A Free Man

Submitted: Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 20:35
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Well after 23 years (approx 8395 days) of Service my discharge from the Army has finally come through and I am a free man - unfortunately I still have to work to keep myself in the lifestyle I have grown accustom too ;-)).

Any way I should have more time to go 4WD and camping etc, without having to cancel at the last minute because I have to go somewhere else!!!

Oh yeah it feels goood!!

Karl
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Reply By: Des Lexic - Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 20:38

Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 20:38
Karl, it's only in Prison and the armed forces where everyone asks "how long have you got to go" instead of how long have you been working here? LOL
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Reply By: Member - Cruiser (NSW) - Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 20:49

Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 20:49
20 year man here (RAAF) and even though I enjoyed every minute of it, I have enjoyed the last 20 years since discharge even more.

Good on ya Karl, you have done your time, served your country, so now get out there and enjoy yourself and lead your own life from this point on.
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Reply By: Member - John Q (QLD) - Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 21:02

Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 21:02
Hi Karl, Good for you & good luck in your new ventures, from a short timer ex 1RAR in the 60's.
I look forward to being in WA for a reunion in 2008 & will make it part of a 6 month trip (plan 1a) around OZ.

John
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1. At Halls Creek (Is he really lost?)
2. East of Cameron Cnr


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Reply By: Brian B (NT) - Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 21:35

Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 21:35
Hello Karl

I escaped after 23 years too & have even less time to enjoy trips than when I was IN, I do however plan to retire with bugger all to do but travel. I hope civvy street is as good for you as it has been for me.

See Ya

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Follow Up By: guzzi - Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 07:11

Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 07:11
MMM, Im starting to see a pattern here, I did 23yrs in the RAAF and in the last 5 yrs since I got out havent had time to scratch myself, let alone go camping (my way not the ADFs) more than 2 to 3 times a year. Servs me right for haveing kids later in life, gee I could do with a six week deployment to darwin right about now too............
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Reply By: Member - Matt L (NSW) - Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 09:26

Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 09:26
Well done Karl,

I am an ex 20 year man myself (blue bell), enjoy the next phase of your life.

Regards,

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Reply By: the fang - Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 11:40

Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 11:40
Me too - except after 24 years as a RAAFie I'm about to do it again (retire that is) - however last 7 years have been in FNQ - so that's sorta like being retired?
Good luck to yous all!
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Reply By: signman - Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 11:48

Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 11:48
And you will NEVER forget your serial number...
216131
Marched in Dec 1964
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Follow Up By: Alloy c/t - Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 16:20

Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 16:20
Now that could become an interesting thread , 180311
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Follow Up By: Pajman Pete (SA) - Thursday, Jun 29, 2006 at 08:42

Thursday, Jun 29, 2006 at 08:42
O122335 Navy and 239639 RAAF, Marched out Dec 1999.
Any mug can be uncomfortable out bush

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Follow Up By: toonfishunpaid - Sunday, Jul 23, 2006 at 09:54

Sunday, Jul 23, 2006 at 09:54
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Reply By: Patrol22 - Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 12:11

Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 12:11
I must be a slow learner - retired from the Navy after 32 years and I'm still working for them as a civilian. But you are right Karl...much more time to go wheeling, camping and fishing.
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Reply By: Spike me - Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 13:48

Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 13:48
If you would like someone to give you orders so you do not just stay idle all day you can have my wife.
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Reply By: Member - Matt M (ACT) - Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 16:16

Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 16:16
22 years with the Navy and still going strong.

Why do you want to go camping after that long in the Army? Thought you might have bought a yacht or something. I thought it was only us sailors who actually think that living in the bush is a good idea.

Congrats on the retirement, I hope you stayed with DFRDB.

Cheers,

Matt.
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Follow Up By: Member - Karl - Thursday, Jun 29, 2006 at 09:17

Thursday, Jun 29, 2006 at 09:17
Matt,

Thanks - my oath I did - best decision I ever made. It's just come through and I am off to buy my campertrailer and the pension is going to pay the morgage!!

Karl
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Reply By: stevesub - Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 16:57

Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 16:57
KArl,

If you are in Northern NSW area, we know someone looking to employ an ex-services person as a driver/PA based in Byron Bay. Contact us on stevesub@yahoo.com if you or anyone else is interested. Ideal location for you to be living in would be the Byron Bay/Ballina/Brunswick heads area.

Well done on serving out your term and good luck for the future.

Stevesub
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Follow Up By: Brian B (NT) - Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 18:31

Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 18:31
Gday Stevesub,

I have passed on your email Address to a mate of mine (Wayne) in Byron Bay who has just discharged & is looking for a job.
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Reply By: Pajman Pete (SA) - Thursday, Jun 29, 2006 at 08:44

Thursday, Jun 29, 2006 at 08:44
Welcome to the scary civilian world. I pulled the pin in 1999 after 23 years in the RAN/RAAF.
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Reply By: Member - Karl - Thursday, Jun 29, 2006 at 09:18

Thursday, Jun 29, 2006 at 09:18
Thanks everyone - seems to be a lot of ex Servicemen out there in Exploroz Land!!

Karl
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