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Hello!

I did a term in the US Army (Regular), enlisted MOS as a 91B, Medical Specialist/Combat Medic. My permanent duty station was within the frigid quarters of Fort Drum in Upstate NY.

I was attached to a M198 Howitzer artillery battery and actually spent most of my time doing such work typical of those fascinating artillerymen, except in the mornings where I could confirm/deny that someone was 'sick enough' to avoid PT, LOL. Often in my arsenal was Vitamin M (Motrin 800mg) which was and still seems to remain the cure-all for everything from headache to death rattles. What time was not spent out in the field with the threats of IVs or freezing to death from faulty yukon heaters, or artillery work, I spent in the base clinic performing a number of medical procedures, from shoving needles or tubes into people to observing the toughest in the Army (and the occasional forsaken Marine) cry like a baby when faced with basic, non-threatening medical procedures. Yes, my sadism was occupational and I loved it.

I served no overseas time, having just missed the boat when I left. I often regret not deciding to go back and re-enlist, because those were some good times that I will never forget, but there was a bit of a financial issue in the Armed Forces at that time that prevented me from going to another post.

That's about as brief as I can make it. I look forward to hearing of others.
Retired 11 Bravo. Airborne, Ranger, Air Assault, old LRRP program (scout) Drill Sergeant etc. Ft. Benning 1983, Ft. Stewart (Hunter Army Airfield) and Greneda. Germany 1984-1986: Both Koln in 84-85 and Wildflicken Bad Toelz (Flint Kassern) 85-86. Back in that day there were no seperate Rangers in SHAPE. We all fell under SF Europes Command and Control. Ft Campbell 1986 to 1987 with a six month MFO tour (Sinai, Egypt/Israel) TF 3/327th 101st Abn. Australia 1989, Moscow 1990 (Glastnost): Was assigned 18 months yet cut very short by the Gulf War. Saudia Arabia/Iraq 1990-1991 1/502nd 101st Abn. Ft Erwin/Ft Ord 1992-1993 NTC. Somolia 1993 TF Ranger. Ft. Lewis 1994 to 1996. The Balkans 1996-1999. Afghanistan October 2001-2003 101st Abn DRF 9 push package (mostly QRF/DRF joint ops with Navy Specwar Command). Great guys actually. I quit telling Navy jokes and actually made a few new friends. 2003-2004 Ft. Campbell and Iraq 3/506th (in World War 2 noted as the Band of Brothers and 7 Roads to Hell at Bastogne, Belguim). Small world actually. Granddad had rolled through Bastogne, Koln and Berlin with Pattons 3rd 40 years prior. I finally retired officially when my divorce came through 13 Feb. 2005.
Just caught the Vitamin M comment. Ive taken quite a few Tylenol 3s over the years. Its about the only thing that numbs my migranes.
I am a Cavalry Scout in the Army National Guard, former Military Police. May not be on here as much as I would like due to my unit getting ready to deploy to Iraq in March. Any questions , just send me a message.
Specialist Allen, US Army Infantry, 11 Bravo, enlisted and reported into the Army on 25 August 2005. Graduated OSUT Infantry School on 9 December 2005 and reported to Ray Barracks in Friedberg, Germany (1/36 IN BN, 1AD) on 28 December that same year. Deployed to OIF 05-07 in May of 2006 and returned February 2007. PCS'd to Schweinfurt Germany in June of 2007 after the shutdown of Ray Barracks and reported into 1/26 IN BN, 1ID. Reflagged in May of 2008, and moved to Grafenwoehr, the 1ID became the 172D Infantry Brigade Combat Team and we deployed to OIF on 30 November 2008. Redployment was completed in November of 2009 with 98% of casualties being non-combat related deaths. I am expected to PCS in March of 2011 to Fort Stewart, GA and this will be my first time back stateside in five years that lasted more than 2 weeks. Wherever my future takes me now, I plan to leave the military upon my ETS on 20 October 2014, one day following my 30th birthday. God Bless the US Army, God Bless the Infantry, take a knee and drive on. I AM THE INFANTRY! FOLLOW ME! Hooah!

"There is no better job in the world than the Infantry. Where else in the world do you get paid to jump out of planes and shoot people in the face that don't speak english?"- Drill Sergeant Chavez

"The point of your job is not to die for your country, but to make the son-of-a-bitch die for his." - Drill Sergeant Sickmyre
Your post gave me chills when I read it... I was in Al Anbar Province in Iraq in the beginning of 2007... Blessed Be Brother and Sir.



Chad said:
I've been an active duty Navy submariner since 1986, prior to which
I was an infantryman and field artilleryman in the Marine Corps Reserve.

Was a Chief Petty Officer from 1995 to 1999, and then commissioned as a
Limited Duty Officer (underwater ordnance specialist officer) for the
last 11 years. Six sea tours thus far, three in fast attack submarines
as a Torpedoman's Mate, and three in submarine tenders (once enlisted
and twice as an officer). Shellback and BlueNose initiated.
Currently forward deployed to the Indian Ocean as a shipboard Weapons
Officer.
By far the best and most rewarding tour of my career was as an
Individual Augmentee assigned to a Marine infantry battalion in Al Anbar
province, Iraq, in 2007 as battalion Counter-IED and Electronics Warfare
officer.
I've been happily married to the VERY BEST Navy wife in the world
for 21 glorious years, am the father of four wonderful children, and
proud GrandPa to a lovely 1 year old granddaughter.
I love being a Sailor, and still get a rush of pride from wearing
the uniform every day.

