Mingles with Jingles Episode 246

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Source: The Mighty Jingles

It’s time for the return of the weekly video series where you ask questions and I mutter incoherently in the hope that I’ll just sound wise and mystical.


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  1. Excellent video Jingles and good advice to the young man.    Matt C.   Bellingham, WA USA

  2. For the guy in Colorado.This is coming from a guy who grew up as a military kid where the military is all he knew. It’s better to try at something you want, rather than try at something someone else wants. I tried for the USCG and didn’t make it. It’s been 3 years since then and I’ve only just found something to try for and actually wake up in the morning for it. There is no shame in being a civilian. This is coming from a guy who grew up as a military kid where the military is all he knew. Jingles your advice (minus the disregarding of its entirety) is on the money.

  3. My Family for generations has been Navy & Marines or sometimes serving both. I took a look at possibly joining but have a shaky history of bashing my head till it bleeds on the nearest blunt object as self corrective discipline and that’s a bad mix for stressful conditioning. On top of that my luck in life has been the 1: 1000 group of people to get hit by something, I’m a magnet for flying objects and looking at this the moment I go where there is bullets flying it will find me like a seeking missile.

    That said I know I am not a coward, just working the same retail job I have now for over 3 1/2 years two of those years I have had a loaded gun aimed at my head twice. In those situations I kept my hands up, said “I will comply, stay calm” and remember thinking as long as they aim at me they won’t shoot someone else. I hate cleaning up blood, but after both accounts I did not seek therapy or compensation, I just went back to work after and move on, so I know I am not complete coward. For any going to say “That doesn’t count as dangerous” I know and talk to people that serve in the US military and they have all said the same thing “There is nothing more terrifying then being held at weapon point with no defensive or offensive options, where you are completely powerless”.

  4. @Andrew from the USA: Opinion:
    Stay away from law school. If you want to make a mark in US politics, go get a decent job instead of joining those blood suckering Lawyers and you will automatically be far less hated. As far as the military, it’s not for everyone. If you were from a Liberal part of the country it wouldn’t even come across your mind that you should serve. Finally, as long as you keep to logic and reason, not letting yourself get snagged in the mess of extremism that is so abundant these days, you will have an ally with me (be it I join politics or not.) However, if you join the ranks of the Trumps and Bernies you will find an everlasting enemy.

  5. who are you dating, is it Rita! your life is our life, we must know!!! the peasants demand answers!!!

  6. Daniel VanAlsburg

    Andrew I know how you’re feeling but I currently serve in the military and I can tell you it’s not great. I know in my branch (Air Force) we do have lawyers that are military members. But you will be dealing with the same stuff as you will be if you were just a normal lawyer in the civilian world. That means child porn cases, assault cases, indecency charges, kidnappings, etc. because, yes, that does happen. You probably get paid more than other military members minus officers and high ranking masters, seniors, and chiefs, but it’s not worth it imo. I get paid $1800 a month which is about…$26k a year as Security Police and that may sound good but you can’t really do anything with that money. You can buy a car sure but you couldn’t afford a house like you can as a civilian lawyer. Plus if you’re pressured into joining, the military would know and they may not take you. Do be honest if you walk to a recruiters office because they will not force you to join if you do not feel comfortable doing it. They’ll give you time to think about it and maybe set a time to see you again to see how you’re feeling. Now I’m not the smartest person by far but loads of people will say “oh yeah, military is so worth it” but most of them are higher ups who get paid more money than the average joe who just joined. Plus you can get in trouble for anything, keep that in mind.

  7. ANDREW. My girlfriend served in the army for 15 years and it’s something I am just too afraid to do. She is the male in our relationship. After she came back from those 15 years she changed a lot… Huge muscles, PTSD, dominant etc…. She enjoys to shoot and hurt people, I however don’t. My career path is a Nurse. Completely opposite in society but a match to eachother. I do something I enjoy and something I feel COMFORTABLE with. The beginning of our relationship she wanted me to go in there with her and I told her I would but I knew deep down I couldn’t… I lied up until the day she took me to sign herself up and me. After she found out she wasn’t angry and I doubt your friends will be either. If your friends are REAL friends they support you through the darkest times and stick around. Real friends carry eachother and hold each other down. That is my advice. Be honest with your friends because I know you are not comfortable being in the US military. If they leave you in the dusk their not friends. Should live your life to impress someone else.

