The military is the biggest group of nerds, geeks, dweebs, etc. Watching anime and playing video games was one of the few ways you could get your mind off the sucky parts because you're trapped in doing it until your contract is up.
You learn early on not to give a fuck what everyone else thinks about you.
>>136095621 That's nowhere near as bad as this one brony who off duty wears MLP shirts all the time and one time came in to pick some stuff up in a rainbow dash hoodie with the little wings and fluffy stuff sticking off of it
>>136098922 For the air force at least or any branch really, you could get a desk job anyway. Even if you don't enlisted E-1 to E-4 jobs are pretty easy. You also get at a minimum 1200-1400 dollars of spending money every month.
>>136102311 >all the grunts are jocks I see no contradiction with being sperglords >>136102352 Come back after you've jacked off into birthday cake batter with 17 other guys before feeding it to some arrogant butterbars because he laughed at your figures
>>136102747 Back when I was there my friend tried some of that shit then his heart started beating like a goddamn engine, we all thought it was gonna explode or that he was gonna have a heart attack or something
>>136102968 I'm talking about the regular run of the mill military job, if you include special jobs that have bonuses all the branches have jobs like that. More to the point your regular guy joining the air force/army/marines/navy isn't going to get one of those jobs.
I'm doing a engineering degree with sponsor ship from the defence force. Gonna be an WEO for the Australian Navy and you can bet your ass that I'll be stocking up on as much anime, movies and TV shows to watch while I'm uncomfy in my bunk.
I can't get a straight answer about the internet situation on aussie boats so I'm going with worst case scenario, official use only/shit downspeed.
And you can be damn sure I'm hiding my powerlevel on that
But the technical NCOs have a strong D&D/shadowrun community, so it might not be all that bad.
>>136094863 Not even secretly, no one else in my platoon watches anime with any sort of regularity, but quite a few of them have seen stuff like Bebop or read stuff like Dragon Ball and One Piece and people generally mind their own fucking business when it comes to free time and what you do with it.
Though I'll most likely be posted aboard a Hobart Class Which is totally different from the Arleigh Burke Class and totally desigined and completely built in Australia guys, I swear and I don't know, you'd think comms systems would be more robust on a dedicated electronic warfare ship.
But like I said, I doubt it, I am kind of looking forward to some time with out the internet, and most of our navy is assigned to AEEZ defense anyway. Gotta send those boats back after all.
>>136103624 Probably to take their mind off all the bullshit that comes with being in the armed forces. That's part of the reason for myself anyway.
My country still has conscription I didn't sign up for this shit, but here I am.
My only two joys in life are watching anime and seeing those idealistic fucks who willingly signed up because they thought the military was cool after having played too many video games, only to realize that they can't handle being told what to do and getting yelled at on a daily basis.
>>136104265 >those idealistic fucks who willingly signed up because they thought the military was cool
I think it's funny how people don't realize that veteran's day, and everything else related to military pride is "Thanks for doing shit work for way less pay than you deserve, here's some music and clapping"
>>136104170 And then you have Naval intelligence being the tightest of all intelligences.
Getting to work on some of the most advanced technology in the world for the price of having to stock up on shows and shit while in port seems like a fair trade off to me. Culture shock still seems like it's going to be a rough adjustment, I'll just keep thinking pleasent thought about how it's making me a better person and shit.
>>136104338 Military pride isn't even big around these parts.
Soldiers are given respect, but seeing how poorly the general public received our operations as a part of ISAF during the conflict in Afghanistan, I don't think most regular citizens care particularly for the nation's troops.
As for the idiots joining the army with warped expectations, I blame Hollywood. Ever since being liberated by American forces and receiving Marshall Aid following the second World War, my country has seen the US very favourably and allowed a lot of American culture to take root. Not that this is a bad thing.
I think a lot of young people these days get seriously sidetracked by how army life is portrayed in video games and action-movies. They all seem shocked when they're handed a mop and told that they'll be swabbing the barracks floor for the rest of the afternoon.
We're also seeing an increase in recruits following all the issues we've been having with immigrants from the Middle-East. People are worried about losing national identity due to excessive multiculturalism.
All in all, army life in little old Denmark is getting shittier by the minute.
>>136097542 That's probably because in the armed forces, people don't really care about your personal quirks and interests as long as you can shoot. >>136099411 It's not like you'd know who the other guy is. Even a sniper doesn't get that personal.
