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Not much to report.  Still working.  Still married.  Youngest crumb-snatcher turned 1 last month.  I lead a mundane life.
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Not too much to report for me either. Graduated in december with a LOLberal arts degree (with PhiLOLsophy as the major, no less) because the entire reason for me getting an undergraduate degree was to get into law school. The more and more I looked into it, the less and less appealing three years of rigorous study and hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt seemed.  That alone might not have deterred me, but since the market is incredibly saturated with JDs, and something like one-in-four people who have a Juris Doctorate don't even work in the legal profession, I opted not to commit such a large chunk of my life to being a successful lawyer.

Instead, I'm a cart-donkey (among other things) at Costco.

In the meantime, since I'm the sort of arrogant and athletic douche who feels they are qualified for it, I'm training for the PST required to make it to BUD/S and be a part of Naval Special Warfare. I'm beyond the minimums for everything they require already, but I intend to be able to do double the minimum requirement for push ups, pull ups, and sit ups, and do the swim and run in nine minutes.

Until then, I'm relaxing and enjoying the company of my girlfriend and housemates. Good times.
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Originally posted by brihard brihard wrote:

Fortunately, one can be a mountie and a reservist at the same time.





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I dabbled with the SEALs a bit. I took a PFT to see what it was like.

They really want more than double the mins. 20 Pullups, 100 situps, 100 pushups, is what will get you in. You sign a delayed enlistment contract. Before you go to boot, you have to pass the PFT with a competitive score three times. You'll have to pass it again boot. When you do the PFT, they want you to keep going until the time is up no matter how many you have done.

Practice the combat side stroke as the technique is tricky... but it's the fastest I've ever managed to swim.

And make sure you really want it. The people with the slightest doubt are the ones who end up chipping old paint. They want people who will accept no other option than SEAL. If you don't make it, it's a solid 18 months of service until you can try again.


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Gatyr, one of my good buddies is with some form of Naval special combat forces (not SEAL) he does armed boarding from helicopters and also jumps out of perfectly good airplanes to go shoot at people. Anyway, if you want to know what different routes and combat roles you can get into in the Navy that isn't SEALs, let me know and I can shoot you his info. I'm sure he'd be happy to answer any questions you have.
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Just continuing the grind looking for a job in law enforcement. It's tough right now, as everyone has a bachelor's degree(which I originally thought would set me apart), or a ton of military experience. That, and with a down economy, law enforcement sees a boom in applications.

Getting a little tired of waiting, so I've started to look at some other options(military, back to school, etc.)
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Originally posted by usafpilot07 usafpilot07 wrote:

Just continuing the grind looking for a job in law enforcement. It's tough right now, as everyone has a bachelor's degree(which I originally thought would set me apart), or a ton of military experience. That, and with a down economy, law enforcement sees a boom in applications.

Getting a little tired of waiting, so I've started to look at some other options(military, back to school, etc.)


Heard anything from the DC MPD?
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I'm doing a whole load of not much the now. 

Finished the one year access course to go onto to a law degree and got the grades etc but in the end decided not to follow it up right away. The way I see it is I was pretty much the youngest guy in that access course with the age range leaning towards 30-25. So I decided to save as much cash as I can and start doing the things I'd regret not doing like travelling and all that cliche hipster bollocks. 

I'm currently working for Aviva insurance just customer services for motor insurance. It's not a particularly bad job but its very much a lot of the same stuff I and everyone else in this city has been doing for years. But It's a means to an end before I decide to knuckle down and get to grips with adult life. 

I think I'll be saving like a madman until about October then I'll head out to Dubai for a week or two. The plan being to have a visa and some money sorted for then going to Australia to meet up with some friends that are heading out in August. Then I really haven't planned much further yet. So I have no real idea how well/badly it will go, I could come back skint with my tail between my legs after making an arse of it in November or they might need to deport me 5 years from now a rich and happy man. 
   That's probably the real appeal of it to me, If I don't have any expectations then I'll have a hard time being disappointed.  I am still at the "Yeah I can do that" stage so no actual paperwork or commitments made but it's been on the cards for a while so I think I'll make it happen

So yeah nothing major or interesting to report just having a wee mid life crisis albeit a tad earlier than usual.  My best friend has a son now so that's been freaking me out a bit.  My wee brother is the youngest in the family but he's 18 and at uni so I think it's time to get some crap done.

