Military Poll

Jenny - posted on 04/30/2010 ( 41 moms have responded )




I was just noticing on the sub thread that many of the Americans know people who serve and in the immediate family generally. I don't know anyone who has served but I beleive I have a few great uncles who did early in the century. I don't know of any of my friends with family members serving either.

So just doing a poll here. What country are you in and do you have immediate family who serve or have you served yourself?

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I'm in the US and my dad was in the Air Force Reserve (his way of avoiding the draft) before I was born and before he even met my mom. He went to Japan for a year and fixed airplanes during the Vietnam War.

My hubby was in the Army for about 2 seconds a few years before we met. He got to boot camp and they found out he had some outstanding speeding tickets and sent him right back home (with an honorable discharge).

My little brother is in the Air Force ROTC program down in Las Vegas, NV (at UNLV). He's studying to be a pilot.

My brother-in-law (my sister's hubby) was in the Navy for 5 years. He was in submarines and got out as soon as he could in January 2007. Since then his digestive problems have ceased and he has a lot less stress... Even now that they have 2 kids!

My father-in-law was in the National Guard for a minute, but didn't renew his contract when the time came (he went to work for the local state government office instead).

My hubby's maternal grandfather was in the National Guard and a doctor. In fact, his position in the National Guard was SO rare (he had a really high rank and his medical experience combined) that he was just recently sent a letter stating his service was no longer needed... He's in his mid-80's and not doing well heath-wise, so I don't know what he would have done had he been called to service!

I have many, many friends who have served. Some are no longer with us (they were killed in Iraq or Afghanistan) and some are just starting out.

Lea - posted on 05/02/2010




My husband is a training manager in the US Air Force. He has been in 9 years.

Lady - posted on 05/02/2010




My husbands father did national service and served overseas. My grandfather tried to sign up during the war but they wouldn't let him because of his job - he built stabilisers on boats but he had to move all over the country and was bombed out of quite a few places. a lot of our great grand fathers served in the military too. But no one this generation.

Sarah - posted on 05/02/2010




Both my Grandfathers. One was in the Army and one was in the Navy.
My mum's dad who was in the Army got a medal (st george cross maybe??) in WW2, he was based in Africa and practically his whole troop was wiped out with malaria and he stayed and looked after them and stuff.
My Dad's Dad in the Navy, was on a ship that got sunk (quite a famous one, but can't remember) he was floating around in the sea for ages before he got rescued.

Since then though, no Military people in my family.

Karissa - posted on 05/01/2010




US!! Both sets of Grandfathers one in the Navy one in the Army, Dad was a Marine, Cousin was in the Navy, Brother in law is in the Army and my father in law was Army Special Forces and also my husbands step father was in the Army.. I also had an ex boyfriend who is now in the Navy

~Jennifer - posted on 05/01/2010




I'm in the US
Grandfather, cousin(s) - Navy
Brother in law, father in law, (Toa's) uncles - Marines
Cousin - Air Force
Bio-dad, Uncle - Army

Nicole - posted on 05/01/2010




Several veterans. I, too, like Kelly have a long line of men that served in the US military. Going back to the Revolution.

Both my maternal grandfather and paternal grandfather retired from the US Navy, my father served in the US Navy, and my husband served in the US Army.

Christa - posted on 05/01/2010




That's funny! He was in the Air Force and I can't remember exactly what years he was over there, but I know he was stationed in Thailand.

Kelly - posted on 05/01/2010




US of A.... On my mom's side pretty much every man served going back to the Revolution. On my Dad's Going back to Civil War. Both Grandfathers served in WWII, Dad flew F-4's in Vietnam (Christa, they prob. know each other if their tours overlapped) my Dad is a Marine though. My Husband was Army, tanker in the Gulf, sniper in Bosnia and Somalia. His family too has all served, some women, all men. Both my family and his have covered all the branches. I still have some family that is active duty, serving in the Middle East. Most of my family side sticks to the air, either fighters or helos. Hubby's side are the boots on the ground type.

Lindsay - posted on 05/01/2010




I'm from the US. My grandfather has a purple heart from WWII. They only other family is a cousin who is National Guard and has done tours. I have several friends serving in different branches.