>>136105012 Two questions: 1. Does Armored Infantry refer strictly to the use of armored vehicles for combat (not tanks or other mechanized vehicles)? 2. What is the difference between a regiment and a brigade? I thought regiments had fallen out of usage in the military command structure
>>136104832 Royal Australian Navy Midshipman while I study and haven't really undergone any training from the defense force, just interviews and progress updates so I don't really consider myself "in" yet, but I technically have a rank. Sub Lieutenant when I graduate Weapons Eletrical Engineering Officer
I'm also jealous of the USN engineers and the fact that they have a DARPA career pathway open to them. It's my dream to make Gundams
>>136105296 >Midshipman Where is this in the ranking system of the Australian navy? Because most of my knowledge comes from the US/Japanese military >Sub Lieutenant Is that in the lieutenant of a submarine or a lieutenant below a lieutenant? Also, do they tell you the rank you will be by graduation? >defense force training What does that entail?
>>136105112 First of all I just want to state that armed forces operate very differently across the globe, so I can only answer in respects to the Danish one.
1. Yeah in the case of the RDA it refers strictly to the use of IFV's and transports. So we have combat vehicles that to the untrained eye would probably look like tanks, but they're not (CV90, Piranhas etc.) So we don't -just- have armored transports, but we don't have true tank elements either.
2. I think this is different from army to army as well. In the RDA a "Brigade" is made up of multiple different elements. The First Brigade of the RDA for example consists of Dragoon Regiments, Guard Hussar Regiments and Tank Companies. So it's larger than a regiment and more versatile.
A regiment in the RDA is small and more specialized.
>>136105392 >operate very differently across the globe I figured. My knowledge barely extends to the American armed forces (mostly army) and Japanese JSDGF. But it's really bare bones. >we don't have true tank elements either. I see. This is me speaking from a completely civilian perspective, but what is the point of having a regiment made specifically for armored transports but still isn't a mechanized regiment? Why not just give armors to infantry regiments as well? >So it's larger than a regiment and more versatile. That makes much more sense.
As for combat doctrine, are tactics generally the same across similar regiments, or does it differ from brigade to brigade? Like, would an armored regiment from one region in Denmark operate under slightly different tactics than one in another region or is that standardized via tactical manuals or education of the sort?
>>136105372 >Midshipman Ensign, O1 >Sub-lieutenant I think that's equivalent to Lieutenant (JG), O2 >Defence Force Training It's different for all the branches, but as an WEEO, after I've gotten my bachelors in engineering I do my New Entry officers course and the Naval Academy.
>This course covers drill and ceremonial, physical training, officer development, oral and written communications, naval message writing, management and leadership, officer of the day duties, Navy organisation, Defence studies, character guidance, Navy history, swim test*, first aid, small arms training, adventure training, and a training cruise.
Then I do my employment training that specialises me for the systems I'd be working with.
>This course supplements theoretical degree education with training in fields specific to engineering in the Navy such as weapon hydraulics, radar, sonar, missile and gunnery fire control systems, ship communications equipment and maintenance administration procedures.
Combined thats an extra 40 weeks of study on top of a 4 year degree.
>>136105564 >but what is the point of having a regiment made specifically for armored transports but still isn't a mechanized regiment?
Armored Infantry is synonymous with Mechanized Infantry in the RDA. I'm Mechanized Infantry, we just call it Armored Infantry around here. I'm translating from Danish on the fly so I apologize if some things seem unclear.
>would an armored regiment from one region in Denmark operate under slightly different tactics than one in another region or is that standardized via tactical manuals or education of the sort?
Denmark is small relative to most other nations and while I don't actually know for certain (I haven't spoken much to anybody from the RDA's 1st Brigade, I'm 2nd Brigade), I would imagine that all tactics are standardized.
I know for a fact that the 2nd Brigade, 2nd Armored Infantry receives the same training as 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Infantry.
I attached a picture of the command structure for the RDA, figure it might help paint the picture a little better.
>>136105698 >Ensign, O1 > Lieutenant (JG), O2 Ok that makes much more sense. American military fucks up rankings so it makes it super confusing whenever I read about any military that isn't American. >naval message writing Is this like writing in code and stuff? >character guidance This is to make sure you aren't a total dickface right? Or is that something different. >adventure training What's this? >Combined thats an extra 40 weeks of study on top of a 4 year degree. Wow that's hardcore anon good luck. >>136105715 > I'm Mechanized Infantry, we just call it Armored Infantry Oh that makes sense. In America Mechanized Infantry is along the lines of armored vehicles/transport and stuff strictly (at least to my knowledge) and Armored Infantry/Armor is just straight up tanks. > I would imagine that all tactics are standardized. Ok that makes sense. I don't know much about American tactics but I know rules of engagement are more or less taught the same across the country (then again, I'm not in the military so I wouldn't know). One more question: how does numbering brigades/regiments go? Are those just chosen by how many regiments/brigades there were at its creation or is there something else to it? Also, I know divisions in the US have their own names of sorts, does that sort of thing happen in Denmark?
