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In the Occupations thread I noticed a lot of Air Force and otherwise military people in here so this question goes to you. It's pretty common for ROTC cadets to

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Old 02-25-2009, 11:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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In the Occupations thread I noticed a lot of Air Force and otherwise military people in here so this question goes to you.

It's pretty common for ROTC cadets to get the USAA personal loan and buy new cars before commissioning and I've heard jokes about the "2nd Lt Mobile." I'm interested in getting some honest answers on what other military personnel think about this. One of the LTs who graduated from my detachment came back and was talking about how enlisted personnel occasionally make snide remarks or chalk everything he does up to being an officer, "oh thats officer food" when he's eating lunch or "look at the fancy officer car, that's definitely out of my pay grade," etc.

I wonder not just what enlisted think, but other officers too. I could imagine Commanders thinking bad about you if they see you with a brand new sports car and they aren't a car person or have been more frugal with their money.

Any thought/comments/advice? All responses will be appreciated.
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CLEAR!!! *defibrillates thread for responses*
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Well this is nothing personal and not how I feel but as far as I've ever known, ROTC kids are treated pretty poorly compared to other guys that are enlisted. I think in a situation like that I would not stir the pot to attract more attention. On another note I say fcuk em', get whatever car you want and let them talk all the crap they want.
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^thanks for the input. I'll probably go with option B, I just wanted to get an idea of how much static I can expect to catch.

I think I might be alone in worrying about this though. One guy, couple years younger than me, just picked up a brand new Challenger R/T.
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I personally wouldn't care. Drive what makes you happy. Hell you're enlisted man, that's a noble service, you sacrifice plenty but a few things you shouldn't sacrifice is happiness, free expression, and performance. Those are the rights and privileges you are serving for and I appreciate and thank you for.
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Thank you for saying that, I'll always appreciate hearing it, but I should tell you it's not really necessary - for one thing I'm not active yet, and for another, I am really looking forward to being in the world's greatest Air Force. I would do it for charity! well maybe not charity... but less money for sure!
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Just giving praise where its deserved, and no I am not a patriotic nutjob, in all honesty I hate nationalism but I just respect people willing to go into the armed services. My Dad was a Navel commander he served for 32 years.
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wow - I have mad respect for anyone who puts in over 20... it shows they weren't just doing it for the retirement (although there's nothing wrong with that). 32 years though, what a badass.
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Yeah then he went off to work for Stanford research for another 20, he has lead an interesting life. Dear old Dad is 83 now and enjoying retirement.

Edit: Oh and had me at 55. lol
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