?? - posted on 05/01/2010




I always hated Cominco here... the look of it is just evil looking... then Devon started working at Blaylock Manor over in Nelson BC and I started doing some snooping about Blaylock and found out that he was guy who founded Cominco and there's some pretty interesting facts about the place and what it does, and has done - like the WWII weapon metals.

I still despise the big evil ugly factor but it produces some pretty cool stuff. I'd love to be around with a big truck if one of their gold trucks flipped or trains derailed, that's for sure ! ;)

Christa - posted on 05/01/2010




Jo, in response to your bomb comment, my grandfather was friends with Tibbets, the man who dropped the bomb. Although I don't view that as a horrific tidbit. :-)

Celia - posted on 04/30/2010




I'm from Canada and both my Grandad and Grandpa served as well as their fathers and my Granny's brothers.

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I'm in the USA.

Both my grandfathers served in WWII. My uncle (mom's brother) died in Vietnam. He was a captain in the Airforce.

My cousin's husband is in the Airforce.

Carolee - posted on 04/30/2010




I'm from the States, and my brother-in-law-in-law (my brother-in-law's brother) and sister-in-law-in-law (said brother's wife) serve. He is currently overseas while she is home with the kids. My uncle has also served. My father-in-law is an ex-MP (military police). Also, one of the girls I grew up with became a beauty queen and then went off to fight.

Caitlin - posted on 04/30/2010




From Canada.. My husband has served (and is currently re-enlisting if possible) and a few of my friends have served. I can't serve because of allergies/asthma and crappy hearing. My uncle was accepted to Royal Military College a long time ago, but died the summer before he was supposed to start. That happened when my mom was about 10, so a very long time ago..

Jodi - posted on 04/30/2010




I am in Australia and my grandfather served in Papua New Guinea during World War II. But that's pretty much it :) I am pretty sure I had great uncles who served too, given the call up during that war, but I never knew them.

Ez - posted on 04/30/2010




I'm in Australia. My great-grandfather served, and then nobody until my cousin. He is a Submariner in the Navy and is currently deployed in the Middle East.

Dana - posted on 04/30/2010




I'm from the United States, I currently have 8 family members serving in the military, all cousins. I did have 11 serving until the past couple years.

Oh, didn't realize we were doing past family members who have served. I've got a ton of them, too many to list. I come from a HUGE family on my dad's side.

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I am in the US. My husband served in the Navy in Desert Storm I, My Grandfather's both served in the Army, 4 of my uncles on my father's side served in Vietnam (all Army I think). Several of my cousins served at various times in various branches.

?? - posted on 04/30/2010




Canada... my grandpa moved from Czech to Canada when he was a lil boy and then was sent back to Czech with Canadian army in WWII, all of his brothers, uncles, dad and grandpa were all part of some sort of military in Europe - for who I don't know but he brought back a shit load of different military ... things ... from over there, my dad still has his rifle, knife and uniform along with a picture of him all decked out from when he was in the army.

On my moms side... my grandpa's dad was in the military and his wife was a nurse in WWI I think it was...

And I have cousins from both sides of the family that are in the army, and a couple that are in the air force and navy and marines.

Devons side... there are quite a few relatives that are enlisted. As well, his one grandpa worked for the railroads (CPR) and his other grandpa worked on the dams and with hydro and they both worked injunction for Cominco who was a mass producer of metals contracted out to build artilery during WWII, in which many of his uncles, and cousins worked doing that too. Which isn't exactly military but they were 'contracted' by different military organizations to build the artillery...

Horrific lil tidbit - the metal used to build the test bombs (that later ended up being the bombs that were dropped in Japan) some of it came from the town I am living in now :(

Erin - posted on 04/30/2010




I'm from the US. My brother was in Iraq back in the Persian Gulf War. My great uncle (whom I never met) died in the Korean War, he was 21. My uncle served in Vietnam. My grandfather on my mom's side was in the military. I don't know anyone currently that is serving.

Sharon - posted on 04/30/2010




Me = Marine
Brother = Marine
Dad = Army/Air Force
Grandfather = Army

Iris - posted on 04/30/2010




I'm from Iceland my husband has been in the US Air Force for little over 20 years now. His father was in the Army and both of his grandfathers too.

