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Old March 19, 2007, 07:47 AM   #76
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US Navy 1964 - 1972: Viet Nam Vet
US Army (National Guard) 1982 - 1996: Desert Storm Vet (KKMC)

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Old March 19, 2007, 10:48 AM   #77
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Old March 19, 2007, 12:26 PM   #78
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No love for the Reserves or National Guard folks. Thousands have served in Iraq so far. Some of them taking cuts in pay to do so. At one point in the war about 40% of the active force on duty was made up of the Guard and Reserve.

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I think your memory is dis-serving you, it's always been 20 as far as I know.
20 is correct...

How you retired pay is computed depends upon when you entered the service. If you enlisted after 8 Sep 80 you retired pay is based upon your high three years average.

Marines and the Navy have to make 30 years to be retired. After 20 years they are part of the Fleet Reserve or Fleet Marine Corps and draw retainer pay. Only after 30 years do they draw retired pay.

for the folks who came into the service after 1 Aug 1986 there is a third system. At 15 years you can elect to stay with the high three method or you can elect to go with another method and get a $30,000 bonus. Your retired pay would only be 47% of the high three average with a 1% reduction in cost of living increases until age 62. At Age 62 everything goes back to the after 80 method.

Thanks to the Vets and those serving Active, Reserve and National Guard.
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Old March 19, 2007, 12:54 PM   #79
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Old March 19, 2007, 01:39 PM   #80
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Old March 19, 2007, 03:15 PM   #81
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Served with Pride

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Mandatory 2yr military service for all would be most beneficial
If you leave USA and go to Canada to avoid service, Mr. Bill Clinton, stay in Canada! Canada has been a valued ally, so not knocking Canada!!!
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Old March 19, 2007, 03:42 PM   #82
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USAF 67-71. ELINT, 203.

A tour overseas and break from stateside conformity pressures can give you a whole new outlook on the world.
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Old March 19, 2007, 03:53 PM   #83
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Apostrophes denote ownership or missing letters NOT plurals!
That one got a chuckle out of me, for sure.
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Old March 19, 2007, 04:13 PM   #84
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Airborne ! We try harder !

Viet Nam, (66-67, C.co.2nd/503rd 173 rd.Airborne Brigade,point man )Viet Nam,(68,A co.1st/505th.82nd Airborne Div.,Sniper) Belgum Congo ,Africa,between tours in Viet Nam,opps,you weren't suppose to know about that one.
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Old March 19, 2007, 06:15 PM   #85
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"Midway Magic" is still alive and well in San Diego, California as the "San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum".
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Old March 19, 2007, 06:21 PM   #86
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No, but I have all the respect in the world for those who have.
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Old March 20, 2007, 09:12 AM   #87
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Old March 20, 2007, 09:28 AM   #88
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I see acouple of folks that had a job similar to mine - WOW.


1986-1989, USAF, Electronic Security Command, AFSC:202, Amongst other places - Clark AB RP - yes we had an Elephant Cage. Last tech school - Cryptanalyst.

The ones who know - the AF does not give 3yr tours, I was discharged (Hardship) for two reasons: 1) Both parents were murdered 2) My clearance was revoked due to that.


All out there serving - Give-em Hell and all out there who served - THANK YOU
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Old March 20, 2007, 11:04 AM   #89
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"1986-1989, USAF, Electronic Security Command, AFSC:202"
Hey, you were a 202? Interesting. I was a 292, 6987th RSM, among other places in the Far East.
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Old March 20, 2007, 01:23 PM   #90
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Old March 20, 2007, 02:48 PM   #91
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Old March 20, 2007, 03:07 PM   #92
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I sure was a 202 - forgot my squadron (6922nd ESS) before.

I found some APRs (Airman Performance Reports) with my DD-214 (discharge form) copies ad my wife was reading them over. She was totally confused, the job description starts with "In the classified career field..."; so the description as far as my job, it was (and has to be) complete double speak.
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Old March 20, 2007, 03:08 PM   #93
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Old March 20, 2007, 03:56 PM   #94
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"I sure was a 202 - forgot my squadron (6922nd ESS) before."
I believe it was the 6926th at Clark AFB.
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Old March 20, 2007, 04:06 PM   #95
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Blackwater Ops, the word is "skewed"
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Old March 20, 2007, 04:11 PM   #96
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Old March 20, 2007, 04:33 PM   #97
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Old March 20, 2007, 04:56 PM   #98
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Wonder if it's possible this thread could reacquaint old lost friends.
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Old March 20, 2007, 05:13 PM   #99
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Old March 20, 2007, 06:50 PM   #100
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