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From: Chuck Simmons
Organization: You jest.
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Subject: Re: Kevin, Kevin, Kevin.....Re: Questions on EE job market.
Date: Sat, 02 Nov 2002 01:40:34 GMT
NNTP-Posting-Date: Fri, 01 Nov 2002 17:40:34 PST
John Woodgate wrote:
> I read in sci.electronics.design that Chuck Simmons
> wrote (in <3DC29568.9CF86C3F@webaccess.net>)
> about 'Kevin, Kevin, Kevin.....Re: Questions on EE job market.', on Fri,
> 1 Nov 2002:
> >What my posts and others show is that the military, like any other
> >occupation, has the potential of offering opportunity. It is up to the
> >individual to see it and take advantage of it.
> I think that's the point. I'd have rather jumped in the lake than join
> the military when I left college, and I missed National Service
> conscription by ONE MONTH. But other people have certainly benefited by
> it. Maybe I would have, too, but I think it would have killed me.
I didn't want to be in the military either. I considered Canada because
by 1966, Canada had become a haven for draft dodgers. I did not go to
Canada and ended up in the military with my own career on hold for three
years. In 1969 when I got out, the army was paying me $378.70 per month.
In 1966 before I joined, I was making more than $500.00 per month. My
own military experience was not significant to my future career. But I
observed that military experience was useful to some. Whether drafted or
enlisted, the ones who benefited got a good deal.
As for me, I did work that was similar to my civilian occupation in
working conditions that were at least comfortable. I would never have
traveled to the country where I worked and never had the interesting
experiences that go with that without the army. Canada and Mexico had so
far been the limits of my travel. Veterans of Kagnew station are mostly
like me. Their best memories are not of the job but of all the wonderful
and sometimes wacky things that happened off duty. But the army I was in
was an army of men who mostly did not want to be in the army. They say
misery loves company but enough company and there isn't all that much
The military is not for everyone. It wasn't really for me but I didn't
have any real choice at the time. The OP might be well motivated to join
the military. That is fine with me. I will always advise a person to
follow their own lights. My oldest daughter, fresh out of college with
the ink on her diploma still wet asked me what I thought of her doing
Peace Corps for a couple of years. I gave her a long list of advantages
and disadvantages and finally said, "You're going to do this no matter
what I say." She agreed. I was satisfied. It was right for her. I would
never have done it myself. If we weren't all different, nothing would
ever get done.
... The times have been,
That, when the brains were out,
the man would die. ... Macbeth
Chuck Simmons email@example.com
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