>>136105894 >One more question: how does numbering brigades/regiments go?
There's nothing special to the numbering of brigades and regiments. The 1st Brigade is not of a higher quality than the 2nd Brigade or anything like that, same goes for the regiments. 1st Brigade has different duties from 2nd Brigade, but that's the only real difference.
>I know divisions in the US have their own names of sorts, does that sort of thing happen in Denmark?
Are you referring to stuff such as nicknames for divisions á la "Screaming Eagles" for the US 101st Airborne?
Different regiments of the RDA have mottos, insignias, anniversaries they celebrate, mascots and regimental belts. I'm afraid I'm not aware of any nicknames that are really noticeable. My regiment is commonly referred to as "GHR's", but that's about it.
Pic related is my regiments insignia
>Do you guys use C7's? I remember hearing it somewhere and I swear when I was in Copenhagen I saw the Royal Guards, or whatever they are called, rocking them.
>>136105715 >>character guidance >This is to make sure you aren't a total dickface right? Or is that something different. I wouldn't exactly say that. It means moulding your character into leadership material. Not being a dickface is a goal, but it's secondary to being an effective leader and making sure you project a good image to the public. PR is very important these days. >>adventure training >What's this? It's kinda like specialised equipment and tacitical training in a specific environment. The Navy does diving and coastal sailing. >>Combined thats an extra 40 weeks of study on top of a 4 year degree. >Wow that's hardcore anon good luck.
The light at the end of the tunnel seems so far off And I don't know yet that it won't just lead to another hell ;-;
>>136106117 >There's nothing special to the numbering of brigades and regiments Ok that's what I thought. > The 1st Brigade is not of a higher quality than the 2nd Brigade or anything like that No I wasn't implying that, I just thought there was some other sort of reason to it? >1st Brigade has different duties from 2nd Brigade What do you mean by that? >Are you referring to stuff such as nicknames for divisions á la "Screaming Eagles" for the US 101st Airborne? Well sorta, like some of the division names are pretty dumb, like the 42nd https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/42nd_Infantry_Division_(United_States) >anniversaries they celebrate >regimental belts Like what sort of anniversaries/belts? Mottos, insignias, and mascots I get, but I've never heard of any regimental belts or anniversaries
>>136106243 > leadership material Oh thats cool. It's my understanding in the US that you are expected to either show leadership potential or just form it during training. But I wouldn't know so some anons might be more knowledageable about it than I. > PR is very important these days. Given the poor public image the military has in the US (I blame our huge military budget) I totally agree. >It's kinda like specialised equipment and tacitical training in a specific environment That makes sense. Seems kinda a weird name for enviormental tactical training though. >And I don't know yet that it won't just lead to another hell Ganbatte anon I know you can do it! At least you aren't majoring in creative writing and minoring in asian studies (two completely money-less degrees) and going to be drowning in college debt for the next few years of your life after you graduate
>>136106247 Not him but I want to try cracking my knuckles at this
>1st Brigade has different duties from 2nd Brigade What do you mean by that? 1st Brigade may be a tanker corps, while 2nd is reconnaissance, 3rd is is LAV, etc.
>anniversaries they celebrate >regimental belts Like what sort of anniversaries/belts? Mottos, insignias, and mascots I get, but I've never heard of any regimental belts or anniversaries
Different regiments wear different belts that identifies them. Essentially, what regiment you are part of. Anniversaries would be different battle honours, because 1 brigade may have fought at battle a, but 2 brigade may have fought at battle b, and they celebrate their own battles respectively.
>>136106243 At the end of it, no matter what happens, you can say "I was a god damn officer in the navy" and pretty much beat anyone in the room at having a badass career. Trust me, every job has its BS, and Navy is way better than being a gas station manager your whole life.
>>136106413 >1st Brigade may be a tanker corps, while 2nd is reconnaissance, 3rd is is LAV, etc. Oh that makes sense. What is LAV by the way? >>136106413 >because 1 brigade may have fought at battle a, but 2 brigade may have fought at battle b That's what I thought. >Different regiments wear different belts that identifies them. I see. What about badges then? Because I know in the US you get a shoulderpatch for your division/brigade. >>136106468 >No we don't have anything quite like that. I blame the overabundance of American military bases and the free time they have. > In the RDA they're very colorful and only really worn during ceremonies or celebrations. So you don't have to wear your belt where ever you go? How strict is your regiment about uniforms?
>>136106531 >So you don't have to wear your belt where ever you go? How strict is your regiment about uniforms?
