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  Space-A and travel benefits
Posted by: Chomps - 01-19-2017, 06:44 PM - Forum: Question and Support Board - Replies (15)

Figured I would start a mil travel bennies post for people to ask and share stuff. 

I'm often talking up the benefits of flying Patriot Express vs commercial for Pacific hops ($37.50 per person per direction Seattle to Yokota), and in general am a fan of saving money where possible.  With that in mind, is there a site that people can look up travel costs and savings using space-a/whatever that's geared towards mil?

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  Reserve to active ??
Posted by: Nasty_reservist - 01-11-2017, 10:54 PM - Forum: Question and Support Board - Replies (15)

Dropping to the IRR in 2 months from the reserves and realized that I have done absolutely nothing but skate my entire enlistment (not a surprise right ?). Now I really feel like a piece of shit and would give up my good for nothing political science degree for a chance to go active duty in the fleet and actually get to do as well as contribute something. Know about OCS, but also know that my run time is weak (fastest was 21:38 3 years ago) and that I in all honesty don't have the charisma required. So I talked to a prior service recruiter in my area (because my unit's career planner is 800 miles away in a different state) and he said I could do the active reserves. Looked the program up and apparently if you get in you are just supplementing I&I staff ? So this led me to question if it is even possible for someone in the reserve component to actually transition to active duty by which I mean the fleet? Are IMA billets the only way ? My initial impression was that I could re-enlist, LAT move, and then go to the fleet? I'm a LCPL in motor T, but I have no intention of staying in that MOS. Took the DLAB the other day because I figured it better my prospects to LAT move and go linguist, but I am increasingly realizing that this all sounds like a snowball's chance in hell. I kid myself in the reserves that I would eventually deploy and that I should focus on college, but now I'm getting a grasp of what I missed. Thanks to anybody who provides input, appreciate it.

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  BLACKHAWK rigs on wa rbelt
Posted by: jaekes412 - 01-11-2017, 01:34 PM - Forum: Question and Support Board - Replies (1)

The Velcro on the top straps of my drop leg I was issued is old and broke and abused from me stuffing into the MOLLE on my war belt and has fallen off for the third strait feild op. Anyone out the found a successful solution to attaching the top straps of the drop leg to the MOLLE webbing. Checked BLACKHAWK's web site and didn't see anything that looked like it would replace the Velcro straps it came with. Thanks

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  Words of wisdom and other advice for life
Posted by: ah8176 - 12-30-2016, 07:03 AM - Forum: The Smoke Pit -- General Discussion - Replies (27)

We had something like this on the last forum.

I've had the benefit of having a great father and few other good mentors through out the years and I've picked up some great advice along the way. It would be a waste to not share any wisdom so I figure we should have a place to share advice for others. Let this thread be a place for people to share lessons so others may benefit. While I'm sure it can be light-hearted at times, let's try to keep the jokes limited and the advice classy. Advice can be general or specific to certain skill.

On careers and earning a living:

Try to learn a trade. College doesn't work for everyone so it never hurts to be handy and useful at something.

Don't follow your passion; bring your passion with you.

If everyone pursued their dreams for a job, nothing would get done. Instead, find out what you're successful at and use that to pursue your dreams.

The first day of a new job, have HR take at least 2% out of your paycheck and put it away into your TSP, 401K, or whatever. It's usually just enough to not break your bank but enough to make a difference down the road in your life. Today, many people are simply not preparing for retirement. Better to have a little something than nothing at all.

Basic finance 101: Take in more money than you spend. (You'd be surprised how many people violate this rule)

If you have debts, pay off the smallest ones first, then go for the bigger ones.

On relationships/family life:

Don't get married before your 26.

If you're serious about a girl and want to make her your wife, take a good, long, look at her mother. This is will be your wife in 20 years.

Have a few terms or rules that are reasonable, but completely non-negotiable to your wife. (Once a year I go hunting with my father, Once a month I go fishing, etc. etc) A man has to stand for something and your wife will push you.

