>implying anyone uses IRC
#MEG on Freenode
If you're on mobile look up AndroIRC for the app. Any questions, ask in the thread to get you set up.
For Ranger info, obviously.
All around SOF website. Great info and run by former/active members of every SOF unit. Mentor program. Also has forums for international SOF.
For all Army SF info.
For Navy Corpsman info.
This is an all-inclusive thread for MARSOC/Force Recon stuff. Good site for Marines info too.
For Coast Guard info. Good site, lots of vets able to answer questions.
Before you ask a question, check the FAQ
Which branch are you enlisting/enlisted/considering?
Ask questions, answer questions, bitch about recruiters, accuse each other of stolen valor. Just keep it contained to this general.
Prepare for the worst dorms in the air force during tech school. And always remember, no matter what anyone else says, 331 TRS IS the toughest squadron.
I'm so sorry I couldn't get to you man. What do you want to know about the job?
I know that you will be in the dorms at the 344 TRS for a little while, before moving on to a different base for follow on training
Not 64 weeks tho. Just for the love of God, pay attention in aircrew fundamentals
is Bourbon is better than vodka in winter?
Hey /k/ I'm thinking of doing drone stuff and I want to know what the qalifications are and where should go? Also when the next big conflict comes along can I transfer to a different branch and I have glasses so does that disqualify me for that?
Well now I'm specifically leaning towards 1A8X2
I get vague info online that they are aircrew and operate intelligence equipment, but can you tell me anymore of what they do? Also if you think it's a good job and worth doing would be nice too
1A9X1 looks pretty cool too, do you like it?
Sorry for being all over the place
You will see faster progress if you switch to doing a more difficult form of your exercises instead of doing 100+ easy ones. For pushups, diamond pushups, wide hands, archer pushups, etc. are all options for a more difficult variant. For squats, try bulgarian split squats, shrimps, and pistol squats (those are doable -> difficult -> very hard, in that order). You should still be doing situps in order to practice the form but planks and plank variants, leg raises, and russian twists are all better core workouts.
If you have a pullup bar (or a straight tree branch, or extremely strong fingers) you can do hanging leg raises. You can also do a different leg raise laying on your back. You can hold weights to make russian twists more difficult, and if you google for them there are a lot of plank variants (one leg off the ground, opposite arm/leg both off the ground, on your side using just one arm/leg, on your side with your top leg in the air, etc.) that work all the way around your core and can make it very difficult if you're advanced.
I'm leaving it up to you guys to google form for anything you don't know, and remember to use strict form in all exercises.
Dealing with posterior shin splints? Can't even run 50m without it aching
Cause is most likely that I've been sedentary for years and pushed myself too hard. I felt it get sore and just thought it was DOMS but after one day of pushing myself super hard on a treadmill through the pain then I stopped and felt an immediate sharp pain that made my hobble around
I've rested it and iced it for about 5 days now. I tried deadlifts the other day but even that flared it up a bit. I'm planning on switching all running to biking and I may try some other cardio that has no impact. I'm just going to continue normal progression on my resistance training.
Is this a good idea?
Going to MEPS today for the Air Force, looking forward to my penis inspection tomorrow. I got a 91 on my practice ASVAB, hoping for 3D0X4, 3d0x2, 3D1x2 or 1A8X2.
From what I understand that whole "enlisted global hawk pilot" thing isn't ready yet, otherwise I'd put in for RPA pilot.
Also another thing, my recruiter seemed great and told me that I don't actually have to list an open category of specific number of jobs, that there was no regulation for it. He just said not to point back to him when they ask where I learned it. Could this fuck me in some way if I tried doing this? Has anyone else done it? I'd mainly just not want to list an open category.
Couple hours late, but that is helpful. I'll start to increase the difficulty of the exercises, start with diamond and move to archer when I get better at them and start doing planks and leg raises. I can definitely feel the difference already.
Really fucking stupid question actually, but in basic when they say situps, do they mean the "to your knees" variety, or do they mean crunches?
the way its written on the website is confusing, it says 'if you are a citizen of a commonwealth nation you need to have been a resident of the UK for 5 years prior'. Now I am a citizen of the UK which is a commonwealth nation, right?
>looking forward to my penis inspection tomorrow
I went to Miami MEPS for the Marines and the guy there just felt around my groin region for hernias.
Took a gander at my asshole and didn't feel around in there. Maybe because I've never shaved my ass crack in my entire life. Must've not have been an issue since he let me proceed with the rest of the stuff.
Friends at my RSS weren't so lucky, fingerbang-wise.
To your knees. Each branch prefers slightly different form for pushups and situps (elbows slightly more in or out, hands behind your head or on your chest, etc) but you do a full situp for all of them
I've thought pretty long about this. Appreciate the input. I'm trying to get somewhat in shape before enlisting.
I'm aware of the weight limit, I believe it's either 180 or 185. I weighed 270 a year ago, 20 more pounds shouldn't be too stressful. Thanks for the input.
what's up fit bro, question: are doing russian twists and bicycle crunches a good overall core workout (on top of sit-ups?) For some reason planks take a really long time for me to feel the burn and these exercises seem more effective.