The belt is a part of our dress uniform. We are required to wear dress uniform at all times except for when we're off-duty or drilling. It's essentially like wearing a suit when you go into office, if that makes sense. So the belt is only really worn during clerical work, meetings, celebrations and inspections.
Uniform policy is strict, but of course all things are within reason. If we come wading into the barracks covered in mud and sweat after having finished a drill, it's not like the officers will immediately start berating us for not being proper.
However if you show up in a tank-top and baggy pants for a meeting with a superior officer, you better believe you're in for an earful and a punishment.
>>136106531 We get different patches too! There are many identifiers on the uniform the civilian may not notice, down to the way we hem our pant legs. There are way to many different traditions to pin down in, but every regiment has their own identifier.
> In the RDA they're very colorful and only really worn during ceremonies or celebrations. So you don't have to wear your belt where ever you go? How strict is your regiment about uniforms?
A level of strict you could never dream of. Proper uniform etiquette is way too much for one simple post to describe. We spend more hours learning how to present ourselves than you can imagine, though our basic training, right through to when you are a cenotaph guard. Every occasion means a different way of wearing the uniform.
Also not the Dane again, doing my best from what I have learned. Cool how different our histories are, but we pretty much get it when it comes to how things are
>>136106676 But also this. If the CO summons me and just spent a week in the field, he wont mind how dirty I am. But if I show up for remembrance day with even the tiniest crease on my cenotaph guard uniform...
>>136106676 >The belt is a part of our dress uniform. That's what I figured. There's just a lot of military bullshit in the media here so I didn't know how much of it was true or not. >punishment How much of the sterotypical "run until the afternoon" bullshit is true? >>136106693 >Proper uniform etiquette is way too much for one simple post to describe. We spend more hours learning how to present ourselves than you can imagine, though our basic training, right through to when you are a cenotaph guard. Every occasion means a different way of wearing the uniform. See on one hand I would like this since I'm a super clean freak but on the other I would get frustrated super fast. > Cool how different our histories are, but we pretty much get it when it comes to how things are Yeah America tends to emphasize cool tech and stuff over the quality of its soldiers. The media as well tries REALLY HARD to emphasize how courageous and patriotic and heroic our soldiers are. An action flick about Bengazi is about to come out soon by Michael Bay and it shows the soldiers there as some sort of self-sacrificing matyrs. Just wish there was more ways to read up on the military without misinformation (mostly because I barely know anyone who's in the army, and also because a lot of them are redneck hoodlums) >>136106782 >cenotaph What is this? I never hear it in the States
>>136106362 >and going to be drowning in college debt for the next few years of your life after you graduate
I wouldn't anyway, Australia has glorious socialist education polices m8. Still have to pay them off but the government takes on student loans at a low interest rate and up until the last election we had a regulated tertiary education system. Hopefully we'll get them all back after the current conservitive reign is over.
Good luck with your book anon. Make sure it has mobile suits in it. Every engineer I know who watches anime with me wants to make power armor in some way shape or form. I want to make Gundams, an old highschool budy wants to make Fallout style power armor, and more than a few guys want to build 40K suits and take genetic modifications, and we're crazy enough to make it happen, some how, if we managed to get around all the reliablity issues and power inefficencies.
>>136106483 You're absolutely right, even if it sucks dick I can leave after 4 years and get almost any job I want where as a lot of guys with my degree are still entry level coders getting shit pay, and I know that's hell. I'll be fine, and I'll make it, and if we ever serve in a joint operation we'll watch the latest episode of Gate and laugh at how the JSDF would never be able to conduct such an operation with out international support during liberty.
Alright guys, be honest, how likely is armed confict with Japan if they end up barring your access to a land filled with elfs and cat girls?
>>136106782 Whats what they say? A unit ready for inspection is never ready for combat, a unit ready for combat is never ready for inspection?
>>136106924 >how likely is armed confict with Japan if they end up barring your access to a land filled with elfs and cat girls? Absolutely zero because Japan's JSDF is weak as shit and China would probablly threaten conflict with Japan if not for America. America or UN forces might take over the operation if something of that magnitude happens (if the Japanese aren't able to keep it under wraps) >Good luck with your book anon. Thanks. > Make sure it has mobile suits in it. I have a sci fi setting with land mechs (no space mechs, although there are powered suits and exos for personelle space combat) >if we managed to get around all the reliablity issues and power inefficencies. Pray tell. The in-universe solution I have my setting is microchip storage devices (basically supersmall batteries) and plasma generators (cliche I know, but it works) but I doubt that's very realistic
>>136106894 >How much of the sterotypical "run until the afternoon" bullshit is true?