The perfect wife doesn't exist, but pretty good ones do.

Don't pay attention to how often you fight with her, pay more attention to how the two of you make up.

Family is the only true measure of wealth.


Shortly after your 26th birthday, you'll notice that you get a hangover after only a few drinks. No, nothing's wrong. It's called getting old.

Shortly after your 28th birthday, you'll notice injuries don't heal as quickly and minor bumps and strains hurt for days. See above.

Take care of yourself now, because post college/EAS your shitty diet and bad drinking habits will catch up to you. 

Hang on to that classic car or motorcycle you bought when you where young and cool. You'll regret it. Plus, some day you won't be young or cool anymore, but at least you'll have something to remind people that you once were.

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  TL Christmas 2016 Check-In
Posted by: CombatWombat - 12-24-2016, 10:04 PM - Forum: The Smoke Pit -- General Discussion - Replies (13)

Same as last year. Talk about your Christmas. I get Christmas earlier than most of you degenerate fucks, so here's a thread.

Where'd you go? What'd you eat? What's your haul?

Nice quiet Christmas this year. Good eats, including the biggest fucking oysters I've ever seen - Herself's got a mate who works in aquaculture, and it turns out he felt generous. Cheers Jerome.

Now we all pass the fuck out.

Haul, me

- new moleskins
- the candied nuts Herself does wot I like
- The Smallest Kite In the World
- New boots. Individually wrapped, one from each Joey.
- Ermagerd berks. Letters of General John Monash and something esoteric about cricket.
- Full allowance of socks and jocks
- Magnetic chess/checkers set
- homemade fruit leather

Haul, her

- Salvador Dali wrote a cookbook. It's just been reprinted. I'm proud of this
- sheet music
- the perfume she likes
- Teeny tiny Rubik's cube
- framed copy of her favorite poem
- the fucking oysters. Getting them donated to Christmas menu for everyone is just a bonus
- Berks. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
- bottle of chilli schnapps

Haul, kids

- Every fucking toy in Australia. New bathers and beachtowel each. Womboy's first pocket knife, Wombaby's first real compass.

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  Home for the holidays
Posted by: Taz - 12-17-2016, 11:21 AM - Forum: The Smoke Pit -- General Discussion - Replies (7)

I haven't been home since 2007, and it wasn't for Christmas (it was my sister's wedding in October), and so I'm missing my family.
I thought it would be fun to read stories you guys may have about visiting family during the holidays.

So, how many of you go home this time of year, and do you have any family traditions (other than kissing your sister)?

Share your funny/wacky/crazy or serious stories here. Smile

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  VetVPN - Free Military VPN for Secure, Private, and Unrestricted Internet Access
Posted by: CuttingScores - 12-10-2016, 04:28 AM - Forum: The Smoke Pit -- General Discussion - Replies (14)

Good morning Marines. I posted a thread the other day on another military related group asking about peoples interest in a free VPN network aimed at military members and their families. I received a lot of positive feedback on the idea so I started developing the website and prepping the main server for where it will reside. After much work it is finally done and I would like to invite anyone to use/test out VetVPN and let me know what you think.


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Posted by: Johsaf - 12-07-2016, 10:59 PM - Forum: The Smoke Pit -- General Discussion - Replies (1)

I am a new member to Terminal Lance and hope so will be a fun way to talk with all of you. So greetings from my side and hope so there will be welcome from you all as a member of this board. Looking for replies and hope will be.

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  POTUS Elect selects Gen Mattis for SECDEF
Posted by: Wook - 12-01-2016, 01:23 PM - Forum: The Smoke Pit -- General Discussion - Replies (10)


Tomorrow, the rest of the planet surrenders

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  Tis the season . . .
Posted by: notoriousfavi - 11-29-2016, 02:32 PM - Forum: The Smoke Pit -- General Discussion - Replies (3)

for Christmas avs!!!  

I picked my favorite Christmas movie.  Show off your American, and Christian, spirit this next month, otherwise you're just a terrorist that worships Satan and hates freedom.

Who's in?

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