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  •  yeah, (7+ / 0-)

    you go where they tell you to go. SeaBees are ashore most of their active time. SEALS? Fuhgeddaboutit.

    When the Marine captain who swore me in (dead ringer for a young Sinatra) lowered his hand after the oath, he said, "Congratulations, boys and girls, you are now property of the federal government. Your first order is not to leave this floor of this building until the arrival of your bus to the airport is announced to you..." and he went on.

    That govt property thing bugged me until, hell, it still bugs me today and I've been out for 28 years.

    "I think, therefore I am... Liberal.

    by Gentle Giant on Wed Dec 15, 2010 at 12:16:59 PM PST

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    •  Having said that... (6+ / 0-)
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      walkshills, dewtx, Fury, Lashe, Lujane, Joieau

      as long as you don't f@ck up really badly, they try to give you the detail or base location you signed on for. They try very hard to honor their agreement with you.

      My best to your son. My son has two friends in the Navy, one will be a career sailor. They both love it.

      "I think, therefore I am... Liberal.

      by Gentle Giant on Wed Dec 15, 2010 at 12:18:44 PM PST

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    •  A dear friend (3+ / 0-)
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      Lashe, acnetj, Edge PA

      of my grandson - and son of a friend of ours - joined to get medical training. Is a corpsman. They sent him straight to Iraq, he's in Afghanistan now, following troops around trying to patch what can't be patched. Actual battlefield stuff, not the occasional cut or burn at sea.

      Don't assume that branch of service means anything per deployment these days. They're all in mortal danger.

      Now, more than ever, we need the Jedi.

      by Joieau on Wed Dec 15, 2010 at 08:44:27 PM PST

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