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Redrum_69
07-14-2008, 12:58 PM
Just to see what we got on this board...

Rain Man
07-14-2008, 01:00 PM
Taxpayer, Second Class.

Dave Lane
07-14-2008, 01:06 PM
Once in Axis and Allies I was a Field Marshall.

Dave

Frazod
07-14-2008, 01:19 PM
E-5. I was six months from taking the test for E-6, but I got out instead.

Dicky McElephant
07-14-2008, 01:29 PM
E-4. I did my four years and got out.

biggunns
07-14-2008, 01:38 PM
E-4 :bang::bang::bang:

Bweb
07-14-2008, 01:42 PM
I am currently an "Ace" pilot on Blazing Angels 2....

Mizzou_8541
07-14-2008, 01:43 PM
Staff Sergeant (E-6) Marine Corps. 8 years then got out.

Redrum_69
07-14-2008, 01:48 PM
Have any of you ever killed anyone in combat...

Iowanian
07-14-2008, 02:07 PM
I buy chicken from Colonol Sanders.

cadmonkey
07-14-2008, 02:14 PM
Pants Pissing Private

88TG88
07-14-2008, 02:23 PM
I killed fidy men
http://myspace-588.vo.llnwd.net/00555/88/50/555650588_l.jpg

Amnorix
07-14-2008, 02:35 PM
Take your pick really,

Fleet Admiral (Star Fleet Battles)

Commander-in-Chief, combined armies (Axis and Allies)

Conquerer of the known world (Risk)

etc. :)

Amnorix
07-14-2008, 02:35 PM
Have any of you ever killed anyone in combat...


Not in combat, no....

angelo
07-14-2008, 02:39 PM
E3
Army

Ang

Radar Chief
07-14-2008, 02:41 PM
E-4. I did my four years and got out.

E-4 is the near perfect rank. You’ve been in long enough that you’re actually making a little money, and you’re still low enough of the chain of command that if something goes wrong you can play stupid and blame it on serge. ;)

Dicky McElephant
07-14-2008, 02:49 PM
E-4 is the near perfect rank. You’ve been in long enough that you’re actually making a little money, and you’re still low enough of the chain of command that if something goes wrong you can play stupid and blame it on serge. ;)

Exactly......plus I wasn't one of the people who signed up for 6 years to get E-4. I worked my way up....got my GI Bill and got the F out of dodge.

beach tribe
07-14-2008, 02:52 PM
My brother is 30. No college. He is a Chief in the Navy. E-9.

He is an impressive guy. I'm proud of him.

Bowser
07-14-2008, 02:54 PM
E-4. I did my four years and got out.

Ditto

Frazod
07-14-2008, 02:55 PM
My brother is 30. No college. He is a Chief in the Navy. E-9.

He is an impressive guy. I'm proud of him.

E-9 is Master Chief; E-7 is Chief.

I don't think it would be possible to make Master Chief in only 12 years.

Bowser
07-14-2008, 02:56 PM
My brother is 30. No college. He is a Chief in the Navy. E-9.

He is an impressive guy. I'm proud of him.

Damn, E-9 in what, ten or twelve years? Impressive. I saw guys retire at E-5 after 25 years.

beach tribe
07-14-2008, 02:57 PM
E-9 is Master Chief; E-7 is Chief.

I don't think it would be possible to make Master Chief in only 12 years.

I **** up. E-7.

EDIT: I gotta check with him though. I could have sworn it was E-9, but if that's MC, it can't be.

Jilly
07-14-2008, 02:58 PM
ex wife

Dicky McElephant
07-14-2008, 02:59 PM
I don't think it would be possible to make Master Chief in only 12 years.

I did it in 4 hours on my Xbox.

Radar Chief
07-14-2008, 03:00 PM
I **** up. E-7.

EDIT: I gotta check with him though. I could have sworn it was E-9, but if that's MC, it can't be.

Eh, it's Navy. :shrug: Who cares?

Frazod
07-14-2008, 03:02 PM
I **** up. E-7.

Making Chief in 12 years is pretty good. I've known people who were in that long who were still E-5s.

