4 months agoHappy 243rd Birthday US Army!
4 months agoI love em` all. Aren`t our Navy and Marines about the same age?.
I was never in the service but I do live in the land of the service - here in SC.
4 months agoYep, both pretty close. Except for us, the US Air Force. We are the babies! LOL
National Guard: December 13, 1636
U.S. Army: June 14, 1775
U.S. Navy: October 13, 1775 (Abolished Feb 1781 - Reinstated 7 Sep 1781)
U.S. Marine Corps: November 10, 1775
U.S. Coast Guard: August 4, 1790
U.S. Air Force: September 18, 1947
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I`m surprised as to the date for the USAF. It obviously didn`t take them long to gear up big time. I was a little kid in Omaha in the `40`s. Offutt Air Base (SAC), was just South of Omaha.
Hell, military planes flew over my apt. building every day. Back then, most were prop planes and some of those big babies had 4 or 6 motors and they were "pusher" motors (on the back side of the wings) versus the normal "pullers" located on the front of the wing.
4 months agoYep. The National Defense Act of 1947 created the Department of Defense and a separate Air Force. Aim High!
4 months agoMy Dad was in the Army air corp in world war II. He was a radio telegraph operator /instructor. It became the Air Force after he was discharged after WWII. The USAF was only 20 years old when I joined it in 1967, I was discharged in 1971. I was discharged from Travis AFB in California when I returned from the Phillippines. I was Honorably discharged 47 years ago on May the 9th 1971.
4 months agoThat`s pretty cool, VT. The AAC gave us the foundation to build on. I joined in 86 and Medically Retired in 2009. January 6th so I never had to work for yomama!!"lolLOL
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I was never in the service. Kinda wanted to join the Navy after High School, but Dad said wait.........Consider that later. Well, I went to College and while I was in High School (ROTC)........and College Air Force (ROTC), I never went any further with it all.
However, my brother in law finally retired a few years ago after 20-25 years (don`t recall how many) as an Air Traffic Controller. He served in Viet Nam and Egypt and many other places way back when.........Reagan fired the controllers that went on strike.
4 months agoWhen I joined in 1967 the Air force was really recruiting and taking people in big time, that was during the hot and heavy fighting in Vietnam. I had basic training at Lackland AFB, and then they had Amarillo as a training base too. It semed to me that there was a always a full house at Lackland while I was there, always new coming in and the trained recruits leaving for various duty Stations.
My first duty was at Vandenberg AFB California, I was stationed there in SAC (strategic Air Command) for 2_1/2 years. Then I was transferred to TAC ( tactical Air Command) at Clark AFB in the Phillippines where I served the remainder of my service. I was in the Security Police , guarded nukes and missles in CA. and worked in Merchandise control in the Phillippines.
4 months agoMoScooter, you never know if things happen for a reason. I`ve never looked down on anyone who didn`t join. I`ve laughed at guys who said "I didn`t join because I would`ve punched my DS/DI/MTI" though.
4 months agoBack in the day I ducked it because I had three kids. I kicked azz regularly in downtown Poughkeepsie at anti war demonstrations made by Vassar and Marist College students. I also had a big dislike of Cassius Clay. Even Elvis Presley went in. Oh well, that was a long time ago. It was fun beating up the demonstrators though. The cops used to put some of them in jail for the night and when breakfast was served in the morning the nice folks used to dump it out on the jailhouse floor. Our good cops used to hook up a garden hose and spray them and the floor down. It was in the winter and below zero. Real cold down there too. HaHaHaHa My stepfather was a cop and i used to hear all the stories.