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Spent 6 years in the army as a 15Y, AMA

Spent 6 years in the army as a 15Y, AMA

Wheresthebeerbong

How well does your mos transition to the civilian world. I did 4 1/2 years as an 11b, there aren’t many jobs with that skill set as a civi. (Didn’t want to be a cop, or contractor). Also, how are you doing being a civilian again? It took me a while to get out of the military mind set.


Avionics_lad

Job transitioned pretty seamlessly. You get a secret clearance for the job which is beneficial. I posted my resume with only my MOS details on indeed and the next day I was contacted by a company recruiter. Job is still aviation related, while not flight line. Civilian jobs doing the exact same thing (working on apaches through the contractor companies) pay 6 figures overseas. A few of my old NCOs went that path and are comfy. Being a civilian again was a culture shock when I went in to my job day 1 and people werent barking orders at people and the people their weren't depressed and seemed to enjoy it haha


Wheresthebeerbong

Yeah, my first few months back in the civilian world were, interesting to say the least. About a week after I got out, a buddy I hadn’t seen for years invited me to a party. We were catching up and he asked me if I had any good Army stories. Without thinking I regaled him with one of my favorite stories about Iraq. I’d told it many times while still enlisted and it never failed to get laughs. About half way through, I noticed my civilian buddy wasn’t laughing, in fact he was just staring at me with this look of horror and disgust. I realized in that moment that people who’ve never been in that situation don’t find battlefield stories funny, at all.


Avionics_lad

Army stories don't translate well usually, thankfully the best story I have still gets a chuckle from civilians. I had a story where at NTC my NCO and I took a quick nap while we were waiting for a few guys to finish maintenance before our shift was over, it was a 2 man job and 6 of us so not much to do. This was mid summer so we had everything unbloused due to heat. About 10 minutes go by and one of them was like "hey X, get your stuff our shift is over". I hop up and feel a pinch on my thigh, I smack it through my pants thinking it was an ant biting me, continue to put my gas mask around my waist, another pinch, smack it harder and more thorough. Finally I snap the gas mask carrier buckle around my leg, same leg as the pinch. What felt like hot daggers kept stabbing me in my inner thigh right below my balls over and over. I start yelling while quickly undoing my gas mask, belt and finally throw my pants down as fast as I could. A scorpion flies out of my pants next to my still sleeping NCO about a foot from his face. A guy working in the pilot seat points and yells in what I felt was slow motion at the time "scorpioooooon." NCO wakes up, grabs his knife from his belt and rolls over stabbing it while I start smacking and squeezing where I got stung. No idea what I was supposed to do so I just kept smacked it to mask the pain. About a minute later big sarge and bigger sarge walk down to us yelling "what the fuck is going on" they explain I was stung and I could see his face go from relieved to concerned after, which confused me why it was relieved. Turns out an OC was observing all of this from the other side of the flightline and called in that a soldier was masturbating near the apaches. All he saw was a soldier from behind whip down his pants and start violently beating his groin area. I go to the medical tent, they don't have anti-venom and say they can't do anything but wait to see if I display symptoms. Thankfully it wasn't venomous.


Wheresthebeerbong

Damn, glad you’re ok. I can just imagine that call. “Um, I think there’s a soldier about to ND on the flight line, over “ “Say again, over “ “There’s a soldier jerking his junk in front of everyone, over “ “Roger, um, wha… what are we supposed to do about that? Over” “I don’t want to go over there, inform his command, let them handle it, over”


Normalaverage_guy

Where were you stationed in Korea? Did you ever go to the Z?


Avionics_lad

I was at camp Humphreys and at the time I believe touring the Z was off limits because NK was doing rocket tests so tensions were high