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Unread 06-24-2006, 06:50 AM   #16
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1969--19 yr old hippie--drafted--did not want to be there, but toughed it out. Tour of VN(25th INF) Lessons learned have served me well, knowing that I can handle anything that's put in front of me. Go for it and good luck!!!

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Unread 06-24-2006, 06:57 AM   #17
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Unread 06-24-2006, 07:49 AM   #19
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Unread 06-24-2006, 08:52 AM   #20
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US army 3/8th field artillery Desert shield/storm. I had a alot of fun and anger. When you see those commericals of soldiers in the swamp up to their neck and they look bad a.. it seems so cool. Until its about 38 degrees and its raining and you are standing thier like an idiot waiting for the trainging op to begin. Or in the desert never getting to sleep for more than 5 hours at a time due to guard duty. And it being hot as all get out and flies that won't leave you alone. Even with all those bad memories I still wouldn't trade that time for anything. Something about carring an M-16/M-60 that is priceless. I still miss my weapon and its been years. I just wanted to mention the bad points of any service. Alot of times its not cool or fun.
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Unread 06-24-2006, 09:26 AM   #21
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Unread 06-24-2006, 11:30 AM   #22
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I actually did some training with the SF guys. I can tell you even getting accepted (for enlisted guys anyway) is not a simple task. Completing the training is a whole different set of challenges. Be forewarned, the Special Forces are tactics instructors, sometimes called military advisors. If you want to really trade bullets with bad guys and do some serious stuff, the Ranger Battalions get to be the first group in from the Army. As others have said, look into all special operations groups. I am of the opinion any of them will put you at the top of the Badass scale.

Thanks for considering service to your country, there is no more honorable profession, and it will be something you never regret.
He's correct here. If you want to be bad ***, look into Special Forces Operational Detatchment Delta. You have to be Airborne qualified to even get an invitation though, so go through jump school on your way to your 1st duty station. I met a few operators (they refer to themsleves as "Civilian DoD contractors") in my few years at Bragg. They are the most mellow guys that I've ever seen. You really couldn't get them riled up if you tried.
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Unread 06-24-2006, 12:44 PM   #23
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1969--19 yr old hippie--drafted--did not want to be there, but toughed it out. Tour of VN(25th INF) Lessons learned have served me well, knowing that I can handle anything that's put in front of me. Go for it and good luck!!!
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Unread 06-24-2006, 01:26 PM   #24
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Unread 06-24-2006, 01:53 PM   #25
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former USAF enlisted. I would not trade my time in, for anything.
If you are looking to get SF you need to be very fit and need to be able to swim very well. When I was in basic I trying out for combat control/Para-rescue but my swimming wasn't strong enough to even go to the second round.

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Unread 06-24-2006, 02:37 PM   #26
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Have a very good friend that is going thru the SFAS right now. SF officers are Captains, so you'd be a couple years off. I can't call Kenny right now, but from what I can remember from him, you can't branch SF initially as an officer He went thru Airborne and Ranger school, then did a year in Afghanistan before he applied. There is an enlistment option that guarantees you a chance to try out (not get selected), but of course you wouldn't be an officer then.

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Unread 06-24-2006, 03:15 PM   #27
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Thanks for all of the replies. It is something I really want to do, just serve my country in general. But, being an SF officer would just be that much more fun. My buddy just got into ranger school, and I was talking to him about OCS, and he said most soldiers look down upon it because of the fact that you become an officer and didnt entirely earn it. I think I will go through with it, but I just need to get out of college, get my degree first.
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Easiest way to get into the SF world is to join a different service than the Army. I am a TACP in the Air Force, which means I control air strikes for the Army, and every Army unit, from tank battalion to Ranger to Special Forces group, need our services. I am not a full time anything, but get whored out (for lack of a better term) to anyone who needs us, whenever, where ever.
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Unread 06-24-2006, 05:47 PM   #30
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Easiest way to get into the SF world is to join a different service than the Army. I am a TACP in the Air Force, which means I control air strikes for the Army, and every Army unit, from tank battalion to Ranger to Special Forces group, need our services. I am not a full time anything, but get whored out (for lack of a better term) to anyone who needs us, whenever, where ever.
I always wanted to be a Para-Medic, but I have a serious fear of drowning and I'm not a very strong swimmer.
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