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20 years old and enlisting tomorrow. Tips and thoughts?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rick Shelton May 22, 2013. 35 Replies

I've been thinking about it since a freshman in high school and I am finally making the decision. I've talked to the recruiter a bunch of times and he was helpful in answering my questions about the…Continue

Chainsaw help

Started Mar 26, 2013 0 Replies

I tested to see if there was spark. Nothing coming from the plug (tested with old and new plug) but the coil is definitely producing juice as I was shocked by it. I'm guessing the spark plug wire is…Continue

Any way to make the ALICE pack more comfortable for ruck marches/hiking.

Started this discussion. Last reply by J.L. Feb 15, 2013. 14 Replies

I'm just doing this as exercise and preparation for military should I decide to enlist. I don't have a frame for the pack, is that something I should get? When I put a 35 lb plate in there it pokes…Continue

Mossberg 500 help

Started this discussion. Last reply by Uncle Sam Jan 8, 2013. 3 Replies

So I just bought the thing and I was trying to take off the stock. I thought if I pressed on this pin that it would start to disassemble but I was wrong. It's actually the pin that is connected to…Continue

 

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Jarid replied to Uncle Sam's discussion Warrior workout in the group The Art of Warriorness
"Do a lot of cardio. Im a Marine and am currently in Afghanistan.  You will have plenty of time to get bigger and put on mass if you deploy. Do a bunch of functional fitness to get ready initially. If you get to a point that you can run 3 miles…"
Jan 28, 2014
The Dutch Dastard replied to Uncle Sam's discussion 20 years old and enlisting tomorrow. Tips and thoughts?
"Ahh....the army didn't want my crooked back, dinged knees, or flat feet either. A buddy of mine (fit and smart as a whip) didn't get in to flight school because his parents were divorced (yup, that was the only reason).  If you truly…"
May 22, 2013
Graz1802 replied to Uncle Sam's discussion 20 years old and enlisting tomorrow. Tips and thoughts?
"Some Marines have already given you some great advice.  The best advice I can give you is to just take it one day at a time.  Seeing what's on the training schedule a few days out does nothing for you.  What do you have to do…"
May 21, 2013
Uncle Sam replied to Uncle Sam's discussion 20 years old and enlisting tomorrow. Tips and thoughts?
"I actually do love doing pushups, and since you no-ballsed me I'll make sure to do that haha."
May 21, 2013
Carl Monster replied to Uncle Sam's discussion 20 years old and enlisting tomorrow. Tips and thoughts?
"Eating..ugh.  I remember sitting down to eat with at the Naval Academy when they would host us for races. Unlike a normal bustling college dining hall, everyone filed in at once, did all this premeal stuff like pledge of allegiance and whatever…"
May 21, 2013
Ted A. Hunt replied to Uncle Sam's discussion 20 years old and enlisting tomorrow. Tips and thoughts?
"With a username like UncleSam, it seems clear this young man had his mind made up already, and has every right to have done so. He's certainly thought about it a long time. I'm very glad he got good specific advice on the side affirming…"
May 21, 2013
J.L. replied to Uncle Sam's discussion 20 years old and enlisting tomorrow. Tips and thoughts?
"After-service education benefits have only been improved in the form of the Post 9/11 GI Bill, which is incredible. TA for active duty was cut but is being reinstated.  "
May 21, 2013
Tyrson replied to Uncle Sam's discussion 20 years old and enlisting tomorrow. Tips and thoughts?
"You best do lots of research, try and find out why more vet's suicide then die in combat. Look up Kissingers quote on what he thinks of soldiers, it'll give you an idea of what your "leaders" think of you. Check out about the…"
May 21, 2013
J.L. replied to Uncle Sam's discussion 20 years old and enlisting tomorrow. Tips and thoughts?
"For boot camp, just keep your mouth shut and do what they say, when they say it. Don't try to stand out. Blend in. Take it meal by meal, Sunday by Sunday. It will suck, but it's more mental than physical. If you can keep yourself locked…"
May 21, 2013
J.L. replied to Uncle Sam's discussion 20 years old and enlisting tomorrow. Tips and thoughts?
"Sorry your friend had a bad experience, but you do not know what the hell you are talking about. Besides lifelong friends, confidence and other life skills, the Corps is where I got all of my professional training. I have a fantastic job…"
May 21, 2013
StaggerLee replied to Uncle Sam's discussion 20 years old and enlisting tomorrow. Tips and thoughts?
"The real question is if military service is you bigger picture or if it is a layover. It was a layover for me as I never intended to make it a career, just do my four and go to college. It makes a big difference and dictates what you will do in your…"
May 21, 2013
Ted A. Hunt replied to Uncle Sam's discussion 20 years old and enlisting tomorrow. Tips and thoughts?
"I'm sorry, I wasn't clear on that. My friend does have his disability benefits now. Perhaps his VA records helped him get much faster processing than I did. It was eight months for him compared to 27 months for me, (even though there was…"
May 21, 2013
SB replied to Uncle Sam's discussion 20 years old and enlisting tomorrow. Tips and thoughts?
""If you're gonna go airborne, wear a parachute"  Words to live by--especially off base. Good luck and thanks for serving. "
May 20, 2013
Penelope replied to Uncle Sam's discussion 20 years old and enlisting tomorrow. Tips and thoughts?
"I worked for the Veterans Legal Services Project. Like other federal bureaucracies, there seems to be an automatic denial on the first application, especially if you're asking for big bucks. This Marine was also able to work after his time in…"
May 20, 2013
Ted A. Hunt replied to Uncle Sam's discussion 20 years old and enlisting tomorrow. Tips and thoughts?
"Run, don't walk in any other direction. The US military is not bound by any promises made to you for training, assignment, educational opportunities or any other thing. Their sole interest is to exploit you for their ends. Do you see the US…"
May 20, 2013
Paul replied to Uncle Sam's discussion 20 years old and enlisting tomorrow. Tips and thoughts?
"Don't expect anything. Don't expect anything to be done for you or handed to you. And do your own research. Know exactly what you're signing up for, what you'll be doing after boot, and the opportunities available. Finding a job…"
May 20, 2013