Anyone else interested in 18x?
Been rucking my ass off lately.
I got my pushups up to 75 in 2 minutes
60-something sit ups in 2 minutes
Haven't timed my 2 mile run yet
Still have a few weeks to improve
Already passed the physical
Doing paper work for a waiver
I would say so. How long does it take for you to feel the burn when planking? Make sure you have really strict form, lazy form when planking can add a minute or more to how long you can hold it, and if youre advanced you can likely go several minutes, so it might just take a while for you to feel the burn. There are also a lot of more difficult plank variants you can find online.
>the bootlicker parasites have their own thread
>meanwhile there can be /k/ related threads because muh /pol/
yay another babykiller!
Thanks, I'll check them out. I tried incorporating them into my daily routine after push-ups/pull-ups but I find that my arms are generally the first thing to feel sore, perhaps I should just do them separate from the other excercises. I'll make sure my form is solid as well.
heres your reply, wont even give you a (you)
look at this self righteous parasite
Not him, but I'm the one that made the OP
I'm embarrassed desu, I'll fix it next thread.
Also if anyone has any other links they feel would be helpful tell me so I can add it in
Just take it easy in that hear and humidity.
Keep running but stay hydrated.
South AZ here.
Sometimes I have to run in 115f
Sure I can only run for a fraction of normal but I keep running and stay hydrated.
>Decided to get into shape because of these threads
>Been ruining for 25-30 minutes (No idea on distance) every day
>It's Alaska and some of that running was in single digits, all of it below freezing
>In PT gear and a light hoodie
In all honesty, I'm still glad I'm not you, fuck humidity. Hang in there man.
>tfw moved from Alaska to Florida
Florida is literally hell on Earth. You triggered me. I want to see mountains and snow again, and be able to go outside without getting my pantlegs and shoes covered in those annoying sticker things.
wait im used to running in 80F and 100% humidity
its the cold thats killing me
im just not used to anything under 70F
i dont even have thermals or anything to wear for running in cold besides a hoodie too big for me.
to add on, im sure i'd have to run in that temperature regularly in basic but shit how can i train for that when its never cold here? i never even thought of this.
fucking florida, man no wonder everyone hates us
Huh, Alaska guy here, I fucking love running in the cold. Anything below 30 and above -10 is perfect.
>That's -1 to -23 for you Celsius weirdos
Just roll with some sweat pants, sneakers with ice cleats, and a thin hoodie.
I don't have an answer for you, but I'm kinda suffering with you
>Woke up feeling like someone put me in a leg lock and bent my knee the wrong way
>Can barely put weight on it without pain
>No more running for a while
>No fucking idea what happened
Wouldn't rucking exacerbate shin splints? Why are you rucking anyways? They teach you how to do that shit properly, from what I've read it's pretty easy to fuck your joints if you're doing it wrong.
no its perfect in the early morning and night, a cool 70F and 80% humidity
its in fucking rhode island too, shit
maybe ill just milk the cold this week and run as early as i can from now on
youre right i just gotta get used to it. fucking coughing and lungs burning, so much easier in hot and humid for me i guess.
Until it doesn't hurt anymore.
Stop rucking, and I would suggest being careful on the elliptical as well. If you have a gym membership, you can run up and down the lanes in the pool. When you resume running, stay away from hard surfaces when possible, and take it slow.
And for fuck's sake, like I say every thread, don't run every day. Too many people in these threads try to go from whalemode to running 5-7 days a week. Shit needs to be in the OP template.
Freezing temp lung burn is the best
>that syrup thick spit
>that "I just got kicked in the mouth" sensation
I don't think I could run without it.
No shit, people just need to fucking start with Couch to 5k, three runs a week and incremental progress.
Of course you are.
It doesn't matter if it's doing more damage, it's not letting you heal. Pushing yourself hard, and hurting yourself in the process is not going to get you into shape faster. Shin splints can halt your progress for 3-6 weeks.
Let me guess, you've got a ship date, and you're in nowhere near the right shape for 11X let alone 18X?
just some questions
>why does everyone(vets) keep telling me not to join the military? whats so bad about it
>whats so bad about AAFES? I like it as a dependent?
>Whats wrong with the National Guard? The Texas guard or air guard seems cool
>Why can't soldiers carry sidearms on post?
>What do you hate most about the military?
Also a bunch of people keep stealing narcotics at the hospital at Fort Polk(BJAC?). my dad almost got dishonorably discharged and had sexual harassment charges(fake) thrown on him because he tried to investigate. How does shit like this happen?
>why does everyone(vets) keep telling me not to join the military? whats so bad about it.
If you join, you have to have the right reason for joining. "Being a war hero" is not the right reason, since the likelihood of being a war hero is slim to nil.
Then there's the low pay and the sometimes insanely frustrating workplace culture. (i.e. this guy's getting a promotion over you because, despite you being better at your job, he can do more pullups.)
>whats so bad about AAFES? I like it as a dependent?
Slow service and shit customer service, basically.
