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important question need to know... Oct. 29th, 2006 @ 05:57 pm
I recently read a news article about the United States Air Force and how its recruiters are now being given smaller quotas to fill because of the increasing number of people joining that branch of the military.
It is my branch of choice, has been for years, and I am graduating high school in May of 2007, hoping to enlist straight after that, after I re-take the ASVAB test next April (2007 as well). Tell me: is this still a good choice? Even after the recent news? Will I be able to enlist and join to begin my service and training that year, or will I have to wait longer, like in 2008 because the numbers would all be filled by that time? Will I be left with a chance of getting a decent job in the service if I enlist at that time? I have no choice but to wait... I don't come from a good home, so I'm trying to make it out, and fast.
I'm aware that I should speak to my recruiter on these issues, but I would like to know what others are thinking about this situation and these questions that I have, because sometimes recruiters aren't the most truthful and open people to consult, though they are the ones that you should, firsthand.
Thank you for any replies I might get....

Got war videos? Sep. 30th, 2006 @ 01:42 pm
Yesterday I heard on the radio that there is a movie producer looking for video clips of the war. He's putting them together for a movie called War Diaries (spell?), composed completely of soldier/sailor/marine shot footage. One of the things they want more of is clips of what we do to entertain ourselves- the stupider/funnier the better. Soooo, if you have anything, here is the link to the submission site.


Sep. 24th, 2006 @ 06:02 pm
hopefully this is okay! new add me community for people whos loved ones are in the military!!

RAF Application Process Questions Sep. 20th, 2006 @ 11:09 am
I realise this community is pretty generalised and mainly focused on the US AF.. However I have a question or two incase anyone here is in the RAF.. I have my testing coming up soon and want to ask people who have been in my position before.

1. How did you fair on your AST test? Did you have enough time to complete all questions?

2. What tests did the health assessment contain?

3. Do you have to be superfit to pass the physical test following that?

4. I assume you do all three tests in the one day.. So after you've done the AST, and passed, you move straight onto the health examination and, if you pass that, you go straight onto the fitness test and then interview. And then have the presentation in the afternoon?

5. Do they really grill you in the interview? I've never had a formal one before, despite having worked in many jobs.. My skills got me the job so I didn't need an interview ^^;

6. Did you ever fail the above? Why did you fail? Have you repeated the testing again since failing?

Thanks to all who can answer any of the above for me =]
Current Mood: anxiousanxious

Recruiting Aug. 18th, 2006 @ 10:27 pm
I was recently lied to by my recruiter in his office to my face, was told false about my ASVAB scores and the benefits that the military would give me. Nevertheless I am still joining when I graduate high school this year, because I have no other choice to make. I am just very disappointed that I would be told something like I was and then find out from many other sources that it is not at all like I thought it was.

Is a 61 on the ASVAB particuliarly low? I was told the opposite, and then found that the majority of people score an 80 or above. Please correct me if I am wrong. I am planning on re-taking the test as soon as I can; I am certain I can do much better than that, at least an 80. I am nervous about my future in the military and what jobs I will be limited to if I keep this score while going in. I plan on joining the Air Force.

I am asking for the true, honest basics here, to not be lied to again: from experience, is the military what is usually expected beforehand (I have been told it's not on so many occassions), and do majority of recruitees leave voluntarily?

Jun. 3rd, 2006 @ 04:19 pm
hey my friend is joining the peace corp and i am looking for potential gifts to send her with. the place she's going to is ...can't even think of a word. but they wipe their butt with their hand and i am sure taking a shower won't be daily. any ideas for hygiene care in these cases? is there alternative to sending her alot of toilet paper? and alternatives for staying clean? i thought about baby wipes and antibacterial wipes. i am open to anything! i thought u guys might be able to help me out.

Why we are in Iraq. (Cross-Posted) Mar. 19th, 2006 @ 09:11 am
"Bush Lied, People Died: Just stay on message, because that message" has been the assault since the Invasion of Iraq in 2003. That message appears to be slipping away. WMD or not, could we have been safe in a world where the leader of a nation could do the following to his own people? Not only is Saddam Hussein on trial, but also the world who would have given him free reign to continue as he saw fit. If the following links can't open a few more eyes, there is no hope they will ever see, for their desire is to remain blind:

The Massgraves: Victims of Saddam's Regime

Halapja: Chemical Aerial Attack by Saddam's Regime, March 1988

Legacy of Terror

The first batch of captured documents from pre-war Iraq and Afghanistan are now available online.

