I've seen a few of you floating around, so I figured I'd start a thread where we can talk a bit about ourselves, and perhaps answer any questions non-servicemen might have (trolls not welcome). If a similar thread already exists, I won't cry (too hard) if this is merged with it. Anyways, some questions you might consider? What Branch? When? What was your job? (MOS, Rating, description, be as specific as you like) How far up the ladder did you climb? Where were you stationed? Did you ever deploy? Where/when? Any other thoughts? Being the thread starter, I'll of course start by answering those questions myself. I was in the Navy from 2002-2007. My job was a Cryptological Technician Interpretive, or CTI for short. Official job description here: Cryptology : Information & Technology : Careers & Jobs: Navy.com I somehow managed to make CTI2/E5 before separating. My basic training was in Great Lakes, IL, my language training was at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA, and I was stationed at Ft. Gordon, GA for the remainder of my time in. I did deploy once, but deployments for CTIs aren't quite like the deployments usually associated with the Navy. Instead of going out with a ship, making the trip, floating around a while, then making the trip back, I was flown to Naval Air Station Bahrain where I would hop on a helo out to whatever ship in the area needed a linguist. When that strike group left, I'd take a helo back to NAS Bahrain and wait for the next strike group to come in and take a helo back out to one of their ships. I did get to take a quick flight out to Naples to meet up with an oncoming Carrier Strike Group that needed a linguist on board for the Suez/Red Sea crossing, so I at least got to muck around in Italy for a couple days instead of roasting it up in the Gulf the whole time. The ships I did end up floating around on were the USS Gonzalez (DDG-66) and the USS San Jacinto (CG-56). All in all, it was a valuable life experience, and easily the most important thing I've done with myself so far in life. In the end I wasn't really suited for long-term military service, but I certainly left with a healthy repsect for those that stick it out for 20+ years (like my Dad, also a CTI). Finally, thanks to all you duders out there who volunteer to serve your country. I really appreciate it, and I wish for the best for you and yours.