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Old August 20th, 2018, 02:37 PM   #411
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"undesignated" in the fleet...
Which means in all probability AB rating. Hopefully ABE (if it's still broke up) Cats and wires are far more technical than H or F. Either way starting out it's both tough and dirty.
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Old August 20th, 2018, 02:45 PM   #412
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Old August 20th, 2018, 04:15 PM   #413
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UPDATE 5/31/2018

More B.S.

Maggie is not shipping. We are at MEPS and they tell her she is .50" too large for the tape. They won't make an exception. She taped out yesterday but not today.

She has no ship date for now and she may lose her Rating. She has no job, sold all of her things she could to downsize, and donated a bunch of her stuff as well.

The Doctors at MEPS are real pieces of work.

She may just give up, I wouldnt blame her. Complete B.S.


UPDATE 8/20/2018
Great news for Maggie. Today was her last chance to make her weight and tape measurements at MEPS. She made her weight and tape requirements. She leaves this Wednesday the 22nd of August.

Since all of her previous contracts were missed due to her not making the requirements in some way, she is now in a PACT Aviation Contract.
Good on her for having the drive to see it through! Those docs at MEPS sure are pieces of work. When I came back in after a 10 year break, one of the docs, whom I won't mention by name, but some thought he was a real "Loser," wasn't helpful at all. At all. Fortunately, I had a recruiter who knew how to navigate around him, so I had my ducks in a row with a couple of minor waivers. Even then, he grumbled and stalled as much as he could before signing off on my medical.

MEPS was such a negative experience, particularly on the day I did my swearing in, I was having some serious misgivings about my decision to try to get back in to finish my 20, and was *this* close to pulling the plug and walking. Suffice it to say, it's easier to deal with that level of BS when you are 18-22 years old than when you are into your mid 40s.

Congratulations Clandestine! You should be one proud Papa!


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Congratulations and good luck! Military Service is the best way to spend one's youth. I owe everything I have now to enlisting.

Now you just need to have some more kids so you can cover down on Space Force, Air Force, and Marine Corps. Make up for all the garbage people who think making social media posts protesting Trump is a higher calling than defending freedom.
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Which boot camp? Should be decent weather at all of them.
There is only one now. Great Lakes.

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Old August 21st, 2018, 10:37 AM   #418
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There is only one now. Great Lakes.

Thanks to your daughter for standing the watch.

Yep - http://www.bootcamp.navy.mil/ My son had his sea cadets boot camp here.
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Which means in all probability AB rating. Hopefully ABE (if it's still broke up) Cats and wires are far more technical than H or F. Either way starting out it's both tough and dirty.
I was an AB on the Lincoln ( CVN-72) during Desert Storm. I worked the Cat #1. It was a VERY demanding and dangerous job but I loved every minute of it.
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Old August 21st, 2018, 02:47 PM   #420
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I was an AB on the Lincoln ( CVN-72) during Desert Storm. I worked the Cat #1. It was a VERY demanding and dangerous job but I loved every minute of it.
Is it still broken up to H,E &F rates? I thought handlers and grapes were about the shittiest job for an airedale to have. Yes Cat 1 was where it all was starting BUT as the A/F troubleshooter/final checker I thought getting clear of the waist was a tad more dangerous to get out of the way once my bird launched. On Yankee Station the Hummer was usually 1st to be launched and that was normally on Cat 1, the fleet needed it's eyes. Once my job was done I left asap for the catwalk, no desire to be a spectator from eye level.

I found the flightdeck ballet both a balance of exhilarating and sometimes a pucker factor of 10 especially playing dodge ball with oversized aircraft like RA5C Vigilantes and A3 Whales. A Vigi had a nasty habit of sometimes sheering bolts and shooting it's bomb bay fuel tank straight aft when launched. That would be like a 500 gallon flaming ball of fire rolling laterally until it hit the JBD!

All that for less than 250-300 bucks a month, wouldn't trade it for the world.
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