  8. I watched Angry Nerd for about a month a year or so, more or less. His Warships play was terrible – which doesn’t make him a bad person – but I’d spend time watching his ships videos cringing and shaking my head. Still, it was interesting enough watching him trying to figure things out – that is until he threw some ideological content in, and worse, it was of the intellectually dishonest sort, never mind the politics. Which is too bad because I was just about to subscribe – I really was – but between watching him flail at ships and the politics he couldn’t help himself from throwing out there, nawwww – we’ll both be fine without a subscription from me.

  9. I am 99% sure Jingles “woman” is Rita. The break-up was to get their privacy in the matter back.

  10. Andrew,

    Your question reminded me of an old friend. You see I too grew up in an age when patriotism was at a height. In 1989, we had “won” the Cold War. I decided to become a pilot with the Air Force and attended ROTC at the University of WA. There I made friends with many like-minded young people including Heidi. Heidi was an Air Force brat, a proficient private pilot, and fluent in six languages and studying a seventh, Mandarin. She had an unwavering sense of integrity, a huge heart and like myself wanted to help others anyway she could. After our first year at UW, our paths diverged. Heidi finished her studies at UW, earning a Bachelors in Linguistics but decided to do Law rather than a career as an officer in the Air Force. My eyes went to 20/30 removing me from being qualified as a pilot candidate plus my grades were abysmal. While trying to decide what to do, Desert Storm heated up, and I went enlisted to do my part.

    Now almost three decades later, I have served through three wars and deployed five times. I have taught or performed critical care medicine on every continent except Australia and Antarctica. Our team took direct and indirect fire on countless occasions, and flew into unsecured airfields to pick up some of the most heavily injured of the wars from our country and dozens of others. I thought I had done a lot for this country until one day I thought to Google Heidi and see who she had become.

    You see, it seems that after getting her Doctorate in Law, Heidi, rather than selling out and making a huge amount of money, had instead gone to work helping some of the most crime-ridden, economically depressed communities in our state. Pierce County, Grays Harbor County, SeaTac, these are all places synonymous with poverty, drugs, and crime. These are also areas full of immigrant people and ports where illegal goods can be smuggled as well as human trafficking. Imagine the difference a PhD attorney fluent in so many languages could do.

    I had helped and given to my country on many occasions but for long periods of time I merely looked after my people and trained. Heidi had probably made a difference every day. She had affected the lives of whole communities for the better. I can’t imagine the money she was offered to look the other way, the corrupt police and politicians she had to fight, and the struggle she faced to continue to do what was right in the face of such odds. Compared to her service, I’m probably a “chump”.

    Service is service. The mere act of choosing to put your fellow Americans above your own ambitions makes you a hero in my book and I have taken care of a LOT of heroes. As Jingles said, follow your heart, and you will not fail to do good. – One Crusty Old MSgt.

  11. Oh my god my birthday is the same as Rita’s!

  12. It’s a shame that Andrew knows little about U.S. history, why we revolted (because we were NOT represented in parliament), or anything about our early history (the desperate need for the rule of law, i.e., government). It was government we craved, but out on the frontier (20 miles outside of Boston), there was little of. Russ Markman

  13. For Andrew…he can do both if he wanted to. The military has attorneys. Yes you have to pass the correct tests and qualify to get the training and education…but then you have to do that anyway for being a private citizen lawyer as well.

    The question is does he WANT to be in the military at all. “Because my friends teased me” isn’t a reason to enter into military service so I believe he does not want to. Part of growing up into adult hood (especially if you are going to become an attorney) is not let others who mouth off about how you should live your life get to you. Make choices for YOU, not for what others tell you to do.

