Do you ever regret not enlisting at the peak of GWOT?

Do you ever regret not enlisting at the peak of GWOT?

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  1. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Hell no

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      exactly my thought
      after everything was revealed I THANK GOD ALMIGHTY for putting obstacles in my life that prevented me from enlisting in that fake and gay conflict for dick cheney's bank account

      every piece of information that gets revealed about these campaigns only reinforces this for me, I honestly feel so blessed I was spared from any of that

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Afghanistan arguably had good intentions but spiraled into more nation building. Nothing good came from Iraq.

        We needed to wrap up both wars by 2005. Instead it more felt like a constant occupation, even til today in Iraq, albeit with SOF

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          >Afghanistan arguably had good intentions
          totally, it was fine to go in and destroy all their capabilities to plan, train, and launch attacks, but all that ended pretty quickly, within a year iirc courtesy of sf, delta, air force, cia, and others
          the next 20 something years though? that was just a big circlejerk for the MIC

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          >good intentions
          If by good intentions, you mean rampant war racketeering and glownigs profiting of off the opium trade, then sure

  2. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    GWOT vet here (2008-2013) (Afghanistan x2)

    It was not worth it. Frick IEDs, I'm still not right in the head since. A handful of guys died and it pains me to think about it.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      This. 2008-2011 11b here. If I had to do it all over again i'd be the biggest POG ever.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      06-10 crayon eater
      nothing I did helped protect americans
      death to zog and the synagogue of satan

      you sound like mudslimes gibbering, if not get your shit together.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Why would I sign up to go fight people who have never harmed me?

      You get what you deserve, baby killer

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >still shellshocked in 2024
      never had the makings of a varsity athlete

  3. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    06-10 crayon eater
    nothing I did helped protect americans
    death to zog and the synagogue of satan

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >3381

      People who call themselves 'veterans' of this shitshow are fricking cringe

      Frick off homosexual you've never lifted a finger for this country

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Pay taxes, white Black person.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        >Frick off homosexual you've never lifted a finger for this country
        Not joining the zog machine has done more of a service to the American people than any soldier could have done

  4. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I was 8 years old in 2005, the frick do you expect me to do? I wasn't even old enough to enlist when the Afghanistan drawdown happened in 2015.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      2013*

  5. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >Do you ever regret not enlisting
    No, I am very glad I never wasted my life cucking into military service.

  6. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    2006-2009 (1 year in Iraq)
    I killed 2 militia guys, might have killed another one, came back and got a degree. It was fun I'm not going to lie.

  7. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I did it and don't regret it. I get to tell my grandkids that I was in a war and you get to tell the state-run nursing home staff that you were posting tfw no gf on a chinese cartoon board during the aughts and teens

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >i get to tell my grankid-
      theyll be on their phones either way dude calm down

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        >phones
        Will phones still exist by then?

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      if you grandkids somehow get some intelligent admixture in their genes from an outsider they will learn the truth, that the war was a lie and you signed up just to murder people
      they'd probably hate you if things work out for them, but in all likelihood they'll end up dumber than you and you'll have nothing to worry about kek

  8. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    People who call themselves 'veterans' of this shitshow are fricking cringe

  9. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Missed out on deploying though of course volunteered which was low risk for USAF then as it was when I did Desert Shield/Storm. The reason I chose the Chair Force is one most people didn't think of when I enlisted in '81.

    I was the weird kid who read Bernard Fall and a lot more long before high school during the late 1960s/early 1970s. I knew as I knew water is wet that the American public are incapable of producing (civilian) leadership humble and introspective enough to avoid being baited into strategically stupid (therefore utterly indefensible and morals have nothing to do with it) constabulary wars.

    Matt Ridgway https://press.armywarcollege.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3064&context=parameters dissuaded Ike from the SEA bear trap but hick Lyndon Baines Johnson was not that smart.

    Reagan ending the Hollow Force was glorious and the early Cold War (its not over) well worth it to contain the Soviet Union until it imploded, but it was obvious the wise would retire so no lessons would be retained from Nam.

    Similar lies by uniformed senior leadership to protect their careers prolonged both wars. Humoring politicians ensured promotions. Grunts died in both wars and will die thirty years from now when we do it all again. I will be gone but most of you will live to see it. American psychology only suits nation-state war and containment but not fighting a nation's public over time.

