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Madartiste
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Posted: 11/28/2006 at 5:52am | IP Logged Quote Madartiste

I'm a "scanning technician" at the Penn State University Library's Digitization and Preservation Department.
I get to play with all kinds of old and valuable documents in order to scan them and create image archives and new online collections.

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Posted: 11/28/2006 at 9:40am | IP Logged Quote Yenooc

Micah wrote:
ahh Kep you're setting yourself up there. The branches of the American military are quite "competitve" - they think of themselves as very distinct entites. I think it's an American thing.


You are correct!

Esprit de corps is strong in the US military services, and that competitiveness extends also to the branches within each of the services (infantry, artillery, etc., in the Army, for example) and to individual units ("Rock of the Marne").

That's why I identified myself not only as a soldier (an Army descriptor--Marines would not appreciate being called soldiers )--but also as an infantryman.

HOOAH!

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Posted: 11/28/2006 at 10:01am | IP Logged Quote Hurltim

In the States, for right now, service is voluntary. There is also a thing called the GI Bill that vet's get so that the government helps pay for their college.

Not an entirely bad proposition, really and you get an honorable way to serve your country. Last I checked, there were a few countries out there that have forced military service like Spain and Israel. (could be wrong on those.)

Political issues aside, you would be hard-pressed to find a better bunch of honorable, hard working militarymen and women anywhere in the world.

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Posted: 11/28/2006 at 3:23pm | IP Logged Quote Desert Elf

Army ::twitch, twitch::

Kidding!

Well, mostly kidding. But I -am- teasing!
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Posted: 11/28/2006 at 3:30pm | IP Logged Quote SeekerOfPeace

Careful DE, you're outnumbered!



"Calling for backup!"
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Yenooc
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Posted: 11/28/2006 at 3:38pm | IP Logged Quote Yenooc

SeekerOfPeace wrote:
Careful DE, you're outnumbered!



"Calling for backup!"


Don't provoke the Marines! They're the best helpers we have.   

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WayneFrancis
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Posted: 11/28/2006 at 7:44pm | IP Logged Quote WayneFrancis

heruca wrote:
They were in the Marine Corps, not the Army.


Thanks Heruca, you saved me the effort :)
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WayneFrancis
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Posted: 11/28/2006 at 7:51pm | IP Logged Quote WayneFrancis

Micah wrote:
SeekerOfPeace wrote:
Is it just a coincidence that you were all in the army? Or is being in the army something encouraged in the States?

I know where I come from going in the army isn't exactly popular.


I would say that the government certainly encourages military service. And the general public looks at it as an honorable and necessary occupation, even if the general politics of war are not agreed upon.
9/11 also really impacted the "popularity" of serving.

ahh Kep you're setting yourself up there. The branches of the American military are quite "competitve" - they think of themselves as very distinct entites. I think it's an American thing.


Very well put. Marines are trained a bit different then the Army, Navy and Air force. The USMC is rich in history and you learn about the history in boot camp. It builds on the patriotism of the members.

The Marine Corps is also much smaller then the other 3 branches. We are also utilised much differently at the start of campaigns. There is a reason they call us "The few, the proud".

Call it brainwashing if you want :)

I still celebrate the birthday of the USMC, just passed 10 Nov. But then agian I'm always looking for reasons to celebrate :)

That said my nephew was concidering on joining and I explained to him as patriotic as I am I would not join right now. I was active during the 1st gulf war and supported it. I do not support the butchering of the US Constitution that is occuring during this gulf war. It hard to claim the moral high ground and be proud when the US outsources torture, rendering prisoners, to countries like Egypt and thinks that makes it ok.

Enough of my political beliefs.


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Posted: 12/01/2006 at 12:25pm | IP Logged Quote Necronomitron

I work for an armored car company. Naturally having said that I don't neccessarily feel very comfortable saying anything more then that.

I'm 26 and am married to a teacher, no children as of yet.

As far as our U.S. Military goes, I have nothing but the utmost respect for them, regardless of thier branch of service. It's a little-known fact at the small store that I work at part-time, but if someone under 21 shows me thier military ID, they're getting the beer that I would normally refuse to a non-military minor. That's the least I could do for someone who, especially now, risks it all for my country.
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Posted: 12/01/2006 at 12:56pm | IP Logged Quote heruca

I find it utterly ridiculous that you can die for your country on the battlefield
but you can't have a freakin' beer. Military IDs should always override that
silly law.

