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Poll: Background Survey (2309 members have cast votes)

What is your background with respect to tanks and the game?

  1. Mechanised background (319 votes [13.82%])

    Percentage of vote: 13.82%

  2. Military, other combat arm (307 votes [13.30%])

    Percentage of vote: 13.30%

  3. Military, other. (231 votes [10.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 10.00%

  4. Not military, but I am a tank nut. (823 votes [35.64%])

    Percentage of vote: 35.64%

  5. Military, tank-enthusiast, just a different branch (174 votes [7.54%])

    Percentage of vote: 7.54%

  6. None of the above (455 votes [19.71%])

    Percentage of vote: 19.71%

Do you play other MMOs?

  1. No (844 votes [36.55%])

    Percentage of vote: 36.55%

  2. Yes (1465 votes [63.45%])

    Percentage of vote: 63.45%

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Pongo #241 Posted Nov 09 2011 - 17:20

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As the handle indicates,
Canadian, 031 cold war infantry. Most of my carreer as a recce scout, but also TOW gunner.
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SgtShultz17 #242 Posted Nov 10 2011 - 02:34

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USAF  460x10  Aircraft Armament

Army Texas National Guard  68J Cobra  Mod S, F Model

68x changed to 15x  AH-64 Armament/Fire Control

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3rdNY_Cpl #243 Posted Nov 10 2011 - 10:21

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19K, 1998-99 before being medded out due to leg problems that still make my life a living hell. Never even made it to my permanent duty station (which was supposed to be Fort Hood), kept me at Knox knowing the problems I was having. Joined in August, graduated in December, booted out in May. :/

M1ster_R0gers #244 Posted Nov 10 2011 - 11:24

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View PostBMontgomery, on Sep 28 2011 - 02:48, said:

Well.... the coast guard may not be soldiers, but they have prevented 2500 tons of cocaine and marijuana from entering the US by sniping the engine block of a boat going 60 km/h from a helicopter going the same speed, both of which are bobbing.   That is skill.

Yep, we used to call them "puddle pirates" (ha!)but the Coast Guard is as necessary to our defenses as the regular navy.  I was a Machinist's Mate with a 9545 specialty in the 1990's. Also a Seabee in the reserves.

Darkserra #245 Posted Nov 12 2011 - 19:14

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Lets see...

Started as 13 Series (Field Artillery)
Then wandered a bit into NBC (54D)
Spent some time as in Light Infantry (11B & 11C) (only light part was they took our trucks from us)
Back to Field Artillery (82C), then some time with Air Defense Artillery (worked as a 14T)
Did some time with MLRS (13M)
Finally hopped over to Military Intelligence (96B)

Phew, 26 years and counting!

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Ole_Sleepy #246 Posted Dec 07 2011 - 14:20

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4 years in "Pigs" (Ontos) 3rd Antitank Bn...on the first one lost in Nam due to combat action 1965.
Btry maints chief 12th Marines, 3rd Div, M109 SP..2nd trip to Nam.
Rebuild program M103A1 heavy tank
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2nd field Art Group (FAG) Bn maint chief, M109,110,and 107
2nd Forced services, tracked vehicle, engine & trans rebuild, SPs, Tanks,and LVTS.
I&I staff (Inspector-Instructor)4th Mar Div 4th Tank BN, M48s,M60s M103s and Zippos (M67 flame) for a total of 8 very long years.
Favorite vehicles M48A3, M103A2 ,Oh ya..Zippos.

Golf_One_Four #247 Posted Dec 07 2011 - 15:39

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Toujours Pret, OldTop. Added you. Would be an honor to fight at your sprocket.

wa_biker #248 Posted Dec 07 2011 - 17:44

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View Postoldtop, on Dec 07 2011 - 14:20, said:

Tracked vehicle repairmen:
4 years in "Pigs" (Ontos)

Hmmmm...now those might be an interesting add to the WOT..  ;)

TIGERSHARK715 #249 Posted Dec 07 2011 - 18:38

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19 Delta Armored CAV Scout on M3 Bradlys...     Our Scout Platoon in Kitzingen Germany of 3/63 Armor Bn.  3rd Inf Div.   Was visited by a Japanese Model company with alot of pictures taken and they used our platoon insignia and numbers in there M3 Bradly kit...

  So i have on my Desk a Model of the M3 I used  down to the platoon signal plates... heh.

ColdWar82 #250 Posted Dec 08 2011 - 03:45

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2LT Tanker in the Cold War 81-84 at Ft Knox
Hence my screen name Coldwar82
Last of the old dogs, M60A3
Been playing war games since I was  12', panzer blitz, where I was introduced to russian tanks.
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Ole_Sleepy #251 Posted Dec 08 2011 - 08:08

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Ontos in WoT..I don't think it would work out. you see it was kinda like tracked "dumpster" with 3 crewmen who were like 3 bears in a footlocker inside.
It could climb like a goat and had top speed of 30mph, however its armor was around 6mm and with all its main firepower mounted on the outside of the vehicle one burst of automatic fire would put it out of action. I had a vehicle that the vehicle commander was playing with his M1911 pistol on top of it and his pistol went off and put one of the 106mm recoiless rifles out of action...never understood why the marines bought that thing, well that not true..you can run two companies of Ontos for the same cost of one tank company, thank god in it 15 years of service the Ontos never faced opposing armor.

