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Re: ITT: Military Veterans

Postby rckybbby » Sun Dec 11, 2011 6:59 pm

almost peed when i saw the AF photo and ensuing banter. and the A10 is the only bird i would consider trading mine for.

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Re: ITT: Military Veterans

Postby ThomasMN » Sun Dec 11, 2011 8:31 pm

A-10 is epic, but whenever we got into the thick of it in Afghanistan and you even heard the hint of a jet engine the Taliban would just pop into their holes and wait a 1/2 hour. Great for getting back up on ammo etc, not so hot for killing bad guys. Now, when we had Apache support, they would just fake like they were leaving, pop under a mountain, then come back and let us EPW search a mess of folks.

I'm sure the USMC does medevac too, but the Army has more rotary aircraft than the rest of the services combined. That and every single one of my buddies that got lifted out did so on an Army bird. Just saying.

I love the burp sound from an A-10 gun run. That and AC-130 support is admittedly epic.

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Re: ITT: Military Veterans

Postby Kring345 » Sun Dec 11, 2011 9:32 pm

blowhard wrote:
Kring345 wrote:
rckybbby wrote:anyone feel like they've received a boost from vet status this year?

Received 10k/yr merit scholarship from Michigan that I don't think I would have received without vet status.


This is pretty standard here. They give it for "leadership."

That's exactly what I mean. He asked about boosts for vet status. Without my vet status, I wouldnt have received that merit award for "leadership." Also, I made it in on the first round admission, something that I also attribute to vet status since my stats were about median at UM (3.8/168). I also made it in on the first round of admissions at Georgetown. So, basically, yes, so far, I think Ive seen a boost for vet status.

I feel very confident in my personal statement, though, so I think a lot of my boost was because I was able to effectively tie my military service into success in law school and beyond. Every single school thus far (4 total) commented on my personal statement. So seize the opportunity to tell a compelling story. Most other applicants are boring compared to us. It's fairly easy to relate to an finance-related or a teacher-related story, but our experiences tend to be fairly captivating if you are able to communicate it well.

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Re: ITT: Military Veterans

Postby Kring345 » Sun Dec 11, 2011 9:39 pm

ThomasMN wrote:I'm sure the USMC does medevac too, but the Army has more rotary aircraft than the rest of the services combined. That and every single one of my buddies that got lifted out did so on an Army bird. Just saying.

Marines are medevac'd by Marines. We have our own AO, so why would we fly to 300 miles to bumfuckistan and medevac a soldier?

Also, we use the osprey to medevac fairly often. Kinda cool.

Also2, +1 to the A-10 love.

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Re: ITT: Military Veterans

Postby californihuh » Sun Dec 11, 2011 9:49 pm

Looking at that lol AF pic, is there really a difference in light/dark AF tiger-stripe uniforms? I always thought they were just "washed out" colors like how ACU's get over time.

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Re: ITT: Military Veterans

Postby 03121202698008 » Sun Dec 11, 2011 10:44 pm

californihuh wrote:Looking at that lol AF pic, is there really a difference in light/dark AF tiger-stripe uniforms? I always thought they were just "washed out" colors like how ACU's get over time.


The ABUs are washed out. Actually, given the timeline of this photo it was during roll-out and they may have been different generations. They played with the dye lot for a few runs until they settled on one. The four uniforms there are BDU/ABU/DCU flight suit/ABU flight suit.

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Re: ITT: Military Veterans

Postby rckybbby » Mon Dec 12, 2011 12:02 am

Kring345 wrote:
ThomasMN wrote:I'm sure the USMC does medevac too, but the Army has more rotary aircraft than the rest of the services combined. That and every single one of my buddies that got lifted out did so on an Army bird. Just saying.

Marines are medevac'd by Marines. We have our own AO, so why would we fly to 300 miles to bumfuckistan and medevac a soldier?

Also, we use the osprey to medevac fairly often. Kinda cool.

Also2, +1 to the A-10 love.


the summary of the storyline here is that Helicopters and their operators are God's gift to the fighting man. And you can even count that bastard plane-chopper-lovechild they call the osprey, if you must.

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Re: ITT: Military Veterans

Postby schwar46 » Mon Dec 12, 2011 12:55 am

I'm coming from a different angle.

I'm a 2L at WUSTL who doesn't much like the law after all, and I think the industry is going to hell. I'm hoping to get selected for Army OCS sometime following graduation, branch infantry... etc.

Thank you all for your service, and I wish you all the best in this cycle!

