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Old 05-07-2017, 11:17 AM
Location: Forests of Maine
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Originally Posted by Oldhag1 View Post
My husband joined for the money, he left for boot camp the week after high school graduation with $3 in his pocket. He got his bachelor's, which they paid for, while he was enlisted during off-duty hours. His GI bill/ROTC paid for law school. He re-entered the service as a JAG officer, eventually retired, worked a bit as a government lawyer, and is now a partner in his own firm. Neither of his parents had graduated from high school and he will be the first to tell you the greatest gift the Army gave him was they knocked the chip off his shoulder so that he could see opportunity in situations he used to see as roadblocks. It's not a terrible idea, for many it was the best idea they had in their life.
It sounds to me like your husband knew a good thing when he saw it.

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Old 05-07-2017, 12:32 PM
Location: Tampa, FL
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Two degrees and a nice pension with full HEALTHCARE (OBAMA/Trumpcare doesn't concern us retired folk).
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Old 05-09-2017, 10:37 AM
Location: All Over
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Joining strictly for the money isn't worth it. The army isn't just a job it's a lifestyle. Keep in mind all the travel, training, etc, while I get maybe you can stash most of your money away, when you really do the math your not making much per hour.

IMHO you could probably get a room in a boarding house or with roomates and grind for a couple years at even a menial paying job and probably wind up with as much if not more money than joining the army.

If you feel a sense of purpose, could use the discipline, want to serve your country or want to have the experience by all means join but if this is strictly a financial choice I'd highly advise against it.
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