    Our people have rustic souls, even the urbanites. Cosmopolitan burgers barely exist. We cannot be better because our society is immune to introspection. Anyone objecting to Nam or GWOT was promptly vilified. Most people who mattered preferred career advancement to falling on their swords for the troops. The last general officer with a spine was Shinseki who ended his career by telling the truth.

    Squandered valor through foreseeable failure was obscene, but GWOT is so last decade and the public are over it. The wounded paid the ultimate price since death ends pain.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >Shinseki
      Seen multiple accounts across different platforms all speak highly about him.

      >GWOT is so last decade
      Amazing just how much people have goldfish brains.
      I remember an art student I once had as an acquaintance wishing we could have Dubya back, she had been so molded into hysteria against Orange Man. That actually unsettled me.

      People who call themselves 'veterans' of this shitshow are fricking cringe

      Embarrassed to say I actually kind of agree.
      Gotta think back to the motivation people had at the start. That idealism is something worthy enough.

      Will people be fooled again? I think it depends on how good the establishment is at building up and laying out the next lie.
      On the other hand, Big Army may not even figure as necessary for our establishment ever again. Air power, control through drone-terror, soft leverage & financial leverage.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        >Will people be fooled again?
        Always and forever. Humans don't change. Civilization is just a fad. We were hunter-gatherers for hundred of thousands of years before, we will be hunter-gatherers for tens of hundred of years after.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      interesting post, thanks anon

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Shut the frick up. Boomer pseudointellectual

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        I defy you to take rebut anything I posted and make the rebuttal interesting.

        Ad hominems are not rebuttals.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          >Ad hominems are not rebuttals
          But they are

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      This is so vague and lacking in substantial, reasoned points that it's difficult to argue with, almost like it's been specifically crafted to be such by an experienced propagandist.
      Even the people agreeing with you struggle to find substance and simply say variations of "interesting, thank you".
      But the thrust of the argument is interesting, it's highly anti-american and aims to instil the idea that intervention always = bad.
      And interesting post indeed, thank you for the view from a veteran Kremlin shill.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        nailed it

  10. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    every damn day

    t. peacetime Army

  11. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I was a small child then.

  12. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Do I regret not enlisting to lose in a war? No

  13. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    no, by the time i was old enough it was 2007 and the iraq war was clearly gay and going badly

  14. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Frick no. My terminal leave was already approved when 9/11 happened and I got the frick out before they implemented stop loss.

  15. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I went in at the tail end. It was alright.
    Now I'm back trying to drop a package for special operations. I'm gonna make it if it kills me.

  16. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I was like 12 or something so no

  17. 2 months ago
    Anonymous
    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >westboro baptist church
      dem psyop to alienate the fencesitting agnostic do-nothing masses into mass atheism. and it worked.
      are we to believe these hook-nosed, blue jean and beanie-wearing half-life 2 npcs were true believers and wbc was an organic movement?

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        What? They were essentially just a big scam, they lived off by suing people that attacked them.

  18. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    A couple of buddies in the Marines at the time, including one Marine Recon and a few other friends in Army rangers and chairforce, and they all consistently say at best it was like generation kill but mostly it just sucked ass. So yeah, I'm glad I didn't go.

  19. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >tfw frog
    >enlist in 2012 hoping to go to Afghanistan
    >training takes too long (combat engineer parachutist)
    >miss Afghanistan and go to Mali instead
    >burn to death in the desert for months
    >hardly even encounter IEDs unlike all my superiors who had hundreds of IED encounters in Afghanistan
    >enemy are morons who barely even care about their own jihad war and just want to lay in the sun drinking
    >multiple instances of our spooks literally bribing the enemy to avoid us and bribing the Mali security forces to not join the Islamists
    >overall underwhelming experience
    >leave Army and start work in mining
    I don’t regret joining but I wish I was 5 years older and could had join in 2007 at the peak of France’s participation in GWOT as we didn’t go to Iraq

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Early days of Afghanistan were pretty boring. You didn't miss much. Americans built it up during the surge, but it was the wild west til like 2008 or so

      ps: the french are pretentious as shit and owe their continued western existence to the usa

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Forgetting that France bailed the US out it's in own war of independence, which it was losing badly? This is the intellectual level of the GWOT golem

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          France got amply repaid by saving their bacon in WWI ("Lafayette, we are here!") and WWII you ignorant porch primate.