ledhed14 #252 Posted Dec 08 2011 - 17:35

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To the guy who said I must face my fears .....
and talked me into jumping off a bridge with a rubber stretch thing around my leg ...
I HOPE A BUG CRAWLS UP YOUR BUTT AND EATS YOUR BRAINS.

wa_biker #253 Posted Dec 08 2011 - 17:40

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View Postoldtop, on Dec 08 2011 - 08:08, said:

Ontos in WoT..I don't think it would work out. you see it was kinda like tracked "dumpster" with 3 crewmen who were like 3 bears in a footlocker inside.
It could climb like a goat and had top speed of 30mph, however its armor was around 6mm and with all its main firepower mounted on the outside of the vehicle one burst of automatic fire would put it out of action. I had a vehicle that the vehicle commander was playing with his M1911 pistol on top of it and his pistol went off and put one of the 106mm recoiless rifles out of action...never understood why the marines bought that thing, well that not true..you can run two companies of Ontos for the same cost of one tank company, thank god in it 15 years of service the Ontos never faced opposing armor.

Yea I know..was thinking as a scout, couldnt be any worse than a LolTraktor, but with bigger guns.. lol

stickjock #254 Posted Dec 08 2011 - 19:05

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View Post3rdNY_Cpl, on Nov 10 2011 - 10:21, said:

19K, 1998-99 before being medded out due to leg problems that still make my life a living hell. Never even made it to my permanent duty station (which was supposed to be Fort Hood), kept me at Knox knowing the problems I was having. Joined in August, graduated in December, booted out in May. :/

Sounds close to my oldest brothers story... we joined basic together back in Jan '87 (already posted above - 19K '87-'91)... during one of our "graduations" moving between stages the Drill's let us run some games of touch football... brother ended up slipping and destroyed (littereally) his left knee... ended up spending about 8 months in the hospital on Knox before being med'd out...

m2hmghb #255 Posted Dec 08 2011 - 19:09

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#4 can't get in due to medical(Lyme Disease, this crap is nasty if you don't catch it in time, on disability).

I come from a long line of soldiers from the Revolutionary War to the Civil War, WW1(great grandfather was in Signal Corp), WW2(grandfather was a Marine Aircraft mechanic in the Pacific step grandfather was in Europe and had a Ma Deuce, won a bronze star with what we'd now call the V for Valor), great uncle was field artillery and shelled Anzio, other great uncles were Merchant Marine, father was a crew chief on the B52 in Thailand in the 70s and flew over North Vietnam(I once asked what FLAK looked like, he replied "I don't remember, I was too busy watching for SAM launches") Uncle was in Beirut as a bodyguard in the Navy when it blew up in the 80s. Needless to say I'm not too happy that I can't serve. A family friend's son was exposed to Mustard during Iraqi Freedom and is out on 65% disability. He was a combat controller and they found a bunker while searching for Sadam and they were exposed to Mustard in the liquid form.

StriplingWarrior #256 Posted Dec 10 2011 - 18:59

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“ONETHOUSANDTWOTHOUSANDTHREETH-OOF-OHTHANK*BEEP*I’MNOTGONNADIE!”
ROFL At least I was not the only one sreaming that.
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Edit to add;
"Crunchies in the open Sir!" and "Scouts Out!"

Stixx #257 Posted Dec 10 2011 - 22:58

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Gravel churner here.
Ft Knox in 1976, then to 2nd AD at Hood.
Three stints in Germany.
First a 6 month rotation at Graf (U.S Army's heavy Metal Playground)
Then a Reforger deployment for 45 days, three months after returning from Graf.
(Got transferred to the 1st Cav just in time to take a C-130 ride back across the pond.)
Upon my return from the deployment had orders waiting to send me back on permanent duty.
I don't think they liked me at Hood.
Returned to Knox in 1980 where I stayed until my separation in 81.

Trooper_Thorn #258 Posted Dec 11 2011 - 13:07

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wildspear #259 Posted Dec 11 2011 - 23:27

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started 12b10
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during that time, spent many days in Germany (cold war), Mo, La, Ga.
and of course Desert Storm

Agathius #260 Posted Dec 12 2011 - 21:56

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24N back in 91, offered a bonus to go nasty guard, which I kinda regret taking.  Spent a lot of time upside down in the Chap launcher pedestal with a multimeter.  Ran PLR out of my 5ton.  Transferred to 40ID and filled a 45B slot without school.  Somehow ended up always hanging upside down in the Patton extracting and rebuilding its slip ring, probably because none of the other guys in the TSST could solder worth a damn.  The crew's always treated me well.  Salute to the tankers who always seemed to have a coke and a smoke for the guy turning the wrenches and soldering the leads.

Some guys have talked about their ancestors.  Brings to mind my gramps, who passed this last September.  I always knew he served in the US Army in WW2.  He never ate rice and had an un-PC hatred of Japanese people, but never talked about his experiences.  Since his passing we learned that he had earned a Silver Star with cluster and a Purple Heart in his time in New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, and Guadacanal.  Someday I hope to learn more of his time.  I miss him.




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