Army policies have changed a lot over the past five years when it comes to punishments. I saw punishments the most during basic at the stage where people still weren't quite taking army life seriously and pretty much all of it involved "getting dropped" (Doing physical exercise as punishment).
Officers aren't allowed to abuse lower-ranking members of the army as much as they once were, but they will still definitely shout at you, get right up in your face and can make your life really damn frustrating.
Broad punishments aren't uncommon in my unit. As in if one person fucks up or is lazy, we all get to share in the punishment.
>>136107045 >Microchip Storage System You can come up with a better name for it I'm sure but the cutting edge of that tech is known as Super Capacitors. Graphine is the most promising material to make this stuff, but graphine is one of those "too good to be true things."
>Plasma Generator A wha-? Super heated plasma can make a good radiation sheild, and potentially a physical sheild too in conjunction with a strong magnetic field. NASA is currently working on that. I mean it depends on how "Hard Science Fiction" you want to go but Fusion generators are always a safe bet.
You got steam? I love talking scifi BS and, you know, I actually have a background in engineering.
>>136107133 > they will still definitely shout at you, get right up in your face and can make your life really damn frustrating. Wow that does sound annoying. I personally enjoy being told what to do and all that shit but I could probablly never make the US army due to purely physical criteria. >Broad punishments aren't uncommon in my unit. As in if one person fucks up or is lazy, we all get to share in the punishment. I can get that. Teaches resonsability and all that. How large is your squad? >>136107327 I have another name for it the Rusen system, a hyperdense collection of nanomachine microfiber batteries that allow for the powering of "superbatteries" >Graphine What is this? My knowledge of materials extends as far as wikipedia >Plasma generator It was me and my friend (who are also working on the setting)'s catch all term for any engine that powers a large mechanical vehicle (from small powered suit to starship) >Fusion generators If we're talking fusion, what would dangers of a small powered suit having a fusion generator (or a large battleship having many)?
Again, I'm just a writer and not a science person at all. So my knowledge of things is very limited. To add onto what I already have: plasma weaponry has bullets of thermoreactive casing that are wrapped around heated nuclear plasma. This is then fired out of a railgun/gauss gun device. Also, lasers are either stationary ground-to-air/space artillery devices (instead of mobile weaponry) Here's my steam if you wanna talk sci fi: finaljas90
>>136107425 Honestly, I don't know man. Some people actually find some meaning, others don't. I'd look into it a bit, though if you still want a reasonable access to the internet during off hours, skip the navy. And get ready for limited personal space.
>>136107834 YOUR FUCKED ANON, DON"T EVEN LEAVE THE FUCKING ROOM FOR FEAR OF THE IMPENDING CAR THAT'S SURLY GOING TO HIT YOU! YOUR ONLY HOPE IS TO CALL YOUR 1st SHIRT AND HOPE TO GOD HE DOESN'T RAIN DOWN A SHIT STORM ON YOU AT THIS UNGODLY HOUR FOR PRETTY MUCH FUCKING KILLING YOURSELF!
Not in the military, but considering. I have a background in IT, electrical/computer engineering, information science and CS. Mostly stuff like firmware programming and previously I worked on datacenters. I hear that working in military on tech is a good way to get into defense, and as much as I love working with computers, everything consumer is in silicon valley and sucks. Defense, on the other hand, is not far from home (i'm in LA.) What's a good branch to enter into? How do you get a job working with tech in the military?
I know it's far off from being a service member but I want to milk some of that sweet defense sector money.
>>136108200 No but I hope you're going to see Kizu on friday I'm trying to make buy with the tech jobs in socal but all of them are shit. I'm stuck with a deadend tech support job in pissbaby consumer gaming hardware. Meanwhile I have friends who have served and are doing cool shit and not even my age. I've met a few weeaboos who were stationed at Pendelton over the internet and invited them for drinks at my apartment, they all seem to be cool guys.
>>136108238 Was never really into the monogatari series so no
As stated above, I'm majoring in creative writing (SFF for my main genre) and minoring in asian studies (emphasis on Japan and Japanese culture/history) >>136108275 If I'm guessing right, you're stationed in Japan? How is it there? Do the people there like you?
>Always interested in the army >swore i'd be and officer. >Got suckered in by a recruiter on my 18th birthday, 94 asvab=infantry e1. >Been slipping ever since >more and more anime, less and less focus on work or promotion. >Now senior E4 in squad, m240 expert qualifies, saw expert qualified, m4 expert qualifies, M2 qualifies, Bradley qualified, had a rare oportunity to get Abrams qualified. >fail pt test a month ago >haven't done anything about it >still got 4 years on contract and live stopped caring >please deploy me
>>136108451 do it. do at 4 by 2 or whatever the shortest contract is for your local reserves or guard. If you like it stay, or re sign as active duty. If you hate it, it was only one weekend a month for a couple of years. It shows you a different side of life you wont find anywhere else. do what ya can while ya can.