          The US also sided with the Froggies during their Indochina war where the Viet Minh beat the FFL paras like a rented mule in multiple pitched battles not just Dien Bien Phu.

          https://history.state.gov/historicaldocuments/frus1951v06p1/d207#:~:text=The%20first%20deliveries%20began%20in,stages%20in%20the%20supply%20process.

          Civil Air Transport bled for De Gaulle:

          https://www.cia.gov/legacy/museum/artifact/earthquakes-final-flight/

          Aid included aircraft (also note the interesting WWII Jap leftovers the French inherited):

          http://worldatwar.net/chandelle/v3/v3n1/frcoin.html

          The French did have some patriots but they failed to overthrow De Gaulle, France lost Algeria and in an act of cosmic justice was flooded by pro-French displaced Algerians it proceeded to shit on (Algeria was considered part of metropolitan France until it was relinquished and they considered themselves French).

          The 1er REP is RIP in consequence.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            >flooded by pro-french displaced algerians
            never forget the french left behind tens of thousands of harkis who fought for them becasue de gaulle considered them mercenaries and anywhere between 15k to 200k of them along with their families ended up murdered.

            • 2 months ago
              Anonymous

              Truth. The French betray everyone including each other.

              We shouldve traded Suez for Vietnam, historically. Ho Chi Minh couldve been sweettalked into an american ally, and the euros can have their dam so we dont have to deal with arabs.
              >b-but m-muh soviets!
              “I will nuke moscow if you dont shut your mouth”
              Eisenhower says completely deadpan

              BUT NOOOOOOO DOGSHIT TIMELINE

              Based

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            We shouldve traded Suez for Vietnam, historically. Ho Chi Minh couldve been sweettalked into an american ally, and the euros can have their dam so we dont have to deal with arabs.
            >b-but m-muh soviets!
            “I will nuke moscow if you dont shut your mouth”
            Eisenhower says completely deadpan

            BUT NOOOOOOO DOGSHIT TIMELINE

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            The US did nothing in WWI.
            And only intervened because Wilson got word that the Europeans were going to firm an economic pact and restrict US trade (a precursor to the EU).

            Zero impact on WWI.

            And in WWII showed up three years late and claimed credit when the Soviets cleaned up 90% of the Germans

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        >ps: the french are pretentious as shit
        Did I end my post with
        “ps: the americans are fat uncivilised mutts who have no culture or history”
        or did I contribute to the thread like a normal polite not pretentious person?
        Go leave or PrepHole if you want to act like a child

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          I'll take being uncultured swine over potentially not existing were it not for the US

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          We’re literally the reason your bloodline exists today

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Based on what?
        The French have spilt more blood in the 20th century than Americans have ever.

        And Americans aren't good for anything but showing up three years late to an actual war.

        ... Along with picking fights with 3rd world countries and getting BTFO

  20. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >get crippled in shithole
    >so dick cheney can get even richer
    lol lmao even

  21. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I went over in 2014 when recruitment first started in earnest for IS. I was 16 at the time and was pretty dumb but I had tremendous faith. At first it was everything I hoped. After the push into Mosul I even was given a wife.

    10 years on, I have really soured on it though. We fought so much and lost so many and for what? Some guys I know still want to go back, they are going to affiliates in Afghanistan, but it seems dead in Iraq and Syria isn't looking good.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Nothing. Nothing for you to show for it but lost time and physical and emotional damage. Also why I said frick 20 years after COVID.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Anon, I am pretty sure

        I went over in 2014 when recruitment first started in earnest for IS. I was 16 at the time and was pretty dumb but I had tremendous faith. At first it was everything I hoped. After the push into Mosul I even was given a wife.

        10 years on, I have really soured on it though. We fought so much and lost so many and for what? Some guys I know still want to go back, they are going to affiliates in Afghanistan, but it seems dead in Iraq and Syria isn't looking good.

        was not fighting on the same side as you. Then again, IS didn't really win either. It was sort of a lose/lose for all parties involved. It's not like Assad won either. Even the Taliban are still stuck fighting multiple growing minority insurgencies and IS, and IS is still around in Yemen, Libya, Africa, etc. but not like they used to be.

