Thanks for the welcome, all!
To answer some questions about us...
It'd be naive to think we don't have any fakers in the MG ranks, but I think the number of them out there is very small and they play the part well enough to get it past the real guys...
We ask each member to fill out an application which we go over and check against factual data. Every once in a while we catch one trying to slip through. Anyone revealed to have faked their status is removed from our community. Integrity is an important quality in a member.
Every MG staff member has passed a more stringent process and is guaranteed to be U.S. military. We feel it's important for our members to feel comfortable in our community's leadership.
You asked about numbers, I don't mind sharing them. We're proud of how far we've come over the years. We do have over 530 registered users, over 390 of which have applied for full membership and been approved, and over 200 that check in regularly. Our numbers in specific games have varied from a few dozen to nearly 300.
The time we have for games varies as much with us as it does with civilians. Many of our members have been discharged or are retired, or are guard or reserve. Even the active duty folks have time off though. Some of our members' jobs even allow them to check in from Iraq or Afghanistan.
The majority of us, however, have gotten out and have integrated back into the world. We're your local policeman, your teacher, your student, your coach, your bus driver, your mail man, well, you get the point. We choose to game together because of a shared history. One that ties us closer than most other web communities can attest to.
Hope this clears things up a bit.