Hello my Brothers and Sisters,

 

I served as an Army nurse from 1966 until I retired in 1986.  That included an 18-month long tour at a Combat Support Hospital in Vietnam and two years in Augsburg, Germany.  Other duty assignments included Ft. Sam, Ft. Bliss, Ft. Rucker, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Ft Bragg and Ft. Campbell.  I was recalled to active duty for first Desert Storm then retired again in 1992.

 

I am married to a former Army paratrooper/Drill Sergeant who is likewise retired from the Army.  He is currently working as a DA Civilian at Redstone Arsenal and I'm in the middle of relocating there as quickly as we can get our new home built.

 

I never heard Motrin called Vitamin M...we always called it Ranger Candy.

Hello my fellow brothers and sisters in Arms, I just made my 20 year mark so I am stoked. I have been in the Army for total of 26 years including 6 reserves as an Engineer. Up until recently it was very hard for me to practice openly. I am a witch after the Egyptian order. I do fancy the studies of Astrology, Divination,Alchemy and Thurgy.
Love the Vitamin M reference.  I have a bottle of it in my cargo pocket at this very moment!

Sangraal said:
Hello!

I did a term in the US Army (Regular), enlisted MOS as a 91B, Medical Specialist/Combat Medic. My permanent duty station was within the frigid quarters of Fort Drum in Upstate NY.

I was attached to a M198 Howitzer artillery battery and actually spent most of my time doing such work typical of those fascinating artillerymen, except in the mornings where I could confirm/deny that someone was 'sick enough' to avoid PT, LOL. Often in my arsenal was Vitamin M (Motrin 800mg) which was and still seems to remain the cure-all for everything from headache to death rattles. What time was not spent out in the field with the threats of IVs or freezing to death from faulty yukon heaters, or artillery work, I spent in the base clinic performing a number of medical procedures, from shoving needles or tubes into people to observing the toughest in the Army (and the occasional forsaken Marine) cry like a baby when faced with basic, non-threatening medical procedures. Yes, my sadism was occupational and I loved it.

I served no overseas time, having just missed the boat when I left. I often regret not deciding to go back and re-enlist, because those were some good times that I will never forget, but there was a bit of a financial issue in the Armed Forces at that time that prevented me from going to another post.

That's about as brief as I can make it. I look forward to hearing of others.

I'm an active duty Marine Judge Advocate at one of the CONUS bases in the south.  I've been commissioned for 6 years plus I did 4 years as a lowly Midshipmen.  My only duty stations so far have been Quantico, VA, and the base I'm at now.  Sadly, I suspect I'll be leaving the ranks after this tour (2 years out) because I have no desire to deploy since I gave birth 6 months ago.  I figure since I've lost my desire to charge into battle, it's time to step aside and make room for someone who still has the drive.  I am mourning the retirement a bit, though.

 

I'm a UU Pagan, very earth-centered and season focused.  I have a blog about being a MarineLawyerMommyWifePagan and stuff called Cheap Wine and Cookies.

 

Glad to have found this community.

The vocation may be changing, but child-rearing can still be quite the battle. Congrats on the recent motherhood!



Colleen Timothy said:

I'm an active duty Marine Judge Advocate at one of the CONUS bases in the south.  I've been commissioned for 6 years plus I did 4 years as a lowly Midshipmen.  My only duty stations so far have been Quantico, VA, and the base I'm at now.  Sadly, I suspect I'll be leaving the ranks after this tour (2 years out) because I have no desire to deploy since I gave birth 6 months ago.  I figure since I've lost my desire to charge into battle, it's time to step aside and make room for someone who still has the drive.  I am mourning the retirement a bit, though.

 

I'm a UU Pagan, very earth-centered and season focused.  I have a blog about being a MarineLawyerMommyWifePagan and stuff called Cheap Wine and Cookies.

 

Glad to have found this community.

I joined the Connecticut National Guard as a 91B in 1994 then switched to regular Army in September of 1995. I reported to Ft Campbell KY and stayed there until June of 1996 when I was sent to Camp Hialeah, Pusan, Korea. Stayed there for a year till I was sent to Ft Bragg, NC. There I switched jobs to Budget NCO once I got my E-5 often filling an O-3 slot. To be honest, I loved that job! Stayed there until March 2001 when I was medically retired.

What I would really LOVE to know is what is/was it like to be a Pagan/Witch/Wiccan/Whatever you claim, in the Military? I didn't become a Witch until after I left, so I wouldn't know. I might post this on the wall if I don't get any replies here (in case no one reads this) so I apologize if there appears to be 'thread redundancy'. I'm just really curious! I have so many questions, but I think one question at a time is enough for now.

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