        The capture of Falujah, Mosul, the siege of Baghdad and push into the suburbs while also pushing towards Damascus — I really wonder how IS would have done if the whole world didn't start hammering them with a massive air campaign while they lacked any real AD. Seems like they might have actually taken much of Iraq and Syria. I remember they were even probing into Lebanon and flying flags there, or taking over the insurgency in the Sinai in Egypt.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Your sacrifices won't be forgotten. Thank you for your service.

  22. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Did 2011-2023 here. I guess that was the rumbling shart towards the dark times. The true Black person troony homosexual invasion..

  23. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I did 4 years as an 11B. Iraq in 05. It sucked, glad i at least had an adventure when i was young though. Married w a kid is awesome, but the older i get the more nostalgic i feel looking back on it all, nothing in civie life can even come close to that feeling from back then

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      That's what some of the guys in the 50's felt like after returning from WW2. Well, coming back probably from North Africa & Europe.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      That’s kind of all young adult hood. It’s not limited to mil service. I look back all the cool shit I did when I was younger and miss that feeling too

  24. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Joined up out of high school because I wanted a free engineering degree and to be like my dad. Spent the next 4 years studying, in reserves, then officer school and didn't get a foreign deployment until 2015. By that point I was just refurbishing thousands of vehicles and wrangling morons. Didn't permanently wreck any body parts and came home with enough money to buy a house before property prices fricking doubled. I did get to frick a qt Kurdish aid worker with green eyes, so that was pretty cool.

  25. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    [...]

    On the one hand yeah, as the American Empire speedruns the cycle of empire, every disenfranchised group is going to start getting nastier toward the nasty Empire, and on more fronts. It's a survival mechanism, to converge on WBC's positions.

    On the other hand the demographics of pol seem to be very mixed. A lot of the anti-US posters may just be foreigners that learned English for utility, and assign no value to American life or to the US Gov per se.

    I think you're onto something but keep all the sources of false-positives and noise in mind. Since you want to focus on US internal moods.

  26. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    [...]

    Oh you deleted a post.
    This was for (You)

    [...]
    On the one hand yeah, as the American Empire speedruns the cycle of empire, every disenfranchised group is going to start getting nastier toward the nasty Empire, and on more fronts. It's a survival mechanism, to converge on WBC's positions.

    On the other hand the demographics of pol seem to be very mixed. A lot of the anti-US posters may just be foreigners that learned English for utility, and assign no value to American life or to the US Gov per se.

    I think you're onto something but keep all the sources of false-positives and noise in mind. Since you want to focus on US internal moods.

  27. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >Do you ever regret not enlisting at the peak of GWOT
    Yes and no. I do regret not serving, but also I was 18 when the surge was starting and holy frick it was a bad time.

  28. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I was too young during the 2001-2006 part. I tried to get commissioned into the US Army in college with ROTC but I got screwed out of a contract because it took too long to get a medical waiver approved. I was used to prop up the other cadets instead.
    Looking back, I should have tried to enlist into the Air Force after high school instead of going to college and become a security guard.

  29. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I work for the VA, and after seeing first hand all the countless service-connected disabilities GWOT veterans developed, I'm grateful I never did

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Whenever I called the VA they were always chill and professional.
      Refreshing and unexpected after everything Army related

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Glad to hear it anon. At least from what I heard, the VA has higher morale compared to other federal agencies that deal with the public, which I think results in us being more chill and professional than other federal employees. I always try to be professional when I call claimants.

        I know someone who served in the USMC Reserve for less than 2 years. Never deployed. He got early separation because of a knee injury during training. After he was out, he claimed PTSD/anxiety/depression and between that and his knee claim, he is 70% disabled.

        So, from what I've seen, a knee injury alone typically results in someone being at least 10% to 20% disabled. And that's just Veterans who got bad knees after rucking too much. His knee injury must have been pretty bad to get an early separation.

        As for his PTSD, I've seen cases where Veterans who were never deployed still experienced legit traumatic events on base such as sexual assault, severe hazing, etc. And I've seen cases where Veterans were denied service connection for PTSD and anxiety because the traumatic event they experienced didn't happen when they were on duty. So while I don't know that guy like you do, I will say that it's just as likely as not he isn't bullshitting and did actually have something traumatic happen to him while he was on reserve duty.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          >So, from what I've seen, a knee injury alone typically results in someone being at least 10% to 20% disabled. And that's just Veterans who got bad knees after rucking too much. His knee injury must have been pretty bad to get an early separation.
          he got 20% for his knee. He got early seperated because he said he couldn't ruck anymore.
          >As for his PTSD, I've seen cases where Veterans who were never deployed still experienced legit traumatic events on base such as sexual assault, severe hazing, etc
          he was in the Reserves. For less than 2 years. He barely had any time in the military for anything to happen.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            Not trying to be funny, but it's not like rape takes a long time to happen. All it can take is to be alone in a room with some sick frick who thinks you got a purdy mouth. Or maybe one night you go to a bar and get blackout drunk with someone in your unit, and then you wake up in an alley with a bloody butthole. You don't have to be deployed or on active duty for shit like that to happen.

