Military Folks:Would you change your MOS.service if you had to do it over again?

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    Re: Military Folks:Would you change your MOS.service if you had to do it over again?

    Wouldn't change it. I was a nuclear electronics technician (reactor operator) on a fast attack submarine. Did a lot of stuff I can't talk about, but wouldn't change it.

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    Served in many different MOS's, but related mostly to combat type organizations, and enjoyed most. The exception was my tour as a drill Sgt., it was rewarding, but because of the long hours(60-80 hrs per week) it was very tough on my family. I did have the opportunity to serve eight overseas tours in Germany, Korea, Vietnam and "Ft Dix, NJ", plus numerous short stateside assignments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckusaret View Post
    Served in many different MOS's, but related mostly to combat type organizations, and enjoyed most. The exception was my tour as a drill Sgt., it was rewarding, but because of the long hours(60-80 hrs per week) it was very tough on my family. I did have the opportunity to serve eight overseas tours in Germany, Korea, Vietnam and "Ft Dix, NJ", plus numerous short stateside assignments.

    Would I do it again? In a heart beat and do it the same way.
    I would make the worst DI LOL. I had problems taking them seriously (the way they acted, not what they were teaching me which I respected) when I had them in Basic. Didn't have them in AIT. A tough job but not for me.
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    I would not change a thing although I admit I was very lucky in how everything came about. I had a guranteed enlistment and when I talked to the first USAF recruiter, I told him I wanted a job that would take me overseas. He said there were openings in the "intel" field and I jumped on it without knowing what the field was. Most of our units were overseas so he wasn't lying there! Spent 24 years at locations like UK, Germany, Greece, Puerto Rico, and the like. Had some awesome experiences and met some good people...

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    5 years in the Corps as a 2811 (Telecommunications Repair), mostly worked on the SINCGARS radios though. Wouldn't change a thing because I wouldn't be where I am now. In fact I would probably be dead seeing as I probably wouldn't have quit smoking and the emphysema would have gotten a solid foothold.
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    Re: Military Folks:Would you change your MOS.service if you had to do it over again?

    Quote Originally Posted by marinevet1994 View Post
    5 years in the Corps as a 2811 (Telecommunications Repair), mostly worked on the SINCGARS radios though. Wouldn't change a thing because I wouldn't be where I am now. In fact I would probably be dead seeing as I probably wouldn't have quit smoking and the emphysema would have gotten a solid foothold.
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    Quote Originally Posted by marinevet1994 View Post
    5 years in the Corps as a 2811 (Telecommunications Repair), mostly worked on the SINCGARS radios though. Wouldn't change a thing because I wouldn't be where I am now. In fact I would probably be dead seeing as I probably wouldn't have quit smoking and the emphysema would have gotten a solid foothold.
    We ran out of smokes on an extended deployment (looking for a Korean commercial airliner that the Russkies shot down). I never felt better, and never went back to smoking.

    {edit} I just remembered us 'mooning' a Russian destroyer that had her guns pointed at us . Oh the memories...
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    No. I've made a pretty good living with the skills I learned in the Army.
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    I was a Supply guy (645X0) in the USAF and then cross-trained to an enlisted historian (3H0X1).

    Doing it all over again, being young and dumb, I'd probably give Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) a try.

    My life would have had truly differrent outcomes though...
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    Re: Military Folks:Would you change your MOS.service if you had to do it over again?

    I enlisted in the Marines as Crash Fire Rescue, but was told before I went to boot that CFR was being given to civilians so I switched to 6541 (Aviation Ordanence Technician). I had a blast and landed in Charleston SC, and love my wife and kids. If I could go back I would have went Air Force more than likely and did Aircraft Mechanic or Aircraft Hydraulics.

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    Nuclear Electronics Technician (Reactor Operator) on two boomers and two fast boats. The boomer schedule was better on the family, but the fast boat schedule was more fun for me. Like someone else said, we did some pretty cool things that I can never talk about. After 20 years of nuclear power I told myself I wanted nothing to do with it when I got out. Was a regional manager for a telecom copany for a few years before I went back to my roots. Currently a Senior Reactor Operator at the local nuke plant.

    Bottom line, no, I wouldn't do anything different.
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    Plenty of other options - but I can't change the past. I like myself fine the way I am, and changing my past would change that.

    0351 and then 2336 - a little over 8.5 years total. I'm glad to still be alive, and have my original legs.

    If I knew someone about to join today - I wouldn't say anything to them. If they asked me, I'd tell them to join the Air Force. Same pay, less danger, better training, better treatment....smarter people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brad426 View Post
    Shoot no... 11H (TOW gunner) has prepared me for a lifetime of video games.
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