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Forum topic by derosa posted 08-31-2011 06:10 AM 1280 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-31-2011 06:10 AM

The wife and I have been discussing my joining the army reserve and I’m just looking for people’s thoughts on it. Going for it is that I only work part time right now so I have some time to spare. Despite being overweight I’m in good shape and can already run 4 miles and cycle 30 miles. Also I’d be going in as a chaplain which means some extra training but officer rank. The idea that I can make a difference to others in emergency situations and that I can be a spiritual help to our soldiers.

Going against it is the chance of being sent far from home, I like seeing the world but only in 6 week increments. The whole 8 year time period in which you can be called back at need. Mostly I like the idea of serving my nation in my nation but not serving political and corporate interests overseas without benefit to the nation.

Thoughts and views, particularly from people in the reserve.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#1 posted 08-31-2011 06:20 AM

I retired from the Air Force Reserves and enjoyed it. I met a lot of good people and had some good experiences. Also as a Chaplain you should have good opportunity help a lot of people.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 08-31-2011 06:23 AM

I thank you for your willingness to contribute to our great nation.

I have not been in the military, but if you find the possibility of being sent overseas for political/corporate reasons unacceptable, then maybe the Peace Corps might be a better fit. I think there are many roles there that would be similar to a chaplain and you would be able to decline any assignment that you are conscientiously objectionable to.

What ever you decide, I wish you the best of luck.

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#3 posted 08-31-2011 06:41 AM

In Gulf War 1, I met a lot of unhappy and surprised reservists. It didn’t occur to most that they could actually be deployed that long and that far away from home. Good that you’re thinking about that now. Maybe the local National Guard would be a better fit. A chaplain is always needed in any disaster. Good luck with what ever you decide.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#4 posted 08-31-2011 04:20 PM

oddly enough, there is a post that i just saw from a chaplain currenly serving in Afghanistan. I bet he could give you some insights.

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#5 posted 08-31-2011 04:36 PM

I am recently retired Navy (25 years including Iraq) and I believe there is no better way to honor your country and countrymen than selfless service to country. Someone much wiser than me once said, “A veteran is someone who wrote a blank check made payable to ‘The United States of America ‘for an amount of up to and including his life.” This is the basic contract, an oath to a divine Constitutional pact with America that allows the rest of the citizens to go about their days with freedom and liberty to choose any path in life. That’s a liberty that a vast majority of the globe never has and likely will never have. It’s worth fighting for! And, Orwell said, “People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.” That is the reality of joining. If you join, know that you will be an honorable member of the next greatest generation of Americans who truly understand service to country as noble pursuit. Whatever your decision, I support you and all our troops. God bless you. Maxwell

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#6 posted 08-31-2011 04:45 PM

Service in the Military is one of the greatest things you can do for your Country. It straightened me out when I was a youngster and is something I am proud to say I’ve done. My Son is in the Army and when he joined the advice I gave him was this; you join the Army on their terms, not yours. A Soldiers Oath is to serve his country, not to question it. Hard to do in these times. But thank God we have those that do. Whatever you chose, good luck!

-- StevieP ~ Micheal Tompkins - you were not here on earth long but left a giant mark on us. RIP Brother

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#7 posted 08-31-2011 05:52 PM

I retired from the Army Reserve as an Lt. Col. I spent the last 20 years of my career as an Individual Mobilization Augmentee in Special Operations. As an SO Planner I got to work with all of the people you see portrayed in movies, TV, and novels. SOF personnel are truly “America’s Best”, and talented beyond belief.

I made many close friends, got to see a lot of different places, and really felt that I made a difference.


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#8 posted 08-31-2011 06:10 PM

I think Sarit’s idea for you to consider the Peace Corp is your best choice. Understanding all your trepidation about being out of country and the need for analyzing the politics of any/all military actions/interests, IMO you would not be a good fit in the military.

Those of us who have served know that while the military defends general freedoms and the right to free speech, that freedom is placed on hold while you are actively serving, and for good reason. The last thing we need is a military that functions like Congress has been recently. So if you have a hard time wrapping your head around the concept of doing EVERYTHING you are told to do AT ALL TIMES without question, then look elsewhere. Just my 2-cents…

Navy 1972-76

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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