>Whats wrong with the National Guard? The Texas guard or air guard seems cool
Nothing at all. Some guys in the National Guard seem to think they're the same as active duty personnel, but they're the exception rather than the rule, and they'd probably be assholes for other reasons if they were active duty.
>Why can't soldiers carry sidearms on post?
Are you kidding? There is no reason FOR a soldier to carry a gun on base unless he's going to the range or he's on guard duty. Is he going to work? He doesn't need a gun there. Is he going back to the barracks? He doesn't need a gun there.
>What do you hate most about the military?
Looking back at it, probably the thing that bugged me the most was the command environment that meant you were just playing a game of cover-your-ass instead of doing your job. I disliked the way a lousy commander's attitude quickly seeped into everyone else in his command.
>Is officer pay decent?
Median starting salaries in 2015 with Bachelor's degrees in the following fields:
Liberal arts and Humanities: $36,237
Salary of a newly commissioned 2nd Lieutenant: $34,862.40
So no, it's not great.
Are you going to regret it? That depends on what you want to get out of service. If it's for money, then yes, you will regret it.
I want to go as some form of service to my country. I might do police service here first and move on to the army. I dont need combat although i guess a tour would be """"cool""""
the sidearm thing was just odd to me because they're literally soldiers. Even civilians can carry sidearms
I regularly have my shoulders get tired before my core as well. Just try planks before pushups I guess.
Reminder that distance doesn't matter as long as you are running most of the time you're out. It's usually actually better to run slow so that you can get more time out of your workout- as long as you are running and not walking, you are getting a cardio benefit no matter how slow you are. Save the speed for speed work (which is still important, especially if you want to improve your time).
If you get good at running in the heat and humidity you will probably see your ability jump slightly when running in the cold. You'll get used to the cold in less than a week.
If you have shin splints, stop running and rucking until they don't hurt anymore, and then wait one extra day, and then resume training. Also, don't fucking ruck if you don't know how, because you can mess yourself up. Best way to train for rucking before you learn how is to do squats/deadlift and go hiking. And whatever you fucking do don't go running with weight on your back.
The Engineer is a soft-spoken, amiable Texan with an interest in all things mechanical. He specializes in constructing and maintaining Buildings that provide support to his team, rather than fighting at the front lines, making him the most suitable for defense. The Engineer's various gadgets include the Sentry Gun, an automated turret that fires at any enemy in range, the Dispenser, a device that restores the health and ammunition of nearby teammates, and Teleporters that quickly transport players from point A to point B.
Officer pay is quite solid when taking into account that you don't have to pay for food or housing, especially for a single man right out of college. It's really important to consider the amount you save on food and housing when looking at military compensation.
Soldiers having guns everywhere is a meme born out of movies. Even on FOBs they don't have weapons with them unless they're on guard or about to go on patrol. On a stateside base you will only have a weapon if you are at the range.
>why does every game arm combat engineers with shotguns
>Officer pay is quite solid when taking into account that you don't have to pay for food or housing,
Yes, it's true there are perks, but it's still small potatoes considering the figures listed are the MEDIAN salaries. That means half the people make even more than that.
If you have a degree that OCS likes (basically any STEM) you are all but certain to be taking an enormous cut into your earnings potential in exchange for a commission.
But then, no one becomes an officer for the money.
>Officer pay is quite solid when taking into account that you don't have to pay for food or housing
It's very unusual to get meal card and government housing as a new officer once you're out of training. You'll receive allowances for housing and food and when it comes to the housing allowance, unless you're an idiot, you will spend much less on housing than you receive in your allowance.
HOWS THE PUSSY SITUATION AT FORT BRAGG?
This is an important question which is why this is in all caps. I also used a click bait picture of a woman who may look underaged. But that's not important. What's important is the pussy game status at Ft Bragg? Is everyone forced to accept the left overs after Pat McNamara's clones come rolling through?
> your ability jump slightly when running in the cold
hopefully because i cant train in cold since its literally never sub 70f here
i can run in 70-90f/80-100%humidity just fine dunno what temperature training would be at ocs
>why does everyone(vets) keep telling me not to join the military? whats so bad about it
Its the best thing you can do and also the worst, and no one wants to take blame or see someone have a bad experience (getting injured, breaking down mentally etc).
Or it could be that they really regret doing it, they generally dislike it or they don't think you will fit in there. Or that you are going there for the wrong reason or without a reason.
ripped from gymnastic bodies:
>This isn't entirely accurate... 'Shin splints' are merely a 'Jo Bloggs' term for acute pain in the Ant.Tib. A less than adequate mobility in the ankle joint plus a weak base of support (collapsed arches) results in a bad relationship of how the recipricol inhibition of the lower leg muscles work.
>The biggest problem I see is a tightness of the gastroc/soleus/post.tib. This makes movements like gate, lunging and squatting a problem since with a tight calf, we are missing dorsi flexion!...This can lead to or stem from a plethora of movement compensations upstream.
