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  1. DougUSMC

    DougUSMC New Member

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    Bonjour, bienvenue des Etats Unis!
     
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    merci beaucoup ! your french is perfect .
     
  3. DougUSMC

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    Lol, it's not bad, but I wouldn't say perfect.

    I studied for years, but that was decades ago. Then, we just had a French au pair live with us for a year, so that helped to refresh my memory...
     
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    As an amateur brand expert, I cannot believe I didn't find the forums sooner! D'oh!

    Big thanks to Paul and everybody at the PRS factory as well as the SE team for creating the finest guitars ever made!


    No, you can't play my PRS guitar!




    Come with me if you want to Rock!
    Get to tha concert! Now!
     
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    veinbuster Freeze zone

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    Welcome to the forum Tremontinator
     
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  6. DougUSMC

    DougUSMC New Member

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    Welcome!

    You will be tested on that "expert" status here. I feel like I learn something every day here, these guys are in the KNOW!!
     
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    *Amateur* brand expert. A-M-A-T-E-U-R lol

    I just love these things
     
  8. DougUSMC

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    Lol, you and I both. I wasn't trying to take a dig at you, more trying to point out how much KNOWLEDGE there is here.
     
  9. Tremontinator

    Tremontinator New Member

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    [QUOTE"DougUSMC, post: 461021, member: 27788"]Lol, you and I both. I wasn't trying to take a dig at you, more trying to point out how much KNOWLEDGE there is here.[/QUOTE]


    Ah nah you're good man


    Hey what was your MOS?
     
  10. DougUSMC

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    My primary was 2621, but most of us have a "few" secondary, due to how we perform our mission. I (officially) had 2621/29, 0411, 3531, and (unofficially) 0311, 0621 (which was still 25xx when I was in), 0861.
     
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    The only usmc MOS code I know is 0311 infantry.

    I was a 63B10 when I joined the Army and then they shook up their jobs and all of a sudden, I was a 91B. And we hate 88Ms lol

    Special communications collections analyst? What's that? POG work? :-D

    2629 pops up as Intel. Those guys are friggin smart

    0411 maint mgmnt. Yeah, we're gonna get along real good. Just look the other way while I do some shady shyte on this M998 right quick. As long as it's operational, right?

    3531 is our 88M

    0621 radio man. Everybody Loves you cause you can call for support!

    And fire support. Good man!


    Sounds like you did a number of years. Any deployments? I got stuck on Rear-D in Germany. Place called Warner Barracks at the USAG Bamberg.

    That re-up window opened, and I says Uncle Sam ain't got enough money to keep me in! I got things to do!


    Dumbest decision I ever made. I should've made a career of it. I would be just over 11 years by now and looking for my E-7 or close to it.

    If course, I couldn't stay outta trouble. I went in E-2, got a company grade article 15 under UCMJ, and stayed an E-1 until I got out.

    My mom's dad was 0311 on Iwojima and whatnot. Participated in all the island hopping that went on and then ended up hanging out there at Iwo for a while.
     
  12. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    Thank you for your service.
     
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    Don't forget old devil dog over there! :)
     
  14. DougUSMC

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    Yup, it all goes together this way:
    2621 is a "newbie collector", 2629 is the "NCO analyst" addon. They're the same (or were) as your 98s.
    We have a ton of "comms" and "anti-comms" gear to do that job, so 0411 is to be able to keep it running, 0621 is b/c well, comms
    The 0311 and 3531 is because we're always forward deployed to provide direct support. If we're taking out a huge equip package we bring a couple of HMMWVs and run with the grunts on the ground, so we need to meet all of their MOS graduation requirements. When I run with the snake eaters (STA, ANGLICO, Recon, Ranger, SF) we fill 80lb rucks and do it on the side of a mountain like they do, so we need the FO (we call it Forward Observer) MOS.

    Basically, as far from POG as you can get. :D
    The really only difference b/w your 98s and our 26s is that 95% of 26s are in the field, where 95% of 98s are in the rear with the gear. So yeah, THEY're all POGs. I've literally only met 2-3 of them that have seen the squad bay doors of SOI and/or jump school.

    Yeah, I was in 94-2000 the first time, did Bosnia in 96. Got out in 2000, then Reserves 'til some a$$holes flew a plane in the world trade center, so I got called back to active. Was active from 01-03, did a few trips to Afg, but finger injury kept me out of Iraq 'til about July of 03. By then (we thought!!) the war was over, so Marines were leaving and the Army was coming in to occupy. I said "screw it", and have been out since then. All I did was deploy, so my career was the opposite: I was meritorious PFC and LCpl, Cpl first try, Sgt too, all under 3 yrs. I turned down my rocker in the 98/99 season (we board for SSgt, like you do for SFC), and got out, also turned down a Enlisted-Commission program as I already had my degree. Stupid decision when I was recalled 18 months later and still wearing Sgt. Back then it was different, OIF/OEF weren't the drawn out thing they are now. NO recalled reservists were promoted at ALL on the Enlisted side, and the commissioning programs were a mess b/c it was the most Reservists that were recalled in a LONG time. By then I'd gone from "flying up the chain" to "no promotions in 5 years", so I just called it quits after my second recall year and havn't worn a uniform since.
     