At least when I was in, E-4 through E-6 had to take an exam and not only pass but pass high enough to advance to a limited number of billets. Some people PNA'd (pass but not advance) those tests over and over.

Personally, I took two, and advanced twice.

At E-7, though, you have to pass the test and get board approval. This is where it starts to get political. E-8 and E-9 are even more about who you know than what you know.

One of the dumbest human beings I've ever know was a Senior Chief (E-8) - he was a noxious dumpy moron with no social skills. He must have had an uncle who was an admiral.

"Bob" Dobbs
07-14-2008, 03:02 PM
I made it to E-4, but got out as an E-3. Fecking Article 15.

Bowser
07-14-2008, 03:03 PM
I made it to E-4, but got out as an E-3. Fecking Article 15.

Sounds like someone banged the commander's daughter.

"Bob" Dobbs
07-14-2008, 03:04 PM
Well, I WAS engaged to the Colonel's daughter, but that had nothing to do with it.

Bowser
07-14-2008, 03:05 PM
I made it to E-4, but got out as an E-3. Fecking Article 15.

Quick story - I was going to be Article 15'd for doing something stupid, but my up frontedness and honesty got that busted down to a LOR. My shop chief was pissed; he really didn't like me and wanted to see a stripe get taken away.

Demonpenz
07-14-2008, 03:10 PM
thank you for all that served

DeepPurple
07-14-2008, 03:14 PM
During the time I was in the Army rank came fast, especially in my MOS. I joined in April 1970 and made E-2 in June out of basic, E-3 when I started school in July, Spec 4 as honor graduate of my class in October (93H air traffic controller) and Spec 5 while in Korea, May 1971, 13 months after I enlisted. I knew some 93H's that had gone to Vietnam and made E-6 in under two years.

At the time the Army had a 1-1/2 million troops and only 1500 with my MOS. However, pay was a different story, the highest I ever made was E-5 over 2 was $390 a month. I did get separate rations because of shift work, which was $45 a month, for a grand total of $435 a month. There was a $10,000 re-up bonus if I had stayed in.

Buster's Dad
07-14-2008, 03:17 PM
E-4 u.s.a.f., did my 4 yrs. and got out in 1963, then base pay for e-4 was 150.00 a month

Frazod
07-14-2008, 03:20 PM
E-4 u.s.a.f., did my 4 yrs. and got out in 1963, then base pay for e-4 was 150.00 a month

You must have been pretty damn good to make E-4 in four years in the Air Force. Back then guys were retiring as E-5s. Even when I was in back in the 80's, you still had to be pretty shit hot to make E-4 in four.

The day I took my ASVAB, my best friend was sitting beside me taking his as well. He went in the Air Force about six months after I went in the Navy (easier to make rank in the Navy), was shit hot, and kept pace with me in the rank department. Hard to believe that I've been out for over 18 years and he's still on active duty as a major.

ChiefsFanatic
07-14-2008, 03:29 PM
Just to see what we got on this board...

I was a MasterChief, but now I am back in cryostasis.

TrebMaxx
07-14-2008, 03:36 PM
E-5 in Field Artillery a long time ago.

My nephew is in the 101st and has made E-6 in five years. I am pretty sure that the 3 tours in Iraq helped. He also was 1 of 8 promoted that day with a battlefield promotion. The first since Vietnam. Makes an uncle proud. I also relish the fact that he went into the same MOS as I did.

Bowser
07-14-2008, 03:43 PM
You must have been pretty damn good to make E-4 in four years in the Air Force. Back then guys were retiring as E-5s. Even when I was in back in the 80's, you still had to be pretty shit hot to make E-4 in four.

The day I took my ASVAB, my best friend was sitting beside me taking his as well. He went in the Air Force about six months after I went in the Navy (easier to make rank in the Navy), was shit hot, and kept pace with me in the rank department. Hard to believe that I've been out for over 18 years and he's still on active duty as a major.

E-4 was given as a rank. You didn't have to start testing for rank until you wanted to get to E-5 in the Air Force.