  14. Rita’s birthday is the same as Canada Day. Somebody bring her some Maple Syrup!

  15. Gratitude for serving in the Military ebs and flows in the US. It’s only really prevalent during a War or for a short period after it’s conclusion and in the case of Korea or Vietnam not at all. The only reason it stands out so much in our society now is we’ve been involved in conflict for 17 straight years or most of Andrews life. If you question your fit in the military, you already know the answer, don’t do it. It’s a liability not just for you but for others that would have to depend on you. Andrew, do your thing. Go to law school. Besides your buddies are gonna need a cheap lawyer for their divorce proceedings after the 2nd or 3rd Deployment! Trust me I know! HAHA! US Army CWO3, Retired

  16. Andrew, follow the path that you know is right for you, and don’t worry about how others might view it. If you genuinely believe that you are doing the right thing for those you intend to serve, that will come through regardless of whether you do it as a lawyer or in the military. As far as a potential political career, regardless of what road you take to get there, if you maintain the integrity, conviction, and compassion that you clearly have every intention of showing, you will be recognized for that. As cynical, bitter, and partisan as so many of us in America may have become regarding the political process (and if I’m being completely honest, I probably disagree with you on many issues myself), many of us still do have the capacity to recognize genuine integrity, objectivity, and principle when we see it. As rarely as we might see it, we do still appreciate it, and sometimes we even vote for it.

  17. Thomas Gerstmann

    Dear Andrew, I fully understand your problem and as a fellow european I had the same expierence as Jingles. Back in my days we had mandatory military service, more or less. It was very easy to get out. I wanted to go in. First I felt compelled by the generations of my family who had served and second I wanted to know how it is. Being a soldier, firing a gun being challenged every day, serving my country. Well this decision was for 9 month, therefore the time effort was very limited and mandatory service people are not seeing field actions, risk minimized. Well, got almost shot once every week by comrades. Ahh the stories. back to the topic. I was good and asked if I wanted to join for a life and the study program. That was in 2004 and I declined because Afghanistan had just started and It didnt feel right for me. I would have joined for armed aid service, I was ok with defending against bandits and so on, but not a full scale war. My officer told me that we will by far not stay long enough that I will have to go there but I was unfortunately right. Do what feels correct for you, you would be putting your life on the risk and your comrades and if you have any doubt about it you will not be able to give 100% and that could cause death. For your civil life choice. Well here is my advice, I enjoyed Jingles advice. I studied political science and law, got a couple of expierence with NGO, state level politics and diplomacy and now I enjoy being free of all those self righteous and egomaniacs, list goes on. I help out at the communal level and love working HR. You have a backbone, moral and the ability to see behind curtains. Either you loose it, become an alcoholic, or cynic and leave. Sorry for the reality concerning politics. Do what feels right for you or you wont be able to carry on. Like every choice you have to live it. Not your father, or your friends, or any one else. Funny military stories are just funny afterwards not while they happen, so if you decide not to join do not look back in anger later on, or feel guilty if not all your classmates are coming back home. Live your life to the fullest and if you can try advancing our societies so maybe we move earth for 1 mm towards a better place.


  19. “I’m gonna have to trade her in for a new model”
    I love your humor Jingles!

  20. To Andrew – “This above all else, to thine own self be true.” That quote may be over-used, but it is exactly right.

    Your desire to do what is right does you great credit. If you truly believe that both you and others are better served by going into law and/or politics, then THAT is the path you should take. No question. Full stop.

    BTW. Please note that I am Australian. We respect our military too, and our cynicism regarding lawyers and pollies far exceeds even that of the USA. Even so, I’ say that this is YOUR choice. Your real friends will understand, especially if you express yourself even half as well as you did in that e-mail.

    Wishing you the best of luck, and expecting great things of you.

  21. He wants to become a politician so he can send poor bastards to war and if he isn’t corrupt already, he soon will be. No politician stays straight or clean after a year in the swamp no matter how high your ideals are.

  22. @ Andrew as a man that served 9 years in the army in the oath, you take there is an important line you will support and defend the constitution of the united states from all enemies foreign and domestic.

    so what you are planning to do is exactly that but as a civilian, these days I would say just as hazardous a job, but you don’t get to carry a gun so whos braver? when I got into a fight I had several heavily armed guys stand with me to back me up. you my friend are going to have a much harder time. our constitutional rights have taken a beating since 9/11 and you are going to have to stand up for peoples rights even when you don’t agree with what they are doing, or why they are doing it and do so even when family and friends are the very ones speaking in opposition to those rights for other people, its not going to win you any popularity points.