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    That sounds about right. Everybody Loves handing out promotions like they're Fkng tic tacs, and as soon as you decide you're happy, all of a sudden, you're 11 up and 3 down.

    My best friend enlisted in 99 as an Abrams crewman. Was a loader then Gunner, worked the M2, and eventually became a driver at Specialist (E-4). Said he parked his tank in Sadam's living room and they camped out there.

    He met his wife, had some kids, and she made him re-class to working the front desk at the TMC greeting patients and scheduling appointments.

    I forget how your ranks work but for us, E-5 is an NCO. You have to have "promotion points" and win "Soldier of the Month" boards and all this crap. Then, you get to go through the promotion board.

    Apparently, it's all these E-8s and an E-9 or two asking you all these stupid fkng military history questions and regulations and crap. I did a mock board with E-4s and E-5s and you gotta say everything like "SGM, the Field Manual that covers Physical Training is FM 21-20, SGM. SGM, furthermore, SGM, the Regulations for Physical Training are outlined in AR blah blah blah, SGM."

    And they all cut across each other to ask you idiotic questions and if you give a wrong answer, they start hammering you with things like "would you stake the lives of your soldiers on that? Knowing that they will die if you are wrong, would you give that answer to your soldiers?"

    Well, in this place called ReAlItY, nobody is going to be asking you silly questions and their lives won't depend on the answers.

    It's just an idiotic way to force people to earn their promotions.


    So, anyways, my buddy says he just sucks at going to boards and so the Army eventually decided to chapter him out for failure to promote. After 13 years in service.

    I told him he should've gotten himself a company grade article 15 and let himself get demoted to E-3, and that would give him enough of a reset to make it to retirement as an E-4.

    And he refused to go for Cpl (E-4 who is capable of being an NCO but hasn't earned it so, he gets all the work and none of the pay).



    I'm trying to go Army National Guard now but, I'm a fat body and I don't want to get my 2 Mile run under control so, I probably won't go back.


    I'm too old for that garbage anyways. I'll be lucky if I get anything above E-1, and I'm not about to take orders from some yahoo 24 y/o buck SGT who thinks he knows everything about the Army and even more about the world.

    I had to do an interview with the local commanding officer, a 1LT (O-2), and the whole time I'm sitting here thinking "I got underwear with more time in service than you, El Tee"

    [email protected] Chair Force don't wanna play with me but, I was thinking of getting back in the Army and then submitting a request to change branches, and coast to an easy career and retirement.
     
  16. m_u

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    Hello
    Was always wandering around the forum for about a year but decided to register just recently
    Owner of PRS McCarty 594 wood library for about half a year now. Enjoy the tone and the sound very much.
    Thinking pf buying MT15 as well
     
  17. DougUSMC

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    Yeah, Army and the Corps are VERY different on all that stuff. You guys are time in grade/service to E-4, we're only to E-3. You have "some E-4 are NCO's/leaders", we have "all E-4 are Cpl". Most infantry Marines do their 4 and get out, a LCpl. That whole "promotions like tic-tacs" is an Army thing. We have nothing like your local command board for E-4 and E-5. For us everything you do "PFT, RIfle, Grades, etc" gives you points, and there's a score you have to beat to get promoted. It basically makes you have to be close to maxing out every single thing, more so than the Marine next to you. The system has checks built in too: If you're just a Blue Falcon, your "Proficiency and Conduct" scores will drop, and that will keep you from getting promoted. If you're a suckup, but don't have good PFT, Rifle, etc, you won't get promoted. We do have various boards, but they're basically just bragging rights and a potential at a meritorious promotion. Everyone knows they're just for show tho, b/c if you're crushing it enough to win a board, then you're probably getting promoted on points anyway.
    For E-6 and above we board at HQMC. You're not even in the room, it's all off your Master Brief Sheet, which is your record of service.

    Yeah, he wouldn't have gotten that far in the Corps. We have a "2P system": If you fail to get promoted 2 years in a row, you're out. Our cutoffs for service are lower too. I think you can't make it past 12 as a Sgt? It's been a lot of years for me, so I could have facts fuzzy.

    Lol, if you're too fat for the Army, you won't stand a chance at the Air Farce. The Army has the most lax height/weight and grooming standards of all the services. Ours is the most strict, and the USAF is just a bit behind us.

    TBH dude, it sounds like you don't want to be IN the military, it sounds like you like the idea OF being in the military. Don't take that as an insult, everyone hits that point somewhere, and that's when you know it's time to take off the uniform.
     
  18. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    Welcome to the forum
     
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    Yeah, IDK. If SHTF, I'll be squared away pretty fast
     
  20. DougUSMC

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    I'm too old for that $hit now. If SHTF, I'm protecting my family.
     
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