E-1 - Airman Basic
E-2 - Airman
E-3 - Airman First Class
E-4 - Senior Airman/Sergeant

I forget how much time had to go by before you advanced in rank. Something like 9 months or so. You made Sergeant on your four year anniversary, back then. I'm not sure how they do it anymore, but I do know that they have since done away with the Senior Airman rank.

Dicky McElephant
07-14-2008, 03:47 PM
E-4 was given as a rank. You didn't have to start testing for rank until you wanted to get to E-5 in the Air Force.

E-1 - Airman Basic
E-2 - Airman
E-3 - Airman First Class
E-4 - Senior Airman/Sergeant

I forget how much time had to go by before you advanced in rank. Something like 9 months or so. You made Sergeant on your four year anniversary, back then. I'm not sure how they do it anymore, but I do know that they have since done away with the Senior Airman rank.


Umm what? Senior Airman is still there. Are you talking about Buck Sergeant?

Bowser
07-14-2008, 03:48 PM
Umm what? Senior Airman is still there. Are you talking about Buck Sergeant?

Ahh, yes! My bad. It jumps from Senior Airman to Staff Sergeant now. It's been awhile....

Frazod
07-14-2008, 03:51 PM
E-4 was given as a rank. You didn't have to start testing for rank until you wanted to get to E-5 in the Air Force.

E-1 - Airman Basic
E-2 - Airman
E-3 - Airman First Class
E-4 - Senior Airman/Sergeant

I forget how much time had to go by before you advanced in rank. Something like 9 months or so. You made Sergeant on your four year anniversary, back then. I'm not sure how they do it anymore, but I do know that they have since done away with the Senior Airman rank.

When my uncle was in (early 60s) that E-4 thing wasn't a given. He was told he had to reenlist to make E-3. He told them to go to hell. God he hated his time in the AF; to this day if I get him talking about it he gets pissed.

beach tribe
07-14-2008, 03:56 PM
Making Chief in 12 years is pretty good. I've known people who were in that long who were still E-5s.

At least when I was in, E-4 through E-6 had to take an exam and not only pass but pass high enough to advance to a limited number of billets. Some people PNA'd (pass but not advance) those tests over and over.

Personally, I took two, and advanced twice.

At E-7, though, you have to pass the test and get board approval. This is where it starts to get political. E-8 and E-9 are even more about who you know than what you know.

One of the dumbest human beings I've ever know was a Senior Chief (E-8) - he was a noxious dumpy moron with no social skills. He must have had an uncle who was an admiral.

Most all of his subordinates, (Wow. Spell check says i nailed it) are Much older than him.

dtebbe
07-14-2008, 04:01 PM
E-4 Specialist in the army.

Did my 4 years (3 years 10 months to be exact) and got out. Made E-4 in just over 2 years, and I started out from scratch as an E-1.

The MOS I was in (25R) had very few slots for NCOs, so you pretty much had to either wait 8 years for E5 or change MOS. 25R was one of those "duty to die for" deals for the most part, so most people stayed put. I actually was going to re-enlist for another 4 years to go to Turkey, but then the orders came down unaccompanied (right after the gulf war) so I took the early out deal instead. I'm glad I did for the most part, although if I had it all to do over again I would still sign on the dotted line right out of high school again. Best thing that could have ever happened for me.

DT

MIAdragon
07-14-2008, 04:17 PM
Have any of you ever killed anyone in combat...

Thats really not a question to ask.

E-5 USN

Radar Chief
07-14-2008, 04:27 PM
E-4 Specialist in the army.

Did my 4 years (3 years 10 months to be exact) and got out. Made E-4 in just over 2 years, and I started out from scratch as an E-1.

The MOS I was in (25R) had very few slots for NCOs, so you pretty much had to either wait 8 years for E5 or change MOS. 25R was one of those "duty to die for" deals for the most part, so most people stayed put. I actually was going to re-enlist for another 4 years to go to Turkey, but then the orders came down unaccompanied (right after the gulf war) so I took the early out deal instead. I'm glad I did for the most part, although if I had it all to do over again I would still sign on the dotted line right out of high school again. Best thing that could have ever happened for me.