    As for being in the military yes you will learn what your limits are and break through them, yes you will learn and see a side of the rest of the world you probably wouldn’t if you didn’t join. but you ARE going to see things that harden you. you may have to shoot someone you dont know for a reason you are not even sure of why and you may even see people you call brothers die in front of you. And if you see combat you will live with things from that for the rest of your life.

    the fact is the military isn’t for everyone and not everyone should serve in it. just like being a plumber isn’t for everyone and should never be near a pipe wrench. any decision you make you are going to have to own the outcome good or bad and no one can be the one to tell you your path you are going to need to sit down and work it out one way or the other and when you do, do it with a fire with a passion and with a determination that no one and nothing can stop you stand up and own it with pride and own your failings, learn from both of them and grow from them.

    ps long-winded way to say it got to be you that makes your choices… grin this comment will probably be so buried you never even see it lol But if you do i hope it helps you find your path. and noone ever said you could not start down one and then make a left or right at the next intersection lol

  23. Troll MasterFTW77

    You sound EXACTLY the same as you were in the first video I watched, the WoT TD replay contest winner thing back in 2012. Anyone remember it?

  24. I have had lots of unsure and doubting moments during my life. One morning, some years ago, when we were singing morning hymns, in a church I am related to, I got to sing a hymn, that had a verse that went, (translated to the best of my abillity): “The joy is that our Lord alone, knows where in the world, he will best have our use. The joy is that we grow as branches, fed by the trunk and carry it’s fruit”. The first part, spoke very clear to me. It carried the answer on why I was where I was, and why I did what I did, if one can say so.
    (When I saw the word “trunk”, I got to think of an elephant’s nose, but here, it’s a standing, living tree)
    Quite a bit you had there, Jingles….! Can’t say anything but “thank you”. Listen to the heart, is always useful. Except the situations when even the heart is in doubt….! My road ahead, is relatively clear now. Passed speaking math-exam got passed last week, with what would match a D, in the international grade-scale. The grades for the written bit, haven’t come yet, and wont do, until the day I leave for tankfest. But as it looks now, it’s a good bye to 8 yrs of workstuddies, that never got any further than workstuddies, or got one step furhter, only to stop again, applying and applying for jobs, getting anything but a “you’ve been picked among the x-hundred candidates to a job interview”, every time it have more been like: “thank you for the interest, good luck on the further hunt”. Now, I can say hello to the school of education, towards the profession of laboratory technician. (The function as such doesn’t exist as well as I know, but it’s the only English term I know)
    Was that continued from last week, and the rest of the “lots have happened during the past two weeks”, or were you just “old and crap” again? -Still love you, as Gnome Overlord… You’re a great person, Jingles. Down to earth, clear in your way of expressing yourself, open minded and inviting in your appearence and personallity…. that’s ..my impression, anyway

  25. Well Jingles, as a prior SF U.S. Military Vet and recently retired Law Enforcement Officer your advice for Andrew I can agree with mostly but not completley. American culture can be hostile at times when it comes to politics here in the U.S. Alot of Politicians eventually get motivated by greed and can lead them down a dark path of morality. I can appreciate Andrew recognizing the fact that he is not cut out for Military service, and I agree with you that Andrew should do something he is passionate about. I would add that Andrew really do some in depth research into his possible career choice and make sure he is just as passionate about it as he is now after research. By in Depth, I mean search for all the bad stuff as well as the good, understand how certain people became terrible Lawyers or Politicians, learn from their pitfalls, analyze, then decide. Andrew seems like a good kid, but he is just a kid still….lacking in life expierence. Knowledge is power, gain as much as you can but always remember there is someone out there that possibly has more knowledge than you so…….like my father used to tell me…”don’t pass up a good opportunity to shut up and listen” you never know what information someone may give you. Have a great week Jingles and thanks for the videos.

  26. 4:39 did his warship fire off fireworks when he killed that destroyer?