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Re: ITT: Military Veterans

Postby SemperLegal » Mon Dec 12, 2011 1:26 am

lrslayer wrote:
SemperLegal wrote:
ThomasMN wrote:Such BS, I have never seen a medevac chopper from anyone else other than the Army. That and I would rather get CAS from a couple of Apaches over any birds the Air Force or Marine Corp flies.

Who needs GPS, I have a compass.


Clearly someone has neither had the great pleasure of receiving fixed-wing air support nor felt the cheating sensation that comes from door-to-door fire support.

Agree on the medevac though.

really? cause i have personally been the crew chief on more medevac sorties than i care to mention. USMC


thank god my experience with such things is limited and unremarkable

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Re: ITT: Military Veterans

Postby SemperLegal » Mon Dec 12, 2011 1:28 am

schwar46 wrote:I'm coming from a different angle.

I'm a 2L at WUSTL who doesn't much like the law after all, and I think the industry is going to hell. I'm hoping to get selected for Army OCS sometime following graduation, branch infantry... etc.

Thank you all for your service, and I wish you all the best in this cycle!


BOOOOTTTTTTT!!!!!! :lol:

Just kidding, good luck

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Re: ITT: Military Veterans

Postby californihuh » Mon Dec 12, 2011 2:13 am

I loved calling in airstrikes after I took down dozens of terrorist scum. I even piloted some myself. That is until after a time limit, my AC130 had to get called back and I had to charlie-mike it on foot with my gold-plated AK-47.

Good times.

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Re: ITT: Military Veterans

Postby bjsesq » Mon Dec 12, 2011 12:13 pm

For the second time, the VA overpaid the school tuition. For the second time, they are immediately threatening me with credit agencies if I don't give them $3k yesterday. You know what? FUCK the VA.

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Re: ITT: Military Veterans

Postby willwash » Mon Dec 12, 2011 12:53 pm

US Navy LT (O-3)
Naval Flight Officer in the mighty E-2C Hawkeye.
One OEF/OND deployment under my belt and another starting next spring. Anticipating having over 1,000 hours by the end of it.
Applying (hopefully, depends on what happens to the Navy sabbatical program) for the 2013 cycle, blanketing t14 minus stanford/west coast, targeting UVA (VA resident).
3.49 UGPA from UNC, taking LSAT in Feb. REALLY hoping for a 170, currently PTing in the high 160s.
Always wanted to go to law school through college, but got married between my junior and senior years and we promptly became pregnant. Tabled the law school dream and waited tables through my senior year and talked to the military to obtain immediate gainful employment upon graduation.

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Re: ITT: Military Veterans

Postby rckybbby » Mon Dec 12, 2011 1:04 pm

bjsesq wrote:For the second time, the VA overpaid the school tuition. For the second time, they are immediately threatening me with credit agencies if I don't give them $3k yesterday. You know what? FUCK the VA.


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Re: ITT: Military Veterans

Postby ThomasMN » Mon Dec 12, 2011 3:38 pm

bjsesq wrote:For the second time, the VA overpaid the school tuition. For the second time, they are immediately threatening me with credit agencies if I don't give them $3k yesterday. You know what? FUCK the VA.


I run into this stuff all the time! Luckily for me my UG took care of the debt. You might want to double check to make sure that it isn't debt that the school owes the VA rather than a debt you have to pay.

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Re: ITT: Military Veterans

Postby 03121202698008 » Mon Dec 12, 2011 3:44 pm

bjsesq wrote:For the second time, the VA overpaid the school tuition. For the second time, they are immediately threatening me with credit agencies if I don't give them $3k yesterday. You know what? FUCK the VA.


I've gotten lucky, our VA coordinator is on top of things. They filed mine wrong this year (in state instead of out+YR) but she caught it and amended before the VA even noticed.

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Re: ITT: Military Veterans

Postby NavyLaw » Mon Dec 12, 2011 8:07 pm

blowhard wrote:
bjsesq wrote:For the second time, the VA overpaid the school tuition. For the second time, they are immediately threatening me with credit agencies if I don't give them $3k yesterday. You know what? FUCK the VA.


I've gotten lucky, our VA coordinator is on top of things. They filed mine wrong this year (in state instead of out+YR) but she caught it and amended before the VA even noticed.


How does this work? Do you have to submit all of your paperwork through a VA coordinator at the school or directly through the VA. Also, anyone know if/how much schools change their yellow ribbon contribution each year?

I still think this new GI bill is too good to be true. I won't be a believer until I get my first tuition statement (or lack thereof)...

