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NOTHING TO REPORT |

April 03, 2009

NOTHING TO REPORT
Name: SGT B.
Posting date: 4/3/09
Stationed in: Iraq
Hometown: Rockford, WA
Milblog: The Gun Line 
Email: hvygunner@gmail.com

Haven’t heard anything from the ol’ Gun Line? That’s because nothing has happened.

Think about it.

A war zone. And there’s nothing to report.

Yes, yes, I know --  I couldn’t report it even if there were anything to report. Well, that’s not the case. I could say, "Something happened --  I just can’t tell you what." But, no, nothing has happened that I can’t tell you about.

So, in light of the lack of anything exciting happening, let me tell you of the mundane.

Every day, a new flag is flown over the Bonecrusher CP, and it has been decided, from On High, that these flags will be distributed to our Soldiers when we get home, and to those who have contributed either to the Flag Project, or to the success of the Mission over all, and those who cannot be there in person to receive their flag will have their flag sent to them.

Lessee, what else…

Oh yes!  I got a final grade of “B” on my Microsoft “Implementation of Microsoft XP
Pro” course!  I’m also tackling “Network+."

Other than that, there’s not a damned thing going on.

And I am good with that.


Comments

I hope with all my heart it stays that way, and you stay safe. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you....

Sykie in Seattle

Oh man, Network+... Geez.
I wish I had read this blog sooner so I could have said something before it was too late.

I don't know a nice way to tell you this, and I hate to sound all negative and depressing, but if you want a career in IT, just save yourself the time and money and declare bankrupcy right now. Almost all of the IT jobs around here (midwestern US) are gone overseas and not coming back. The only jobs staying here are things that require hands on hardware -- Everything else from programming to network administration to helpdesking - anything that can be done over the Internet - has gone to India and isn't coming back for the forseeable future.

If you aren't going into hardware maintenance, you're wasting your time and money, unless you're extraordinarily lucky.

So far, I have been in the "extraordinarily lucky" category - I've been in computers since the 5th grade and in IT since high school. My whole life has been behind a keyboard. But the reaper has been riding tall in the saddle lately - Literally everyone else I knew around here is now unemployed or already switched to other careers. The only jobs left are on the coasts. Everywhere else is cutting people as fast as they can. The cost of employing Americans is just too high for companies to stay competitive. The recession is just another nail in the coffin.

If you want to pursue it, I hope it works out for you, but do be warned you're headed for a lot of hell and heartbreak if you stay in IT.

Hi Suzuran,

Don't worry, I'm thinking that my skill set lays in a different direction. I did it for the free iPod (and to learn how to resolve problems on my own network...

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