DT

Sounds like my MOS, 24G.
Promotion points minimum for E-5 had been nine ninety never since Jesus was a corporal.

DeepPurple
07-14-2008, 04:35 PM
Doesn't 25R deal with audio video type equipment?

When I was about halfway through basic training I was offered to give up my MOS that I had enlisted for, 93H air traffic controller, and transfer to White House Communications Corp.

There's probably several thousand going through basic at Ft. Polk at anyone time. Myself and about 100 others one day were called to a meeting hall where we were greeted by three NCO's all dressed in suits. They explained that they had reviewed the records of all the trainees at Ft. Polk and we were being offered the opportunity to go work at the White House.

If accepted we would undergo FBI background investigations and then train in the audio video field. Jobs ranged from White House switchboard operator to maintaining public address systems.

It was an interesting opportunity and I sometimes wonder what it would of been like since I would of been there during Nixon's impeachment.

redbrian
07-14-2008, 04:48 PM
E-4 Sgt Air Force

Unless it has changed E-4 SA was not a NCO rank, making it damn near impossible to make NCO on your first hitch (I was in the first wave of E-4 SA in the late 70's).

Buster's Dad
07-14-2008, 05:39 PM
E-4 Sgt Air Force

Unless it has changed E-4 SA was not a NCO rank, making it damn near impossible to make NCO on your first hitch (I was in the first wave of E-4 SA in the late 70's).

in the 60's when I was in were , airman basic e-1, airman 3 rd class e-2,
airman 2nd class e-3 and airman 1st class e-4 very few mane e-4 in thier first enlistment, I got mine due to a special endorsement from the commanding general air force communications service. during the cuban missle crisis I stopped a S.a.c. security pentatration , ours was the only communications center that wasn't "" destroyed '' by S.A.C. security forces. A col. and 2 majors lost thier jobs and I promoted.

JimNasium
07-14-2008, 05:40 PM
I made E-4 and cruised through the remainder of my four year enlistment.

Phobia
07-14-2008, 05:59 PM
I made Sergeant (E-5) in 1994. I'd be who knows what rank and retiring in 18 months had I stayed in.

No regrets.

Dicky McElephant
07-14-2008, 06:00 PM
E-4. I did my four years and got out.

Plus if anyone cares......

1C551

Donger
07-14-2008, 06:12 PM
Colonel, Queen's Light Dragoons.

Dayze
07-14-2008, 06:14 PM
E4; 4 yrs and done.

Ari Chi3fs
07-14-2008, 06:28 PM
I was in for 10 months.

E-2

Was going to DLI in Monterrey CA when Soviet Union collapsed. I had a top secret security clearance and was studying Russian. When their country FAILed... they stopped most of the Russian classes to give us 3 options.

1. Learn a new language, Chinese or Arabic.
2. Get a new MOS.
3. Get out of military with 1/2 GI Bill.

The decision was easy for me.

tmax63
07-14-2008, 06:58 PM
US Army E-7 at 9.5 years in medical field (Pharmacy Tech) Got out after 11yr,11mon, and 17 days in 1997. Work as a civilian for them now and with my mil time counting have 23+ yrs towards a civil service retirement. I can take delayed retirement in 6.5 yrs., work til my retirement age of 56 in about 9yrs, or if I get lucky will be offered an early retirement at 25yrs in in a year and half.

MikeTheWildcat
07-14-2008, 09:06 PM
U.S. Navy Chief Petty Office (E-7). Retired after 20 years of service. I was a Aircrewman till my back went out, I couldn't fly so out I went into real world.

My dad was Army, and I had a uncle that was Air Force, they both wondered what they did wrong that I would run off and join the Navy.:thailor:

To all my bother and sisters in the military, keep the faith and stay safe!!

banyon
07-14-2008, 09:26 PM
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/ef/US_Army_O11_shoulderboard.svg/100px-US_Army_O11_shoulderboard.svg.png

eat it bitches!

