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  1. As most of you don't know, I've spent the last six months being a conscript in the Finnish army. A few days ago I had done my time and now I'm a free man again.

    Now, a bit of info about my service. I went through the basic two month training that is the same for all conscripts, during which they taught us basic soldier skills such as shooting. Once this was done, I started specialising to my real job. My weapon was a 120 mm heavy mortar, for which I first was an ordinary team member. After a few weeks, they made me calculate the aiming values for the mortars and then again my job was changed to a signaller. Basically I didn't receive proper training for any of these gigs due to the constant switching.

    All in all, I got a good insight to the army life and what it is about, and I'd like to open up it a bit by letting you guys ask me what it was like. I'll reveal more about the service as you shoot your questions at me.

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    2. Csonicgo


      Can you imagine what would happen if the US had another draft?

    3. Maes


      Mr. Freeze said:

      Really? Damn thats short. Our terms are in years.

      And you don't even have compulsory conscription anymore, to begin with.

      The only way to spend "years" in the Army here is to opt for one of the career officer or NCO schools (which are considered on par with universities, acceptance/entry is highly competitive and they only accept kids out of high school anyway), or to become a professional grunt (pretty much only basic education needed), knowing that you will never get past the rank of Master Sergeant (after 25 years, you will be discharged with the honorary rank of Warrant Officer...big deal).

      In the past, it was possible for reserve officers to become permanents, first for renewable 3-year terms, and then full permanence, although you could never advance beyond the active rank of Major, and Lt. Col upon discharge. This is no longer possible since the early 80s, else I'd have seriously considered staying in the Army.

    4. Maes


      SnowblindFatal said:

      Quite so. Most standard cannon fodder jobs have a 6-month service, while sub-officers and officers get a full year.

      I was surprised that there is an equivalent to the greek Probationary Reserve Officer:


      I served as one, and my term was 17 months because the first 5 are spent in a sort of cadet school, specialized according to Weapon/Corps (e.g. Infantry, Armor, Artillery, Transmitters, etc.). Then again the Turkish equivalent, Astegmen, also serve just 12 months total...

  2. SnowblindFatal

    CONTEST: Make a crappy but completable map!

    That's what I do with my proper maps all the time.
  3. SnowblindFatal

    Newcastle Discovery to Render World's Balls Inert

    You and me, we gonna go down in flames! B)
  4. SnowblindFatal

    Map on idgames archive has modified E1M1

    Why exactly does anyone care that there are modifications of the original levels in the archives? Sure they go against the copyright, but the only people that seem to care are the ones it affects the least. In other words, what is the point of this thread?
  5. SnowblindFatal

    CONTEST: Make a crappy but completable map!

    Wooohooo, Got my map done. It's nothing special, but I can't imagine it being the worst (ha ha) entry.
  6. SnowblindFatal

    Evil Eye

    Yeah, I'm aware of that, but I really didn't figure out how to make it narrow enough and still have the mastermind operate normally. It seemed to get stuck quite easily if I remember right.
  7. SnowblindFatal

    Generic Jump Disable

    You'd better still mention it, or do Doomsday and other ports support this MAPINFO?
  8. SnowblindFatal

    Low Bitrate...

    Yeah, you might as well start living it up, making a kill list of the people who wronged you and go down in flames. Or make money (illegally if you don't have a good enough job) until you get enough money to get yourself a new identity. At least those are the options that come to my mind first. B)
  9. SnowblindFatal

    id and Zenimax, Sitting in a Tree

    Someone needs to photoshop Patrick Stewart's face on doomguy or some Rage character. Quick.
  10. SnowblindFatal

    do the original MIDIS remind you of anything?

    Whenever I hear Smoke on the Water, I try to recall which doom level had that song as its music. Usually I consider MAP29 until I remember how it really is.
  11. SnowblindFatal

    Evil Eye

    Oh dear. I'm not entirely clear on the boom ports' development. Is this something that won't get fixed in the near future? If so, I'll do as you said and re-upload it to the archives and whatnot.
  12. Yo, I fired this baby straight up oldskool IDDQD style. All I have to say is that I swear some real wads aren't really that much easier than this.
  13. SnowblindFatal

    Evil Eye

    Thanks, I thought I had done all that (I remember reading your suggestion some time ago), but it appears I didn't. EDIT: Actually yes I did fix all those! NDCP2 currently doesn't hold my map's latest version as no one really is responsible for it at the moment. However, the version I posted in this thread is indeed 100% capable. Thanks for caring, though. C: By the way, what port did you use to get the blood splatter through the teleporters? I'd like to see that, but at least stock GZDoom doesn't work that way (at least without tinkering some options. What options?).
  14. SnowblindFatal

    Just registered now in post hell?

    Hahaha, this is a joke thread, people. A damn good one. Great OP.
  15. SnowblindFatal

    Evil Eye

    I thought of that first, but I couldn't get the color tags working and the spoiler tag isn't mentioned in vb code help Thanks for telling.