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    I was a member of the Fire Service for 15 years--as a firefighter/paramedic and later as Lieutenant, training officer and fitness coordinator. A typical 'tour of duty' lasts 24 hours, followed by 48 hours off (plus overtime), year after year.

    We defended people against, well, often their own stupidity, but more to the point against fire, accident and life-threatening illness. I've seen a whole lot more gunshot wounds than the typical (non-combat) soldier.

    The US fire service command structure is a hybrid of strict military (on the fireground) and business hierarchy (during other times); a contemporary firefighter may spend 8 hours a day in training, may develop the purchasing specifications for the engine that he will eventually operate. And he may find himself under the absolute tactical command of an Incident Commander in the next moment.

    My training included 8 months as a paramedic, an initial 2 months as a firefighter (and then cumulatively a year specializing in fire command tactics and strategies, urban search and rescue, high angle rescue, swift water rescue [I did not like that], hazmat, trauma management, Mass Casualty Incident tactics) as well as Company Officer Development.

    There are ways to serve and defend one's country that do not involve shooting people in foreign lands and I would put the average firefighter's dedication to service up against the average soldier's any day.

    To VonMilikowski: I was coming of age during the late stages of the VietNam war. I announced to my family that I intended to enlist in order to follow in the footsteps of my two older cousins (one of whom was dead). His brother, the living cousin, announced to me that he would knee cap me (by gunshot).

    He was no pacifist, an Army Ranger with 3 tours of duty all on forward fire bases. But he knew that he had not defended America nor had his brother died in its defense; he was, however, going to defend me from my own stupidity. My knees, I'm happy to say, are intact as is my respect for both cousins. Your promise to your family carries much weight and they are fortunate to have you leading them as you have.

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    4 years in united states marine corps, 18 months in viet nam and 1 year recovering froms wounds recieved in combat. Take my word for it theres nothing gloorious about modern warfare

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    I´ve been back to the "civilian life" for a few months now. Done the mandatory service (in the military police company) and didnt stay for any more. Working in the security business now so I´m making some use of the training here in the civilian world aswell.

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    For better & for worse

    I was in the US Army for a very long 54 months back in the 60s (not counting wasted time in ROTC).

    I learned discipline, military history, tactics, drill, weapons, etc. I also learned that I will never trust the men who rise up through the ranks to "lead". Most of them are idiots.

    The positive side is I know I could and would fight hard and well if my community and people were attacked.

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    Three years as a U.S. Army infantryman. Served during Clinton's second term, so no combat experience. I was a heavy weapons specialist and I loved my job. Not the BS "garrison politics, mind you, but all the MOS related activity.

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    Well, I just checked my physical and psychological health, the mandatory tests as to wether or not they will have me join the army.

    Because of my back-injury, I wouldn't be suited for modern warfare, which pretty much suited me fine!

    Shauger1: May I ask what happened during your time at war?

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