>If you have tight calfs and you try and sit in a full squat position, arms folded over your knees, you will notice that you use your Ant.Tibs to stop yourself falling backwards. In this position, we get an unwanted over-activity of the Ant.tib (and peroneals) and an inhibition of the posterior calf muscles. I've had rugby players who when performing movements like the deadlift/front squat/power cleans complain of anterior shin pain just because the muscle was constantly over-active in dorsi flexion...they would temporarily relieve it by sitting on their heals and stretching the Ant.Tib.
>Now, how does this apply?? Well, to maintain the length tension relationship between muscles...you need...yes you guessed it....correct length!!...THIS IS KEY!
>if you are someone who has Ant.Tib pain, exercising this muscle is the 'last thing' you want to do! It is not under-developed, but it's overactive and compensating for bad synergy due to tight calfs, I don't like the word 'stretch' so i will say LENGTHEN THE CALF's to improve dorsi flexion AND LENGTHEN THE ANT.TIB to inhibit the over-activity.
>You will know when balance has been restored because the 'burning' and 'splinting' sensation will disappear. ;)
3 more years of jerking off in dark rooms it is
Man this thread must have gone to shit while I haven't had the time to browse these past couple of weeks, and man have they flown. In case anybody is still here who remembers I was the guy who got screwed for his MOS and now is 35F. GI Jane edition? Did some wooks come up and shitstorm the place, or wtf happened? not even kidding, I am genuinely curious.
Their mission is to clear battlefield obstacles. Traditionally that means breaching barb wire with bangolores and breaching doors. They also are used for large scale clearing operations of dedicated minefields.
They are generally given simple explosives knowledge (outside of those who have been to master breached school, I've never met one who uses MDI or RC) and drilled to react in support of infantry missions.
The GWOT has expanded their mission to clearing routes of IEDs, mainly by driving huskies and by using arm attachments on larger vehicles to dig them up and destroy them. Engineers are trained to destroy obstacles, not diffuse them, so they are used often for mark and clear or expedient IED removal.
They generally use normal service rifles. They use shotguns in vidya for vidya gameplay reasons.
>chicks that have seen more dick than alexis texas
That describes every chick with decent BMI ever.
Pretty wild man, FSTP is pretty much a joke. i had to look up all the things I'll need to remember at BCT. I ship on the 24th this month, and I still haven't been taught the 'drilling basics' so I have taken to as much PT as I can do and researching things where I can. I accidentally must have twisted a muscle doing some situps and that pain hasn't gone away, but other than that I feel ready.
I think having a good experience or a bad experience in the military (excluding, of course, extenuating circumstances like battlefield trauma) depends a lot on what your expectations are.
Those who enjoy their time in the service went in with realistic expectations or no expectations whatsoever.
Those who have already written their entire war-story in their heads before they sign their contract receive nothing but disappointment.
Case in point, two of my friends in the Marines:
One signs an open contract out of high school. Gets a job as a refrigeration mechanic. Two tours in Iraq. Fixed air conditioners. Generally enjoyed the experience.
The other signs as 0800 (Field Artillery). Was going to be a Forward Observer, then JTAC, then join an ANGLICO unit. He had it all planned out all the way down to his nickname. It was going to be "Priest" because he called down the Thunder. (It really was that cringe.)
Yeah, well he ended up being an Artillery Operations Man, which is basically a gofer. His nickname ended up being "Rash", which, if I remember correctly had something to do with the BattleToads NES game. He was always a resentful little pill and didn't put too much effort in his job because all his plans went to shit.
I am wondering what to expect, because I previously had my sights set on Benning, and now had to re-evaluate my position. I am no PT Stud, but I don't think I'll be in the rear either, so hopefully I'll be fine. Been studying up on a lot of Land Nav and other cool things such as Ranger Tracking beads, to really do well for the team if no one else studied for it. Did that other guy make 68W with Op40?
Was in the army, worked intel, did deployment to AF, came home and got out. No ragrets.
Been thinking of joining guard or reserve, I do miss the uniform and actually doing shit when there was shit to be done. Honestly spent most of my time post-deployment playing BF3.
To all you indecisive fucks thinking about it - what do you have going for you right now vs the next 4 years at least? Is shit grim? See yourself "Eh, maybe enrolling in college?" Enlist. Join up, get a MOS you can transfer out into the civilian world.
Unless you are legit fucked in the head or whatnot, just fucking enlist. Basic training is the worst part, but that bitch lasts 9 weeks, and you might even have fun (I did, after week 3 when the DS started going after the dickwads by themselves instead of the whole platoon.)
Now I'm back in college, making over $3000 a month just going to fucking school. Hell, while you are in, knock out your GE requirements. Army pays for all of your college courses.
>im too fat!
I was 250lb fat fuck when I enlisted, and I still passed.
>I'm too dumb...
You have to be fucking retarded not to pass the asvab. Literally a god damn mongoloid or autistic to fail it.
>I can't deal with being yelled at!
Lasts for red phase (first 3 weeks) in basic training, after that as long as you aren't a *complete* fuck-up, you won't get yelled at.
>b-b-but I dunno...
If you live at home and have no direction *at fucking all* just do it. Don't want the full commitment? Go guard or reserve, and play army once a month. Decide you love that shit? Go full time active duty.
