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Thread: Future Plans

  1. #11
    Join Date
    Oct 2007


    My cousin joined the Navy, guaranteed to be on an aircraft carrier, spent 4 years in Reno, Nevada (desert). Only time he saw the ocean was on leave.
    Good luck, you have a needed craft, use it.
    Tim Beeker,
    T-N-J Industries
    (my side bussiness)

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  2. #12
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Southern Louisiana

    Default good choice

    Don't forget to tell the people in the service you come in contact with thanks from all of us. We never forget them! And thank you, you'll do well.

  3. #13
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Montgomery Mi

    Thumbs up futuer plans

    Well bryce it seems as always you get different opinions from all kinds of guys on this site & I'm not KNOCKING ANYONE with the info given but its all up to you in the end and what you feel good about doing and where you want to be in 10-15yrs with you skill as a weldor?

    If you have the chance to take classe's to gain more knowledge then do it, also if you have a chance to serve in the service's for the good of our country then by all means sign up and do the best to your skills and be proud of it(send-post pics) I think I might be able to speack for all of us here on the site by saying it would be an honor to see a up and coming weldor to do a service to our country and be proud of it and know we would support you all the way just be sure of what you really want and then DO IT.

  4. #14
    Join Date
    Jan 2008


    Having served as an enlisted man in the Navy myself (1972-1976) I can say from my experience it was the best thing I ever did for myself. By about halfway through my hitch, I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt what direction I was going to take in life; when I got out I had both the desire and the discipline to stay focused and stay on course. The training, experience and responsibility that the Navy gave me have served me well to this day. It was not always a smooth ride...for me the transition from being a civilian to being a serviceman probably took longer than for most. But I finally made it through the wickets; and thank my lucky stars. Most of the guys I served with would say the same thing...they went on to college, or started successful businesses, became doctors, bankers, you name it. The thing we all had in common after the Navy was that we all had learned that whatever we put our hands to do, if we gave it everything we had, we would be successful. In a sense, our service helped us become winners in the game of life.

    I took advantage of the GI Bill and earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering in the first four years after I got out, graduating first in my class at major SEC university, and debt-free as well. Not because I was any smarter than the rest - but because I had learned to stay focused on the important things and stay on task for however long it took. I graduated in 1981, and haven't been unemployed since - not once, ever. I know for a fact that the character change that took place in me while I was in the Navy made this success possible.

    I salute you, I know you've made a wise decision. Don't ever doubt it or second-guess yourself about it. Just do it.

    That that is is that that is not is not.

  5. #15
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    So. Cal


    I worked in the oil fields for 15 years, drilled off shore, I traveled the world punching holes in the ground, fishing out drilling string, it was fun and ventures,
    But I was a kid then.
    Being a Roustabout you will probably spend about 3 or 4 months hard physical labor. If you’re lucky within that year you will be able to work on the drilling floor, racking pipe or throw-in toungs. Drilling rigs always need welders. One reason we’re called rough necks was, we would break it and the welders would fix it. They are always in need of welders. Vocational schooling would be good. Get your certification. There are companies out there, ARB, Arizona Pipeline, Dotty Brothers, just to name a few. These companies sometimes chase oil and gas lines for 20 miles. That is a lot of welding. They are always in need of welders. Within a couple years of working you will be able to get your own rig and work for yourself.
    Good luck with your decision


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