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    posted a message on Cheaters
    I read somewhere that the endorphinergic reaction to seeing a loved one dies out in about 9 months. Meaning we're biologically built to love each other just long enough for a child to be born. However, there are 'swans' that somehow stay in love for life.
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    posted a message on Back from Basic
    Wow that got intense. To answer Umpa, Air Force PT is 6 days a week, alternating calisthenic and cardiovascular days. On cardio days, you run a group pace based on your ability for 10 minutes, then 15 minutes self-paced. After self-pace, you sprint for 30 second intervals.

    On calisthenic days, you do pushups, crunches, partial squats, flutter-kicks, squat-thrusts, 'pyramid pushups', and leg-raises. TI's have fun destroying you on these days. Just don't be 'that guy' and you'll be fine.

    Eval runs are 1.5 miles. To pass, you need 11:40 or better (again, I think). My time went from 11-ish to 9:40.

    In response to Equinox's post above, I'll agree you don't learn much of use at basic. However, look at the name. It's "basic military training." It's an indoctrination into the military life, which means learning rank structure, customs and courtesies, dress and appearance, reporting, all things you'll have to know for the rest of your career. All the rest is developing an ability to work with a sense of urgency, thinking under pressure, working as an individual and a leader.
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    posted a message on Back from Basic
    "One part of pararescue training involves being held underwater until your heart stops, and having another PJ trainee bring you back to consciousness."

    I just got word this is bullshit. Sorry about that. Although they do bind your arms and legs before throwing you into a pool on a daily basis.

    Also, no one said anything about Army boot camp. I hate when people use 'army' and 'military' interchangeably. Just keep in mind what branch you're talking to, please.

    And yes, although in retrospect I can say it was easy and even funny at times, it sucks going through it. You ever see grown men cry? It's your whole life being flipped upside down for several weeks, a 100% hostile environment that you have to get used to.

    Meteoro is right about everything. The military absolutely makes you a better person. You'll learn to appreciate luxuries like time, food, time to eat food, books, music, movies...and women. Oh my god. The females looked better and better every week XD

    If you're interested in enlisting at all, go talk to a recruiter or check out the branch website. There's no commitment involved in that. Just make sure you run the show, get the info you want, and don't get talked into anything. My recruiter was great, but apparently that's a rarity.
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    posted a message on Back from Basic
    The thing is, Air Force basic doesn't need to be hard, because 95% of AF jobs are non-combat related. For the combat jobs, there are tech schools for training. Off the top of my head, combat controllers, pararescuemen (PJs), TACP (tactical air control party), and security forces receive additional combat training. Our combat controllers and PJs are some of the most hardcore warriors in the world. One part of pararescue training involves being held underwater until your heart stops, and having another PJ trainee bring you back to consciousness.
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    posted a message on Back from Basic
    Haha, basic actually sucked. Not that it was particularly hard, it just sucked ass being limited to letters as your only form of communication.

    Let's see. Our PT was pretty easy. Our weapons training is a joke, we had a day of training each on the M16 and M9. You didn't even need to qualify to graduate. I, being the straight killer that I am, qualified as a marksman.

    The culmination of our training was the BEAST (Basic Expeditionary Airman Skills Training), where we lived in nice air conditioned tents and pretended to be in a deployed environment. We practiced UXO procedures (identifying, setting up cordons, etc), post attack recon, and self aid/buddy care. Those were the main things we learned.

    The majority of our time at basic was spent folding clothes. They put a ton of emphasis on attention to detail, so everything has to be impeccable. The worst case of this was when one of my wingmen spent a solid 45 minutes folding one towel. That was just annoying.