>especially if you want to improve your time)
I need the city to stop turning the running track into a fucking 1/4 mile speed skating rink so I can check my mile tome reliably every week.
They no shit flood and drive a zamboni on all the running tracks to turn them into skating rinks in the winter. What the fuck Alaska.
none of the regulars come in much. our mvp atm is 48G, he seems to have a broad spectrum of military experience. Ricky stopped by last thread, haven't seen the medic or novemberrain recently. some SF guy stopped by a few threads back to tell everyone they suck
then there's 13F.. i'm sure he'll stop in soon for his nightly derailment
RCP sucks for pretty much everybody. You're in a convoy crawling along at a snail's pace along a known route for hours.
Combat Engineers are going to be driving the Husky up front. That's the designated vehicle that's most likely to get blown up.
Other engineers will be in the middle in a Buffalo. That's up about the most heavily armored vehicle in the convoy. Somebody will be driving it, somebody else (NCO) is sitting in the passenger seat taking care of communications. Another guy in the back will be operating the arm. If there is a possible IED, the buffalo will drop the arm and dig up the ground like a motherfucker. If there is an IED, it either gets blown in place or EOD deals with it.
Extremely doubtful you'll be doing any Afghan or Iraq RCP missions. The GWOT is in heavy drawdown and there really aren't many land routes being used anymore by the US.
You'll likely be in garrison, meaning similar life to infantry's day-to-day in garrison, and a training refocus on conventional warfare (because the military is stupid and thinks asymmetric warfare will actually go away).
13F made it? Haha that's awesome! has he had any stories about his hell in basic yet? Ranger Rick, right? What's he doing now? Man I can't stand most SF guys, they always try to act so badass, and none of it ever seems to be a real part of their character. So it would seem that alot of the good ones have moved on, and now we are stuck with the dregs, who don't lurk and shit up the threads. What is your MOS and ship date, btw?
I fucking loved stopping there and would have enjoyed being deployed there.
>Delicious fucking food
>No mortar attacks
It's all the pay of a combat deployment with none of the risks and all the amenities of CONUS.
Do combat engineers ever get attached to infantry units? I was looking over different course info and I'm still not sure what I wanna do.
Don't do this "send me where..." shit. It'll be a shit position. Go do something you find interesting. I wanted a top secret clearance, so I chose intel. I got to spy on badguys then drop hellfire missiles on them.
Your good or bad experience depends entirely on your unit. Some are good, some are bad, some are mediocre. Mine in 306th MI out of Ft Hood was mediocre.
If it is indeed airforce, enjoy your 6 year vacation. Seriously.
Basically this. I was an E-4 and I was telling our company commander (Captain Cox, good guy but kind of inept) how shit was ran.
Careful with shin splints. Buddy of mine ended up breaking his tibia in basic training and got med boarded out cuz of it. Theres a fine line between "hooah" and "stupid."
You'll do fine. Keep your run under 15:30 and you'll be squared away. Do more sittups and crunches, they'll catch you by surprise.
They'll know your name regardless. But they'll either view you as being squared away and not worthy of attention, or as a fucked up sack of shit that they will rail on. Be the former.
Nuts'n'butts wasn't fun for anyone.
Go for it. Not sure if british army has a tuition assistance program, but talk to your recruiter aboot it.
I was fucked up from the get go, but I still passed. Going in, my run was 10:30. Now it's below 7 minutes.
Go enlisted first to get a feel then jump to officer.
Try South Carolina in the summer. You can practically swim in the air.
MAH NIGGA. 35G was my MOS. I went straight to Ft Hood to deploy to AF. Wanted to go to Europe but they only told *me* that I had to change my MOS or redeploy immediatly. I told them to get fucked and left to use the GI bill.
Well tonight is my last night as a civilian for at least 6 years. Possibly more.
Kansas city but it is meps hotel nonetheless.
Rooms aren't bad>>28597943
>Going in as an officer in the Air Force
>Sex is a serious vice for me
Are female enlisted/junior officers going to be all up in my shit without solicitation? If so does picking an AFSC that is male only put me out of the line of fire?
Will I get shit on if I do EOD?
Which branch isn't the worst? I hear Navy EOD does neat stuff.
What are my odds of getting blown up? I think the pressure would be fun.
Also Why is JAG shit? I hear lots of people complain about it
I've been here for 4 hours and haven't seen him,only his bag.
Although I'm not into guys so I won't know anyways.
If you are interested in ordnance go EOD, they nerd out about it in much more depth and you have a far higher chance of getting attached to a spooky mission.
That link you have, when you boil it down, is about marking and clearing and deliberate minefield. It's a slow, unfun process which doesn't have enough of a cool payoff.
Engineers do get attached to infantry though, to answer your question. Usually on RCPs, for example, they are integrated with an infantry unit which provides the gun trucks.
Outside of Special Operations and a very select few Master Breacher combat engineers attached to Focused-Target-Forces, I saw almost no dismounted Engineers in Afghanistan. They were all either mounted, or stuck training the Afghans the basics of metal detecting.