RJ
07-14-2008, 09:27 PM
thank you for all that served



What he said.

AndChiefs
07-14-2008, 09:30 PM
I got a 99 on the ASVAB...but never joined.

Boon
07-14-2008, 09:32 PM
thank you for all that served

ditto.

BucEyedPea
07-14-2008, 09:36 PM
Commander in Chief

dtebbe
07-14-2008, 09:43 PM
Sounds like my MOS, 24G.
Promotion points minimum for E-5 had been nine ninety never since Jesus was a corporal.

The guy I replaced when I arrived in Greece made E-5 in 6 years. He had over 900 points.... He was somewhat famous in our field, it was amazingly small. Pretty much everyone in the European theater knew each other, and where they were stationed. We all knew where the prime assignments were, and you could pretty effectively work you way to them, depending on who you knew. I was very lucky to be stationed at an Air Force base my first assignment. I learned quickly that the air force knew how to treat people. That's why I was going to re-enlist to go to Turkey. I knew the station manager there, and it was a great facility and a decent base. I also loved the Turkish villages around the base, great food and you could eat out every night for like $3.

I worked in Radio and TV in Greece my first 2.5 years in, then they closed the base and I went and worked field and post production at Fort Knox KY for my last 18 months. The experience was great for me, got hired at a radio station right out of the army, then moved to TV in panama city fl, then to the ATL where I finally got hired on with Turner. Not too many days I didn't enjoy along the way, with the exception of "duty" at Ft. Knox. Basically babysitting the single guy's barricks and cleaning all the common areas.

DT

dtebbe
07-14-2008, 09:48 PM
Doesn't 25R deal with audio video type equipment?


Yes, broadcast and post-production specific. You pretty much end up in 1 of 4 places:

1. AFRTS station overseas - (killer assignment, unless you are a total F-up you will come back a seasoned broadcast engineer. Lots of opportunity)
2. Post production facility statesite - (OK, depending on how the civilians working there are)
3. Working at a public affairs office stateside (crap duty, you pretty much end up being an equipment operator)
4. Ft. Irwin CA - HELL ON EARTH. (people who get orders there routinely try to commit suicide. Probably the most 25R slots stateside)

DT

"Bob" Dobbs
07-14-2008, 09:58 PM
I was an 84F, which theoretically was more of an A/V specific type of MOS, but a lot of it was radio/TV production as well.

dtebbe
07-14-2008, 11:23 PM
I was an 84F, which theoretically was more of an A/V specific type of MOS, but a lot of it was radio/TV production as well.

You guys went to school at DINFOS in Indy right?

DT

No More Beer
07-14-2008, 11:37 PM
Crypto Tech (T-Branch) Chief E-7

KCChiefsMan
07-15-2008, 12:23 AM
Prestige 9 in Call of Duty 4

"Bob" Dobbs
07-15-2008, 12:37 AM
You guys went to school at DINFOS in Indy right?

DTNo. AIT was at an Army detachment at Lowry AFB (Denver).

little jacob
07-15-2008, 12:39 AM
Commander in Chief

nice to meet you, Mrs. Clinton.

BiStateNo
07-15-2008, 12:57 AM
CW3

Army

MOS 97B

BigEd
07-15-2008, 01:35 AM
I am currently a Chief Master Sergeant (E-9) in the US Air Force stationed at Hickam AFB, Hawaii...living the dream!

Coyote
07-15-2008, 01:39 AM
Colonel USMC
None that didn't deserve it.

DaneMcCloud
07-15-2008, 02:08 AM
Taxpayer, Second Class.

Gotcha beat.

Tax payer, First Class.

Front and Center.

DaneMcCloud
07-15-2008, 02:16 AM
Commander in Chief

Is that your Dominatrix handle?








:D

BucEyedPea
07-15-2008, 04:06 AM
nice to meet you, Mrs. Clinton.

Nice to meet you to Mr. Nixon's ghost.

BTW I'm a Republican.

MIAdragon
07-15-2008, 05:38 AM
I am currently a Chief Master Sergeant (E-9) in the US Air Force stationed at Hickam AFB, Hawaii...living the dream!

