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Poll: Background Survey (2314 members have cast votes)

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

  1. Mechanised background (318 votes [13.74%])

    Percentage of vote: 13.74%

  2. Military, other combat arm (308 votes [13.31%])

    Percentage of vote: 13.31%

  3. Military, other. (231 votes [9.98%])

    Percentage of vote: 9.98%

  4. Not military, but I am a tank nut. (826 votes [35.70%])

    Percentage of vote: 35.70%

  5. Military, tank-enthusiast, just a different branch (175 votes [7.56%])

    Percentage of vote: 7.56%

  6. None of the above (456 votes [19.71%])

    Percentage of vote: 19.71%

Do you play other MMOs?

  1. No (848 votes [36.65%])

    Percentage of vote: 36.65%

  2. Yes (1466 votes [63.35%])

    Percentage of vote: 63.35%

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Ratimus #261 Posted Dec 14 2011 - 15:32

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Well  I was in the Navy (i couldn't join the marines my mother and father wasn't related before marriage - sorry old navy joke)  My rate was EO


also like to correct the  non military view  there are only 3  branches of the military   ARMY-NAVY-AIR FORCE  

the marine corps is part of the navy (dont believe me ask a marine to see his ID card :P)  Also the Puddle pirates er uh Coast Guard is normally under the Dept of Transportation (now Homeland  (LOL) Security   in time of war they Part of the Navy

now before  all you puddle pirates start screaming  at me   I will also say  these guys are warriors  too  try jumping off a helo  into 60 foot waves in sub zero weather  or  Chasing a  Drug boat shooting at you at over 100 mph they are no different then the big 3  they might not like the things their forced to do but they have to do them

fudrick2000 #262 Posted Dec 14 2011 - 22:35

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Navy vet and tin can sailor (never made it into a 'war,' unless Lebanon, Grenada, reflagged tankers in the gulf and Panama count).  General quarters (battle stations) was aft gun mount (last of the navies manned gun mounts), you want fun have a five-inch (152mm)54 caliber sending a 77 pound round downrange (14 miles we could (and did) hit a sheet of plywood for a target) going off a foot from your right knee!  That will wake you up!

Remember the Marine Corps psalm; 'for yea though I walk through the valley in the shadow death, I shall fear no evil for I have naval gunfire support at my side!' (Remember a tin can can put out 42 of those 77 pound rounds a minute)
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mekanic5 #263 Posted Dec 15 2011 - 03:50

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Navy, Boatswain's Mate, River Rat.  Littoral before littoral was cool.

Rapscallion58 #264 Posted Dec 15 2011 - 05:02

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I don't have a military background, but my father was a rear gunner in Lancasters in WWII with the RAF, and then an instructor at the RAF parachute school (to connect with the OP). After emigrating to Australia in 1949, he ended up in the new RAAF parachute school, and trained a lot of the early Australian commandos.

Creature1776 #265 Posted Dec 15 2011 - 22:40

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19 Kilo was my first MOS .. then a few others .. retired a Marine with the MOS of 0151 .... nothing beats riding into War other then jumping into it.

Forvet #266 Posted Dec 25 2011 - 15:48

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USCG, tank enthusiast. Much as I love tanks, I am proud and loving the USCG.

jrf773 #267 Posted Dec 31 2011 - 08:41

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Started out as a 13B, but got re classed as an 11B10, played around in the Guard for 5 years, decided that I didn't like being a Grunt part time, so I would probably absolutely despise it full time.  So I thought about it and wondered where the best place to fight a war was from.  Decided that was a submarine, and I also figured that being a very poor swimmer, if you got into deep doo doo figured that'd be the best place to be, because when that torpedo shatters the hull, it doesn't matter how well you can swim.  That, and I read to many damned Tom Clancy books growing up.  Nowhere near accurate. :D

Union_Thug #268 Posted Jan 03 2012 - 03:35

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19D... Scouts out.. Just M-113's.. 901 ITV.. 577's.. M-88 [fun].. a little on m-60's and m-48's in the guard.

Ubershiet #269 Posted Jan 03 2012 - 03:50

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I served on a cougar crew for 3 years in south alberta light horse after high school. they've retired the vehicle i think. the unit has gone all recce and did away with the fighting vehicles.

I never really had any interest in actual combat experience though. I wanted to be a heavy equipment operator and the local economy was in recession. joining the army and learning to drive the cougar got enough experience onto my resume that i was able to get a job running a track hoe.

aint I the hero  :facepalmic:

Gohibniu #270 Posted Jan 19 2012 - 18:35

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View Postarcher255, on Sep 28 2011 - 01:17, said:

Retired USAF and US Army brat.

Coast Guard isn't actual military as they belong to the Department of Transportation but they do, and will, step into a fight as needed.

