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    Default How was the experience like being in the military?

    I'm interested in life experiences (like stories,) so when I found out my friend was in the Navy, I asked her many things about her time during the Navy. So, she gave me some of her life experiences and I seem to get more interested in her experiences as time goes by.

    I told her that I learned a Navy term called shipmate, and found that it was a sarcastic/funny term used with peers or something of a dislike. Told her it was initially used as a kind gesture with others, but it somehow found a new connotation to it. She was like.... "YES! Our old professor was in the Navy, when I called him a shipmate as a joke.... he looked sternly at me and was like 'DON'T CALL ME THAT!' Because of that, he calls me a shipmate just to be funny."

    She also told me about another Navy term called sealegs, no matter how strong you were when it came to motion-sickness, if a navy ship was moving through waves..... everybody that didn't take medicine for motion sickness will.... vomit. The term was used for those who hasn't experienced the motion sickness yet.

    She talked about how cramped the ships can be, and because of it, having to be near many people. Claustrophobic people had to beware.

    She also told me about her experiences in Japan and Italy. About how her groups, from time to time, got into fights because she pretty much has become part of her group because the group experienced soooooooo many things together. Like, if one of the people in her group were to mess up, they all had to do extra work.

    I also asked her what time she wakes up nowadays.... she was like "4:50 AM........ like every freaking day now." I laughed sooooooooo hard when she told me about that.... and I told her that that I unconsciously, no matter how tired I am, wake up at around 6 for similar reasons (I always woke up sometime around 6 because I did it constantly as a kid.)

    I have a blast talking to her about her experiences, lol. I might actually talk to my brother-in-law about his time in the Marines, and whether his experience was as great as my Navy friend.

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    A bird colonel I used to know said "You've gotta have a sense of humor, otherwise the bureaucracy will kill you."
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    Quote Originally Posted by SD45T-2 View Post
    A bird colonel I used to know said "You've gotta have a sense of humor, otherwise the bureaucracy will kill you."
    Yes. I had a high school friend who went into the Army and was glad that he was finally out of it because of all the bureaucratic bullshit and how it felt like he had to do all the work unless the whole team ends up sacrificing something. I mean... I am quite sure him being stationed in Alaska is one reason why it was horrible. All he ever did, besides being able to bring his Xbox over there was go out with others to the local pub or something when there was ever free time.

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    I'd recommend that you read John T. Reed's thoughts on the military. He's a West Point Grad who served in the army during the Vietnam War, in Vietnam. He was then and remains now highly dubious about the military experience, but is not a peacenik flake by any means. For what it's worth, after reading his articles, my oldest son (ENTJ) adamantly decided against the military, despite being urged to apply to military academies. I think he made the right choice. Miscellaneous thoughts on military issues by John T. Reed

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    It's.. interesting.

    Personally. I don't regret it at all. I got what I needed out of it.. and much more would have meant my life stagnating or being consumed by it. But it did everything I wanted it to do and more: I made life long friends and connections, it straightened my act out, made me more professional and disciplined than I would have ever hoped to have been as a young ENFP girl, I traveled the world, learned a great set of skills, and paved the way to be able to afford going to college and living on my own independently.

    It also gave me things I didn't know I needed in the world.. like a lot of patience, why hurry up and wait is such an important concept, how to differentiate and balance respect and authority with doing the right thing and thinking for one's self, knowing when to lead and when to follow, learning to swallow my pride and say I don't know, how to detach myself and compartmentalize things when necessary, how to navigate bureaucracy without going bananas. Mostly... How little I truly know about the mechanisms behind anything.. and how much people truly don't see even when they think the puzzle piece they have is the whole picture.

    I'd probably have learned this stuff on my own eventually.. but I got it in a huge dose at a young age, with the rest of the lessons sprinkled in along the way. I liked my job.

    There were also a lot of bad things I learned from the army.. and there's no denying that not everyone goes in and changes for the better. Some people don't change at all, the atmosphere just nourishes their fucked up ways.

    I don't think I'll ever stop missing it. But I am glad I'm not doing it anymore right now.

    You meet some interesting people along the way.. that's for sure.
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    It’s different for everyone; I liked the Army better then the Navy.

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    Imagine being an indentured servant or going from being an adult living on your own to going back to being in grade school and living with your parents and not having a job.

    It's a lot like that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Metamorphosis View Post
    Imagine being an indentured servant or going from being an adult living on your own to going back to being in grade school and living with your parents and not having a job.

    It's a lot like that.
    Except worse because you have to work and are expected to conduct yourself like an adult without risky impulsive behavior.
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    I was in the Marines for 7 years. Compared to the other services, the Marine Corps is smaller and more combat-oriented. The one thing that strikes people about Marines is that they are kind of bloodthirsty and genuinely want to go into combat and kill something. I'm not saying that this is good or bad; it's just the way the Marine Corps trains their people.

    Probably the best depiction I've seen yet of life in the Marines is the HBO mini-series "Generation Kill" (you can order it on Netflix or whatever). It's about a recon unit in the 2003 invasion of Iraq, and it really captures the macho-ness, bloodthirsty-ness, ADHD-ness, banter, bullshit, swagger, etc. of a Marine Corps unit.

    The writer/creator of "Generation Kill" was a reporter embedded with Marines' 1st Recon Battalion during the Iraq invasion; and the characters, dialogue and plot were based on specific, real-life recon Marines and events from the invasion. So they put a premium on capturing the "feel" of what it's like to be recon Marines on the move.

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    I had a coworker who was in the Marines. Love the guy but inconsistent logic and a complete pushover, which still doesn't make sense to me. I sort of wonder if either the shock or the PTSD got to him. He saw a lot of his friends die.

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