I've been dossing about for year and I got wound up about it for years but now  the lack of direction is something I've gotten a lot more relaxed about. I've already laid the ground work for starting law so I can pick that up whenever really and if I pull the travelling off then it will be cracking I don't think I'll regret any of it.



Edited by scotchyscotch - 12 May 2012 at 10:27am
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Scotchy, plan on visiting the states at any point before you knuckle down and get started on adulthood?
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Well that was definitely something I was considering but the limited research I dod into visas seems like I could only get a working holiday visa if I was a student so I'm not sure how feasible that would be. I suppose there would be ways to get it done but they're not particularly obvious at the minute.
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J1 visa is the way to go. All you need to do is enroll in a uni over here, fly over, enroll in 1 course, pay the fee for it, and never go. After that, you're still eligible to stick around for the length of the visa so long as you're saying "Oh, I'm just taking a month off between courses"

At least, that's how all of my Russian and Romanian friends do it.
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How much do you reckon these "courses" would cost? and what are the chances I could get a place as some random jock with no real qualifications? 

I mean if it's feasible then I'm all over it. As long as the rest of the chumps on here have couches they don't mind a random interweb miscreant crashing on.
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Originally posted by scotchyscotch scotchyscotch wrote:

How much do you reckon these "courses" would cost? and what are the chances I could get a place as some random jock with no real qualifications? 

I mean if it's feasible then I'm all over it. As long as the rest of the chumps on here have couches they don't mind a random interweb miscreant crashing on.


Look up "J1 visa" and then "Northern Virginia Community College" and you'll see that it's pretty easy, or if you feel lazy, just get one of the many companies here in the US to do all the legwork for you:
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  • I got a scholarship chosen by my teachers based on my design work. More proud of the recognition than the money but its still nice
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Originally posted by Tolgak Tolgak wrote:

GATYR

HAI SWEET CHEEKS

Yeah, those are the numbers I had in mind, I just didn't feel like spelling out all of the expectations I have for myself.

And trust me, I've looked into this as much as possible without actually having top secret clearance. I've read plenty on the subject and done as much as I can to learn what it is I would be committing myself to. I'm confident I can make it as long as I get the chance.
Originally posted by tallen702 tallen702 wrote:

Anyway, if you want to know what different routes and combat roles you can get into in the Navy that isn't SEALs, let me know and I can shoot you his info.

HAI SWEET LIPS

I'm pretty committed to being a SEAL. I don't know too much about anything under the NSW umbrella that isn't EOD, SWCC, or SEAL, but I feel like if I could be swayed into considering/switching to a commitment to something else, I wouldn't be up to ANYTHING in that line of work.

But, we'll see how it goes. If I'm ever in Virginia doing my thang, I'm kidnapping Tallen and we're going shooting.
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Ahaha, bravecoward looks all grown up. 
I graduated college 1 year ago today.
Moved from Wisconsin/Minnesota to Boston with my GF of 4 years almost 1 year ago today. 
I got a full time job for an e-commerce company as a systems engineer, and I've been there for 11 months.
I got an ADORABLE Australian Shepherd puppy to call my own;

And I haven't posted on this forum in months Cry
And I'm still an hero


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thinking about giving up on cans that dive to weld on cans that drive...

trying to learn german... and still have an addition to firearms
saving the world, one warship at a time.
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Originally posted by merc merc wrote:


trying to learn german


Good luck. I think Sanskrit is probably easier.
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I just had an awesome weekend up in Whistler. The most massive, amazing mountain I've ever ridden by far. My view during the start of one of our runs on Saturday.

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Originally posted by tallen702 tallen702 wrote:

Originally posted by merc merc wrote:


trying to learn german


Good luck. I think Sanskrit is probably easier.

I wise man once said, "life is too short to learn German."
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Last child has been moved out for over a year, miss them all but loving the freedom and I'm transferring down to Calgary (or Burnaby) next year.  Looking forward to kayaking and the usual summer stuff.
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