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Re: ITT: Military Veterans

Postby ahnhub » Mon Dec 12, 2011 8:16 pm

For poster who wondered if vets were getting a boost...

Just got into NYU. 170/3.88. Not a hail-mary, but certainly iffy and I was in the first round of acceptances.

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Re: ITT: Military Veterans

Postby 03121202698008 » Mon Dec 12, 2011 8:38 pm

NavyLaw wrote:
blowhard wrote:
bjsesq wrote:For the second time, the VA overpaid the school tuition. For the second time, they are immediately threatening me with credit agencies if I don't give them $3k yesterday. You know what? FUCK the VA.


I've gotten lucky, our VA coordinator is on top of things. They filed mine wrong this year (in state instead of out+YR) but she caught it and amended before the VA even noticed.


How does this work? Do you have to submit all of your paperwork through a VA coordinator at the school or directly through the VA. Also, anyone know if/how much schools change their yellow ribbon contribution each year?

I still think this new GI bill is too good to be true. I won't be a believer until I get my first tuition statement (or lack thereof)...


Pretty sure you must submit through the VA coordinator. They handle processing all of the paperwork and certifying your enrollment.

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Re: ITT: Military Veterans

Postby rckybbby » Mon Dec 12, 2011 10:01 pm

ahnhub wrote:For poster who wondered if vets were getting a boost...

Just got into NYU. 170/3.88. Not a hail-mary, but certainly iffy and I was in the first round of acceptances.



awesome. are you gonna go?

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Re: ITT: Military Veterans

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Re: ITT: Military Veterans

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Re: ITT: Military Veterans

Postby SemperLegal » Tue Dec 13, 2011 6:11 am

stoppre wrote:Yo Kring,
Let's not say that the Navy's only role in Helmand is sewing up Marines. I have worked with Marines in Anbar, Helmand, and elsewhere many times and loved working with them (both MARSOC and conventional). But they needed our help on more than one occasion, and I wasn't sewing anyone up. Oh, and I don't fly either.

Lastly, I would like to point out that the Navy has executed the most important recent strategic missions in the GWOT (see: Operation Neptune Spear).


The Navy could survive without the Marine Corps. I don't think the opposite is true. That being said, the Navy-Marine Corps Team is a more flexible, useful, and powerful entity than the sum of its part. I absolutely love working with both blue-side and green-side Navy, while my experiences with the other two branches tend to leave much too be desired.

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Re: ITT: Military Veterans

Postby unc0mm0n1 » Tue Dec 13, 2011 10:23 am

SemperLegal wrote:
stoppre wrote:Yo Kring,
Let's not say that the Navy's only role in Helmand is sewing up Marines. I have worked with Marines in Anbar, Helmand, and elsewhere many times and loved working with them (both MARSOC and conventional). But they needed our help on more than one occasion, and I wasn't sewing anyone up. Oh, and I don't fly either.

Lastly, I would like to point out that the Navy has executed the most important recent strategic missions in the GWOT (see: Operation Neptune Spear).


The Navy could survive without the Marine Corps. I don't think the opposite is true. That being said, the Navy-Marine Corps Team is a more flexible, useful, and powerful entity than the sum of its part. I absolutely love working with both blue-side and green-side Navy, while my experiences with the other two branches tend to leave much too be desired.


Two branches????? You leaving out the coast guard :lol:

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Re: ITT: Military Veterans

Postby SemperLegal » Tue Dec 13, 2011 11:50 am

unc0mm0n1 wrote:
SemperLegal wrote:
stoppre wrote:Yo Kring,
Let's not say that the Navy's only role in Helmand is sewing up Marines. I have worked with Marines in Anbar, Helmand, and elsewhere many times and loved working with them (both MARSOC and conventional). But they needed our help on more than one occasion, and I wasn't sewing anyone up. Oh, and I don't fly either.

Lastly, I would like to point out that the Navy has executed the most important recent strategic missions in the GWOT (see: Operation Neptune Spear).


The Navy could survive without the Marine Corps. I don't think the opposite is true. That being said, the Navy-Marine Corps Team is a more flexible, useful, and powerful entity than the sum of its part. I absolutely love working with both blue-side and green-side Navy, while my experiences with the other two branches tend to leave much too be desired.


Two branches????? You leaving out the coast guard :lol:



I actually debated putting in "DoD" or changing the number to three, but I decided not to, for the sole reason that I was curious how many Coasties hang-out ITT.




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