Actually, they are one of the armed forces, nominally under Dept of Homeland Security, not DOT. "The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is a branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the seven U.S. uniformed services.".  They fall under the Navy, when authorized.  Their ships are armed, and Coasties are "green card" personnel.

The_Chieftain #271 Posted Jan 20 2012 - 02:36

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View PostGohibniu, on Jan 19 2012 - 18:35, said:

Actually, they are one of the armed forces, nominally under Dept of Homeland Security, not DOT. "The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is a branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the seven U.S. uniformed services.".  They fall under the Navy, when authorized.  Their ships are armed, and Coasties are "green card" personnel.

You've been out a while, haven't you? The cards are all white now, and have been for a few years.

Blimie #272 Posted Jan 20 2012 - 03:57

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Towerrat #273 Posted Jan 26 2012 - 12:23

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My official MOS was 11BC2(Dragon ATGM Gunner)But actually never fired another one after leaving Ft. Benning in Dec. '84. First duty station was with the 5/16 Inf. 1st ID(Big Red One) at Ft. Riley, Ks. and last duty station was with 2/4 Inf 56th FA(Pershing)in Neu Ulm, West Germany(security for the Pershing II tactical nukes). So I have a mix of Mech. and Light Infantry experience.

wa_biker #274 Posted Jan 26 2012 - 13:47

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View PostTowerrat, on Jan 26 2012 - 12:23, said:

My official MOS was 11BC2(Dragon ATGM Gunner)But actually never fired another one after leaving Ft. Benning in Dec. '84. First duty station was with the 5/16 Inf. 1st ID(Big Red One) at Ft. Riley, Ks. and last duty station was with 2/4 Inf 56th FA(Pershing)in Neu Ulm, West Germany(security for the Pershing II tactical nukes). So I have a mix of Mech. and Light Infantry experience.
Heh heh heh... I was Infantry assigned to D Battery 1/81st FA Pershing at New Ulm. Small world eh?
Use to hang out at Adi's(sp) Bar.

Kebab_Removal_Service #275 Posted Jan 26 2012 - 19:34

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Vtas #276 Posted Jan 26 2012 - 21:06

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I was in the Navy - F-4J RIO (hence the Avatar), after that I changed to Aircraft Maintenance Officer. My last tour was with a Tactical Air Control Squadron. The TACRON sent Detatchments out with Amphib Groups to control the Amphibious landing zones air space.

macdugal #277 Posted Jan 26 2012 - 21:42

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Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers  1957 - 1970 Bovington-Kuwait-Bahrain-Aden-Sharjah-Libya-Kenya-Germany. Chasing and repairing Comets-Centurions-Conquerors-Chieftains-M40's-M44's-Saracens-Saladins-Humber pigs-432's.   It was all so long ago. but I would not have missed it for the world, and I have retained my love of tanks ever since. I love playing WOT but cant help wondering if all those whining mongrel's crying on the forums have ever faced real adversity instead of a few insignificant problems with, which after all, is just a game.

                 Happy tanking Macdugal

Towerrat #278 Posted Jan 26 2012 - 22:22

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View Postwa_biker, on Jan 26 2012 - 13:47, said:

Heh heh heh... I was Infantry assigned to D Battery 1/81st FA Pershing at New Ulm. Small world eh?
Use to hang out at Adi's(sp) Bar.
Small world indeed! I was there from April,1986-June 1988 with B Co. 2/4 Inf. over on Nelson Kaserne, us towerrats used to hang out mostly at Capo's and The Zoo and on occasion heading out to The Blackhaus. Had some good times over there, well except for the 1 week out of every month we spent in the towers on the CAS site.

wa_biker #279 Posted Jan 26 2012 - 22:35

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View PostTowerrat, on Jan 26 2012 - 22:22, said:

Small world indeed! I was there from 1986-88, us towerrats used to hang out mostly at Capo's and The Zoo and on occasion heading out to The Blackhaus.
Now I get the TowerRat moniker..heh heh heh
Welp..I was the schmuck on the Pad. I pulled tower rotation once, CAS sucked anyway ya looked at it. But I think Pad duty was worse.

Towerrat #280 Posted Jan 26 2012 - 22:40

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View Postwa_biker, on Jan 26 2012 - 22:35, said:

Now I get the TowerRat moniker..heh heh heh
Welp..I was the schmuck on the Pad. I pulled tower rotation once, CAS sucked anyway ya looked at it. But I think Pad duty was worse.
I don't know brother, I can't recall seeing any of you guys working the pad on that midnight to 6 am shift. I hated that one so I eventually worked my way into manning tower 6 ( the one with the controls for the perimeter alarms)At least in that tower you stayed in it the whole shift and could hear your squad ldr trying to sneak up that metal staircase, lol.




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