The Best-And Worst of Each Service/SA

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  1. SamAca10

    SamAca10 Ensign - DWO

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    This idea came out of one of the threads in the AFA Section.

    What are the "best" and "worst" aspects from your respective SA/Service?

    For instance, CGA is rumored to have the best food out of them all.
     
  2. scoutpilot

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    Best: The West Point education is unmatched by any other SA, and is revered the world over.

    Worst: You have to spend 4 years at West Point to get it.
     
  3. flieger83

    flieger83 Super Moderator Moderator

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    See above: :lolatyou:

    Remove all reference to "Hudson High" and replace with that place of deserved Reverence, :worship: The United States Air Force Academy. :worship:

    Watch as at least ONE graduate of EACH SA comes here and argues :argue1:, debates :rant2:, puffs their chest :mad:, balls their fist, and goes "beak to beak" :guns: with their fellow service member, who happens to have a different ring on their hand.

    And after all that is said, blood is shed, and the bluster dies out... :stretcher:

    Those same grad's will be arm-in-arm, headed to a bar someplace: the Army/Marine types to discuss great tactics, and how THEY own the real-estate, and that's how you win wars! The Air Force types...they'll be in a corner shooting down their Rolex's (or whatever overpriced, but really really cool looking watch they can afford) and discussing their incredible bravery and explaining how those "grunts" can't do a thing without the air umbrella they deliver.

    The seaborne folks? They'll simply sit there and wonder: "WHO ARE THESE CLOWNS?" :screwy:


    Oh...you wanted a SERIOUS answer???:oops:

    Steve
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    USAFA '83
     
  4. Luigi59

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    Deja Vu.

    :cool:
     
  5. scoutpilot

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    This is a thread for grads and servicemembers to trade jabs and jokes in good fun, and discuss the finer high and low points of SA life and life in the services. The exit is located in vicinity of your browser's "Back" button. :rolleyes:
     
  6. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Coast Guard Academy:

    Best: Small close classes, you know everyone, no wall-flowers, sense of purpose, general acceptance of "worst" list

    Worst: Most regimented, No respect from sister SAa, it's in New London


    Coast Guard:

    Best: Small close service, responsibility early, sense of purpose, variety of mission, realpeace/wartime mission

    Worst: Very small budget (over taxed, under funded), identity issues (so many missions and cross over), lack of respect (and knowledge) from DOD and sister services, working with DHS
     
  7. scoutpilot

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    Army...

    Best: Big...there's almost nothing you can't find in the Army, the chance to lead a platoon and command a company at a young age, working day to day with Soldiers, the fact that if you feel unchallenged there's always a tougher level you can shoot for (SOF, levels above SOF, non-traditional roles, etc.), the chance to travel around the world and personally do bad things to the bad people who deserve them.

    Worst: Big...change is slow and sometimes it can feel like you're a cog in a machine, Army posts aren't always in the sexiest locales, year-plus deployments, lack of stability, early mornings and late nights don't always make for wedded bliss, small branch communities mean that sometimes your past comes around again.
     
  8. DevilDog

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    Marine Corps:
    Best: You get a desk in bootcamp (footlocker), You get to watch TV in Bootcamp (Military Training Television), Great locations for bases (the Stumps (29 Palms), the Rock (Okinawa)) Basic Training assigns some of the funniest instructors (DI's), Liberty while in Bootcamp (12 hours starting at 6am the Sunday before graduation), Court Streeet in J'ville has some of the best cultural destinations (strip clubs from all over the Orient, tattoo parlors at every other door, and the bus station)

    Worst: Nothing, we are talking about the Marine Corps. There is no downside.
     
  9. scoutpilot

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    I think I've been to a few of those cultural destinations...
     
  10. DevilDog

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    Hey Joe buy me drinkee...
     
  11. scoutpilot

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    Being called "GI" really warms my heart.
     
  12. flieger83

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    Now being serious...

    The Best: The people! And this we share with our "brethren" in the Army/Navy/Coast Guard/Marines...simply put: you will find the finest people you'll be privileged to serve with. The bases in the AF are "usually" in nicer locales than the other services as we're a spoiled group...and we typically need several miles of reinforced concrete, known as runways, for our toys!

    The Worst: B-U-R-E-A-C-R-A-C-Y! Slow, mind-numbing slow at times, re-inventing the wheel whenever a new General shows up (not always but too often), a lack of willingness in many senior types to make the decision. And the fact that WAAAAY too many people believe, religiously, that POWERPOINT is proof of a supreme being.

    And yet with all that...and retirement looming on my radar...

    I will miss it!

    Steve
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    USAFA '83
     
  13. flieger83

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    Hmm...sounds like Gate 2 at Kadena...

    Steve
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    USAFA '83
     
  14. DevilDog

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    I'm sure Court St in J'ville didn't have the market cornered on Asian Strip joints.
     
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    Random thought, Steve, about a General showing up...

    Whenever VIPs would come to visit downrange, we always had to clean the hell out of everything. I finally asked one day why we did this. Are we trying to make him believe there's no dust in Iraq? Will empty trash cans make him think we generate no trash? It's ludicrous. As though he'll think we can't destroy the enemy if there's a coffee cup in the trash?

    File this under "Worst"
     
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    ((giggles behind hands)). I've seen that at the O club at Mirarmar:shake:
     
  17. Lynpar

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    :popcorn1:
    Maybe you all have done this before but please consider your new audience. We love it!
     
  18. raimius

    raimius USAFA Alumnus

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    I haven't been to the AOR, but did see some similar insanity at Lackland. The 1-star was touring one of the BMT training squads, so they buffed the dining hall floor, moved everything around, and brought out white table cloths and mini flower-vases for the tables. :confused: Now I know why some GOs are so out of touch. They never see reality after they pin on a star!

    USAFA:
    Best--People who let you learn for yourself, but keep you from making too big of a mistake.
    Worst--"I'm just here to (play sports/get an education/etc)" types.
     
  19. ski_addict29

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    agreed! :smile:
     
  20. jwalsh1

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    When I was at BMT at Lackland, we had to frikkin strip and rebuff the floors of the DFAC and our dorms every other week. Odd weeks was DFAC even was our dorms. That was our weekends every weekend... =P Never had flower-vases while I was there, although it would have been interesting. xD
     

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