  27. You know I think I have an anvil that would be just perfect for Reta!

  28. Johnny der Achte

    Hey Andrew, you answered your most important question yourself. You wrote to Jingles that you value the freedom of choice and want to protect it. Freedom of choice means: You do what you think is right not what everyone else is expecting of you. I know several people who make their own lives miserable by always doing was was expected of them. They ended up liked by everyone except by themself.
    I have served, even seen deployment. What I did back then was useful, but now I develop machines for a private company that help doctors save or improve the lifes of ten thousands of people every year. I have more impact on the world this way than I could ever have as a soldier.
    My point here is: Serving in the military is one possibility to serve the people of your country but there are so many other ways. Choose the one you think is right for you.
    One personal though from a foreigner: It seems to me the USA are in greater need of good politicans than of good soldiers.

  29. As a natural born American citizen, I half to agree with his view of military service. I’m my opinion simply dawning a uniform doesn’t automatically warrant respect.

    I often ask what the person did. Did they see action or are they just people that can do more push ups than me? A lot of folks brag about being in the millitary and didnt do much of anything. My place of employment has many ex military and three for certain were non combatants. One was in the US Army Reserves, another was a Army electrician, and the third was a glorified IT in The US Air Force. I’m respectful towards these people, but don’t expect me to hold them to the same esteem as the guy that was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor a few years back for throwing himself on a grenade to save the rest of his unit.

  30. Dear Rita, hit hit him again with something BIGGER! Like a cricket bat, or a TOG II.

  31. R Silver Sørensen

    Well join the army or not … it can be a hard one ,,,, follow your heart and remenber really no metter what you do in life helps …. if you make coffee for a armyman or you make laws that do the get better peyment ,,,, it is just a matter how you help your country, just by paying your TAX you help …. you can all time ask youself ,,, whos best to have arund ,,,, the man with the gun or the man that make food and coffee to the man with the gun


  33. Now ~ “Thats a Paddling Jingles” ! , will be from Rita ! hahaha

  34. Andrew seems to be very eager to serve. Serve his country even. This is very hard to understand for a continental European.

  35. u know that Jingles: change wife 1×50 for 2×25 😀

  36. I completely agree with JIngles on Andrew s matter. Listen to your heart, there are many ways you can serve your country. Maybe they are not so distinct, but that doesn t mean they are less important. I spent 6 months in the army, when service was obligatory in my country and I realized it is nothing I want to do. And I don t feel ashamed. But mentality in my country is different then in US. We have similar oppinion on service women and men as british do. Maybe with more emphassis on “I dont give a damn”

  37. angry nerds subscribers as of Tuesday 4th est is 10527

  38. Any red blooded male would like a model

  39. This is going to be fun………mmmmmm!! I can see some gnome getting his butt kicked!

  40. I sense a large number of trolls the size of the red army coming after

  41. Listen to your heart? That may sound good, in a chick-flick, but is total bullshit!

  42. I served in the British Army and am very proud to have done so and my advice would be the same as Jingles. Don’t follow the lemming train into the military but follow the course that deep down you know is right for you. Military service isn’t for everyone and if you have the slightest doubt about it then you shouldn’t do it. You live in a country that allows you the privilege of having freedom of choice, use it!

  43. – “Nah, it will be fine” famous last words LOL!

  44. Andrew, If you are graduating college, serve as an officer. If not, go in for 4 years and get college paid for. The military is easier when you’re young. When and if you run for office, Military is a checkbox that needs to be checked. If you haven’t served, you’ll be called a wannabe or someone who speaks without knowledge (to put it lightly.) The military has lawyers and judges and legal clerks if you qualify Don’t be a cowardly stuffed shirt. If you don’t write that check that’s backed with your life, why should anyone trust you to make decisions about their lives ? Semper Fi

  45. The guy from the email is probably a trump voter…

  46. shermandragonfly WOT & WOW

    Jingles I dont think you would be able to get a younger model and you shouldn’t be complaning about having a Spanish girlfriend.

  47. Wait why is the Char. B 1 facing backwards?

  48. Ive never seen or heard anyone in norway, sweden or denmark who are thanked from serving even if they were in afghanistan, iraq, kuwait, or other places or even in secret military brances, and im from a military family who has father srg, uncle orl.cap to grandfather cap.

  49. When I get “thanked for your service” by a stranger who obviously has no idea what “service” means I just want to smack them. It means NOTHING to be.

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