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I'm going into the Army.

ClutchClutch North Carolina
edited Feb 2009 in The Icrontic Pub
That's right. I am going up Wednesday and Thursday to take my test and physical. Wednesday night I should know what jobs are available to me. Then Thursday I go through the physical and talk with a counselor about the different signing bonuses and then I get my ship out date.

So depending on what day they ship me out for basic, Stephanie and I are going to get married before then so she can start getting all the benefits of being an Army wife.

I didn't think they would let me in, considering the bar in my chest. I had to get a note from my Doctor and their Doctors approved it and said I was accepted. So the only way I can get rejected is at the Physical Thursday, but it's highly unlikely.

Stephanie is going to move back into my Mom's house until I'm done with training and tech school. Then hopefully I can come back and do hometown recruiting for two weeks then move to where we get posted at.

I just wanted to keep everyone posted on whats been going on with me. I'll let everyone know what they say next week and when I ship out.

Jeremy

Comments

  • KwitkoKwitko Sheriff of Banning (Retired) By the thing near the stuff Icrontian
    edited Dec 2008
    Congratulations! Best of luck, and thank you in advance for serving our country.
  • mas0nmas0n dallas Icrontian
    edited Dec 2008
    Good luck to you sir!
  • MrBillMrBill Missouri
    edited Dec 2008
    Kwitko said:
    Congratulations! Best of luck, and thank you in advance for serving our country.
    Ditto from me.
  • QCHQCH Chicago Area - USA Icrontian
    edited Dec 2008
    Awesome.... You are doing an awesome thing to secure our freedoms. Thank you.
  • primesuspectprimesuspect Detroit, MI Icrontian
    edited Dec 2008
    I guess I'm the guy that's not happy about this :( I had hoped you were still driven to be an entrepreneur.

    I'm sorry I can't muster up a hoo-rah for you, Jeremy. I care about you and I hate to think you're putting yourself in an active wartime situation. I'm the son of a wounded vet, and I am as patriotic as the next guy, but I don't think that military service is for everyone, and I don't think this particular war is securing any of our "freedoms" right now. We're certainly not under any current threat of oppression from any outside military powers.

    Of course, I respect the fact that you are an intelligent rational adult, and also that I don't know all of your reasons. I trust you, basically. So best of luck to you and of course my sincerest wishes for your safety and health.

    <3
  • BuddyJBuddyJ Dept. of Propaganda OKC Icrontian
    edited Dec 2008
    Grats and good luck!
  • LeonardoLeonardo Eagle River, Alaska Icrontian
    edited Dec 2008
    Congratulations! Hope a ll goes well. If want to talk about anything that is proposed to you, I'll be glad to talk to you on the phone or through the forums. I don't know everything in the Army, but 21 years did teach me a little.
  • airbornflghtairbornflght Houston, TX
    edited Dec 2008
    Good luck. I have a friend who's stationed in Kuwait and I worry about him every day. I just fear the day I have to attend a kid's funeral who I've known since the second grade and grew up with in boy scouts.....

    And I'm with Prime on the current war. We're fighting, but for what? (don't answer that, rhetorical question)
  • botheredbothered Manchester UK
    edited Dec 2008
    primesuspect said:
    I guess I'm the guy that's not happy about this :( I had hoped you were still driven to be an entrepreneur.

    I'm sorry I can't muster up a hoo-rah for you, Jeremy. I care about you and I hate to think you're putting yourself in an active wartime situation...... but I don't think that military service is for everyone, and I don't think this particular war is securing any of our "freedoms" right now. We're certainly not under any current threat of oppression from any outside military powers.

    Of course, I respect the fact that you are an intelligent rational adult, and also that I don't know all of your reasons. I trust you, basically. So best of luck to you and of course my sincerest wishes for your safety and health.

    <3</div>
    I know some of my pacifist views may upset some people so I don't post about them often but I'm glad Prime posted that, it very broadly sums things up for me.
  • LeonardoLeonardo Eagle River, Alaska Icrontian
    edited Dec 2008
    Come on, guys. This is about one of our members joining the Armed Forces, not about personal political views. It's an emotional issue - of course, but the thread is about Clutch.

