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How many of the GB Members have actually served in the Active Duty Armed Forces and how many have actually served in Combat. I find many of the Posts interesting/informative and would like to put in perspective what background folks have who make comment on historical issues. This is more of a demographic question. I have served a only a few years and have only made a few deployments. If you did not serve ...why didn't you?
 

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You don't have to be a combat vet to comment on historical issues. And as for folks who did not it's pretty simple... either they couldn't or they didn't volunteer; certainly their prerogative. Me... 25 years, last 21 active, multiple hostile fire trips.
 

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Yes and Yes.
 

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Punch buggie blue. No. Physically ineligible. My brother is an Aviation Electronics Tech in the Navy stationed in Oceana. He's been in about 14 years now. Thanks to all that have or will serve to protect my rights and freedoms and those of my children and so forth.

As a followup question, what are the feelings of service members or former service members on the work of the USO? I give to the USO for care packages and want to know if they make a difference.

Thanks again!
 

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yes and yes.
 

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US Army, June 67-June 70, Viet Nam Dec 67-Dec 68, 25th Inf Div, Cu Chi, 73C20.
 

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7 yrs. TNARNG and 8 yrs. USAR....activated for Desert Storm....CONUS. I guess my timing was right or wrong, depending on perspective. The TNARNG unit I was in as a tank commander, the 278th ACR spent a year in Iraq...long after I got out. The USAR unit I was in...the 3292d USARF School was the only unit in the 125th ARCOM not deployed to Iraq during Desert Storm. The unit served as CONUS liason for the 125th ARCOM. Folks that got sick, injured or whatever and had to come back from Iraq, were assigned to our unit as a detachment. Many guys from our unit were activated to prepare other units to deploy since our unit was totally MOS instructors.
 

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Yes

British Army, 7 years regular Infantry, 3 years reserves, discharged on medical grounds, served on operations for 2 years!
 

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I did as well

I served 2 years active in the U.S. Army from April 71 to April 73. I stayed in country at Fort Knox as a Battalian Maint supply clerk. I did not go to Nam. I got out of active Army in 73 and enlisted in the U.S.Army reserves. Served 5 years with "D" Troop, 5th Armored Cav, 187th Infantry Brigade, Fort Devens, Mass. I got out in 1978.

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US Army. Vietnam > Co A, 2nd Batallion, 22nd Regiment (Triple Deuce Mechanized Infantry) 25th Infantry Divison. Cu Chi, Tay Ninh and traveled in III Corps area pretty widely. Cambodia campaign in May 1970
Used to have pics up on the old forum but they blew away in the transition,.
 

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I served 2 years active in the U.S. Army from April 71 to April 73. I stayed in country at Fort Knox as a Battalian Maint supply clerk. I did not go to Nam. I got out of active Army in 73 and enlisted in the U.S.Army reserves. Served 5 years with "D" Troop, 5th Armored Cav, 187th Infantry Brigade, Fort Devens, Mass. I got out in 1978.

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Looks like you and I chewed the same dirt.....I was at Ft.Knox from Nov.71 to Mar. 72. I did Basic and AIT there....dang cold...12" of snow on the ground and blinding snow storm when we were trying to "0" our weapons.....

Basic unit: A-16-4
AIT unit: D-7-2
 

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I prefer to serve my country as a diplomat. One of the favorite things about my job however is the chance to work with my military colleagues. If we're talking about military history, though, I should toss out that when the embassy has organized quiz nights in the past, usually with an emphasis on military history, the Marines always lose. ;)

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U.S. Army 1983- 2004 I served as a 19D Cavalry Scout, Desert Shield and Desert Storm caught the tail end of Somalia, Bosnia when it was hot, finally Iraqi Freedom then retirement with a lot of different mess halls in between.

Best years of my life so far, now I'm just a REMF, civilian life is still hard for me to adjust to.
 

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Yes, and not yet. The latter could change, as I am still in the Reserves and will continue to be for a while.
 
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