Military personnel are not issued firearms unless they are in a combat zone. The regulations on most military bases do not allow for individual possession of arms except for security personnel and even for them, only when actually on duty. Privately owned firearms are required to be kept in an armory where the person does not have easy access to them. I had several weapons, but kept them at a friends house off base because checking out my own rife was simply too much hassle. All of those rules applied, even though I had a concealed carry permit. My permit was not honored on the military base which was basically a gun free zone. As a result of those absurd restrictions on possession of firearms, I went out of my way to make sure I was legally armed when off base and that attitude has remained with me ever since. For whatever it might be worth, I was a medic, and therefore a non-combatant. Meaning that I did not have to qualify with firearms. I went to the firing range voluntarily, and qualified with all the small arms in the Air Force inventory at that time. On one base, I was on the base Pistol team and shot in competition.