GUN I'm old and out of shape, but I hope to join barracks crew soon

Carl Brutananadilewski

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By soon, I'm thinking October-November, depending on what's available and my progress :x:

I just turned 28, and I need to lose a metric fuckton of weight before I'm comfortable with shipping. I have started running/exercising, changed my diet, and stopped smoking, so I'm well on my way.

Now, to get on with losing about 70lbs :noes: :hs:

As an aside, anyone in here Army infantry? I don't plan on making a career out of the military, and I really just want to go in and be a grunt for a few years. I've always wanted to do a stint in the military, and I regret not doing it when I was younger :o


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Blackfox

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You are 28 and overweight and you want to join the Infantry. Why? If you are just going to do it for a few years why not gain an additional skill you can use when you get out?
 

GABOS

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If you are just going to do it for a few years why not gain an additional skill you can use when you get out?

I agree. I was in the infantry (marines) for 4 years. Just got out a month ago and I regret not doing something that I could use now.
 
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Carl Brutananadilewski

Carl Brutananadilewski

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You are 28 and overweight and you want to join the Infantry. Why? If you are just going to do it for a few years why not gain an additional skill you can use when you get out?

No reason in particular, other than it seems like something I want to do :dunno:

I'm aware being a grunt is shitty, compared to, say, almost any other job in the military :o

Not that some other skill would hurt, but I've got a 10 year career in security and law enforcement, and I still plan on staying with that when I get out anyway :dunno:
 

Blackfox

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No reason in particular, other than it seems like something I want to do :dunno:

I'm aware being a grunt is shitty, compared to, say, almost any other job in the military :o

Not that some other skill would hurt, but I've got a 10 year career in security and law enforcement, and I still plan on staying with that when I get out anyway :dunno:

I hear you on wanting to serve but it just makes more sense to get something more out of the military. There's a lot of great opportunities and you should look into them so you don't miss out.
 

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By soon, I'm thinking October-November, depending on what's available and my progress :x:

I just turned 28, and I need to lose a metric fuckton of weight before I'm comfortable with shipping. I have started running/exercising, changed my diet, and stopped smoking, so I'm well on my way.

Now, to get on with losing about 70lbs :noes: :hs:

As an aside, anyone in here Army infantry? I don't plan on making a career out of the military, and I really just want to go in and be a grunt for a few years. I've always wanted to do a stint in the military, and I regret not doing it when I was younger :o


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Im infantry but am making a career out of it. My suggestion is find something in the Army that you can do on the outside instead of going infantry. Maybe look into Commo

PS: Life in the infantry won't be anything like you think it will be. Well at least in the 82nd.
 
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Carl Brutananadilewski

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PS: Life in the infantry won't be anything like you think it will be. Well at least in the 82nd.

Go on.

I'm interested to hear shit first hand. From what I've read, if I'm not deployed I'd basically just be training, right?

P.S. I know infantry won't really help my career, but its not such a huge deal since I already have a well-established career to go back to when I get out :dunno: Plus, the possibility is always there that I might really love the military and make it a career
 

Blackfox

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Go on.

I'm interested to hear shit first hand. From what I've read, if I'm not deployed I'd basically just be training, right?

P.S. I know infantry won't really help my career, but its not such a huge deal since I already have a well-established career to go back to when I get out :dunno: Plus, the possibility is always there that I might really love the military and make it a career

Yea, but "training" covers a very broad area. No, you won't always be out in the field doing tactical training. My experience is mostly with the 10th Mountain Division, was there for over 7 years. But if you just want to be a ground pounder and carry heavy shit around, why don't you do something awesome, like say... 13F :cool:
 
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Carl Brutananadilewski

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Do you look like your AV?

LOL, no, nowhere near that bad.

The weight thing sounds a lot worse than it is...I'm 6'7", so while I do have a lot of work to do, I'm not super fat.

I've been jogging at about a 12:30/mile pace the last week, and my plan is to get down to about 8:00 flat before I even talk to a recruiter. I can get to about 45 or 50% now on the APFT for the sit ups and push ups, and my current body fat is in the neighborhood of 26-28% :hsd:

ETA: Up until I was about 21 I worked out regularly, and ran 2 miles 4 days a week. At that time, I was running at ~8:00/mile, and I was fine with that. I kick myself in the ass for not keeping up with it though :o
 

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LOL, no, nowhere near that bad.

The weight thing sounds a lot worse than it is...I'm 6'7", so while I do have a lot of work to do, I'm not super fat.

I've been jogging at about a 12:30/mile pace the last week, and my plan is to get down to about 8:00 flat before I even talk to a recruiter. I can get to about 45 or 50% now on the APFT for the sit ups and push ups, and my current body fat is in the neighborhood of 26-28% :hsd:

ETA: Up until I was about 21 I worked out regularly, and ran 2 miles 4 days a week. At that time, I was running at ~8:00/mile, and I was fine with that. I kick myself in the ass for not keeping up with it though :o

Yeah work on PT. Hell if you don't get a 250 on your PT test in my unit you are put on remedial PT. They work out twice a day and sometimes on the weekend. They are even thinking about pushing that up to 260. The slowest we ever run is a 8 min mile. I have tracked many runs at 6:30 pace.

As someone who is 6'4" I can tell you that marching is going to suck.

Units still march? I joke because seems like anytime we march in formation which is VERY VERY rare route step is immediately called.
 

Jyokker

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Yeah work on PT. Hell if you don't get a 250 on your PT test in my unit you are put on remedial PT. They work out twice a day and sometimes on the weekend. They are even thinking about pushing that up to 260. The slowest we ever run is a 8 min mile. I have tracked many runs at 6:30 pace.



