Charles Berry
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To contribute to the growth of the country and to offer a better life for my family

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about 2 months ago
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Steven Cardoza

they let you have firearms and ammuntion

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Eric Joglar

I'm a veteran

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Raymond Ruchel

I worked for the DOD out of Hickman AFB, on a Island, 825 s/w of Honolulu, HI; & I loved that JOB.

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sheffy fields

This is going to be a long answer. Thank you for taking the time to read this. Why did I choose the Department of Defense (DoD)? It wasn't so much me choosing them, as it was they 'selecting' me. The year was 1971. My "ball" came up number 11 for the draft. I really did not want to be in the Army. So, I looked over the options: Marines, No; Navy, No, (didn't like the way the officers treated the enlisted). That left the Air Force. I looked at the numerous opportunities and career fields. I liked that after initial trainings, I could apply for other opportunities. That is what I did. Like most 'new recruits', I never saw myself spending more than four years in the Air Force. But, as it turned out, I liked what I did (and the numerous opportunities I was given) and they like me. But at 11 years, I became a single parent of a 5-year-old. Unfortunately, this did not work well with frequent 90-day rotations and setting up a permanent duty station, outside the U.S. Always remember that YOU are a commodity. Make yourself into something that leadership cannot live without. Get the education, the experiences, and develop your character and integrity. The latter two are the most important. They tell the world WHAT you are and WHO you are. These are the only two things in life you will ever own. I was very fortunate to be able to work with some of the most advanced systems in the Air Force, Navy, Army, other branches of the government and "Allied Countries" (at the time). I was known for not having or needing any specialized experience in a particular field and finding better ways to lead group specialists, 'do it better' and for less money, and probably most important, establish positive relationships with the end-user (customer). I'm not trying to brag. But my "odd duck" world of education, experiences and the ability to work with 'different people' in different situations afforded me the opportunity to do many, many different 'things'. Leadership knew me by my reputation, character and integrity. This meant that there were times they got answers they were not happy with. These are a glimpse of what made me want to work for the Department of Defense. You are only locked in a box, if that is your choice. If you can think of a career field, a job or opportunities to excel in, you will find it in the Department of Defense. For me, it was a 'Great Ride'! And I would do it all over again. Find What You Love, and Love What You Do.

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Beth Fiedler

To experience military operations, contribute to national security and assist those who serve with what they need to complete their tasks.

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Linda Walker

Charles: My husband is retired military, so I lived and followed him around the world, so that is how I got to work for the Federal Government, GS level and successfully worked for 36 years and retired from working with them I enjoyed working for them and learned alot from each employer that I worked for.

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David Miranda

Because I’m good at what I do and would be an asset to the people and country

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Christian Ndour

It would be a great opportunity to keep a link with the military affairs in a referenced HQ I valued much during my active duty.

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Melissa Pavlicek

I am a retired Marine. I want to belong to something bigger than myself again.

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Louis Gray

I thought it would be a great chance to make a good living.

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