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Old December 29th, 2010, 11:44 AM   #1
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An informal poll/survey here. I have for a number of years now been doing this to aid ongoing post graduate studies plans.

A. Are you a veteran of military service from your home country?

You are welcome to provide generic details...eg. Army-Navy-AF-Marine-Coast Guard (or equivelent) etc. I would also be interested in your 'branch'...ie. duty description/job.

Any other detail provided is yours to give and also appreciated. Rank, service dates, length etc. But these are not necessary...as I'm sensitive to privacy matters.


B. How as a veteran, if at all, has this effected your study, analysis and views of history.


For example has it contributed to a specific area of study, era, tactics and strategy, logistics, equipment, etc.

For any response. Thanks in advance.

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Old December 29th, 2010, 08:47 PM   #2

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No military service here. Close twice, but if either had happened I'm reasonably sure essential parts of me would still be in SE Asia.
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Old December 29th, 2010, 08:50 PM   #3
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Understood. Thanks Ed.
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Old December 29th, 2010, 08:51 PM   #4

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Like a few past presidents, no military time here. Although like Ed, I sure thought about it several times and would have join the Air Force if I did.
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Thanks TJ.
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Old December 29th, 2010, 09:55 PM   #6

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My branch and mos had no affect on my courses of scholastic study over the years, but it has colored my view of different parts of the world, and by default I suppose, certain aspects of history.
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Most kind. Thanks
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My service hasn't really changed my view of history. In fact my service came about largely because of my view/want to study history and military tactics (as well as the previous religion I practiced).

Though I can say that what I have seen as a result of my service has changed my view somewhat on the terrible things that humanity is capable of doing. At one time I thought "No, there's no way that regular people can do those sorts of things." But now I'm not so naive.
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My service hasn't really changed my view of history. In fact my service came about largely because of my view/want to study history and military tactics (as well as the previous religion I practiced).

Though I can say that what I have seen as a result of my service has changed my view somewhat on the terrible things that humanity is capable of doing. At one time I thought "No, there's no way that regular people can do those sorts of things." But now I'm not so naive.
Thanks Thegn. Most informative.
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An informal poll/survey here. I have for a number of years now been doing this to aid ongoing post graduate studies plans.

A. Are you a veteran of military service from your home country?
USN, '69-'89 Engineman/Machinist Mate and Assault Boat Coxswain. Retired as Chief Petty Officer.
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B. How as a veteran, if at all, has this effected your study, analysis and views of history.
I attended Purdue University after I retired, getting my Masters in '04. The discipline and focus of a military life helped me greatly in my studies, as did over 20 years of reading before I got to school. Actually doing some of the things I would later study gave me a rather unique perspective, and the profs appreciated my experience. As one prof regularly said, "And now, for the correct answer, I call on Mr. J-----."
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