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posted on Aug, 20 2019 @ 07:27 PM
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Well, it only took 2 years, but I finally got that piece of paper in the post I thought would never come.

At the ripe age of 34 I decided the corporate suit and tie lifestyle was a waste of a life and being the single, non married and no kids kinds person I figured it was time to hangup the easy street 9-5 latte sipping lifestyle and put the uniform back on.

While there are still some tests and interviews to be had, you cant wipe the smile off my face because its finally starting.

So today, I signed up a personal trainer to start fitness 101, again! Don't get me wrong, I'm fit - play sports and am generally healthy but I figured I've got 3 months until boot camp and I want to make sure I'm in peak condition.

I'm yet to tell friends or work or family, but i wanted to tell someone.. so why not you bunch!




posted on Aug, 20 2019 @ 07:31 PM
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a reply to: Agit8dChop

May I ask why you decided this?



posted on Aug, 20 2019 @ 07:36 PM
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a reply to: Liquesence

number of reasons,

I love the physical/direction given nature of the army - I was a member of the reserves (similar to national guard) for years and loved it.

I don't see myself marrying or having kids purely because its not the sort of person i am, All of my friends are married and having kids, i see that life and its defiantly not what i want

I want to be pushed to my limits, learn new things, be sent to different places

I didn't join the infantry - I don't think my body could handle the physicality of that, I joined sigs and coms as that's where my career has been

Waking up every day going to a comfortable office is boring and a waste

If it doesn't work out, I'll have no regrets that I tried - the advantage is I can return to my profession anywhere anytime..



posted on Aug, 20 2019 @ 07:44 PM
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That’s awesome! Happy for you!



posted on Aug, 20 2019 @ 07:49 PM
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Congrats. You got this. Love to see the courage to change and follow your heart. Anywhere , Anytime.


edit on 20-8-2019 by savagediver because: spelling



posted on Aug, 20 2019 @ 07:59 PM
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Why hire a trainer?

Just do a few hundred face pulls a day and you'll look like Jeff within a month.



posted on Aug, 20 2019 @ 08:05 PM
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a reply to: Agit8dChop

Congrats! ...Soldier? Marine? Airman? I'm assuming you are not going to be my shipmate, because the Navy physical fitness standards are so low that you wouldn't be working out in advance of boot camp. 😂😂

I was 24 when I went through boot camp and it was brutal then- not really the physical stuff, though of course it hurts like hell when they smoke you 20 times a day, but the damn sleep deprivation. OMG! Such torture! Sounds like youve done it before and know what you're in for, but I mention it simply because even at a young 24, the sleep deprivation was harder on me than it was on all of the 17 and 18 year-olds. But the good thing was that getting yelled at didnt break me or scare me like it did to the kids, and sometimes I had to hold back laughter at some of the $hit the CO's yelled at us.

Where are you going for boot camp?



posted on Aug, 20 2019 @ 08:29 PM
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a reply to: Agit8dChop

Fair enough.


I always promised myself I would never do the whole 9-5 monkey suit death life, but I also never wanted to be controlled, like with the military.

Whatever works for you, man, cool.

Thanks for the honest reply.



posted on Aug, 20 2019 @ 08:30 PM
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a reply to: Agit8dChop

Man this made me tear up a little! Congratulations and thanks for your service.



posted on Aug, 20 2019 @ 08:32 PM
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a reply to: Agit8dChop
Sir, I am proud of you, and wish you the best of luck. It has been an honor to theorize conspiratorially with you. Do what you gotta do.

And when you get home , please remember to invest in your local community. Help your cousin or friend get a used truck and some gear for their landscaping business. Or start a local small refinery of salvaged metals. We need to reinvest in ourselves like you are doing now if we are going to compete with China.



posted on Aug, 20 2019 @ 08:40 PM
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a reply to: Agit8dChop

Only thing I can say is thank you and stay safe.



posted on Aug, 20 2019 @ 08:47 PM
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In my Basic training, we had a couple individuals who were past soldiers that had been out for several years and re-enlisted. The Drill instructors cut them slack knowing they knew the drill and positioned them as platoon leaders. It was a nothing spot really, but held a slight significance and added ease over new recruits. This was in 1970 at Fort Ord. Of course they were Vietnam Vets due some respect. Four months later I was in Vietnam, six months.... a door gunner on a slick. It was all good. In retrospect, the best time I ever had.