            The majority of PTSD ratings are still combat-related; but shit like above does happen, and there are veterans who suffer from PTSD as a result. Besides sexual assault and hazing, I've also seen PTSD cases where a veteran witnessed someone die horribly during a training accident.

            Again, I don't know the guy like you do; but any of the above could easily have happened in an instant when he was just on active duty for training purposes. And he's probably not going around telling the world what exactly he experienced.

            • 2 months ago
              Anonymous

              he didn't experience shit. He was out 9 years before he filed any VA claims. its all bullshit. The only claim that is legit is his knee. But his mental health is no way "service connected".

              • 2 months ago
                Anonymous

                9 years ain't shit. I've seen cases of WWII vets who were raped while in service, kept the shame bottled up, didn't tell a single soul for decades, and then only filed a claim with the VA towards the end of their lives.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      I know someone who served in the USMC Reserve for less than 2 years. Never deployed. He got early separation because of a knee injury during training. After he was out, he claimed PTSD/anxiety/depression and between that and his knee claim, he is 70% disabled.

  30. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    in 2008 I met a chick at my local community college and 45 minutes later I was at her praents house doing the sex. After that was over and we sat on the couch, her brother knocked on the front door, he had just gotten home from Afghanistan and had been wounded pretty bad. Apparently he got shot twice with an AK, one round ice picked his kidney, the second hit his mag pouch and caused the mag to shrapnel into his chest and side.
    I talked to him for several hours after his sister wanted me to leave. I picked his brain on his experience and how he felt about it.
    That was my total experience with GWOT.

  31. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I tried but after the interview they never got back to me. Wasted an entire afternoon for that too.

  32. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Considering my high schools gym teacher who served two tours over there ended up offing himself two years into civilian life and the job, I'm gonna say no. At least we got a week off school.

  33. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Afghan 2012-13 and 15.
    Had a lot of fun, blew a lot of shit up, made a lot of taxfree dollars, got a few attendance medals.
    No major injuries, no ptsd, made a lot of good friends, bought a house, retired.
    >dgaf about 'Zogbot' or seething neverserveds cope.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >No major injuries, no ptsd, made a lot of good friends, bought a house, retired.

      Normal career confirmed.

  34. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Believe me or don't believe me but I was an Air Force EOD tech for 8 years, got out in 2017. I got to do my job but in retrospect it was unnerving. It was legit actual suicide at times.

    Shit fricked me up long term. It didn't hit once I got home but I just couldn't adapt once I got out. We CONSTANTLY deployed. Maybe I should just realize how lucky I am to be here now.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      I've only been in a few near death experiences, and saved someone from one which was mostly my fault for even happening. Every time I recollect them it's like a wake-up slap and I get off my lazy ass for 30mins, and do something I'd been avoiding.
      For me I appreciate it.
      Can you articulate what you mean or why it fricked you up, as you put it?
      Maybe the difference is the frequency.
      "The poison is in the amount."

  35. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I enlisted in 2004.

  36. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    When I was 17 in 2013 I knew some (Lebanese) Arabic, played football, had plenty of experience being abroad, no real vices other than this shithole, and was in position to graduate from high school a year early. I would have been just in time to be valuable in the fight against ISIS. I still sometimes regret not taking that path to this day.

  37. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Honestly I was in the peak age range for it. I learned some pashto and was considering going intelligence but then life happened and it the goal fell on the backburner until one day it was all over.
    I still think about what GWOT as a spook would have been like

  38. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Never. Being 35, I could feasibly have gone if I joined the armed forces, but I didn't want to do that and I have never regretted it. Bush, Cheney, and Blair deserve to be in prison.

