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1  General discussions / General Discussion / Some advice from old people...... on: January 24, 2003, 04:17:04 PM
They cut up and recycled the 656 boat years ago too, however the first four Tridents (Ohio, Michigan, Florida, Georgia) are being converted to SSGN's. They're going to put SEALs on them and turn them into party platforms.
Can you imagine how much beer you could fill into a Trident missile tube 4 decks high?

I'd almost reenlist for that one!
2  General discussions / General Discussion / Some advice from old people...... on: January 24, 2003, 02:19:48 PM
It's sad to see such beautiful pigboats go to waste. I'm sure they could make them into some Mach 3 razor blades.

That looks like an aerial shot of Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton.
3  General discussions / General Discussion / Some advice from old people...... on: January 24, 2003, 01:38:27 PM
I went on the the USS George Washington Carver (SSBN 656 G) then on to shore duty at the Naval Communications Unit, Marquette Michigan (ELF Transmitter Facility), TRITRAFAC Bangor Washington (Trident IRR (Integrated Radio Room) training), the USS Michigan (SSBN 727 B) and finally COMSUBGRU Nine, Bangor Wa for shore duty.

All in all it was a good experience for me and made me appreciate this country and the freedom we take for granted that much more!
4  General discussions / General Discussion / Go Subs on: January 24, 2003, 02:58:37 AM
I joined the Navy back in 1985 and got into Radioman "A" school in San Diego after boot camp. After that, I went to Submarine School in Groton, CT. then on to various ELF/VLF receiver/processor and crypto schools. I would suggest go into a rating such as ET or RM, however you will obligate for at least 6 years of service. Whatever you do, don't let the recruiter talk you into going to Nuke training. Big mistake!
I had two years of electronics and other training before I even set foot on my first boat. It depends on what you're interested in (my interest was communications and computers). You will sacrifice a lot, but it's all worth it once you get your dolphins "tacked on".

Do make sure you sign up for the GI Bill, and take advantage of all the PACE II college classes you can while underway. The Navy will pay for most of your college costs while you're on active duty (at least 75% tuition assistance when I was in).

After you get out, your GI Bill is worth 36 months of benefits at around $900/month on full load of classes the last time I checked.

Good luck mate!
5  Microsoft (MCSE, MCSD, MOUS, MCAD) / 70-220 / Passed with a 921! on: December 16, 2002, 07:37:58 PM
This one was fairly tough, however the MS Training kit was excellent providing many good case studies. After a month of studying, one should be thoroughly prepared to sit 220. The training kit also includes 180 day FREE access to online MeasureUp exam prep questions. Definitely worth it.

Another excellent resource is Ian McLean's Windows 2000 TCP/IP Black Book

Yes, the 220 is still a scored exam. I'm sure they will change it soon noting  Microsoft's stance on security and their Trustworthy Computing Initiative.

Time now for a little Holiday break then on to CCNA.
6  Microsoft (MCSE, MCSD, MOUS, MCAD) / 70-220 / Congratulations on: November 15, 2002, 01:38:46 AM
I'm also working on this one as my final exam. Thanks for all the info.

One good note about the MS Training Kit for the 220....MS Press gives you 180 days FREE access to the online Measure-Up exam prep for 220 by entering the web key they provide on the cdrom package!
7  Microsoft (MCSE, MCSD, MOUS, MCAD) / 70-220 / Is there anyone out there? on: November 10, 2002, 01:43:41 PM
I guess I like a good challenge.
220 is also an elective for MCSE, not just a core design.

Anyway, with security being the buzz and in the limelight, I'm opting to go for it, and besides, I've already got the MS Training Kit (onsale for $14 at

Thanks for the good info.
8  Microsoft (MCSE, MCSD, MOUS, MCAD) / 70-220 / Studying for this one on: November 10, 2002, 12:59:27 PM
Just passed 219 and I plan on going for 220 next. Looking forward to all the good posts on here.
9  Microsoft (MCSE, MCSD, MOUS, MCAD) / 70-219 / Passed 219! on: November 10, 2002, 12:47:41 PM
I am really stoked that I passed this one! I was a little worried with the new format.
It was a serious challenge but I really dig applying all the knowledge from previous exam study into case study format.

I think next I'll go for Designing Security (220), then hit CCNA and on to SQL 2000.
10  Microsoft (MCSE, MCSD, MOUS, MCAD) / 70-216 / Good job! on: November 03, 2002, 04:11:23 PM
Congratulations on showing the beast who's boss. It's definitely the hardest one in the lot. Go after the rest of them with the same intensity and experience with hands-on lab time and you'll whack them all in no time.
I'm getting ready to take on 219 in one week, then on to 228/229 for MCSE/MCDBA.

11  Microsoft (MCSE, MCSD, MOUS, MCAD) / 70-219 / Congrats on passing 219! on: November 03, 2002, 03:28:29 PM
I've scheduled this one for next Saturday.
Good job in passing it, I hope I'll do the same first time up.

Then for me, on to SQL2K admin (228) then designing SQL2K databases (229).
12  Microsoft (MCSE, MCSD, MOUS, MCAD) / 70-218 / Congrats on MCSA! on: November 03, 2002, 12:05:56 PM
Good job on getting past this point in the road. I am also going for MCDBA like you. My path to MCSE/MCDBA is: 219, 228 then 229.
I'm scheduled to sit the 219 on Sat, 11/9. Wish me luck!
13  Microsoft (MCSE, MCSD, MOUS, MCAD) / 70-220 / Congratulatons! on: October 07, 2002, 02:34:29 PM
I am also taking this one and probably 219 like you.
It's up in the air for me which book I'll get for this one. I hear the MS training kit is good also. I'll take you word on the Sybex book and check into it.

Good job and I'll remember that one about the Sales Manager.
14  Microsoft (MCSE, MCSD, MOUS, MCAD) / 70-088 / Retiring? on: October 07, 2002, 02:10:35 PM
Is it true this exam will be retired next summer to be replaced with 70-227?
15  Microsoft (MCSE, MCSD, MOUS, MCAD) / 70-217 / Passed 217! on: October 07, 2002, 12:36:25 PM
This test was TOUGH, but pretty fair I would have to say. The questions were pretty wordy but I felt confident I would do well.
I used the MS Training Kit and Transcender.
You really need to have two DC's set up and replicating with each other with at least two sites.

Thanks for all the help on this forum!
Now, I think I'll take a short break then on to 70-220 then maybe 219 or 224. Not sure...
I only need one design and one elective exam to go.
What do you all recommend?
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