Seriously, every branch has its cushy job streams where you're never going to do anything utterly shit and basically have a desk job where you also get benefits you might not get in the civvie equivalent. i.e. plenty of nice-enough but hopeless speds scraping the barrel of military service roles.
>>136108523 God damn it Why can't I intern at a defence contractor Fuck you America and your Militiary industrial complex dominating the defence technology industry to the point where every western nation just buys shit off you.
>>136108371 Yea, for the most part they like me. I ended up going on a bicycle tour to Kyoto for 5 days and during out trip we made a stop in Toyohashi, where we met an old man at the laundromat and he took us to his house. We met his wife, they took us out to lunch and gave us a ton of free food and showed us their culturally enriched house. A very enlightening experience.
>>136109722 >How can you people willingly fight for jews? Doesn't it bother your conscience and dignity?
You're not doing it right if you join the armed forces to be a jarhead..... you join in to get the best technical training and get a desk job that pays well. I think acing the ASVAB gives you greater chances to avoid combat and the one with best minds are kept away from harm/combat.
Being in the military and watching anime is like having a small dick At first they'll give you a hard time about it. But for the most part, they quite frankly don't give a shit. As long as you don't watch anime for pedophiles they're ok.
>>136107557 Graphene is basically monomolecular carbon plates. It does everything.
Fusion means very high temps of hydrogen (mostly) which means hydrogen plasma. It's far less dangerous than a fission based generator.
There's really no reason to have a railgun that fires anything other than solid slugs. What will the plasma do that a mach 10 kinetic penetrator can't? A plasma gun that's semi sensible would be like having a really powerful magnetic field directed out of your gun and firing the (polarized because it's plasma) in a spiraly pattern directly at the target. But that'd be a short ranged weapon, more like a flame thrower that works like a blowtorch.
>>136112550 Funny story, I was stationed in mainland Japan for two years as a Sergeant and used to kick in the doors of my junior Marines to see what figures they had won over the weekend at the arcades and then I'd give them hell about what shit taste they had. Good times.
I was conscripted too, like some others ITT. There aren't many anime fans in my country, so the only one I found was someone who was watching JoJo (it was late 2012, when the first season was airing). Other than that, I had to pretend I was a normalfag, I watched more football matches than I ever did in the rest of my life.
I also got my first leave near Christmas, and got on the internet for the first time in months, only to see /a/ watching GuP. I was in the armored division.
On a semi-relevant note, I heard tons of conversations about WoW, especially among officers. One of them told me about one incident at the military academy he attended; one of his colleagues had his character farming using a bot, and an elderly officer walked by and saw it.
I regret not going into the Navy out of high school. I went to college, got a shit degree, and now I'm stuck in an office job, and will likely be teaching next year. I'm 26, so it's too late for me to do it, but if I could go back in time, I definitely would've gone into the Navy.
>>136097813 >Strayan policeman here. We don't eat donuts and we're not fat as murricans so yeah there's that.
Yeah, but are you a traffic cop mate? I got nothing but respect for the police force with the exception of the FFC department. Bastards yellow stickered me on ANZAC day for a fender tidy a few days after the legislation had changed in my favour.
>>136114188 RECRUIT! No sleeping while watching the stove! wtf, OH SHIT! I am a spirit of stove! :-D EBIN! Since you've kept the fire blazing all night, you're given three wishes :-DDDD I wish billion euros and billion energy drinks :D and a night with corporal Bella bazooka. Or wait a minute, would billion sick days be better.... EXCELLENT WISHES! Now you only need to pour this water of wishes into the magic stove. This thing? Exactly Daily-Spurdu: A TENT EXPLODED IN HÄTILÄ A recruit drank two litres of hand disinfectant and poured petrol into a stove. Lt. Spurdo: FUCK!
There was a Mormon in my garrison and he didn't hide it at all he watches and plays Pokemon and proudly showed his Pokemon themed calendar. Told him to fuck off because my time in military would have been hell. Now he's happily doing missionary work in Sapporo.
>>136115860 Either he likes punishment or he's drinking the Cool-Aid pretty hard. Missions are widely regarded to be sucky, no matter what "faith and character" building face people put on it to rationalize the suck.
A lot of Mission Presidents have a very corporate, results driven attitude, and they require you and your companion to spy on each other in a creepy fashion.
They also strongly discourage you from going home, at times even when this is probably unwise.