35G, geospatial imagery analyst. I'm monitoring this thead a bit, because I know firsthand about folks who are terrified of joining but want to. I'm here to ease fears. It's really not as bad as movies and shit make it out to be.
I like how some meps hotels share the same type of architectural design, had it been in boston I would of driven to take your anal virginity it would of made you a better soildeir.
>Will I get shit on if I do EOD?
You will get shit on regardless of your MOS. I am not exaggerating. It literally does not matter what you do or who you are, you will get shit on.
If you can get through BUD/S without breaking a sweat and become a SEAL, you'll still be the noob SEAL. You will get shit on.
In garrison, expect to.. really do fuckall all day. Pre-deployment, we kind of hung around the company area. I had a sketchbook and nintendo DS and shit with me at all times cuz we had nothing to do - and this is a company filled with 35F, N, and G.
On deployment, missions were ran usually 24/7 using drones to spy on badguys. we'd confirm badguy behavior and gave the OKAY to drop bombs and shoot missiles, assess damage, and recommend follow-up strikes using helicopters. Shit was cash. I had heard 35N was getting phased out anyway, I'm surprised it's taking this long. They are combining the two MOS's, but still calling it 35G.
But I've never even lost my normal virginity and I am pretty sure I'm not bicurious. I mean if you were a big guy who could overpower me I might now have a choice kek.
>Am I retarded for wanting to join the Texas Military?
No, as long as you're fully aware that the Texas Military is not the real military. It's not quite state militia-level LARPing, but if you tell someone you were in the military and it comes out it was the Texas Military, you should hope you're in Texas at the time, or you might inadvertently kill someone by literally making them laugh themselves to death.
It's too late for me I already signed my contract for 12B but I was really hoping to be in a combat zone, regardless it will still be a interesting experience. I just wasn't sure if there was any route I could take to experience that.
If you are lucky and your CoC likes you (DO NOT ASSUME THIS IS TRUE JUST DON'T DO IT) you may spend 24 hours standing in the company area warning people about drinking underage.
But you can get in some deep shit.
Also, unless things have changed since I was there (they changed before I got there, I have a buddy who was there in 99) Prosser Village is "dry". So you can not have alcohol in the barracks even if you're of age. Prosser Village is the area where the barracks for the different MOS companies are located as well as the Muuuhhrreeeeen barracks (they have their Morse Code people there), as well as one of the DFACs, Military Clothing Sales (used to be a student bar in 99, BDE commanders daughter and her best friend got gang banged there apparently, then no more alcohol), the gym, and a shoppette. "8 Mile" is the trailer park next door where the other 35F company and some of the 35M people live. But IIRC they are considered part of Prosser and thus no alcohol.
Not as much as you'd think. A lot of military women are way into people who are in control of them... that's why all women are hot for their drill instructors, no matter how ugly they are. It's a power thing.
Officers are typically 'that guy they see once in a while who is actually in charge but not VISIBLY in charge' and that doesn't seem to do it for them.
That's my theory, at least.
They won't give two fucks about you until you're senior to them. And officer to officer is all good relationship wise. Technically there's no rank limit either, although realistically people will think you're a douchebag if you're more than a couple O-grades apart.
EOD is long and notoriously difficult. A guy I knew in AIT did EOD, go to the last month and double tapped on a test. Got removed from the course. That was... what, 11 months wasted? Don't quote me on time in, but that shit basically killed all his motivation to do well in the army after that.
Make sure you get that high score at MEPS, study like a motherfucker, and look up the duck walk; master that bitch. I got the coolest Liaison to talk with; he was legitimate ex- SF, part native american-part something saxon. Dude was listening to cuntry music to drown out the tinnitus he got in the 70's. I really should have gone and done this in '08, then I would have been with my peers instead of around so many dumb kids. The hotel was great, I was expecting a shitty rat place, but this was one of the nice ones across from SeaTac Airport.
>Will I get shit on if I do EOD?
Everybody gets shit on. Elaborate.
>Which branch isn't the worst? I hear Navy EOD does neat stuff.
I was Army, I liked it a lot, and got an extremely varied experience out of it. I've written at length the general differences between Navy and Army EOD before, but in short, the Army has more units and thus a much wider variety of units. They have "the" NBC unit who are a bunch of scientist, protective gear wearing nerds. They have dedicated Special Operations support units. They have other small and specialized units. There are a large number of "vanilla" EOD units which are sort of all purpose; these units will vary between supporting conventional and SOF in theater, and in the states are called to deal with domestic explosive hazards, go on SOF support rotations (I had a friend in a vanilla unit that got put on rotation and a month later I saw him with a beard and jeans riding around with SOF, and month after that he was back to conventional looks and mission). In general, vanilla Army EOD units focus on defusing IEDs and preserving as much of them as possible for intelligence reasons. There are SOF support army units, but the vanilla mission is usually deliberate defusal.
Navy EOD are smaller and they are all used as SOCOM support units. They have a much higher focus on mark & clear (walking around an IED or doing the minimum to disable it) to support SOF advancing on a target more important than collecting an IED. They roll lighter and faster, and are used also as breachers and such.
