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Old 04-30-2015, 07:41 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Why is our army so hard to join nowadays?


It used to be that they would take anybody especially troubled people now the army operates like any bummy business(aka highly picky). It sucks. Do other countries operate their army correctly.
Why would we want sub-par citizens in the Army if others are willing to join? Supply and demand. Law abiding, medically stable, educated people WANT to join, so why fill the ranks with convicts are under-educated? Our military is now filled with technology that it didn't used to have. It has progressed. Warfare is no longer brute muscle, and more strategy.
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Old 05-01-2015, 01:29 PM
 
Location: Suburban wasteland of NC
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^ plus the military doesn't want people who are just going to get in trouble with the law once they're in. There's the old saying that past behavior is one of the best indicators we have of future behavior.

There's also the aspect that they really, really don't want people who are going to go overseas and get in trouble with the law. That tends to make the whole country look bad. I've been a few places where I was fairly certain that the only Americans the locals had ever seen were DoD employees (military or civilian). In places like that you're kinda a walking, talking piece of America and what you do may stay in people's memory for awhile.
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Old 05-04-2015, 10:03 PM
 
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OH YEAH!!! I can't tell you, probably 50-60 people in the month that I have been there have tried to join with a GED.

GET A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA!!!! The Air Force does NOT recognize or accept a GED! You must get 15 college credits to prove that you can succeed in school if you have a GED. People look at me like I've grown 4 eyes when they find out they have to go to college first. It's only 5 classes, but still. Just stay in High School.

One girl actually came in and told me that he got the GED on purpose, instead of a high school diploma, because she wanted to join the Air Force, and could get the GED faster. She made that choice! Now she has to go for 2 semesters of college first!

I blame HS counselors for much of this. They tell kids anything they want to hear. Do whatever you feel comfortable with, its your life, it doesn't matter what others think...they really believe the BS they're being handed! All the HS counselors care about is keeping the kids placated until they graduate or age out to prevent another Columbine I tried desperately to keep my DS off ADHD drugs, but was overruled by counselors and doctors, so now he's got that record. when I protested such drugs---which he truly doesn't need---could limit his future options, I just got a blank look from counselors. They obviously have no real idea, nor do they give a fig, about the kid's future. Parents and their advice is totally dismissed as having any validity.
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Old 05-04-2015, 10:20 PM
 
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Now I understand why our previous landlord was so anal about getting the rent on time. He is an Air Force Colonel, a rising star. We were never late with the payment, but he would expect it the day before the first of the month and call us to 'remind" us to send it. It got irritating, we were never late with the rent, but we can't pay him until we get paid. I thought he just didn't trust us, but now I see he was conditioned to worry about his bills being paid on the dot. Well, ok, that makes me feel better, even after the fact---we moved out for a smaller place.
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Old 05-08-2015, 09:13 PM
 
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If you have around 2000.00 in collections but get a personal note to take care of them can you still enlist and get accepted in the Air Force
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Old 05-10-2015, 02:45 PM
 
Location: Idaho
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When the economy is strong and recuriting suffers, the standards go down and you may get a waiver for issues that disqualify you when more are clamoring to join.
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Old 06-22-2015, 01:20 AM
 
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Default Aurthorized Tattoos To Enter U.S. Military

I have one a heart on my hand and a peace sign on the inside of my arm above the wrist, im turning 17 and was planning on joining after I graduate high school in 2 years, would these tattoos be a problem??
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Old 06-22-2015, 12:17 PM
 
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Incoming H.S. Freshman go through an orientation meeting - usually in the auditorium - where the principal speaks and the students come face to face with all their 'oh **** I'm in H.S. now' fears. THAT is a great time for the armed services to be there and have a few words on stage regarding recruitment standards/requirements...
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Old 06-22-2015, 12:22 PM
 
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I have one a heart on my hand and a peace sign on the inside of my arm above the wrist, im turning 17 and was planning on joining after I graduate high school in 2 years, would these tattoos be a problem??
It's a problem for the Marine Corps, but you could probably get a waiver from big Navy. Idk about the other branches...
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Old 06-22-2015, 02:10 PM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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I have one a heart on my hand and a peace sign on the inside of my arm above the wrist, im turning 17 and was planning on joining after I graduate high school in 2 years, would these tattoos be a problem??
I believe each service has their own regulation covering Tattoos.
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