Hello from sunny Iraq, please disreguard the falling moarters, they usually dont hit you.
My buddy "Black Fox" suggested I post here. Lets see, where to start.
Ever considered joining the national guard? well i did, for about 5 seconds while i stared down at the beautiful rack of this really hot blonde recruiter, which as it seems was long enough to sign my name here, and there, and there.
It sounded good enough, they will pay for college...but what they didnt say is if you are never home you cant really go to college now can you?
OK, well im in, i passed the medical, and off to basic i go, Regular army basic. Fun
I learned an important lesson, the guard is not all fun and games, we only work 2 days a month, but we have the exact same standards to keep as the regular army, but we only got a weekend to do what normally gets done in a month! more fun.
Ok, got back, finished my senior year, and surprise, off to ait (advanced training) which turned out to be basic again, double fun.
alright, now thats done with i can finally have some time with my girlfrie..SURPRISE!! YOUR GOING TO IRAQ
better yet, it wasnt with my unit, it is this reject unit that needed fillers, i got volunteered
wonderful, they send me to train in northern wisconsin in the middle of winter for the desert, what a great idea.
well, 5 anthrax shots later plus everything else i got (must have been a total of 20 shots) and 3 months of arctic training, im off to iraq, when SURPRISE! a wresteler desides to show me whos boss and breaks my leg, wonderful
Yeah, so i learn alot about how bad of an idea it is to break my leg, and aparently i was left unable to do my job, the military was going to kick me out, in fact i have all the paperwork that says im getting out when SURPRISE in 48 hours it all turns around and im on a plane to the desert.
And now im here for 12 months, everything sucks, im sure you have heard all the horror stories before and good news, i have an internet connection, so if you want to hear any wacky crap about the military im your number one source, and thank you for the sure-to-be warm welcome to follow
in conclusion, the army has cost me my freedom, happiness and my girlfriend (one in the same) if you know someone who is going to do something patriotic anytime soon, please ask them to reconsider.
Welcome to Hatrack. Sounds like your recent experiences have left you pretty soured. My cousin is in Iraq right now as well. My own advice to you would be to consider important decisions for more than five seconds while making them...oh, and don't stare at anyone's chest while doing so as well.
Iceminion is a great guy, though he has had his issues. So try to be nice to him, most of all he's just felt really alone and all lately. So just talk to him some, maybe he'll cheer up.
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Just to make sure everyone got the right impression, I needed something to post, and im not usually very talkative unless its a subject im passionate about, and it just so happens that im passionately upset with the way the army had dealt with me, but just to clarify, there are alot of great things in here that i didnt mention, it is great working konwing that we are actually making a difference. Hey, and i wont go through my life itching to find out what iraq is really like...if one would ever want to...
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Ice, my cousin just sent us all an e-mail making fun of himself. He said he remembered being a teenager and wearing something for a short time then throwing it in the dirty clothes. Now he's having to wear his stuff all day in the heat, hang it up to dry at night, then put it right back on the next day.
Hi, IceMinion! Welcome to Hatrack! I'm an engineer and planning on coming over there to work, soon, on reconstruction projects, as soon as I can get through some stuff that's keeping me here. How is the weather?
Seriously, I think the work that's going on in Iraq now matters more than anything else the whole world over, in terms of the longterm survivability of the human species. That's why I'm planning to get involved with it.
I'm really glad you are here. Hatrack needs your perspective on lots of issues which we really are ill-informed about. Nothing beats firsthand experience.
So, what is your job and what part of the country are you in?
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Best of luck to you, Ice. I hope you find this a very welcoming place, even if you don't have much to say all the time. I mainly just post in the fluffthreads... or try to fluff out the more serious ones. Not everyone loves me, and I'm not the greatest guy in the world. My name is D and you're more than welcome to contact me at any time if you are feeling a need, I am generally on my computer, as most people here can attest to. Again, a world of luck to you in the desertlands.
IceMinion...welcome to Hatrack, first of all.
Second of all, I respect the crap out of you for being over there, even if you aren't all that happy about being there right now.
Third of all, please understand that even though there are those of us over here who are not, oh, especially happy with your commander-in-chief right now, we do - I repeat, do - support you guys and girls who are over there.
And fourth of all, Keep Your Head Down. (This is the same thing I always tell my best friend's son, who is also over there right now.)
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