View Poll Results: Did you ever serve in the military (or are you serving now)?
Army 32 27.12%
Navy 34 28.81%
Marines 11 9.32%
Air Force 26 22.03%
Coast Guard 6 5.08%
another branch 6 5.08%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 118. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 10-09-2005, 08:49 PM   #1
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About 10 days ago, Rivetedude (Ben) informed us that he was going back into the Service. In what I believe is a well thought out and honorable decision, he explained why he would be joining the U.S. Coast Guard. Semper Paratus, Ben. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

AZflycaster suggested that maybe somebody should start a Poll and see how many fellow ‘Forum members have served in the Armed Forces. We owe a great deal to our veterans, past and present. Considering the burdens placed on our military services these days, and the honor and dignity being shown by our service members in the face of terrorist activity, long overseas deployments, hurricanes and the like, maybe he is on to something. So here you go….


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Old 10-09-2005, 09:50 PM   #2
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Thanks for following up with the idea. I voted! BTW, one of the reasons I joined the USAF was to avoid the draft! It was in the late 60's.



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Old 10-09-2005, 10:54 PM   #3
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AF. For the same reasons. Did not mind shooting a gun, just did not want to carry one. They sent me to pilot training and my world opened up. They guys in Iraq and Afghanstan have it rough right now. Keep them in your prayers.

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Old 10-10-2005, 02:37 AM   #4
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Go ARMY! All the way!

Yup, there are a bunch of us former Army types out here pulling for all of the folks in uniform. It is a fine thing to see that young kids believe in our country and realize the duty to defend such a wonderful place to own and pull an AIRSTREAM.

I'm proud to have been part of this nation's all-volunteer Army (no offense to those who were drafted). My service memories are still strong and good--you form bonds that will last for life and earn memories born in mutual suffering... misery really does love company.

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Old 10-10-2005, 06:17 AM   #5
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National Guard

Does your poll include the National Guard somewhere in there??

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Old 10-10-2005, 08:27 AM   #6
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I joined the Navy in the mid sixties when the draft was going strong, I chose the Navy because three of my brothers had been in the Navy (one in the Pacific WWII) and I also liked the idea of a warm dry bed and three hot meals a day. Thanks to all of those who are serving in the military today so that we can be free. Marvin
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Old 10-10-2005, 09:37 AM   #7
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I did not serve in the 60's---college deferrment, but my son will be joing the USAF at the end of this school year- he's a senior now.
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Old 10-10-2005, 09:53 AM   #8
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My husband was in the Navy for 22 years - most of them underwater in a sub. Guess that's why he is so comfortable in a silver bullet - the shape is very similar!
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Old 10-10-2005, 10:51 AM   #10
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I have a grandson who has just finished basic training for the Marine Corp. and is presently in their "School of Infantry". This is a strange experience for our family as several generations of my family have avoided war by chance. WW1--one grand father was a farmer and feeding troops, 2nd grandfather was a railroader transporting troops and equipment. WW2 --- my father was a machinist working at Wright Aircraft Engine co., a defence plant.---Korea I was in high school and to young. ----Vietnam I was married and had 2 children. Having never "been there" or had anyone close to share experiences I have mixed emotions. While I'm very proud to have him serving, part of me is scared to death. I do this; it's all he ever wanted to do and made the choise knowing full well what it involves. ---Pieman
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Old 10-10-2005, 07:40 PM   #11
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Hello, All.

When I created this thread I tried to keep things simple. One can choose a maximum of 10 options when creating a poll. There are currently more than 10 “branches” of the U.S. Military. They are:

The Army
The Army Reserve
The Army National Guard

The Navy
The Navy Reserve

The Marine Corps
The Marine Corps Reserve

The Air Force
The Air Force Reserve
The Air National Guard

The Coast Guard
The Coast Guard Reserve

As you can see, there are actually too many options. As a result, I chose to keep it simple. Army, Navy, Marines, Air force and Coast Guard. Sort of an all-in-one answer, regardless of status. IIRC, about 40% of the military is part of the “reserve system” (Guard and Reserve).

It was never my intention to slight anybody because of the “type” of service. You see, it doesn’t matter to me what type of service one experiences, it is only important that one serves. If anybody was offended by my original posting, please accept my humble apologies.

Dustyrhodes, thank you, especially you, for all you do. I’m afraid I’m a bit inarticulate tonight, but your work may be the most important of all.

That’s all. I simply wanted to recognize those who sacrifice for the rest of us. Thanks for your attention.



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Navy here.

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Old 10-11-2005, 06:48 PM   #13
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Stefrobrts, thanks for fixing the poll! I think it will be fine just the way it is now. Jim

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I spent 6 years in the Navy and I really did enjoy the experience. I learned so much and saw so much. Certainly got me to where I am today.

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