Units still march? I joke because seems like anytime we march in formation which is VERY VERY rare route step is immediately called.

Air Force marched everywhere in basic. I assumed other branches would be the same.
 

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I think infantry is an awesome idea.

I wanted to do the same thing, but unfortunately it's just not a good time for a prior service recruit (Army and Marine Corps). So I talked to the Air Force, and am on my way to being a TACP. I've served in the military for 5 years doing something that I can use and make a lot of money with on the outside, and it's fucking gay as shit. I don't even feel like I'm in the military.

I took a break from the ships, went to Afghanistan with a bunch of grunts, and I fucking loved every minute of it. Did it suck? Fuck yeah it did, was I miserable a lot of the time? Yes. Scared? Yes...but it was all that I thought it would be, and for the first time in my military career I felt actual satisfaction out of what I was doing. That is an irreplaceable feeling.

Don't let anyone stop you, go for it. But I will say this, if you don't DO YOUR RESEARCH, you're a fucking dumbass that is bound to make a big mistake.
 
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I think infantry is an awesome idea.

I wanted to do the same thing, but unfortunately it's just not a good time for a prior service recruit (Army and Marine Corps). So I talked to the Air Force, and am on my way to being a TACP. I've served in the military for 5 years doing something that I can use and make a lot of money with on the outside, and it's fucking gay as shit. I don't even feel like I'm in the military.

I took a break from the ships, went to Afghanistan with a bunch of grunts, and I fucking loved every minute of it. Did it suck? Fuck yeah it did, was I miserable a lot of the time? Yes. Scared? Yes...but it was all that I thought it would be, and for the first time in my military career I felt actual satisfaction out of what I was doing. That is an irreplaceable feeling.

Don't let anyone stop you, go for it. But I will say this, if you don't DO YOUR RESEARCH, you're a fucking dumbass that is bound to make a big mistake.

Thanks for the advice, broham :cool:

I know being in the field is going to suck. As I've mentioned, I've got a career. I have been in security, then law enforcement, and now back to security. While I make decent money in my super-cushy security job now, it's nowhere near as satisfying as it was when I was out on the road as a cop. Now, all I do is sit in a control room and am essentially a dispatcher. Sure, I supervise every officer on duty in 2 states, but it's boring and I feel like I'm wasting my life.

As an aside, I've been through a lot of shit in my time on the streets. Is it anywhere near what actual military combat is? Fuck no, but at least I know how I will react when bullets are coming toward me and the shit is hitting the fan. Based on my past experience with this, I feel like I'd probably do pretty well in infantry. I don't want to join the military to sit at a desk. If I wanted to sit at a desk, I'd stay in my current job :dunno:
 

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Good on you for knowing what you want. You have some experience doing things similar(albeit different in other aspects) so you kid of have an idea of what you are getting into. As long as it makes you happy, you should be fine.
 

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I am infantry. Prepare to be sucking. I mean sucking to the point where you question if it's worth it. And where in your life did you go wrong. But if you can get past that, you'll find it is rewarding because of the amazing people you work with. It's the most satisfying job I've ever had. As a general idea for the military, prepare to be pissed off standing around for hours on end doing nothing. If you're going enlisted prepare to be treated like absolute shit till you become an nco.

It's rewarding. But infantry isn't about you. It's about your buddy. Unless if you're a shit bag you worry more about letting them down or what you have to give to them to help them out instead of trying to take for yourself. Are you that kind of person?
 

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If you want to ship out in the Fall in the infantry, I would get in the best shape you can and enlist ASAP. Once you enlist, you will still have 6 months, maybe more, before you ship out and you can get in great shape during the wait in DEP. If you wait until November to enlist, you might not ship out until Summer 2012.

I'm in the process of enlisting now and infantry is very backed up. If you don't care about the timing, then do whatever you want.
 
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Carl Brutananadilewski

Carl Brutananadilewski

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I am infantry. Prepare to be sucking. I mean sucking to the point where you question if it's worth it. And where in your life did you go wrong. But if you can get past that, you'll find it is rewarding because of the amazing people you work with. It's the most satisfying job I've ever had. As a general idea for the military, prepare to be pissed off standing around for hours on end doing nothing. If you're going enlisted prepare to be treated like absolute shit till you become an nco.

It's rewarding. But infantry isn't about you. It's about your buddy. Unless if you're a shit bag you worry more about letting them down or what you have to give to them to help them out instead of trying to take for yourself. Are you that kind of person?

Not at all. Hell, at work I'm always getting shit from the guys above me because I go above and beyond for the officers below me. When I was a cop, there was a brotherhood there that I'm assuming is similar to infantryman. Although, just based on the much different atmosphere of combat, that brotherhood has to be a way different kind of bond than some patrol officers :dunno:

If you want to ship out in the Fall in the infantry, I would get in the best shape you can and enlist ASAP. Once you enlist, you will still have 6 months, maybe more, before you ship out and you can get in great shape during the wait in DEP. If you wait until November to enlist, you might not ship out until Summer 2012.

I'm in the process of enlisting now and infantry is very backed up. If you don't care about the timing, then do whatever you want.

Hmmm. Maybe I should go talk to a recruiter sooner than I had planned, then. Although I'm still going to need to wait a little while; I'd probably get laughed out the door right now :hsd:
 

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Hmmm. Maybe I should go talk to a recruiter sooner than I had planned, then. Although I'm still going to need to wait a little while; I'd probably get laughed out the door right now :hsd:

Just show him you are serious about this and motivated to get in shape and he'll work with you.
 

DaFreak963

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when did 28 make you old? I'm turning 28 this summer and I'm thinking about trying out for OCS. I'm waiting to talk to a recruiter in person till May since that will be 6 months after my LASIK.
 

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