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Personal logo Inari7 Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2012 12:54 p.m. PST

Let's say that your home country has declared war, would you volunteer for the armed forces?

Let's also say they will take "Anybody"

Yes, no matter what.
No, I don't believe in war to settle disputes.
It depends on who we are fighting and why.

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian03 Jan 2012 12:56 p.m. PST

Did once, would do it again

kyoteblue Inactive Member03 Jan 2012 12:57 p.m. PST


doc mcb Inactive Member03 Jan 2012 12:58 p.m. PST

If drafted I would certainly go -- but they'd have to be pretty desperate to want me back. (I was an infantry officer in the US Army Reserves thirty years ago.)

But VOLUNTEERING would depend very much on circumstances, who we are fighting and why.

"Old deaf diabetic fat man"? Yup,that'd be me, too.

Personal logo Lentulus Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2012 1:00 p.m. PST


If I had been around in 1939, certainly.

In 1914? I hope not.

Dynaman878903 Jan 2012 1:00 p.m. PST

I tried – they said I was too fat. Now I'd go if drafted, but I'm past the age where they want me.

If either of my sons wants to join I will first warn them it is not the life they make it out to be in the ads, and tell them I would be proud if the decided to serve.

Personal logo Inari7 Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2012 1:04 p.m. PST

REMEMBER: they will take "Anybody"

So would you?

Personal logo elsyrsyn Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2012 1:04 p.m. PST

It depends on who we are fighting and why.

That sums it up well for me. When I was a lot younger I might have just made the assumption that the people running the country knew what the right thing to do was, and followed their lead in such matters. That was long ago, though.


David Manley03 Jan 2012 1:07 p.m. PST

Half there already :)

CPT Jake Inactive Member03 Jan 2012 1:09 p.m. PST

Done it before, have no problem doing it again.

Terrement Inactive Member03 Jan 2012 1:09 p.m. PST


Tom Molon Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2012 1:10 p.m. PST

Been there, done that, got the t-shirt

Big Ian Inactive Member03 Jan 2012 1:10 p.m. PST


Delthos Inactive Member03 Jan 2012 1:11 p.m. PST

Yes, I already have done it.

Little Big Wars Inactive Member03 Jan 2012 1:24 p.m. PST

No… staying alive is preferable to chancing death.

epturner Inactive Member03 Jan 2012 1:24 p.m. PST

Done it. Twenty years of continuous service and counting.

Holy carp. I just realized how long it's been.


Patrick Sexton Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2012 1:26 p.m. PST


Cold Steel Inactive Member03 Jan 2012 1:27 p.m. PST

Did it once. Tried again after 9/11.

mad monkey 103 Jan 2012 1:29 p.m. PST


Sundance Inactive Member03 Jan 2012 1:37 p.m. PST

Already did. Twice.

KTravlos03 Jan 2012 1:40 p.m. PST

If the country is in a serious danger they should conscript. If it is not ,nope.

Angel Barracks Inactive Member03 Jan 2012 1:44 p.m. PST


Omemin Inactive Member03 Jan 2012 1:46 p.m. PST

I agree with a lot of my fellow Troop Greeters: If I didn't think I'd be more a hindrance than a help, I'd join up in a heartbeat.

There are things in life that are bigger than me and my comfort/survival.

skippy0001 Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2012 1:50 p.m. PST

Yes. We all would be good for contingency planning and thinking 'outside the box'.

TGerritsen03 Jan 2012 1:53 p.m. PST

I've done it before, so I'd do it again. The problem is, at this point would they want me?

PzGeneral03 Jan 2012 1:56 p.m. PST

If I thought we were just going about stomping about on people, no. But if we had good reason, yes.

And no, I would not assume it would be a grand adventure.

richarDISNEY Inactive Member03 Jan 2012 2:17 p.m. PST

Yup. For the right reasons though.
"To be a citizen, you must serve."

wrgmr103 Jan 2012 2:37 p.m. PST

Only if there was no viable alternative to this war, and it was for a good reason. I was in the Navy before and would sign up again, although at 53, I'm certainly not 25 any more, however I can still do 60 push ups.

vojvoda Inactive Member03 Jan 2012 2:39 p.m. PST

1976 signed up and spent 26 years in the Army. I would not do it again too old and can not hang. But I would not change it for the world.
James Mattes

Personal logo Cardinal Hawkwood Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2012 2:44 p.m. PST

only if they have low carb sugar free regiments..

Cincinnatus Inactive Member03 Jan 2012 2:58 p.m. PST

I told my wife that I will only sign back up if there's another war. So if it's a new one, yes but only if there was a chance I could do something other than sitting on my butt in CONUS.

Greylegion03 Jan 2012 3:08 p.m. PST

I'm with Saber 6.


redmist112203 Jan 2012 3:53 p.m. PST

Retired back in 2004 – yup go back in a heart beat!!!


McKinstry Fezian03 Jan 2012 4:34 p.m. PST

Already did it once. If they need me again after 40 years, they're in deep trouble.

14Bore03 Jan 2012 4:46 p.m. PST

bin there done that 33 years ago, and got a cool hat that I wore all day today (cold weather helmut liner)

Weird WWII Inactive Member03 Jan 2012 5:06 p.m. PST



Frederick Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2012 5:09 p.m. PST

Would, but given my skill set I am pretty sure the powers that be would set me in a very distant place doing very specialized work

Klebert L Hall Inactive Member03 Jan 2012 5:20 p.m. PST


Personal logo Wolfshanza Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2012 5:39 p.m. PST

"Been there, done that, got the t-shirt"

Yep, what he sed !

doug redshirt03 Jan 2012 5:57 p.m. PST

Did 20 years. The only reason they would want me now is if there massive numbers of wounded that needed to be taken care of.

74EFS Intel Inactive Member03 Jan 2012 6:08 p.m. PST

I said "I do" back in 1988 and have re-affirmed the oath multiple times since then.

cfuzwuz Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2012 6:14 p.m. PST

NO! Did my 3 years during Nam. It's time for others to do their part.

Only Warlock03 Jan 2012 6:16 p.m. PST

Yes, of course.

galvinm Inactive Member03 Jan 2012 6:37 p.m. PST


Only reason I'm not still in, is they kicked me out on a medical after only 24 years. I would retire this year, if I had been allowed to stay in.

Thanks to those who have already served.

LAP195403 Jan 2012 7:02 p.m. PST


Frankss Inactive Member03 Jan 2012 7:13 p.m. PST

Yes if they'd take me,retired 20 years ago.

Mister X Inactive Member03 Jan 2012 8:22 p.m. PST

Nope. never.

Irish Marine Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2012 9:09 p.m. PST

Over 20 years infantry Marine Corps so yes.

Irish Marine Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2012 9:10 p.m. PST

I love the no answers, so it's ok for others to go but not you.

Ron W DuBray Inactive Member03 Jan 2012 9:11 p.m. PST

did, now Im to old.

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