I would expect you could handle it easily enough, it was tougher then and things have changed making it easier. Might even still get some action in the sand lot if you are lucky.

Now I am old, but if needed I would help where I could at any military facility.

edit on 20-8-2019 by Plotus because: It's called a PATRIOT boys and girls



posted on Aug, 20 2019 @ 09:07 PM
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As a veteran...

Thank you, my friend.

Godspeed.



posted on Aug, 20 2019 @ 09:44 PM
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a reply to: Agit8dChop

Hey congrats on your return to service. I also made a plunge back into a uniform. I served in the Air Force from 87 to 91 as a youngster. In 2008, I decided to make to finish what I started but at 41 to do it in the Army the second time around. At 41, they subtract your previous service years which was 4 active and 4 inactive so you can meet the age requirements of 35 at the time.

Recieved a rather cold reception st the MEPS in Los Angeles which I believe does everything they can to keep anybody out of the military. I wasn't the only prior service there, but I was in way better shape than anybody else and the oldest to ever try they claimed. They sent me to every specialist in the city but all gave me a green light. My recruiter just shook his head and kept saying it would never happen.

Finally the final full medical with the hippy doctor they had there, he couldn't find anything either and said I was in better shape than some of the kids that came through. Reluctantly he gave me the green light too. The MEPS workers gave me a standing ovation as I got my date for retraining, thankfully that did not include basic but a refresher in New Mexico.

Started over with the loss of two ranks at E2 but made it back pretty quickly. I think it was more fun the second time around, even made the best of barracks life with the young ones, very carefully though. Became the Brigade SGM eyes and ears, we managed a decent friendship since we were the same age but kept it professional due to rank differences.

Shared many Oduls near beer with the Brigade Commander and SGM and my Company SGM in Afghanistan. Aside from my own desire to finish it, I wanted to make a difference and I think I did. The soldiers trusted me with their problems, Command gave me latitude to fix them, and after 4 deployments, i can sigh and say, you did make a difference. Saved more than one marriage, kept two soldiers from killing themselves and maybe took a deployment slot from someone who didn't need to go.

Even after all the years between the Air Force and Army, i didn't see a lot of changes, both the good and bad. Change did start as I was part of two wars, Desert Storm and Enduring Freedom. Garrison ops are different. Did not have to worry with finding things to do as they were always there. Be ready for changes however, as standards were lowered for more than 10 years, gangs, way out of shape kids, and services struggling to transition from war footing to...that's the problem, they just don't know.

I am out today and extremely grateful for the friends and opportunities I had, enjoy ever minute and be sure to bring the best of what civilian life has taught you, and bring the old school experience you have while using all the new skills you will gain to full bear. Remember the one thing I always found lacking in my superiors, have empathy for everyone around you, remember what it was like for you at that same time, don't cut them any slack, but use empathy to guide your hand. Good luck Sir, you earned a salute from me !



posted on Aug, 20 2019 @ 10:27 PM
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a reply to: Agit8dChop

Congratulations on refusing to become complacent man.

Props on being proactive and making sure you'll make the most of it while being prepared.

I hope this brings you what you're looking for, and at the least you'll make the most of it and use it to grow for the next endeavor.

Keep that smile wide and the spirits strong.

Cheers



posted on Aug, 20 2019 @ 11:51 PM
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a reply to: Agit8dChop

Thank you for your service. I pray that God keeps you safe in your deployment (hopefully there won't be one).

edit on 20-8-2019 by Onlyyouknow because: (no reason given)



posted on Aug, 21 2019 @ 01:55 AM
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Right on! Have fun and enjoy your short 4 week basic



posted on Aug, 21 2019 @ 02:54 AM
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good on yer mate chase your dreams reply to: Agit8dChop




posted on Aug, 21 2019 @ 04:22 AM
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a reply to: Agit8dChop

Congratulations and thank you!



posted on Aug, 21 2019 @ 05:22 AM
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a reply to: KansasGirl

My 23 year old son just finished Air Force basic training. The TI's weren't allowed to swear at them. I had to laugh. I tried to tell him what it would be like, but I was so wrong. Many things have changed since 1990. It's a kinder, more gentle service.



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