And of course, there is the document that links Saddam and Bin Laden. Another translation bt Iraq the Model.

New Jan. 21st, 2006 @ 06:10 pm
Hey everyone...

I'm new here. My husband, children, and I have just been stationed at Langley AFB in Virginia. We've been here for about a month now, so we're still getting set up. We just came off of a 3 year tour in Germany, but it's definitely nice to be back in the US... especially since Germany was our first base and we missed our families SO much.

I'm not sure how active this community is since the last update made was in November. If it's active, I'll stick around. lol

Anyway... just wanted to say hi!

Veterans Day Nov. 4th, 2005 @ 03:01 pm
I was an Army ROTC cadet in college; the main reason I joined was because my brother had been in it, and my family had a history of men serving. Two great-grandfathers had been in the Civil War - one in the Union Army and one in the Confederate. My mom's dad was a Lieutenant during the Spanish-American War, and her only brother had been an infantryman in WWII. He landed at Utah beach on D-Day and slogged across Europe until the end of the war. She said when he came home the whole family was there to welcome him and ask about his experiences. He told them that first night home that he understood their curiosity, "I'll answer any question you have, but after tonight don't ever ask me about it again". He was in the unit that liberated Dachau concentration camp.

I got my degree and lieutenant's bars in 1968 and went to Armor Officer Basic at Fort Knox. We were told that 85% of our class would go to Vietnam within the next year. I spent the next two years learning how to kill people and keep myself from getting killed. There wasn't any training in philosophy or moral concepts, and no instruction in patriotism - that part was assumed. You have a tendency to want to use what you learn. Real combat is the culmination of all you have been taught - the final test. By 1968, the attitude among the professional soldiers was "Vietnam is a lousy war, but it's the only one we've got". I had no great desire to get shot at - as did anyone I knew - but felt obliged to volunteer to go to Vietnam. Others were paying a price; why should I be different? The short version of my military experience is: I commanded a tank platoon in the 24th Infantry Division, was in the 82nd Airborne, and never was sent to Vietnam. I have felt a strange guilt for years. To use a baseball analogy: I went through spring training and was never called up to bat.

I'm proud to have served, but I can never be a member of the 'club'. By club I mean those who actually saw combat in a war. I knew people who were killed or wounded during the Vietnam War. I knew others who went and never heard a shot fired in anger. Everyone's service experience is different.

Putting a magnetic yellow ribbon on a vehicle is fine, but anyone who says you can't support our soldiers without supporting the war is full of it. Armchair patriots who like to talk about 'kicking a**' and 'nuking the b*****ds' are usually those whose war record consists of putting on fatigues and running through the woods with a paintball gun. According to Pentagon researchers, at least half of today's young Americans between the ages of 16 and 21 aren't qualified to serve in the armed forces because they don't meet education, health, or other entry standards. Our military is in trouble and someone needs to fix it. At least half a dozen Iraq vets are running for Congress next year on a platform demanding an exit strategy. I hope they get elected.

The war in Iraq looks more and more like a Vietnam each week. "Staying the course" reminds me of "the light at the end of the tunnel" - an expression often heard in the late sixties. No exit strategy requires more of our young people to become IED targets at traffic intersections in Iraq.

Veterans Day is next week. I think there is going to be some sort of celebration here in Austin, but I can't find any information online. Usually they have a small parade downtown. I never have been to one of these before, but I bought one of those black 'gimmee' caps with "U.S. Army Veteran" patches on the front recently. I've seen a number of old guys with their hats covered with unit pins and ribbons, so I put an 82nd Airborne pin on mine. Whether I go or not doesn't bring additional honor to those who have fallen. Their honor was earned by themselves, and is permanent. Whether I go or not - my thoughts will not be of my own service. I will think - as I do every year - of Robert Whiteside, my friend who died when his jet crashed during a carrier landing. Or of another friend who lost most of his foot to a booby trap in the central highlands of Vietnam. Or of the young soldier in my platoon whose face was disfigured by napalm. And surely of the young Iraq vet with a missing leg who I saw at the Austin VA clinic last week. God bless them all, and all who serve today.

Oct. 13th, 2005 @ 09:37 am
thank you all for reading my post, i've received enough donations as to where i can purchase the bag now and be okay.

i greatly appreciate your concern and your support. thank you!!!
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