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A recent thread got me to thinking about how many of us on here are veterans. It'd be interesting, I think, to hear from everyone who has been in the military and how that has effected their gaming or how gaming has impacted how they view the military. I know there's quite a few players who got into this gig because of more realistic military games like Flames of War.

Personally wargaming for me has been mostly entertainment without much thought to tactics (I'm an Ork Player after all!) but more and more I've been looking at how my military training can be of benefit to my gaming (although, I must confess, I lose a good many games to my adversaries so perhaps it's not as applicable as I might lead myself to believe).

Another thing that interests me is how gaming, in terms of logistics, has been effected by military interests. As a reservist I only have to give up a weekend a month and two weeks a year (and the occasional deployment). How do active duty guys get their game on or is it something you've had to give up while in service (lack of time, available players, etc.)

Wow this turned into a long musing but hey take it and run with it.

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[nothingrelevant] all that training and reading and I still roll over you . Or maybe its because you leave the TV on and pay more attention to it than the game. But I cant see the TV from my side... [/nothingrelevent]

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I'm an ex- infantry soldier of 5 years and several operational experiences.

I'd have to say that the fact i've been into wargaming before and after my service is purely conincidental in terms of the 'war' part in wargaming.

I never had the time during my deployment to do anything else other than the job at hand, nor did was i interested in anything else.

I wouldn't say i have any tactical advantage wargaming either. GW stuff is just a way to exercise my artistic and sci-fi side, thats it
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im TA which is same as reservist in USA.

I played 40k way before joined and tbh its just given me more money to spend!

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I was in the army for 12 years, am out nearly 2 now, and while I was still painting and collecting, I rarely got a game in. I have to say playing SWs really doesn't help make use of all those fire and maneuvre small unit tactics I learned in there. Get close and rip'em to pieces? Not in any manual in the Irish army, I'm afraid.
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Having spent 10 years in the army i can honestly say that only the bare minimum of what i know can be applied to GW games. Even that can be learnt by a new player in 3 or 4 games.

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yeah, its frowned upon to shoot/bayonet/throw grenades at your opponent, which goes completly against army training.

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I don't think anything you learn in the army can be used to good effect in a GW game. Perhaps a game specifically made to incorporate modern era tactics with an ounce of realism would but space men, aliens and retarded tlos rules doesn't do it.

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maybe the army should learn from GW?

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Great posts gents! Sad to see that active duty gave you guys so little time to do anything but train. Active duty guys that I know from my unit pretty much sit in the office playin xbox...but then again they're all support company pogues

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"Though my guards may sleep and ships may rest at anchor, our foes know full well that big guns never tire."
--Lufgt Huron, the Tyrant of Badab

"Sir, do you know they've cut us off? We're entirely surrounded."
"Those poor bastards," Puller said. "They've got us right where we want 'em. We can shoot in every direction now."
--From Marine! The Life Of Lt. Gen. Lewis B. (Chesty) Puller USMC (Ret.) By Burke Davis

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