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We would fight not for the political future of a distant city, rather for principles whose destruction would ruin the possibility of peace and security for the peoples of the earth.

-- Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain

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If you enlisted in the military today, which service would you choose?

Army19 %19 %19 % 19.25 % (31)
Air Force23 %23 %23 % 23.60 % (38)
Marine Corps21 %21 %21 % 21.74 % (35)
Navy14 %14 %14 % 14.29 % (23)
Coast Guard11 %11 %11 % 11.80 % (19)
National Guard3 %3 %3 % 3.11 % (5)
Reserves0 %0 %0 % 0.62 % (1)
I Wouldn't join any military service5 %5 %5 % 5.59 % (9)

Total votes: 161
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Re: If you enlisted in the military today, which service wou
by David
on Jan 29, 2002

Go Army! ;-)


Re: If you enlisted in the military today, which service wou
by Anonymous
on Feb 01, 2002
How many of you voted for the same branch you served in ? Was in out of unit pride or jusy didn't want to admit that another branch of our military might better suit your needs and skills ? Not slamming nobody, just asking the question.
For me, I voted for the Army. I serverd my 6 years and still feel that it offered the best match of training and utilization of my skills than the other branches offered at the time I enlisted. Plus, after seeing how the "other side" lived, I still think it was the best choice for me.

Re: If you enlisted in the military today, which service wou
by Anonymous
on Feb 01, 2002
I did my 4 in the Coast Guard 67-71 plus 2 years reserve. While proud of my time in the CG, the reason why I would do it again is a little deeper. I enlisted originally because I figured if I was going to risk my life for this country, I would rather do it saving lives than taking them. This is no slam against any of the other services. The Coast Guard's mission suited my feelings about helping people 30 years ago and that has not changed. My father and uncle were in the Navy, my Grandfathers were both in the army, my son is a first class midshipman in the Navy, so our family has military roots from way back, a distant relative fought in the Confederate army,as a matter of fact. I have no problem serving my country, I have a problem taking a human life whom I don't even know.

If sent into combat in a CG unit, I would go because its my duty, but it is not something I would relish.

Re: If you enlisted in the military today, which service wou
by Anonymous
on Jul 22, 2002

only 15, but hoping for the Air Force! (P.S., its not because its popular or anything, as a matter of fact, I'm surrounded by NAVY people, even my own mother!!!)


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