  39. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I was in US Army Reserves and was active at Trippler Army Medical Center for awhile. Most cases there were not combat related becasue it's so far away. But we got a few all the way out there who got blasted by IEDs and stuff for some reason. And my cousin was airborne infantry and served in Afghanistan and was attached to SF for a deployment in Syria and got tinnitus. So there's been times I kind of wished I'd done cool operator stuff, but really I think it's best that I didn't I like music nad vidya and I already have minor hearing loss from working in industrial settings (power plant operator) and I would just hate for it to be worse or to have tinnitus, or to have been IED'd. I think wanting to do that operator stuff is a young guy thing.

  40. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Sure, half those guys have killed themselves so it must have been great fun.

  41. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >be euro noguns
    >military service when 9/11 happened
    >saw invasion of afghanistan on tv in the cantina
    >stories of my euro country's SF guys hunting terrorists in the mountains
    >sounds exciting
    >opts in for deployment
    >oh yeah here we go
    >they send me to Kosovo instead
    >spends 6 months playing counterstrike and drinking coca cola in the computer room
    >goes home
    >spends all the money I made on a motorbike

    Should probably just have gone directly to university after my mandatory service ended, would have graduated 1 year earlier.

  42. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Why the frick would I want to spend my years in the sandbox?

  43. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I wish I hadn't been 13 in late 2001/2002. Early GWOT in Afghanistan has always struck me as the last great military 'adventure'. Riding horses into battle with the natives, fighting your way into an ancient fortress to rescue some dumbass CIA agents, etc. It was all very Lawrence of Arabia.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Kino as frick. I agree anon. SOF became to clinical and well funded. Just not as rugged and cool

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      that's a airsoft pic

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Do you honestly believe that is what it was like?

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Of course that is a somewhat romanticized depiction of events. But both of those things did in fact happen.

  44. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Makes me think, why have not seen a lot of popular movies and skngs about the GWOT like there was for Vietnam? It's like the whole thing has been instantly memoryholed.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      There were a bunch they just weren't any good. Hurt Locker, Green Zone, that sniper movie with the fake baby, Lone Survivor, Body of Lies (Kinda), etc.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      GWOT movies and TV shows almost universally suck. Generation Kill being literally the only exception.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      There were just as many made, problem is the Vietnam ones were good so they are remembered decades later while most of the GWOT ones sucked.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      You miss out on the video games as well? Besides Medal of Honor and its sequel Warfighter being an adaptation of US SOCOM operations, games like COD4, MW2, and BF3 (only momentarily in the campaign, and that replaced Afghanistan and Iraq entirely with Iran) were popular, but never authentic to period of history that they were taking inspiration from.

      I think it's because it's a sore topic that will immediately garner ire from Muslims and people who are excessively critical about media put out about the GWOT, much like how Six Days in Fallujah was put on the shelf until recently.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      bro. Even the first Iron Man movie found a way to include Afghanistan in it......

      ?si=0icaIjjwnx1i4aSv

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous
  45. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    [...]

    /misc/ isn't
    >one of the world's most popular websites all on it's own
    what the frick are you smoking anon? Maybe if this was 2002.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      He's one of the idiots that doesn't realize the east has internet now.
      All western sites have dropped off the ranking and PrepHole which was never that big has dropped from ~4,000th to 140,285.

  46. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I do regret not enlisting

    but also if I had gotten injured, I would have regretted that too

    so, idk, just take life as it is

  47. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    i joined the Army in 2010, deployed to Afghanistan in 2011. The very same day we arrived in theater was the same exact day that OBL was killed. Two weeks later we were told that our mission was going to be changing. We had trained that we were gonna be doing kinetic combat operations. But instead, because the OEF campaign phase changed to a focus on "hearts and minds", our mission would now be to train and support the ANA/ANA as ISAF began a slow draw down. So, everyday we would link up with a squad of ANA or ANP and go walk out to a village, search it for a weapons cache, then go back to base. It was useless. The ANA and ANP were trash. It was overall a boring year.