>>136119933 I didn't really talk about it, but I only ran into one guy in the army who watched anime that I knew of. I asked him what kind of shows he watched and he said "I've seen every shoe-nen there is"
Then I tried talking to him about JJBA, HnI and one other show I forget which, and he had never heard of any of them. Didn't speak to anyone about anime after that
>>136120848 No, but soon after my conscription ended, I had a dream in which I was doing a Shadow of the Colossus-style climb to the head of the golem from Shukufuku no Campanella, so I could have a nap there while everyone else was parading below. The general showed up and yelled at me.
>>136111704 Sorry went to bed and just woke up. Glad to se this thread is still up. >We're twelve men, that includes our Sergeant. Am I correct in saying that's two fireteams? Or are there three? >>136111993 > It's far less dangerous than a fission based generator. Yeah I got the two mixed up. >There's really no reason to have a railgun that fires anything other than solid slugs. The idea behind the thermoreactive casing and plasma inside is that it would superheat the projectile, causing damage on top of the already-present speed of it being fired out of a railgun.
>>136122827 right now its too late to see combat. I joined in 07 and been to Afghanistan once as infantry. Other than IEDs, random mortar strikes, pot shots and that one time when a RPG hit the shower shack i was just at killing some poor ANA fag i didn't really get to see any close up action.
I'm in the Air Force, have a 7:30-4:30 desk job so I can spend all my free time watching anime. I even spent my first 4 years in Japan. Two up north and two down in Okinawa. I'm in the BFE of Italy now and I'd kill to go back to Japan again. And it's true about how a lot of people in the military are total nerds. Met some of my best friends while in the service.
>>136126838 My first base was Misawa (the northern one) and it snows like crazy up there. The base in Oki is Kadena and is the much better of the two in my opinion. Misawa is in a rural farm area so you get more of a classic Japan experience, but Okinawa is much more convenient and there's more to do there. Which AFSC are you going into? I'm a 4E, Public Health.
I remember we got confined to barracks a lot during training, and it would drive everybody insane. Was all good for me, since I was going to stay in my bunk and watch chinese cartoons during my own time anyways.
Army life was literally just getting cocked, working out, and anime.
>>136109983 >>136121458 Nope they raised the age to I believe 39 now so you could join. You would just be one of the rare older airmen. Your leadership might pick you out for the fact you might be more mature and responsible then most young airmen.
>>136122827 Ive been as close as anyone in the regular armed forces can be to combat without actually being in it. The only people actually fighting right now are the SF. Theyre doing real shit 24/7 in Iraq.
>>136131660 Imagine watching anime under a low coffee table when all of a sudden you hear, "RAPID DEPRESSURIZATION OF THE OXYGEN GENERATOR" followed by a long ass alarm. You jump your ass out of the rack and chill out on the mess hoping that the A-gang doesn't fuck up and kill you all.
>>136134411 That was a very long time ago, anon. There are certain parts of our job that only officers go into, mainly acquisitions, but there are multiple chiefs who started out in space. It sort of did, just because of the sheer responsibility and negative impacts if something goes wrong. It's an easy job to do, but a lot of education is required. I ain't complaining. Opportunities on the outside are ridiculous. You should try to crosstrain to it.
>>136094863 I've been in the army for 3 years. Did a shitload of guard duty in 4-8 shifts, meaning 4 hours on post 8 hours off, for months. All I did those 4 hours was watch anime on my phone, hoping none of the staff would come and catch me, instead of actually doing guard duty. Fuck the army.
>>136134574 I'm to late into my career for crosstraining, but more so the fact I don't want to fuck up my follow on. Just going to crosstrain when I go officer in a few years. Thanks for the info though anon.
>>136107834 >tfw Chairforce >only have to wear that ugly-ass belt out on the flightline Why did the Army go so full fucking retard? >>136134604 You're outta the Air Force now though, aren't you? >>136137875 Militaryfags are people too, nerd.
>>136139220 I don't regret it, joining the Air Force was the best decision of my life. I'm a 2T2, our job is to put shit on cargo planes and offload them as well. Knowing you're a part of the world's best logistic and mobility force is real rewarding, plus I still get to go home every day and enjoy my hobbies.
I can't speak for every branch since we do have it real nice in the USAF, but overall, your time in any military branch is what you make of it. Even basic/boot which is universally regarded as shitty, can be a breeze if you just remind yourself that you're being paid to behave yourself, work out, all while being educated. So a lot of it depends on your attitude.
