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    On topic, I saw a guy on the subway today reading a booklet:

    Preparation for the Canadian Armed Forces Aptitude Exam.

    Nice to know we have one, and that you have to PREPARE for it.
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    ^ thank u for getting back on topic....hahaa

    but the other week i met w/ a army recruiter....

    we talked for like 30 mins...and he told me what ta expect if i enrolled in active duty, and the reserve, what not. =\ I wasnt going to join...didnt plan on it, and i met w/ him cuz just i was being nice...didnt just want to blow him off.

    ....that and if i even thought of join my mom would kick my a$$...ahaha

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    Quote Originally Posted by Digital_Eon View Post
    On topic, I saw a guy on the subway today reading a booklet:

    Preparation for the Canadian Armed Forces Aptitude Exam.

    Nice to know we have one, and that you have to PREPARE for it.
    If the exam is similar to the one we have in Finland you don't really have to prepare for it. The examsare basically giving the officers a rough guideline of what position you would be suitable for. However, a better score doesn't mean that you'll get a higher position.

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    2. Keep a reasonable amount of intelligence to your posts. I understand that such a thread might offend you, but you must remember that most of the people doing the bashing are Europeans, and you know how wierd those guys are, and not to let anger get the better of you. Most Americans will defend you, as we consider your service to one's country a great honor, and a mark of a great, and courageous, man.
    Not to be rude or anything, but why would serving in the military necessarily mean that one is great and/or courageous? I know from personal experiece that a lot of people in the military are idiots and/or jackasses much like civilians are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saizou View Post
    If the exam is similar to the one we have in Finland you don't really have to prepare for it. The examsare basically giving the officers a rough guideline of what position you would be suitable for. However, a better score doesn't mean that you'll get a higher position.



    Not to be rude or anything, but why would serving in the military necessarily mean that one is great and/or courageous? I know from personal experiece that a lot of people in the military are idiots and/or jackasses much like civilians are.
    Well, two reasons:
    1. I was trying to calm the guy down, a little flattery never hurts when trying to do that.
    2. I believe it. He sacrifices his freedom to go where he wants, do do what he wants when he wants, to be under the command of another, to fight for people he will likely never know or meet. To risk death, not for himself, but for the lives and freedom of his fellow countrymen. That kind of sacrifice sounds "great" to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jakko View Post
    Well, two reasons:
    1. I was trying to calm the guy down, a little flattery never hurts when trying to do that.
    2. I believe it. He sacrifices his freedom to go where he wants, do do what he wants when he wants, to be under the command of another, to fight for people he will likely never know or meet. To risk death, not for himself, but for the lives and freedom of his fellow countrymen. That kind of sacrifice sounds "great" to me.
    Ah but dude you're assuming that all those people who sign up consider all these points and fully realise all the consequences. Not meaning that they have no intelligence or such, I just mean like I doubt a lot of soldiers, before signing up, think about all of those things you mentioned and can fully appreciate all that their actions mean. To many I imagine they more see it as a way to just get out and see the world, or because it can offer a more reliable source of income than what else they could get, etc. Which of course isn't deplorable or anything, but I wouldn't go as far as to say it particularly makes them greater than other people performing needed services. That all being said, were someone to sit down and mull over all that you mentioned and still go ahead and sign up for the right reasons, fully knowing they could easily come back in pieces, I agree it'd make them, as you said, "great".

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    Quote Originally Posted by StealthMoose View Post
    Ah but dude you're assuming that all those people who sign up consider all these points and fully realise all the consequences. Not meaning that they have no intelligence or such, I just mean like I doubt a lot of soldiers, before signing up, think about all of those things you mentioned and can fully appreciate all that their actions mean. To many I imagine they more see it as a way to just get out and see the world, or because it can offer a more reliable source of income than what else they could get, etc. Which of course isn't deplorable or anything, but I wouldn't go as far as to say it particularly makes them greater than other people performing needed services. That all being said, were someone to sit down and mull over all that you mentioned and still go ahead and sign up for the right reasons, fully knowing they could easily come back in pieces, I agree it'd make them, as you said, "great".
    True, but the fact is that they can resign if they wanted to, if things got too tough, if they saw how it really is. Heck, they could have done it in boot camp, most would have if they joined for some of those reasons. But the fact is, they kept at it. Even after they were put in danger, they kept at it. They stayed the course, and I have tremendous respect for that.

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    No matter their reasons for joining, I have great respect for soldiers. There are few people who I respect simply by virtue of their profession, and soldiers are among them. Their bravery astounds me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jakko View Post
    Well, two reasons:
    1. I was trying to calm the guy down, a little flattery never hurts when trying to do that.
    2. I believe it. He sacrifices his freedom to go where he wants, do do what he wants when he wants, to be under the command of another, to fight for people he will likely never know or meet. To risk death, not for himself, but for the lives and freedom of his fellow countrymen. That kind of sacrifice sounds "great" to me.
    I see your point. Maybe we have some cultral differences on this point since military service isn't voluntary here in Finland.

    On the other hand, wouldn't this mean that anyone who has really shitty job (think sewage cleaning) should get some respect as well?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saizou View Post
    I see your point. Maybe we have some cultral differences on this point since military service isn't voluntary here in Finland.

    On the other hand, wouldn't this mean that anyone who has really shitty job (think sewage cleaning) should get some respect as well?
    Heck, I respect those guys too. Brave men, don't even use anything to cover their noses. On a related note, however, their is a much higher percentage of severe bodily injury/death in the army...

 

 
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