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At 11:07pm on April 28, 2012, Josh Martin said…

Thanks for the advice; I will take it to heart. You definitely need to work hard, especially in this economy, to prove yourself. I know I am up for the work; it's just gonna be some tough years in college. You sound just like my brother! He too is an engineering student at a community college working on his second semester. He chose engineering because it pays well and is in demand.

Good luck on your degree and college.

At 10:46pm on March 10, 2011, Nick G said…
If you are going to be drilling through 4 x 4 posts, you are going to be much happier with an 18V drill. This drill may get the job done but an 18V drill will do it with much more ease.

DeWalt makes fine tools. If you are going to be alot of projects I would suggest investing in a DeWalt or Milwaukee drill. They make good stuff that lasts forever.
At 10:51pm on February 21, 2011, Brett McKay said…

We're coming out with AoM stationery next week if you're interested. Here's a link:

 

http://www.pagestationery.com/stationery-for-men.html

Click on the motifs to see all that if offered and tell me what you think.

At 11:53pm on July 19, 2010, Brett McKay said…
I've been in Minnesota for the past week and a half so I'm afraid not. Did you go?
At 8:46am on June 23, 2010, Ryan Scott said…
Until last week, I had 186 points and was ranked 179th. I decided to add my flickr photos to my profile. Thing is I have over 6000 photos in my flickr account. This propelled me from 186 points to over 12000. I alerted Brett about this issue and told him that I do not deserve the prizes associated with the points.
At 12:15pm on June 4, 2010, Marlie said…
Happy Birthday Sam! Have a Super day today.
At 4:21pm on April 28, 2010, Datin'Kait said…
Haha, thanks! How kind of you to remember!
At 2:46pm on March 20, 2010, Herb Munson said…
Alright! Welcome to The Great Debate. Great to have you with us.
At 8:15am on March 12, 2010, Niles said…
Hi, Sam. It's been a while since I've used Irish Spring so others would probably know more than I do. You might want to try posing the question in the Mr. Clean group. Sorry I couldn't be of more help.
At 2:46am on February 27, 2010, Christopher said…
Ha ha, good to know, UncSam
 
 
 

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