>>136140005 I'm in my first year of it, and I'm getting better at managing the stress. It could be 1 to 60 at the beep of a phone dial, and that can last the whole day depending on the incident. Its mostly book keeping and notification making. We know just about anything of value that occurs on the day to day. Writing suicide/death reports isn't fun - It hurts the soul when you get those gritty details. It does have its kicks though - Pretty hilarious to hear about the CV-22's catching fire on start up. Nothing makes me smile more than to hear those things break.
>>136140228 Ah, you're probably a fairly new airman too. I'm >>136139763 and I absolutely love my job, not much to complain about there except loadmasters being whiny bitches that we didn't put enough restraints on the pallets. Does the term ATOC ring a bell to you? >>136140371 Funny you post Cure Beauty, she's my favorite Cure and one of my daughterus. As for them being fighters, I like my girls with martial prowess. Don't need no wimpy moeblobs hanging around.
>>136140787 We occasionally directly deal with ATOC but thats more of an AMOPS deal. When compared to the maintainers or the others out on the flight line I've got it easy. I have so much respect for them. >>136140924 I mean, Its still reliable with proper care and handling. That's the trick though. They don't get the proper care they deserve. When they are in Vertical take off mode they are the loudest thing on base, but in airplane mode they are incredibly quiet.
>>136141095 >When compared to the maintainers or the others out on the flight line I've got it easy. I work out on the flight line myself quite often as a porter. It is a rough job alright, but you can see real results and you always have a blast with your load teams. I dunno if calling you a nonner is appropriate when you're mission essential though. I'm at Joint Base MDL, how about you?
>>136141446 Cannon. Got those Whiskey's keeping us relevant with their KDA. >>136141548 Well for example we have a type of aircraft that is taken care of by contractors. Paid more, better product theoretically...Almost never any mechanical issues from there.
>>136141777 The joke is that you serve your time at Cannon and then, "Hey, why not Minot?" I really want to get to Misawa if my OTS scholarships fall through for the year; But at the same time that Enlisted RPA pilot program should be stepping up in the next half year - But its Beale.
>>136141890 Why not Minot, I've heard that so much in the less than one full year I've been in.
Misawa ain't too bad, I remember one of my TIs telling me it's amazing, especially if you're single, that is if you're into 3D. I can't go there with my AFSC, since it's all fighters there. But I can totally go to Yokota since it's a transportation hub, I want to go there so bad you have no idea.
Current base really isn't that bad, but I would have preferred the West Coast if I had to stay in the CONUS.
>>136104721 >I think a lot of young people these days get seriously sidetracked by how army life is portrayed in video games and action-movies. They all seem shocked when they're handed a mop and told that they'll be swabbing the barracks floor for the rest of the afternoon. I might have considered joining if I knew you spent a majority of your time doing that. Thats pretty much what i do now anyway.
>>136113247 like i said, haven't really pushed myself at all in the gym. My squad does individual pt. with a ruck march once a month after our pt test. i can march for days fully loaded with tripod and 240 and ammo, but just stopped trying to better myself and failed the run by over a minute and sit ups by 2. >almost 4 years of trainign to wage war. with nothing to actiualy do. >bored out of my skull >tanks, .50cals, 25mm, arty, machine guns, snipers.trained on all of it >just bored now >rather browse 4chan everynight, play vidya or go drinking. just no motivation to do shit
>>136145004 Borderline first part and confirmed second part.
As long as no one who isn't sympathetic finds out. Depending on the country, it's pretty easy for your reputation to precede you. You don't want it to be "that guy who is obsessed with anime chicks". You just work on the slow exposure to good friends with nothing too creepy.
>Recently entertaining the thought of joining the Navy because my Grandfather was in it during WWII >Always loved sailing and the ocean >Currently junior year in college for an English degree (I know, laugh all you want, reading, writing, analyzing, and essays are all I'm good at. Sue me) >Realize that the military programs don't accommodate me since I'm still in college >Realize that all those programs that promote you out of college probably will mean shit for me because I have a Liberal Arts Major >Realize no matter what I'll be swamped with Student Debt anyway >Future looks grim for me right now I'm sorry, Grandfather
>>136148634 I'm doing the same thing anon don't worry. Granted, creative writing major is even more useless than an English major since all I can do is write books with it. God willing I will be able to get a translator job for moonrunes
Hey, there are a lot of jobs that don't really care what your degree is in as long as you have it. Just don't expect to make huge money doing it, but I doubt you will have to worry about burger flipping jobs if you have a college degree of some kind.
>tfw always wanted to join the armed forces as a child >get diagnosed with an incurable illness slowly eating away at me from the inside, leaving me in crippling pain and incapacitation >said illness means I could never pass the physicals to join armed forces, even when I was in the otherwise amazing physical condition of my early 20s >mid-30s now >sad face
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