At a Crossroad...

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by noahb195, Dec 4, 2012.

  1. gene gls

    gene gls LawnSite Gold Member
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    And 20 years goes by rather fast as you age. Many times I have wished that I had stayed in the Army for the pension at 40+years old. My mistake at the time was, I didn't look far enough down the road to see all the benifits after army life. Good Luck in your disisson.
  2. noahb195

    noahb195 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Thanks for the advice everybody.
  3. badbart

    badbart LawnSite Member
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    What he said!! I was a cop. It's a very satisfying job. It also works out where you can probably own a business on the side if you like. Many of my friends do. My schedule had me working only 14 days per month.

    I was also in the Navy for 4 years. At the time another 16 years seemed like forever. Now I see my buddys that stayed in retired, don't have to work....Oh well, live and learn. But the military experience helped me get the cop job! Looks good on a resume!
  4. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
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    i second this. i got out after 8years. i should have stayed in and switched to heavy equipment operator and built up a side business then retire at 38, and woohoo start my own. o well we learn from our decisions.

    i recommend the military to many. it changed my life for the better and me the man,husband, business owner and soon to be father i am now.
  5. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
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    "Didn't fully work out"? I am sure there is a story here, which ended in failure. Once you "matured"? Really? How about you once you realized you didn't have the intestinal fortitude to wear the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor. Somehow I bet the Marine Corps is the one that is lucky (and anyone who would have been unfortunate enough to had to have served with your broke dik asss).

    I respect anyone's decision to not join the military. I dont respect someone who's personal failure is justified by disparging a military organization with a history as storied as the United States Marine Corps. "Seeing that whole thing for what it was"? What it "was", is what it is. An elite fighting organization that tolerates neither weakness or failure.
  6. Junior M

    Junior M LawnSite Fanatic
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    no matter what you decide, strive to be the absolute best.

    never slack off, That will cost you more in the long run than anything
  7. TriCountyLawn

    TriCountyLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Wow.....haha I knew this would grab the attention of a jarhead
    I would happy to counter your question (if there is one in there) but sounds like you have it and me figured out.
  8. all ferris

    all ferris LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,309're a sophomore or junior in HS....what about not worrying about careers and start doing the thing every HS boy should be doing...GIRLS. Chasing tail and having fun should be top on your priority list right now. Here is the best advice I could give any HS boy (and this refers to chicks): Lower your standards and up your average.

    You are pretty young to be worried about starting a business or becoming a game warden.
  9. digginanddumpin

    digginanddumpin LawnSite Member
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    I was in similar shoes about ten years ago I wanted to work in the dirt but enjoyed Public Service work too. I couldn't find anyone willing to give a 22 year old kid keys to a machine so I went into law enforcement and have been here ten years. I also now own my own small excavating company, which is growing slowly but steadily. I only work 14 days a month in my law enforcement job, and about 10 days a month for myself. My days in the dirt keep me sane enough to deal with the "interesting" people I see the rest of the month.

    Good Luck
  10. noahb195

    noahb195 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Hey bo don't worry about that its covered.

    And thanks everybody else for the awesome advice.

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