    Don't worry, I won't take offense. Our basic is a joke compared to yours, and our TIs reminded us of that. Someone made the mistake of referring to basic as "boot camp" to a TI, and got his ass reamed.
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    posted a message on PSP or DS
    Quote from "PhrozenDragon" »
    I have no idea how they stand up to each other, but... go with a DS. Golden Sun 3 is going to come out next year probably, and that alone makes the DS worth it :)

    Oh man...the Golden Sun games were some of my favorite rpgs ever....but I was just starting to lean towards the PSP. This is gonna be a tough choice. Get....both? Ugh. My poor bank account.
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    posted a message on Back from Basic
    Thank you! It's called imagery analysis. Looking at pictures and identifying stuff. It's supposedly one of the more learning intensive tech schools of the Air Force.
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    posted a message on PSP or DS
    Ok. So I'm at tech school, and my dorm sucks. I don't have a real desk, so I cannot get a PC as I originally planned. I still need entertainment however, and I need to decide on what option will maximize my fun levels. So, I'd like users of either the PSP or the DS to sell me on which one is the shit.

    Also, what are the 'must have' games for each? What games are there to look out for?

    Help me out here people.
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    posted a message on Back from Basic
    Johnny here. You may remember me from such threads as "Your Zombie Contingency Plan" or "You'll never believe what I did with my cousin!" Anyways, I just graduated from Air Force basic training last week. It was a blast.

    I see that Blizzard waited until I was gone before revealing another class. Typical.

    Now I'm going to tech school for the next 6 months. To give this thread some actual purpose, any questions about the Air Force or basic? Anything else big happen in the past couple months?

    Nice to be back to semi-civilization.
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    posted a message on Leaving for Basic
    @blacklabel-
    Haha, thanks for the advice. I'm a 1N1-Imagery Analysis. How about you? Active duty? Where are you stationed?

    @Genesis-
    Exactly, and with that nice government money I'll be able to build myself a new PC. :D

    @Siaynoq-
    Strangely, that's pretty much what I had in mind. It's all basically a mind game anyways.

    To everyone, THANK YOU! Rest assured I'll do my best and learn a lot. I'm gonna miss this forum *sheds tear*. Haha, you all take care.
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    posted a message on Leaving for Basic
    That's right, today is my last day as a civilian. I'll be leaving for Lackland Air Force base in San Antonio later this evening for eight-and-a-half weeks of fun. Just thought I'd let you folks know. It's been a pleasure talking with you about zombies and such. Wish me luck.
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    posted a message on Happy 4th of July!
    Quote from "USAFNBC" »

    Seems like all of America thinks Independence day is about fireworks, not liberty.

    You mean there's a difference?
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    posted a message on Your Zombie Contingency Plan
    Quote from name="Lt Venom" »
    To those of you who think power will be out just as quickly as the outbreak, think again. Does the History channel series "Life after People" ring a bell? Well in some of the episodes, the cities and towns had about 2-3 months worth of electricity. The rural and farm areas lasted about 1 to 1-1/2 months. Same thing with other utilities such as phone and water. If this outbreak ever did occur, span the time like they did in the series and in about 15-20 years, just about everything man-made is pretty much beat to hell and most like unrecognizable heaps of metal, concrete, and/or other various materials. I mean maintenance/use on a car will help it live longer, before it becomes a pile of scrap metal. those lasted close to about 50 years before everything went downhill.

    Problem is that "Life After People" involved a hypothetical situation where all humans inexplicably vanish. In a zombie apocalypse, there would be mad chaos and infrastructure would be getting destroyed. Fires, people running around panicking, killing each other, looting, all on unprecedented levels. You could count on losing all utilities within weeks.

    Random thought. People are easily taken advantage of. I could see groups of people rallying around a charismatic doomsayer. I bet small personal armies wouldn't be unheard of in a zombie apocalypse.
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    posted a message on Post your desktop!
    Quote from "Chemedeiros" »
    Johnny_Death you have definitly my vote ;)

    Mac and Mario!!!! ugh... what else? :cute:

    Game support would be nice :\ Oh well. My mac does work.

    I'll be making money soon enough to build a nice gaming rig anyways.
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    posted a message on Post your desktop!
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