I have noticed there are a number of Vets here. How about some info on what service, years, MOS/AFSC/Rate, duty stations and anything else you care to share.
I enlisted the first time in the Army in 1974. I missed the draft by one year, ground combat was over in Viet Nam and I didn't want to go to college yet. I went to Germany for 19 months after training as a baker (94D). I was stationed at the Army Hospital in Nurnberg (130th General Hospital, later renamed US Army Hospital Nurnberg). I wasn't a very good soldier, when my 2 year contract was up I got my honorable discharge in '76 at the exalted rank of PFC. When I got home, I did two years in the Army Reserve. In 1988 I was tired of shitty jobs, had a degree in theater courtesy of the GI Bill (I know, I love theater and I didn't expect to get gainful employment from it. I was a tech theater person, not an actor) I went back in the Army, signed up to be a Behavioral Science Specialist (91G now 91X, Mental Health Specialist). Went back to Basic Training because of the long break in service. Wasn't a big deal the second time around, mostly boring. I was amazed at how out of shape a lot of the young guys were, I was 32 and kicking a lot of their asses in the PT shit and I am hardly Superman. I entered as a PFC (E-3) because of my BA degree and was automatically promoted to Specialist (E-4) in AIT. Went to FT Sam Houston for training and then Camp Zama, Japan for 3 1/2 years. Great duty station, half of the post was a golf course and we had no tactical vehicles in the motor pool. Was boarded and promoted to SGT (E-5) in Japan and went to the E-6 board there as well. From there I went back to FT Sam Houston to be an instructor in the 91G course. I was a super trooper the second time around, I earned 3 Army Achievement Medals and 5 Army Commendation Medals during my enlistment. After 2 years at FT Sam I had more and more trouble with my knees and was medically boarded and received a medical discharge because of my inability to run, jump and shoot as required of every soldier. I left as a sergeant E-5 (promotable) In addition to my mental health job, I volunteered at the emergency clinic in Japan and in the emergency room at Brooke Army Medical Center, FT Sam, a level 1 trauma center, because I was interested in medical work. I got to do pretty much everything, starting IVs, administering meds, suturing and generally assisting the doctors with whatever. I went through EMT training at FT Sam and was a certified National Registry EMT. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the Army the second time and would have stayed until retirement if it were not for my knees. In 1996 I got a contract job with the Air Force in social services at Osan Air Base, Korea and then paid staff with the American Red Cross at Camp Humphreys. After 2 1/2 years there I went to Germany as a GS employee also in social services at Grafenwoehr and Vilseck then ended up working in the G4 (logistics) in Heidelberg at HQ USAREUR. I left Germany in 2008 when I got married and moved to Poland. I served a total of 20 years, 8 years active duty, 2 years in the Reserves and 10 years Civil Service. I enjoyed being a soldier much better than Civil Service. I often miss the camaraderie and sense of purpose as a soldier and some of the finest people I ever met and worked with were my fellow soldiers.