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Still think Iraq not a quagmire? 'Forces stretched thin'

by Dave Konkel [Moderator] / July 8, 2004 11:52 PM PDT
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Lucky for you Dave :)
by SteveGargini / July 9, 2004 7:39 PM PDT

"We would believe it ill-advised to try to replace the volunteers who ... are signing up -- a tribute to patriotism and willingness to serve," Chu said.

"I cannot see the merit in replacing those fine volunteers with a set of people who don't want to volunteer -- which is, of course, the outcome of conscription," Chu said.

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Re: Lucky for you Dave :)
by Dave Konkel [Moderator] / July 10, 2004 2:06 AM PDT
In reply to: Lucky for you Dave :)

Hi, Steve.

I'm well past draft age, and was previously 1-Y because of my allergies to both penicillin and sulfa, the two most-used battlefield antibiotics. I don't know if that would still be the case today, though there were other antibiotics in the 60's/70's -- just not in the medics' field kits!

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Something just hit me, Dave...
by J. Vega / July 10, 2004 3:02 AM PDT

Something just hit me, Dave. Needless to say, I went thru flight physicals both before I went in and during my service. Funny thing, once at sick call for a problem, they asked if I was allergic to penicillin. I've heard that asked of others. What just hit me is why did they ask that, wouldn't a "no" have been a given?
BTW, my nephew wanted to go into the Air Force a while back, but he was allergic to bee stings. They mentioned a possible treatment for that allergy and he tried it. Bottom line, it was successful and he got in.

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Re: Something just hit me, Dave...
by Dan McC / July 10, 2004 1:13 PM PDT

They'll always ask as a matter of treatment protocols.

I've never heard that antibiotic allergies can be treated.


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My wife is allergic to sulfa, J.,...
by Paul C / July 10, 2004 11:26 PM PDT

...but that didn't stop her from enlisting in the Air Force in Jan 1972 and serving 20 years. Her allergy, I will note, does NOT cause anaphalactic shock, which is possibly fatal; had that been the case, the USAF might have seen it differently...

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