A message of thanks from KTM in Afghanistan Page 11

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  • InfiniteFury 20 Mar 2011 07:24:35 864 posts
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    Welcome back, glad you're safe and sound.
  • KayJay 20 Mar 2011 09:13:03 5,287 posts
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    KTM wrote:
    This was written by one of the lads and I wanted to share it.

    [u]Blue Wings[/u]

    On my arm I wear Blue Wings.
    It's no big deal in the shape of things.

    It doesn't pay the mortgage or the rent.
    Outside,as civilians, of no consequence.

    It's just a Badge; tailor made,
    That shows we're part of this brigade.

    As much a uniform, like a tie,
    to those who look with uneducated eyes.

    But those who wear it, their hearts will break.
    For one day, inevitably, our wings they will take.

    They say it's outdated, we've run our course.
    No longer in need of our Airborne force.

    Our brothers who wore it stood in the door,
    and stepped in to Arnhem in the Great War.

    Ireland. The Falklands. Tour after tour.
    We've given our all but still they want more.

    The Sons of St. Micheal. The Men in Maroon.
    They answered the call and jumped to their doom.


    The Badge stands for courage and honour as well.
    It's paved in maroon; the dark road to Hell.

    The Beret is peaked, shaped and proud.
    Our smocks are aggressive, they've been through the clouds.

    The men who wear them have seen bigger things...

    ...for on their arms they wear Blue Wings.

    AIRBORNE.

    17/09/2010

    Afghanistan - HERRICK 13

    Love you long time.

    KTM

    Just in case people missed it from the last page... :)

    Great to hear your back safe and sound KTM. \o/

    I'm going to take a few minutes this morning just to think of you and the your brothers, those that made it back and those who didn't.

    You should all be proud of yourselves. You do an unbelievable job with very little praise. You guys are amazing.

  • BravoGolf Moderator 20 Mar 2011 09:57:41 12,734 posts
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    Welcome back
  • Vroom 20 Mar 2011 11:22:03 4,644 posts
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    Welcome back!

    Vroom

  • Psychotext 20 Mar 2011 12:24:29 52,777 posts
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    Glad that you're safe and good to have you back. Couldn't help thinking of your every time I hear about one of our soldiers getting hurt out there.
  • buggrit 20 Mar 2011 18:18:52 5,178 posts
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    Welcome back mate, glad you're OK :)
  • Deleted user 20 March 2011 18:24:46
    KTM dude ill be applying for the military myself pretty soon so wouldnt mind a few questions answering if you can.

    Whats the promotion aspects like?
    Is it worth joining the standard infantry or going in as a Royal Marine?

    Thats it really any feedback will help.
  • caligari 20 Mar 2011 18:25:30 16,832 posts
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    Yes, good to see that you're back home, KTM.

    Respect, bro.
  • LionheartDJH 21 Mar 2011 09:22:57 19,295 posts
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    Welcome home KTM, maximum respect to you for what you've done mate, and I'm glad you're back safe and sound.

    @Hindle, I've PM'd you some info.

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  • boo 21 Mar 2011 09:26:47 11,604 posts
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    Glad you're back safe and sound KTM.

    Just Another Lego Blog

  • mcmonkeyplc 21 Mar 2011 09:33:55 38,899 posts
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    Welcome back and thanks!

    Glad you made it back in one piece. You are in one piece right?!

    Come and get it cumslingers!

  • kiroquai 21 Mar 2011 09:35:17 262 posts
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    I'm not usually a man of many words, but dude, you're a fucking legend and you have my utmost respect for what you've done. Welcome back :-).
  • Rufus 21 Mar 2011 09:36:13 1,747 posts
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    Really great to hear you're back safe and sound!!! :D
  • jungle_ninja Staff 21 Mar 2011 09:39:30 106 posts
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    Welcome back! Props to you and the guys. Group hug! :)
  • robthehermit 21 Mar 2011 09:44:37 3,829 posts
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    Welcome home KTM, I'm glad you're back safe and sound.

    GT: robthehermit

    Velim esset mundus iustus futuis procul et mori.

  • MetalDog 21 Mar 2011 09:52:49 23,706 posts
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    Welcome back, KTM. Glad you're home at last.

    I don't think FF tactics is out for the iphone yet - anyone with an iphone feel free to leap in and correct me.

    Also no idea about the geekmeet - pretty sure one could be arranged even if one's not slated. Doesn't take much to encourage Brits into a pub.

    -- boobs do nothing for me, I want moustaches and chest hair.

  • Salaman 21 Mar 2011 11:01:42 18,239 posts
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    Yaaay. Glad you're back safe and sound. That whole "look at where the bullet hit the butt of my rifle" things was enough excitement.