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Posted: 12/01/2006 at 1:52pm | IP Logged Quote Hurltim

heruca wrote:
I find it utterly ridiculous that you can die for your country on the battlefield
but you can't have a freakin' beer. Military IDs should always override that
silly law.


Welcome to America: Home of the anally retentive...

My dad used to say: "kids should learn to drink first, and learn to drive at 21."

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WayneFrancis
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Posted: 12/01/2006 at 3:44pm | IP Logged Quote WayneFrancis

I can say that the drinking age of 21 never seemed to apply on base. I could always go to an enlisted club and get in with my military ID and they'd always serve you. Now should that be extended out into town? Hmmm Not sure. Atleast if you drank on base you probably where not driving anywhere after.

If they could control drinking then I'd support a drinking age of 21 while letting you go clubbing at 18. Show the kids that you can have fun going out without drinking. Something I learnt while in Hawaii I often volunteered for the designated driver. I'm a much better dancer sobber :)


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Posted: 12/01/2006 at 5:07pm | IP Logged Quote johnpaulstoddar

Yenooc wrote:
SeekerOfPeace wrote:
Careful DE, you're outnumbered!



"Calling for backup!"


Don't provoke the Marines! They're the best helpers we have.   


As Sea going "BELLHOPS"


No body is better than the "Queen of Battle the US ARMY INFANTRY"

I did get to train with several Allied Special Forces Schools while I was over there. Amoung them the 152nd Inf French Commandos the RED DEVILS, Belgian Paraglider Corp, British Commandos, and German Mountain Warfare.



Edited by johnpaulstoddar on 12/02/2006 at 6:23pm


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Posted: 12/01/2006 at 9:59pm | IP Logged Quote fallen knight

Hello, I'm a Rehab Tech. I mostly help with the patients
lifting, watching so that they don't fall, get whatever the rehab. dept needs and the time. I file the charts and help the front office..I stock linens where needed.

and have no art exp. before joining Dunjinni.

Play DnD 3.5 when I can find the time.

Married for 18 years and have 3 kids. 2 in their teens and another that thinks she's there already.


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Dahgda
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Posted: 12/02/2006 at 12:02am | IP Logged Quote Dahgda

I am in auto insurance, work for the lizard.

*GETS UP ON SOAPBOX*

I will say I game with a bunch of military guys, and it amazes me the small things we take for granted that they end up sacrificing for deployment, especially separation from their loved ones, for extended periods of time. I totally support and respect them for that willingness.

Having said that, I am also a major opponent of the current war, which is the result not of the military, but the civilian leadership, who in fact did not (and *DO* not) lead!!!

*GETS DOWN OFF SOAPBOX*

I am curious - does anyone know each other in real life? Seems like a very diverse collection geographically.

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Posted: 12/02/2006 at 5:39pm | IP Logged Quote Deep Sea Beast

Customer Service at Lowes hardware warehouse. Its pretty lame!
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ValiantJake
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Posted: 12/02/2006 at 6:43pm | IP Logged Quote ValiantJake

I am a truck driver of 5 years
I transport Dangerous Goods In and out of Sydney. Mainly acids and flamables. But also Toxics and oxidising agents aswell..
Before that i worked at an IT help desk for about 9 and a half years. Mainly supporting the macromedia product range.
My other interests other than DJ is digital artwork using programs like Vue, Cinema 4D, Bryce, Poser and photoshop.
I live on a 200 acre farm. We have Horses, cattle, Dogs, cats, parrots, chicken, ducks, guinea pigs, rabbits and a couple of ferrets.
So between work and feeding animals I am on my PC whipping up artwok.

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Posted: 12/02/2006 at 7:33pm | IP Logged Quote Darkness

ValiantJake,

I'm coming to visit. Austrailia is the one place in the world that I really want to see.
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Posted: 12/02/2006 at 9:32pm | IP Logged Quote heruca

ValiantJake, post some topdown pics of some of those animals, one of these
days.

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Posted: 12/03/2006 at 5:24am | IP Logged Quote aegean

Dahgda wrote:

I am curious - does anyone know each other in real life? Seems like a very diverse collection geographically.



Some of use have met already - try this thread

http://www.dundjinni.com/forums/forum_posts.asp?TID=7874&PN= 2&TPN=1

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