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    Unexpected week

    Well this week has been a bit of a shocker. My Commanding Officer wants to put me forward for a commission. I have only last year made sergeant and now I am suddenly heading for the dizzy heights of Officer status.

    Second Lieutenant Curtis. Kinda has a nice ring to it

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    Re: Unexpected week

    Woohoo!

    Congrats bro!

    Peter 8)
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    Re: Unexpected week

    Congrats on the promotion, Sir....

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    Well done mate, thats quality! 8)

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    Re: Unexpected week

    Being that im in the U.S. military and dont understand. How do you guys go from sergeant to LT?

    Either way congrats!

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    Re: Unexpected week

    shortimer52 said: View Post
    Being that im in the U.S. military and dont understand. How do you guys go from sergeant to LT?

    Either way congrats!
    Normally it wouldn't work like this and you would have to work your way up the rank structure. ie Staff Sergeant, WO2 and then WO1

    but Apprarently my CO seems to think that i have a spark in me and has recommeded me for a Commission. I am certainly not going to complain

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    Congratulations Jon, well done.

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    Re: Unexpected week

    Very cool! But wouldn't you be a "Leftanant?"

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    Congrats... Nice pay rise to go with that ;-)

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    Re: Unexpected week

    Ronin677 said: View Post
    Normally it wouldn't work like this and you would have to work your way up the rank structure. ie Staff Sergeant, WO2 and then WO1

    but Apprarently my CO seems to think that i have a spark in me and has recommeded me for a Commission. I am certainly not going to complain

    Hope you dont mind me asking all these silly questions. I worked with you guys in Iraq and never had a chance to ask.

    Do you need your bachelors degree to get your officer like you do here in the U.S.? Take it you have to go to some kind of officer school?

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    WOW!
    Very cool.
    Congratulations.
    =)

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    shortimer52 said: View Post
    Hope you dont mind me asking all these silly questions. I worked with you guys in Iraq and never had a chance to ask.

    Do you need your bachelors degree to get your officer like you do here in the U.S.? Take it you have to go to some kind of officer school?
    No probs buddy. My days of full time service are long gone . At the mo i am in the reserves (similar to your National Guard I believe). As far as I know, you don't need a bachelors degree to apply for a commission (although I do have Higher National Deploma, in civil engineering, which is very similar). The route to my commission will take approx 24 months as i need to pass a whole load of courses, included AI courses and a KG6 course

    So where did you serve in Iraq? My unit completed several tours of Basra (Sheibah Air Base) attached to the Regs there.

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    Ronin677 said: View Post
    No probs buddy. My days of full time service are long gone . At the mo i am in the reserves (similar to your National Guard I believe). As far as I know, you don't need a bachelors degree to apply for a commission (although I do have Higher National Deploma, in civil engineering, which is very similar). The route to my commission will take approx 24 months as i need to pass a whole load of courses, included AI courses and a KG6 course

    So where did you serve in Iraq? My unit completed several tours of Basra (Sheibah Air Base) attached to the Regs there.
    I was in the Marines for 4 years in the infantry after that I joind the Army as a Air Defense Tactical Operations Center Operator, and then went into the Army Reserves as a firefighter.

    I was in the Army but with the Marines when I went into Iraq (long story there). I was there for the start sitting on the berm and went into iraq about 3 or 4 hours after it started. We had a few British with us in the TOC. But my Army unit had 3 guys go with the British into Basra with your ADA system.

    When I was in Kuwait we had British units with us at Al Jabar AFB, always were nice to hook us up with stuff we needed. And always had time to talk and have a good joke ready.

    Ive always liked to talk to people in other militaries. Hear how things worked and trade stuff. But ive worked with the Germans before, they dont like to talk to much.lol

    I have an officer trying to get me to go to WOC or get my bachelors so I can go to Officers school.

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    Re: Unexpected week

    Gratz!!!!!

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    shortimer52 said: View Post
    I was in the Marines for 4 years in the infantry after that I joind the Army as a Air Defense Tactical Operations Center Operator, and then went into the Army Reserves as a firefighter.

    I was in the Army but with the Marines when I went into Iraq (long story there). I was there for the start sitting on the berm and went into iraq about 3 or 4 hours after it started. We had a few British with us in the TOC. But my Army unit had 3 guys go with the British into Basra with your ADA system.

    When I was in Kuwait we had British units with us at Al Jabar AFB, always were nice to hook us up with stuff we needed. And always had time to talk and have a good joke ready.

    Ive always liked to talk to people in other militaries. Hear how things worked and trade stuff. But ive worked with the Germans before, they dont like to talk to much.lol

    I have an officer trying to get me to go to WOC or get my bachelors so I can go to Officers school.
    So are you going to go for the bachelors ? Over in Basra we were used on escort duties and guarding installations like the hospital etc. I'm not really an infantry bod normally as i'm actually trained on artillery (FH70 to precise). Then about 7 years ago we had the guns taken away from us and were re-roled to air defence. I have since spent the last few years training on the Lightweight Mulitple Launcher (LML). Its basically the static version of the Stormer HVM system. Sounds great huh, don't you believe it nice system but has some really **** draw backs, i won't sound them out here for security reasons but trust me it leaves a lot to be desired. I have worked with some American troops whilst over in Belgium (near Arlon), they were great guys and I would, if i got the chance, work with them again

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    Grats Jon...

    Do I have to salute you next time we meet? (JK)
    Very well done on being put forward bro...

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    Mojo-Fett said: View Post
    Grats Jon...

    Do I have to salute you next time we meet? (JK)
    Very well done on being put forward bro...
    Don't be silly Gav, no need to salute me......just call me Sir

    Only kidding, only kidding

    Not sure about being an officer, i have always been use to working for a living

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    Ronin677 said: View Post
    Don't be silly Gav, no need to salute me......just call me Sir
    I'll remember that at our first troop! Hic.... Sir....

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    Ronin 677!

    My brother & Dear Friend!

    You have impressed the Sniffer himself with not just your courage, but your keen sense of others around you. You are a true hero my friend. And for that my friend, you will never go un-noticed amongst the ranks of fellow TDH'ers. Yes! Even the "Sniffer" himself!!!!


    So let us all rais a glass to the great Ronin 677.
    Perhaps your powers are greater than the "Sniffer" himself.

    Take care my friend.

    The Sniffer Abides

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    Welcome to the Dark Side, my friend....

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    Re: Unexpected week

    Wow! Congratulations Jon!

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    Congrats Jon! Very big accomplishment there man.

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    Awesome Jon! I mean Sir...I mean bro!

    Stay safe,

    Tim.

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    The Sniffer said: View Post
    Ronin 677!

    My brother & Dear Friend!

    You have impressed the Sniffer himself with not just your courage, but your keen sense of others around you. You are a true hero my friend. And for that my friend, you will never go un-noticed amongst the ranks of fellow TDH'ers. Yes! Even the "Sniffer" himself!!!!


    So let us all rais a glass to the great Ronin 677.
    Perhaps your powers are greater than the "Sniffer" himself.
    You are talking about someone else, right !!!!!!

    I am certainly no hero, just a guy doing a job. The real heros are those guys who do tour after tour out in the sandbox. These are the real unsung heros.

    Thanks for the compliments but hey its only me little 'ol Ronin

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    Re: Unexpected week

    congrats dude

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