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    Thumbs up So You Served!!

    Thought it would be entertaining to find-out how many forum denizens have prior service experience and how much. I'm guessing there are a bunch of folks with military service. How about telling us your branch of service and the number of years you served. Active, reserve or National Guard; Army Navy, Air Force, Marines or Coast Guard... report it all. How about you peace officers and fire fighters reporting your service as well. Colorful anecdotes are optional and encouraged. If you are normally a lurker and don't join in the discussions, then please make an exception and tell us about your service.


    I'll start it off: Army, 27 years.
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    So you served

    Two years Navy ROTC full scholaraship at Brown University 1967-69. Active duty in summer based in Newport News. Wanted to be a pilot, couldn't pass the eye exam, and in the first draft lottery in 1969 got a high number assigned by birthdate and decided to opt out of the program. A decision regretted many times over; but it does no good to worry now. Maybe for the best anyway, as I found it difficult to follow orders I disagreed with, and the military depends on near blind obedience.

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    Served in the USAF almost same time period as Paul: Aug 68-Aug 72. Came between my first and second year of law school. Served at SAC HQ in Omaha, NE as a systems analyst in the underground command post. Very neat duty! Great skills learned. No one ever shot at me, unless you include the MSgt who always shot off his mouth.
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    Man you guys are OLD! Currently serving in the US Navy, stationed in Panama City, FL at Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center. Entered service in 1988.

    Just kidding about the old statement. I appreciate the service that all of you have done.

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