I lived on Hickam in 03-04, loved it!

Buster's Dad
07-15-2008, 05:39 AM
::I am currently a Chief Master Sergeant (E-9) in the US Air Force stationed at Hickam AFB, Hawaii...living the dream!

Hickam was my tour of duty also, july 1960 to july 1963, was with the 1957th communications group:thumb:

Mizzou_8541
07-15-2008, 07:43 AM
I lived on Hickam in 03-04, loved it!

Lived at K-Bay from 99-03. It was great the first couple of years...until I got married to my ex-wife. Word of advice...if you are young and single, making decent money and living in Hawaii-Don't get married. Worst decision of my life.

tooge
07-15-2008, 08:59 AM
0-3 Lt in the Navy. Never killed anyone, but fixed alot of guys up.

Shaid
07-15-2008, 09:40 AM
E4 - if I had decided to reenlist I would have just gone to OCS. If you're going to be in longer than your initial enlistment you may as well do your 20 and retire. Officer's get way better retirement money than the grunts.

Rausch
07-15-2008, 09:53 AM
I was a cub scout for 3 weeks.

RP_McMurphy
07-15-2008, 02:15 PM
E-6 if only I hadn't chased so many women and drank.

Duck Dog
07-15-2008, 02:36 PM
E6. RA 10 years 7 mo.

istas
07-15-2008, 06:11 PM
I am currently a Chief Master Sergeant (E-9) in the US Air Force stationed at Hickam AFB, Hawaii...living the dream!

I was stationed at Hickam from July 1976 to July 1979. Great place to be.
I got out after my 4 years as an E4 Sgt.

Skip Towne
07-15-2008, 06:15 PM
I was a cub scout for 3 weeks.

What rank?

Programmer
07-15-2008, 06:19 PM
E8 Electronics Warfare

www.togetherweserved.com

crazycoffey
07-15-2008, 06:21 PM
CW3

Army

MOS 97B


I'm trying to get into warrant officer school, early in the process.
but for the question, I'm an E-5 sgt, army reserves.

Adept Havelock
07-15-2008, 07:31 PM
Take your pick really,

Fleet Admiral (Star Fleet Battles)

Commander-in-Chief, combined armies (Axis and Allies)

Conquerer of the known world (Risk)

etc. :)

I'm particularly fond of "Ave, Ave Imperator, Ave Imperator Havelock!" (Rome: Total War)

However, thanks to all that wear or wore the uniform.

KCHawg
07-15-2008, 08:21 PM
:D Currently an E6/WG11 A-10 Warthawg crewchief!

Redrum_69
07-23-2008, 08:37 AM
never been in the military

country_boy
09-13-2008, 10:33 PM
E-3 Marine Corps i pick up E-4 pritty soon.

Lzen
09-13-2008, 10:37 PM
General........Anesthesia - In Call Of Duty the Big Red One

Skip Towne
09-13-2008, 10:40 PM
Making Chief in 12 years is pretty good. I've known people who were in that long who were still E-5s.

At least when I was in, E-4 through E-6 had to take an exam and not only pass but pass high enough to advance to a limited number of billets. Some people PNA'd (pass but not advance) those tests over and over.

Personally, I took two, and advanced twice.

At E-7, though, you have to pass the test and get board approval. This is where it starts to get political. E-8 and E-9 are even more about who you know than what you know.

One of the dumbest human beings I've ever know was a Senior Chief (E-8) - he was a noxious dumpy moron with no social skills. He must have had an uncle who was an admiral.

You just described Tom Cash.

KCJohnny
09-13-2008, 10:47 PM
E8 Master Sergeant, US Army.

Misplaced_Chiefs_Fan
09-13-2008, 11:24 PM
E-7 (98C4H)
Was up for E-8 when the Army made me an offer I could refuse, so I got out at 15.5 years.
Would have made 8 at 16 years which would have set me up for SGM.
However, wasn't interested in doing my twilight tour at Ft. Campbell. Was there from 1989-1994 and didn't much care for it the first time.