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Old 05-08-2011, 04:19 PM
 
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Well I'm a junior and I'm going to graduate next year. I was thinking about joining the military. I've been in ROTC since freshmen year. I only recently got kicked out earlier this year because of my grades. But I definitely would stayed had I been given the choice. I really like the discipline and the teaching and the values that ROTC instilled. However, I'm not sure if ROTC prepared me for the actual thing.

The question I'm asking is should I? I have a couple of credits I need to obtain to graduate. They shouldn't be that hard to get with the online classes I will be taking and then my last of HS which is this upcoming school year. I'm not trying to wait to join. I already have the military branch in mind. I was definitely leaning more towards the Navy but that can change. I'm having a hard time deciphering what jobs and branch is best for me? I don't have the best grades and I'm not the best in mathematics. But I'm one heck of a writer and reader, I'm skilled in computer applications and web graphics and design, I've made a bunch of home movies and school-related class projects that have to do with mass media science and history, I'm a history buff, I know 3 different languages, I can run really fast? (don't know if that's relevant), can't say I'm a fast learner but I definitely have the tenacity and will to strive in harsh environments and learn new things. I'm open to pretty much any branch and job suggestions.
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Old 05-08-2011, 05:56 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
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Depending on the languages you know, that could be an asset. Whichever branch you decide, inform them of the languages you speak. If you're serious, continue to take your time to learn which branch and job you wish to enlist for. Don't be afraid to speak with recruiters for further tips.
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Old 05-08-2011, 07:41 PM
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Location: Kansas
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Have you actually talked with a recruiter about this? Be aware they are "pushy" and never, ever agree to anything or sign anything until you take time to think it through/read it thoroughly. Both my husband and myself were in the military - enlisted and our son was in ROTC in high school, Army Reserves in college and now is active duty (full-time) Army Reserves as a Major at 34 years old. If you use the military correctly and that is go in with a specific goal, sort of an entrance, what you'll accomplish while there and when you will exist - set goals - it can be a real asset. I doubt that ROTC really prepared you for "the real thing". Don't they still do the aptitude testing to measure your stronger areas? Be aware that they basically own you once you sign the enlistment contract but that has advantages too because you won't be without food, shelter, medical care, etc.
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Old 05-08-2011, 07:48 PM
 
Location: Cape Coral, FL
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Go talk to some recruiters! I joined the Coast Guard after HS and loved every second!
Check out fredsplace.org, or military.com... Good info there.
Good luck to you!
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Old 05-08-2011, 08:11 PM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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I was thinking about joining the military.

I'm open to pretty much any branch and job suggestions.
You need to talk to all the recruiters right now, get a feel for what is available, and time to think down the road.

There are language tests to evaluate your language ability as well as you language ability.

Rich
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Old 05-08-2011, 11:14 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Many branches will not take diplomas from online schools so think before you act.
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Old 05-09-2011, 07:39 AM
 
Location: Cape Coral, FL
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If you are thinking about joining early, you might need your parent/guardian to sign you up. Depends if you are 18 or not.
Some branches have a waiting list. I would take the asvab as soon as you can. That way you can take your scores to each branch to see what jobs you qualify for. Make sure you really want to do this. It's not for everyone.
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Old 05-09-2011, 08:02 AM
 
Location: Matthews, NC
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Only you can answer the question of whether or not you should join. The best advice (as others have already said) is to meet with a recruiter.
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Old 05-09-2011, 08:40 AM
 
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Alright thanks you guys for all the help and advice. I'm gonna talk to my master sgt today about meeting with a recruiter. I'm 18 btw. So it's basically all up to me now. I really do want to do this. It's the only feasible option for me at this point.
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Old 05-09-2011, 07:22 PM
 
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Just make sure you're smart and can get over a 60 on the ASVAB.

I really cant give advice past that.
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