Jocelyn - posted on 04/30/2010




Canada- I know three guys in the Navy, but other than that, none of my family members, alive or passed, have served. One of my hubby's uncles is in the army. My husband tried to join, but the military can go fuck themselves for all I care (not impressed with anything they have told us/put us through--this is not to be confused with blatant hatred of the military in general, just the process)

ME - posted on 04/30/2010




USA, Yes...Sister, Brother in law, Father in law, Grandfather, Uncle (and many friends).

La - posted on 04/30/2010




I'm from the US. My father served. My paternal grandfather served. Pretty much every generation of men before that served (that part of my family has been here since early America and fought in the Revolutionary War). I went to military school and was supposed to serve but declined commission program. About a quarter of the people I know are still in the military. Had a few friends killed in Iraq so far.

Jessica - posted on 04/30/2010




I'm in Canada and my husband is currently in the process of enlisting to the Canadian Airforce :)

LaCi - posted on 04/30/2010





Grandfather (mom's side) was a Navy man, served in Korean war. He's the only immediate relative. I think my dad's dad was in the Army, my grandmother met him when she worked entertaining the troops, he was US she was Canadian. I know he served, I'm not positive it was in the Army.

Several friends, cousins, ex boyfriends. One friend is going to Afghanistan in January ;(

I think most of my friends have military relatives, and all have friends who served or are serving.

Suzette - posted on 04/30/2010




United States. My husband is AD Army, has been for over 10 years, he's a lifer. =)

Both grandfathers served. My Mom's Dad was AF and my Dad's Dad was Army. My Mom's Dad was a lifer and my Dad's Dad did 4 yrs, he left because my Nana (grandmother) made him before she'd marry him. (We used to joke about it when he was alive, he always said he should've made her deal with it as the benefits were great and they always took care of your family.)

I have friends that have served, two of which were Marines, one is passed away. The other was honorably discharged for medical. He's still working with the military.

My Dad was contracted with the military, he still does contracts every now and again. (Jet engine mechanic, he worked with the AF for quite a while.)

I have great uncles that served as well, though I'm not really in touch with that side of the family so I don't know all the details.

Jenny - posted on 04/30/2010




Ya, my dad's side is Mennonite. Not alot of Mennonite's in the military. WW1 is the reason they ended up in Canada.

Johnny - posted on 04/30/2010




I am from Canada and my grandfather served. He was in Italy & Holland in WWII and in Korea. None of my family has since. My husband's family have never served, they are conscientious objectors.

Christa - posted on 04/30/2010




I'm in the US. My grandfather flew B-29/26 in WW2. My father flew F-4 in Vietnam and my mother was a mechanic on C-5's during Vietnam. They were all in the airforce, obviously. :-P My husbands father was in the Army and his step mother still is. My husband tried to be a Marine, but was kicked out of basic because his eye sight is too bad.

Jenny - posted on 04/30/2010




Oh shit, my partner would have killed me. His family does have quite few members who served. They did the 21 gun cannon salute and shot his Granddad's ashes over English Bay after he passed so he must have been pretty high up.

Krista - posted on 04/30/2010




I'm in Canada. I didn't serve, but was in Air Cadets. My grandfather served, but never went overseas, as he lost his hearing during an artillery exercise. My husband's grandfather served, and my husband's grandfather's uncle served in WWI. We got to see his grave in Cambrai, France back in 2004. We also saw Vimy Ridge. It was incredibly poignant to see so many war graveyards and so many graves...many of them the graves of teenagers.

Rosie - posted on 04/30/2010




i am from the us, and my father is vietnam war veteran! :) i also have 2 friends who are operation iraqi freedom veterans.

C. - posted on 04/30/2010




I'm from the US also.. My parents have served (yes both.. They were both in the AF), my uncles, grandfathers, great grandfathers, cousins, my husband is serving, my FIL and my husband's uncles and cousins as well and some friends.

Sara - posted on 04/30/2010




I'm from the US, my dad served and so has my father-in-law. I also have a few cousins and a very good friend who are currently serving.

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