The focus on post-EOD training is different. Army guys are more likely to go to in-depth IED and ordnance courses and Navy are more likely to getting shooting-heavy training. Both get some of the other, but on the whole that's how it averages.
>What are my odds of getting blown up?
Everybody gets blown up a little bit. Usually it's not too bad. You've got high odds of some hearing loss, but keeping all your fingers and toes.
you'll do fine anon. Good on ya.
Also, post deployment, we had nothing at all to do. I spent about 6 months playing fuckin vidya games and going to the gym. Got swoll as fuck too.
I personally didn't go to Korea, but some friends of mine did and had a blast. If you are a single male with no real financial responsibilities, have fun.
Stay away from the juice girls.
>That guy in the military who is raising the kid of someone else in the military
You aren't going to end up that guy? Are you, /k/?
When we stepped off the plane to ride the C130 into Iraq, this is what it felt like getting off the plane.
You get used to it really quickly, but fuck the first time it was like sticking my head in a fucking convection oven.
>my wife's son
This phrase is fairly common within the enlisted corps.
I loved Korea. There's lots to do.
The problem with Kuwait is that it has all the downsides of a deployment (trapped in a cage with limited supply of stuff to do) plus all the downsides of garrison (no mission = infinite time for bullshit). On the plus side, you'll save a bunch of money and probably spend lots of time at the gym.
Read up. Search "military"
If you are becoming an officer, just assume you are talking to a gang or supremacist group member when dealing with the enlisted guys.
Enough. Lots of assholes join the military to escape that life, but they bring that shit with them anyone.
You can take the nigger out the ghetto, but you can't take the ghetto out the nigger.
I remember reading an article talking to the Canadian troops in Afghanistan.
One of them said that the best moment of the day was the 5 minutes after you got back to base, and could take off your vest and all your gear. The reporters agreed.
There was a few that obviously came from that kind of up bringing in Basic.
After BCT, I'm pretty sure they didn't last long. They always have an attitude or a chip on their shoulder and don't react well to authority.
It was the only one open at the time, they were going quicker than wildfire. I could have been a missile launcher (forget the MOS code) and it sounded fun, but reason took over and I chose 35F, I must have done well because the Liaison dude was very happy after the fact, and said after I cleared the background check that he enjoyed our experience, and now 'move out Private!' Would you please tell me what made you choose 35F?
Will they check my medical records if I have glasses? I took anti-depressants and went to the mental hospital for being "Anti-Social" and "Suicidal" all because my sister died in a car crash and I shut off everyone for a while.
Likewise, but goes double for Marines. Every marine I've met so far, apart from 2 I met while playing airsoft (you'd be surprised how many veterans play), were complete cockgobblers.
>Would you please tell me what made you choose 35F?
I originally wanted to do some combat arms job. I was 17, got a 96 AFQT, and had recruiters dick riding me and I was all "I want to do cool shit like in movies!".
A year later, when I went to MEPS, I had decided MI actually sounded like something I wanted to do but I had no clue what it actually was. So I chose CI Agent (35L). At the time 35L was still an initial entry MOS (they were in the process of switching it over to prior enlisted only). Got to MEPS, there were no slots left, so I asked what other MI MOS were left, and was told 35F.
Originally I hated it after I got out of AIT. I was still a moronic 19 year old so I wanted to shoot guns and blow stuff up (things stupid kids think combat arms guys get to do all day instead of police calling parking lots and sweeping rain).
Then I ended up going to some MOS related courses and deploying to two different commands at two different levels (J2 theater for Iraq, G2 ARCENT regional MENA) doing two very different missions. I realized not just that I was good at the job, but that I actually enjoyed it and that it was a very important job.
Right on, it sounds as if you made it out okay. aside from academic and physical training, is there anything I can do to prepare for 35F? i have been studying Land Nav and other things, but I really haven't seen anything on what a 35F does, so I have no way to prepare, other than what I've been doing.
Radioman on an SSN reporting. Are any of you faggots in SUBSCOL? If so, are the rumors true that the enlisted females are approaching like a locust plague?
Thank god my boat's class can never support.
At what point did they not let you go 11xopt40? I'm sitting in the hotel room right now waiting to ship off tomorrow. I've got an option 40 contract and I've been waiting to ship for 4 months.
>is there anything I can do to prepare for 35F?
Read about Analysis of Competing Hypotheses, Linchpin Analysis, keep up with current events, read, read some more, read about history of different regions, learn about contemporary politics of different regions (especially Asia and MENA), get your map reading down (not just for land nav purposes), learn about different weapons systems that might be encountered, keep up with TTPs and capabilities of "the enemy" (AQ, Taliban, DAESH), read academic sources on terrorism (Hoffman, Walter, Kydd, Crenshaw, Freeman etc.) everything you can get your hands on from how recruiting and radicalization works to how contemporary networks are constructed (really good Naval postgrad paper on this "Networks, Netwar, and Information Age Terrorism" Arquilla, Ronfeldt, and Zanini).
Read "The Ugly American".