    There are 600,000 debate forums available on the Internet at which you and I would be welcomed (and I do visit a couple of them).
  • LincolnLincoln Community Instigator Detroit, MI Icrontian
    edited Dec 2008
    Leonardo said:
    Come on, guys. This is about one of our members joining the Armed Forces, not about personal political views. It's an emotional issue - of course, but the thread is about Clutch.
    What Brian said (and bothered echoed) is about Jeremy. Anyone can pat you on the back and say "attaboy". You have to really care about someone to express your disagreement and still respect, trust, and wish them the best without reserve. That's pretty much how I feel :) I love and care about Clutch like a brother, and I only want the best for him. I hope he finds happiness on any path he chooses.

    And, definitely, congrats on the coming marriage! :cheers2: I hope you keep us updated and stop in at every opportunity. Cheers, sir. :)
  • TimTim Southwest PA Icrontian
    edited Dec 2008
    Don't do it. Not a good time to voluntarily join.
  • LeonardoLeonardo Eagle River, Alaska Icrontian
    edited Dec 2008
    Keebler, I see your point, but I believe Clutch is smart enough to have evaluated the geopolitical environment, US political environment, and the likelihood of having to take action to support those political and geopolitical decisions our Congress and president make. In other words, I don't think it has escaped Clutch's attention that being a soldier might entail elevated personal physical risk and that as a soldier he might be called to perform duties in a war effort that many are opposed to.
  • LINLIN Tri_State Area
    edited Dec 2008
    Respect.

    Just take damn good care of yourself.


    LIN
  • LincolnLincoln Community Instigator Detroit, MI Icrontian
    edited Dec 2008
    Leonardo said:
    I believe Clutch is smart enough to...
    I completely agree, as do (I believe) Brian and Bill. :)
    primesuspect said:
    I respect the fact that you are an intelligent rational adult, and also that I don't know all of your reasons. I trust you, basically.
    I trust Clutch made a good and intelligent decision for himself and his future wife. :cool:
  • LeonardoLeonardo Eagle River, Alaska Icrontian
    edited Dec 2008
    Now, if we can just get someone to take pictures of him during basic.

    "On the ground, maggot, give me 20!"
  • fatcatfatcat Mizzou Icrontian
    edited Dec 2008
    Please post back on what jobs they offer. There is several of us veterans that can tell you which ones to avoid.

    Best of luck.
  • LawnMMLawnMM Colorado
    edited Dec 2008
    Big step, if you've thought it through and its what ya want then congrats are in order. Depending what ya wind up doing ya may or may not be headed for the sandbox. If ya do...be careful, don't do anything silly there's nothing worth getting hurt or worse for except the guy next to you with the same clothes! Keep yer head down and good luck dude.
  • ClutchClutch North Carolina
    edited Dec 2008
    I really appreciate everyone's input, it means a lot to me. And trust, I have thought about the war as much as anyone when deciding I want to serve. It's not pretty, or a walk in the park, but if I do get called to deploy I'll strap up my boots and go. My dad served in Vietnam and would not talk about it to his last day here, so I know there are some things I will see that I have never imagined before. I have several reasons for enlisting and will be glad to let anyone know. I'll keep everyone updated as fast as I can. And I'll have pictures of the wedding. But hey, I'm not gone anywhere just yet... :rockon:
  • airbornflghtairbornflght Houston, TX
    edited Dec 2008
    Yeh. My friend got luck and is stationed in Kuwait which from what he tells me isn't too bad. I did some reading on the country and for a middle eastern country they seem to be a decent place to live.
  • Massive_gasMassive_gas Baghdad
    edited Dec 2008
    research MOSs that interest you before you go in, so then you have a better idea of what you'd be doing if you got it.

    thursday will be a long day, and be sure to wear underwear
  • GHoosdumGHoosdum Orange, CA Icrontian
    edited Dec 2008
    Jeremy, thank you and good luck to you. I'm sure you'll succeed.
  • ColgereColgere Cincinnati, OH Icrontian
    edited Dec 2008
    Indeed, good luck and thank you.
  • MrBillMrBill Missouri
    edited Dec 2008
    Massive_gas said:
    thursday will be a long day, and be sure to wear underwear
    I know this was meant to be serious, but I laughed out loud. ;D
  • RADARADA Apple Valley, CA
    edited Dec 2008
    Good luck my friend.

    My days in the AF were some of the best times of my life.

    Learn all you can from those around you. Never let your ego get the best of you when it comes to taking orders. Yes, some will sound stupid or demeaning to someone of your intelligence, but following through with those orders will also show others you can tough out the crap assignments and help you get better ones.

    I guess I'm on the other side of the spectrum here.. I don't believe in "peace at any cost" and feel that we only have peace through the blood, sweat, and tears of our military family. The world will NEVER be rid of those that covet power, and it's up to people like you to keep them in check.