  • KTM 22 Mar 2011 07:07:56 1,674 posts
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    Hindle wrote:
    KTM dude ill be applying for the military myself pretty soon so wouldnt mind a few questions answering if you can.

    Whats the promotion aspects like?
    Is it worth joining the standard infantry or going in as a Royal Marine?

    Thats it really any feedback will help.

    I'm glad to hear your considering signing up.

    I'm at an airborne unit so promotion here happens pretty much in order of precedence. Everyone is motivated and a good soldier so promotion happens when the people that arrived before you have been promoted.

    To be honest, promotion isn't really where it is at any way. It will take around 4 years (normally) to get your first promotion. I'm on 26k a year plus a few additional pay elements for specialist qualifications and I'm a private still.

    As for whether or not you should join the Marines or the Army is entirely up to your personal preference. I am obviously biased as I'm airborne and they're sea hats.

    Both has it's benefits and you should choose for yourself as you'll be stuck with it once you have joined up.

    If you want to be an infantryman the Parachute Regiment are the best you can aim for in my opinion. They are without parallel.

    I do feel obliged to recommend the Royal Irish also. Having spent the last 6 months living and fighting with them, they are professional, courageous and definitely up for a fight.

    My loyalty to the Airborne has to take the lead though ;)

    Good luck mate.
  • jablonski 23 Mar 2011 15:33:49 1,716 posts
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    26k

    That's an insult for what you do
  • Deleted user 23 March 2011 15:46:03
    KTM wrote:
    Hindle wrote:
    KTM dude ill be applying for the military myself pretty soon so wouldnt mind a few questions answering if you can.

    Whats the promotion aspects like?
    Is it worth joining the standard infantry or going in as a Royal Marine?

    Thats it really any feedback will help.

    I'm glad to hear your considering signing up.

    I'm at an airborne unit so promotion here happens pretty much in order of precedence. Everyone is motivated and a good soldier so promotion happens when the people that arrived before you have been promoted.

    To be honest, promotion isn't really where it is at any way. It will take around 4 years (normally) to get your first promotion. I'm on 26k a year plus a few additional pay elements for specialist qualifications and I'm a private still.

    As for whether or not you should join the Marines or the Army is entirely up to your personal preference. I am obviously biased as I'm airborne and they're sea hats.

    Both has it's benefits and you should choose for yourself as you'll be stuck with it once you have joined up.

    If you want to be an infantryman the Parachute Regiment are the best you can aim for in my opinion. They are without parallel.

    I do feel obliged to recommend the Royal Irish also. Having spent the last 6 months living and fighting with them, they are professional, courageous and definitely up for a fight.

    My loyalty to the Airborne has to take the lead though ;)

    Good luck mate.

    Thanks man, whats it like when you first start learning the skills, they dont expect you to get it first try do they?
  • Venatio Event Features Manager, Gamer Network 23 Mar 2011 15:57:49 4,603 posts
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    Welcome back, KTM!

    "sounds like a public school ponce"

  • PhoenixFlames 23 Mar 2011 16:00:11 8,781 posts
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    I think what we all want to know is...has KTM's 3DS shipped yet? ;-)

    I drive an automatic 'cause I'm too cool to change gears.

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  • Lukus 23 Mar 2011 16:40:34 18,955 posts
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    So, Afghani women.. What are they like then?

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  • FWB 28 Mar 2011 21:29:43 41,937 posts
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    To mirror the hardass in Japan.
  • phAge 28 Mar 2011 21:50:36 24,280 posts
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    FWB wrote:
    To mirror the hardass in Japan.
    That was India - but pretty friggin cool nonetheless. :)

    EDIT: And welcome back, obv, KTM. :)
  • FWB 28 Mar 2011 21:53:23 41,937 posts
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    Err... no Japan. Read the tsunami thread.
  • TechnoHippy 28 Mar 2011 21:54:02 14,637 posts
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    KTM wrote:
    As for whether or not you should join the Marines or the Army is entirely up to your personal preference. I am obviously biased as I'm airborne and they're sea hats.

    Doesn't army stand for Aren't Really Marines Yet?

    Just kidding, congrats on completing the tour :-)

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  • morriss 28 Mar 2011 21:54:05 70,749 posts
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    U wiz gone? Etc.
  • KTM 28 Mar 2011 23:05:11 1,674 posts
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    Hindle,

    If you want to join just join. Don't worry about anything regarding your own abilities or how quickly you are expected to learn things. The ethos is one of train in, not select out. If you struggle you will be assisted, if you find things easy you will assist those that do struggle. The army becomes your family and the boys become your brothers.

    So don't worry about things like that.
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