  48. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I was too young lmao
    Also I'd get medically disqualified immediately (epilepsy)

  49. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    A little
    >love guns
    >love fighting
    >love the outdoors
    >do well with out sleep
    >love physical challenges
    >my first degree was a waste anyway

    I think I would have by and large enjoyed shooting the crazy shit you get to in the military if and only if I actually got to do what I wanted. Also it’s easy to look at it with rose colored glasses but by not serving I also didn’t get critically maimed in combat which would change your outlook on the decision

  50. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Nope, playing vidya was more fun and just as useful

  51. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >joined in 2008, 1 deployment to Iraq
    I don't regret enlisting. I picked the wrong job for me though
    >rejoined in 2020, NG 1 vacation to Kuwait
    just trying to get my warrant now to frick off

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      what was your MOS? I was 11b, should have went aviation instead.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        I was 19K on AD, switched tracks to 42A in NG. Found out that I'd lose my rank if I went back active as a 42A. Don't want to lose my desk. I run HR as an AGR FA Battery. My buddy convinced me to go 13J since I'll still be hanging out in HHB, plus he showed me the jest of charts n darts so it wasn't bad.

        >joined in 2008, 1 deployment to Iraq
        I don't regret enlisting. I picked the wrong job for me though
        >rejoined in 2020, NG 1 vacation to Kuwait
        just trying to get my warrant now to frick off

        >wake up at 0600, breakfast at buehring defac
        >step into the mail room at 0800
        >organize shit and sign shit out till 1300
        >have my 3 specialists unload mail and organize for the rest of the day as I go to meetings about perstat and medical readiness of the unit tuesdays and fridays
        >other days I help with the mail room stuff
        >work
        Dude I was having MWR trips into Kuwait City every weekend. This wasn't work at all. It was a vacation where I'd sit at a desk for almost no later then 1500 every day unless an officer or NCO wanted me to review their profile, reward recommendation, or someone fricked up and I had to admin someone's article 15. It wasn't work at all.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >1 NG vacation to Kuwait
      bro. Vacation is suppose to be fun. That is still work. If anything, you could say you were TDY to Kuwait. But it's definitely not a "vacation"

  52. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I was in my 40's

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      I was in your wife

  53. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    lol no. The US DOD are a bunch of communist trannies

  54. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Most of /k/ wasn't even old enough to enlist.

  55. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    [...]

    >"ZOGbots die for Black folk/trannies/Globohomo"
    that is 100% fax doe

  56. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Yes, the earliest I could I have joined would have been 2008. I wish I had died in Iraq instead of wasting away as I am. I joined in 2013 as a POG and regret every minute of it

  57. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Reminder that more Americans got their dicks blown off in the sandbox than actually died

  58. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    No.
    Neoliberalism and Neoconservatism were ascendant ideologies at the time. 20 years later, both have been utterly and comprehensively discredited. And that doesnt even get into the corruption of AIPAC and the rest of the israel lobby, which were OBL's explicit justifications for 9/11. The GWOT hurt the USA, damned us for generations to debt bondage, allowed the CCP to grow, and failed in all its objectives anyway. Everyone that advocated it and fought it are traitors.

    The young and dumb have an excuse, the old and knowing do not.

  59. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I was 18 in 2012 so after the peak but nope. Military service is truly a sacrifice, you’re gonna come out fricked up in one way or another. I went straight to uni, studied something useful, graduated and make big bucks as a 30 year old now. Zero regrets.

  60. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Sometimes. Not as enlisted of course. How easy was it to go rotc and get in as an officer at the time? Army is one of the few organizations that would have paid for me to get a masters in history. Of course I would still have to hit colonel before making as much as I do muddling along in IT, but my love of devising optimal deployment for a variety of killing technologies which have their own strengths and weakness might have found more purchase.

  61. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I got in and out at that perfect moment in time where I was still able to git sum during my tours but not to the extent of pure PTSD. No one I knew got killed. No one I knew got severely hurt. All of us were able to shoot and be shot at. All of us were able to get motored in out base. All of us were able to get that true military experience before it turn into a liberal college. I see some of these sign up and reenlistment bonuses now though and think holy shit maybe I did get in at the wrong time.

  62. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    At the peak of GWOT I was 12 years old.

  63. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    '06 to '11 Marine here, POG as frick. Never got deployed through sheer luck. Was a little pissed about that back then, very glad about it now. My extremely technical MOS got me some amazing shit to put on a resume when I got out at 23 and now I'm almost 36 and I don't regret a thing. Combat MOSes will get you nowhere in the civilian life for the most part. Learn to fix complicated shit, anons. (not airwing, btw)

  64. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I went to Iraq in 2019 as a fobbit. I just played xbox all day and New Vegas. I got a CAB for a mortar shell landing outside my COP lol.

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