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Random Thoughts and Ideas #4: Survey: How Many LJs are Serving, or have Served in the Military

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Blog entry by DamnYankee posted 09-04-2012 09:35 AM 1569 reads 0 times favorited 51 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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In the US, less than 1% of American are currently serving in its armed forces, and less than 5% of living Americans have ever served. Yet as I wander the halls of LJs checking out various projects, blogs, reviews, forums, etc it strikes me that a much larger percentage either are serving or have served in the armed forces.

My question then is how many of my fellow LJs are, or have, served. This question applies to my fellow LJs that are citizens of other countries.

I am further curious if there is a correlation. Woodworking to me requires an individual not afraid to try, try to learn, apply, fail, learn from failure, and try again until mastered, yet in some ways never be fully satisfied. Woodworking for me also allows me to apply logic in solving a problem (i.e. joinery) while also being creative. All of these aspects I find very similar to my military experience; despite common perceptions military life, particularly as you become a leader, requires logic and creativity.

Any thoughts on this, I will certainly fine interesting.

Thanks, to all that serve or have served.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards



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mslewis

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#1 posted 09-04-2012 09:53 AM

I am further curious if there is a correlation. Woodworking to me requires an individual not afraid to try, try to learn, apply, fail, learn from failure, and try again until mastered, yet in some ways never be fully satisfied. Woodworking for me also allows me to apply logic in solving a problem (i.e. joinery) while also being creative. All of these aspects I find very similar to my military experience; despite common perceptions military life, particularly as you become a leader, requires logic and creativity.

Any thoughts on this, I will certainly fine interesting.

Thanks, to all that serve or have served.

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degoose

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#2 posted 09-04-2012 10:04 AM

Royal Australian Navy….74 – 80

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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DamnYankee

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#3 posted 09-04-2012 10:45 AM

degoose – I’ve worked with 86 squadron of the RAAF – great bunch of guys.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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Roger

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#4 posted 09-04-2012 12:05 PM

I am very grateful, and thankful to all who has or is now serving our country. I, however, have never served. Back in my day, they would not take the last male in the family. I lost my only brother in 1969 to a drunk driver. He was U.S. Army. He died at 21 and never got to enjoy life. I was 14 at that time. Very traumatic at that age. I don’t ask for sympathy. His death is what kept me out of the draft back in Vietnam days, etc. I am not very proud of the fact that I didn’t serve, but, that’s how it was for me. GOD bless all of our Veterans, and their families. I thank you all for your service.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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angrybird

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#5 posted 09-04-2012 12:35 PM

US ARMY -1998 -88 hotel cargo spec

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kepy

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#6 posted 09-04-2012 12:47 PM

US Navy 59-63

-- Kepy

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bandit571

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#7 posted 09-04-2012 12:53 PM

USA 71-72 ( 0-1, 0-2) IRR 72-75, OHARNG, 75-96 , Retired Reserves 96- present.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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Tom Godfrey

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#8 posted 09-04-2012 01:29 PM

United States Air Force. 1959-1963. Serve most of my time in France.

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina (tom@thcww.com)

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Raymond Thomas

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#9 posted 09-04-2012 02:13 PM

US Marines 1970-1974, US Army 1976-1993 – retired NCO and still serving by giving back to the community as often as I can.

-- Raymond, Charlotte, NC -------- Demonstrate the difference!

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David

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#10 posted 09-04-2012 02:13 PM

US Army, 2002-present Prime Power Production Specialist

-- “Don’t tell me what can’t be done, tell me what you want done then shut up and get out of my way and let me do it!”

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Ampeater

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#11 posted 09-04-2012 02:43 PM

USAF – 1960-1964 Radar and Fire Control System Technician on F-101-B Interceptor stationed in Oregon.

-- "A goal without a plan is a wish."

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dlmckirdy

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#12 posted 09-04-2012 02:59 PM

US Army 69-72 – Aviation sheet metal/welder – Vietnam 70-71.

-- Doug, Bakersfield, CA - I measured twice, cut it twice, and it is still too short!

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Kookaburra

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#13 posted 09-04-2012 03:12 PM

Navy brat – born and raised on Naval bases all around the world. But I never served myself.

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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jacob34

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#14 posted 09-04-2012 03:28 PM

US Army 98-06

-- so a bear and a rabbit are sitting on a log

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Surfside

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#15 posted 09-04-2012 03:45 PM

Wow! There are a couple of LJs who have served the country. I salute you all! I am proud to be here in LJ and hangout with great folks.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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