.

https://www.clearancejobs.com/
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Cpl TMike Barnes
Cpl TMike Barnes
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The favorite phrase on the N.S.A. rejection letter was "Competition for this position is keen right now" therefore we cannot process your application any further.
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SFC Supervisor
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Your Military clearance means nothing to the 3 letter agencies. You will have to go through the background investigation again so keep a copy of your SF86. And you will have to go through a full scope poly in most cases, so be prepared.
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SSG James Stodola
SSG James Stodola
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Well considering how messed up they are consider yourself lucky..
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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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LTC Marcus Seitz
LTC Marcus Seitz
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PFC James Moorman - That makes sense to me. If you compared, battle ships, aircraft carriers, etc., then of course the Navy has more as the Army doesn't have any. When I was in the Army Reserve Boat Unit in Tacoma, WA, I was told that the Army had the biggest tug boat in DoD, which was from a drug seizure. As with most claims, there is generally some element of truth, although it may only be a nugget.
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PFC James Moorman
PFC James Moorman
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I heard about that tug boat from a Army "boatman" on the Army's barge at West Point. At the time I thought it was funny (haha not strange) that Army had the biggest.

When I saw that myth I wasn't completely sure that it was the difference between boats and ships, but it does make sense. The Navy is all about the ships, not boats, and I think the Army can't own ships but does own a lot of boats.
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PFC James Moorman
PFC James Moorman
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SFC (Join to see) - Sorry for being a "semantic" bastard Sergeant.
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SFC Observer   Controller/Trainer (Oc/T)
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PFC James Moorman - LOL, that was a quote from the article.
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