MIL Ft. Lewis WA

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  1. dmcgill

    dmcgill New Member

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    Anyone trained/been stationed there? I'm in the Navy on an IA and that's my next stop in January before I go into Afghanistan. I'm coming from Ft. Jackson, SC which was a fucking nightmare. I really hope the Army isn't that retarded...that would be scary. I'll be doing my combat training there. I just want to know if it's more relaxed as far as all the HOOAH bullshit and standing at parade rest just to talk to an E6/7.

    Thanks for any help guys.
     
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    No one huh?
     
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    better bring a poncho
     
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    whats was so bad about ft jackson?
     
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    I don't really know about big army doings but a lot of the guys are deployed up here anyway.
     
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    It's TRADOC, they mix in everybody at one base and don't govern it accordingly. No matter what your rank is they treat you like you're a fucking recruit. I had a curfew the entire time I was there no matter what day of the week it was. I'm not even in the Army. I had to do everything the "Army way" even though my uniform plainly says NAVY on it. I wouldn't complain except for the fact that when the Army comes to our bases for schools or whatever, we leave them the fuck alone because they aren't apart of our service. Makes sense right?

    Plus, I got saluted (I'm an E4) every single day by everyone from a private all the way up to a 1SG (E8. Complete fucking tools. They thought I was a full bird fucking colonel. There's so much more but I won't bore you.
     
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    :ugh::rofl:

    well if i go there for my residency i'll be an O3 so i dont really seem to find anything of what you posted a problem since im only there a year anyways

    hows the area, shit to do? i assume there are more girls there than a place like ft lawton or ft campbell.
     
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    Oh yeah, my OIC (an O2) stayed off base of course, in a hotel...drove to base everyday for class in a rental paid for by his command, and didn't have to do shit. When we explained our situation to him he's like "well guys we're in their house so we have to play by their rules"...I loved how he used the word "we" repeatedly. Trust me, you won't have a problem at all. Although, you're an officer on a base that has limited, and since they apparantly don't teach military rank in Army boot camp you probably won't be saluted at first. I saw it many times when walking behind my O. Deer in the headlights, look of mass confusion...they don't know what to do. But salute the E4 because he has a bird on his patch. They even thought I was Air Force. :hsugh:

    Oh, there are plenty of young teeny bopper Army skanks there. Magruders is a big hangout it seemed on Friday nights, kind of a pre-game before going out in town. There really isn't much to do in Columbia, but idk I'm from Vegas so I can be hard to please.
     
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    Yeah I've lived my whole life in the southern tier of ny and now i'm back in buffalo for a clusterfuck of a school which will be 4 years of my life gone when i'm done :wtc: so I don't need anything fancy when it comes to socializing...but theres gotta be women, i can't fucking stand the pasty white chicken wing eating fattys who think a guy is attractive when he makes 35k a year at his bullshit accounting job and wears a peacoat and a scarf. :hsd:
     
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    columbia is not very appealing. and from what i saw, it's a predominately dark town...so if you like black girls you'll be good.
     
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    my hs was about 70% white, 25% asian, 5% other
    my undergrad was about 88% white, 8% asian, 4% other
    my dental school has 2 black kids, 1 .5 black lesbian out of 375 kids

    yeah i'm not gonna get used to the south for a while :mamoru:.
     
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    Baaahhahaha word. Have fun.
     
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    Actually, they think you are a Lt Col. It happens to the best of us from afar.

    Area is swampy with lots of Mosquitoes. Also, don't mess with the Giant Ant hills.
     
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    Nope, I definitely had a 1SG say, after I corrected him, "oh shit, man I thought you were a full bird".
     
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    You got us once at Ft. Sill during AIT waiting to get on the bus for chow. :o
     
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    So what is your combat trainling like in the navy before you deploy? I'm in the AF and we have a ECST(Expeditionary Combat Skills Training) big words for sitting in a classroom for 2 12 hr days, 1 day of CATM (m-16 qual) and 1 day of what we call "Playing Army", set up ECP, protect it from "insurgents".

    I know a retired Chief in the Navy who is now a contractor in Norfolk. He spoke to an Admiral recently about the lack of training you guys get before deploying and wanted to know what our's was like. In the process of trying to get into and POC's out to the guys in Norfolk.
     
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    It all depends on what you're going over there to do. Of all the Navy guys who are boots-on-ground in Afghanistan...you're either 1)SpecWar/SpecOps 2) Corpsman 3) Intel 4) Linguist 5) Individual Augmentee...I'm of the most latter category. Each IA sailor deploys with the Army to do a different mission. So you get training at different Army bases around the country accordingly. I go to my combat training for a month at Ft. Lewis, WA right after the new year, so right now I can't really comment on what it is like. However, of all my Navy friends who have gone on an IA deployment before me they speak highly of the training they received before they went in theater. Said it was fast-paced, technical, fun and they learned a lot about things that apply to what they were tasked to do over there.

    It should be a great experience. I'll probably make a thread on it once I get back to inform everyone of the program. You can learn more by visiting www.ia.navy.mil
     
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    TRADOC is a hellhole that will suck the life out of you. I've been in it for the past 6 months. They treat us LT's like privates most of the time, so you aren't the only one getting the ass. We did have 5 Marines in my Armor School class and they usually did whatever they wanted so long as they did certain required training.

    I've really only been at Fort Knox and from what I've seen, there is a lack of training in customs and courtesies. The junior enlisted here do everything from not saluting, to walking and talking on cell phones. I want to know what their NCO's are teaching them. I doubt they know the rank structure of other services.

    And Ft. Lewis is a nice post. It's not a TRADOC post, so you won't deal with a lot of the same BS that goes with Jackson, Benning, etc. Lots of drizzly rain, but when it isn't raining the field is great. Get a good mosquitoe net to cover your head at night, and good wet weather gear. And if you get off time, head to Seattle. Great town from what I heard.
     
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    Thanks for the advice, from what I've been told I'll be getting issued three sea bags of cold-weather gear, kevlar, combat gear and everything up there which brings the grand total of five full sea bags I have to carry with me to Kuwait, then into Afghanistan lol.
     
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    Ft. Lewis isn't bad. I haven't lived on base and we're Navy, not Army, but I did live close to the base. McChord is right next to it with Madigan Army Hospital more or less between the two. I don't think it's going to be nearly as regulated and stringent as Ft. Jackson.

    Also, you'll see people in all different uniforms on base. Ft. Lewis soldiers seem to know their ranks of even other uniforms a lot better then Ft. Jackson. I went to the PX one Saturday and there was a large grouping of Navy and Marines...turns out a lot of the Reserves do their weekends there at Lewis.

    Also, in January, it's rainy, windy and you sometimes get snow or ice mixtures down that way. Closest Navy Base to you will be Bremerton, but don't bother going. Bangor is further north, on the West side of the sound (as Bremerton is also) and there's a CG base in downtown Seattle. Next closest Navy base is in Everett, 45min north of Seattle. Just stick to Lewis and McChord, they've pretty much got the best of everything.

    Leaving base, however...the area is kind of crappy. I'm not sure what Navy Bases you've been to, but it's got your typical mix of Payday loan places, fast food joints and motels. Immediately off base is trailer parks and your usual crappy places to live. Not much to do recreational wise in that area, TBH. Unless you like dive bars, karaoke nights and sleeping with the wives of the Stryker Brigade :o
     
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    Yeah I'm not worried about the city/towns because I won't be able to leave the base for the month and some change that I'm there. Thanks.
     

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