I would post some pdfs but /k/ doesn't support that apparently.
I got fucked over right when I was about to sign my contract. The job counselor didn't notice my eyesight didn't qualify me for 11b and almost passed me before I was to take the oath so I had to change my MOS.
>Mfw freshly reporting STSSN Poonanie can't get that portable submersible pump down a ladder into the ERLL without dropping the shit and killing someone
>Mfw berthing doesn't work
>Mfw two months pregnant four months into a Westpac, sorry CLASS operators, you're now standing port and starboard watches because the bitch got BSP'd off in Yoko
The difference between a good analyst and some faggot with google is actually having the knowledge to talk about critical topics casually, historical knowledge of a topic or region, and continuing education.
There is a lot to know, but actually knowing something and not just reading it off of a note card or a powerpoint will give you infinitely more credibility.
You're not the only one
Where you going
At MEPS. Took tests, passed. Take eye exam, fail for poor eyesight, not correctable without Lasek, so no 11xw/op40. Doesn't matter because looking into getting lasek done in about a year, and maybe reclass into Ranger BN with my MOS.
>and maybe reclass into Ranger BN with my MOS.
There will be Ranger recruiters at Huachuca. You'll also have the chance to go to Basic Airborne Course. If your CoC is not acting like shit heads you may get the chance to compete for the GAFPB (German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge, Huachuca has international officers all over the place).
Reposted from the last thread since I didn't get an answer:
Can I join the U.S. military with knock knees?
When standing up straight, I can't push my ankles together because my knees hit will each other. Doing that, there's probably still about three inches separating my feet. The best I can do to get my ankles to touch is shift one knee forward slightly, and I don't know if that is acceptable.
What do you want to do more?
Mototard to the max infantryman
Teacher and operator, requires lots of communication skills and being a ninja door kicker/expert at your job/ambassador all at once.
Ask a recruiter. The worst that can happen is they say no. But no one here without actually seeing you could tell you.
If you can run and stand at something that is very close to the position of attention (you should have your knees bent any way so being knock kneed shouldn't be in the way too much) you should be okay.
>How easy is it to get pussy from women in the military?
How easy is it for you to get laid right now?
That's about as good a predictor for your ability to get laid if you're enlisted.
>Better yet are they people I wanna get involved with?
Most of the time no.
You have a slightly better chance simply because you have a shit load of 18 year old kids stuck in close quarters together.
But if you're a spaghetti spilling sperg in the real world you'll still be a spaghetti spilling sperg in the military.
Don't fuck wooks, they aren't women. they may pretend they are, but they aren't. all they are is worthless scum with a mad case of penis envy, and are working very hard at shitting up SOF and SF. Tl;dr don't fuck wooks, they aren't women, let alone human.
Alright. Should I ask over the phone first or go ahead and schedule an appointment? I feel like I might be wasting their time to schedule an appointment knowing I have a problem that might lead to a disqualification.
Eeeeh, you need to go run more. Good improvement though, rooting for you.
If you don't know how by the time you ship the military is not going to make you an orienteering champion. They teach the basics, you need more than that.
If you're under 22 you have to run it in 15:54.
You should always work to do more than the minimum, but as long as you can hit that consistently that's a good start.
DESU SENPAI the 2 mile run is stupid. They really should just make it a one mile run. 1-1-1 assessment should really just become the APFT. Less overuse injuries on the shoulders, less stupid as fuck injuries from doing situps on the fucking ground, and less runner's knee from running on concrete and asphalt like a retard.
Fuck man. When they do land nav you learn fucking EVERYTHING do whatever you have to but be land nav jesus. You have no idea how important it is, you need to be able to walk in the pitch black with a compas and not get lost.
He fucked up, too late for that
But they really get dripping wet over tan boots bloused with jeans, moto or Ed Hardy t shirts, cowboy hats, and backpacks or camelbacks.
He'll be fine. If he can make the minimum now he'll get enough running in while in BCT to do better than the minimum.
Damn all I have is a XXL tiny toon graphic tee, flame shirt, cargo shorts, and Skecher shoes to wear for dates.
>Flesh eating bacteria
>Mosquitoes carrying nervous system ailments
>Lava and hellfire might literally burn your house down
>Pinapple nigger cops
The list never ends
>You have a slightly better chance simply because you have a shit load of 18 year old kids stuck in close quarters together.
Yeah, and 5 dudes for every 1 female. Much worse odds than high school or college.
My first assignment, a guy went to the hospital with a detached retina. He'd been in a fight over whose turn it was with the barracks bicycle that night.
In order of being your problem
>Another species of beach nigger
>Ambiguously brown niggers/flips
>Locust storms of two inch long Cockroaches
It was recently demonstrated that training in a hot environment, as opposed to doing the same workouts in a cooler environment, results in greater efficiency in all conditions afterwards.
>how do you do cardio man?
>I'm from Alaska
You've got a golden opportunity here
briars or beggar's lice
plot twist: /fit/ is also an environmental science major
>He'll be fine. If he can make the minimum now he'll get enough running in while in BCT to do better than the minimum.