    I'm proud of you. Keep you head down, and your ears open.

    Clutch said:
    I really appreciate everyone's input, it means a lot to me. And trust, I have thought about the war as much as anyone when deciding I want to serve. It's not pretty, or a walk in the park, but if I do get called to deploy I'll strap up my boots and go. My dad served in Vietnam and would not talk about it to his last day here, so I know there are some things I will see that I have never imagined before. I have several reasons for enlisting and will be glad to let anyone know. I'll keep everyone updated as fast as I can. And I'll have pictures of the wedding. But hey, I'm not gone anywhere just yet... :rockon:
  • WinfreyWinfrey waddafuh Missouri Icrontian
    edited Dec 2008
    Stay safe Clutch and stay in touch.
  • NomadNomad A Small Piece of Hell
    edited Dec 2008
    I thought a lot about going into the military before I left high school, the Citadel and West Point, but ended up not doing it. From time to time, I still consider doing it after college—be it an American or foreign service.

    I won't comment on your choice. It's a personal decision, but I will say it takes a particular kind of person to make a career of the military or even endure one stint.

    Be safe.
  • QCHQCH Chicago Area - USA Icrontian
    edited Dec 2008
    After 9-11, I was really close to making the jump into the Air Force Officer School. I had a Bachelors in IT but I didn't have an IT job. I found out that I was almost too old to join and I'd have to be ready to take the physical for officers training in about a month. There was no way to lose 30 lbs, suddenly be able to run a mile, and crank out push ups and sit ups in that time frame.

    There is no greater honor than to server for your country.... :respect:
  • edited Dec 2008
    Stay safe. It kills me to see young men and women who have other options to join in this point of time, but if you feel that it's the best decision for you godspeed. Let's all hope that by the time you are out of basic the Armed Forces are in a position of national security so you can keep us safe, not bring new tyrants to other nations.

    PS: This was intended to be a soapbox, but I have watched several childhood friends come back disabled and a couple in body bags.
  • ClutchClutch North Carolina
    edited Dec 2008
    Last post before the long two days ahead. I have been cramming for the math section pretty hard, so I hope I do well. Thank you again for all your comments. I'll post back with my job and ship off date. Take care IC.
  • pseudonympseudonym Michigan Icrontian
    edited Dec 2008
    Good luck, be safe and THANKS! First round is on me!
  • airbornflghtairbornflght Houston, TX
    edited Dec 2008
    Good luck on the asvab
  • ClutchClutch North Carolina
    edited Dec 2008
    Finally back after a long day of processing. I got everything done today and got to swear in. I ship out Feb 3rd, 2009 for basic training in South Carolina, then go to Georgia for my training school. My job is 25B Information Technology Specialist.
  • LeonardoLeonardo Eagle River, Alaska Icrontian
    edited Dec 2008
    My job is 25B Information Technology Specialist.
    Well done! Very well done.
  • NightwolfNightwolf Afghanistan
    edited Dec 2008
    Clutch said:
    Finally back after a long day of processing. I got everything done today and got to swear in. I ship out Feb 3rd, 2009 for basic training in South Carolina, then go to Georgia for my training school. My job is 25B Information Technology Specialist.
    I'm currently at Fort Jackson for Basic Training, you'll enjoy it.

    Just remember, its all a mind game!
  • NightwolfNightwolf Afghanistan
    edited Dec 2008
    primesuspect said:


    I'm sorry I can't muster up a Hooah for you, Jeremy.
  • ClutchClutch North Carolina
    edited Feb 2009
    I leave tomorrow to head up and ship out on Tuesday. We got everything moved out of our apartment today. This will be my last post until I get out of basic and AIT school though. Godspeed everyone.

    Jeremy
  • QCHQCH Chicago Area - USA Icrontian
    edited Feb 2009
    Good luck and stay safe, Jeremy.
  • LINLIN Tri_State Area
    edited Feb 2009
    Take care, Jeremy!


    LIN
  • primesuspectprimesuspect Detroit, MI Icrontian
    edited Feb 2009
    Come back soon! :D
  • LincolnLincoln Community Instigator Detroit, MI Icrontian
    edited Feb 2009
    Bye Jeremy :(
  • SPIKE09SPIKE09 Scatland
    edited Feb 2009
    be safe and best of luck Jeremy
  • GHoosdumGHoosdum Orange, CA Icrontian
    edited Feb 2009
    Take care, Jeremy!
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