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Old 02-03-2012, 01:23 PM
 
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Hello, Our son is 17 and a junior in high school. He wants to join the army reserves and possibly go active duty later. we want him to look at other branches of the military, Airforce etc.. Does any one have any advice on this? ins and out of the militarys different branches etc? Thank you..
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Old 02-03-2012, 01:44 PM
 
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All the services are the best! I retired from the Air Force and currently I work along side with many many veterans who speak highly of their careers. It really depends on son's desires.

Promotions: In the past, the Air Force promoted at a slower rate than the other services.
Standards of living: Air Force has better living conditions (housing and dorms).
Deployments: Army/Marines normally have a very intense deployment schedule.

With that said, those answers might not be current, so obviously wait for more replies. Most important, I would attend those recruitment meeting with your son to ensure he gets a good job. There are numerous stories of recruits being tricked into a sorry job which then turns into 4 year mistake. I highly recommend your attendance. Otherwise, I applaud your son for his decision to serve the country. Thank you!
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Old 02-03-2012, 01:49 PM
 
Location: The Land of Reason
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Hello, Our son is 17 and a junior in high school. He wants to join the army reserves and possibly go active duty later. we want him to look at other branches of the military, Airforce etc.. Does any one have any advice on this? ins and out of the militarys different branches etc? Thank you..

That would really depend on his strengths, weakness and interest are.

If he wants to travel the world well the NAVY is just right for him.
If he wants a physical/mental challenge he should go into the MARINES
If prefers to live comfortably with petty much the best living conditions then I suggest the AIR FORCE
The ARMY is a little of all of the above
I cannot give you any real information on the COAST GUARD

The negatives:
In many of the positions in the NAVY you are required to perform sea duty for months at a time, not recomended for families
The MARINES are (in most fields)prone to have to p/u and leave at a moments notice.
The ARMY promotional system is good/bad, meaning youcan obtain rank quick but lose it just as quick
The AIR FORCE is harder to obtain rank and once you get to certain level politics play a larger role in promotion

I served 18years in the Air Force and two years in the Army. I was stationed in Virginia and spoke with many soldiers, seamen, grunts and zoomies
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Old 02-03-2012, 01:54 PM
 
Location: montana
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All the services are the best! I retired from the Air Force and currently I work along side with many many veterans who speak highly of their careers. It really depends on son's desires.

Promotions: In the past, the Air Force promoted at a slower rate than the other services.
Standards of living: Air Force has better living conditions (housing and dorms).
Deployments: Army/Marines normally have a very intense deployment schedule.

With that said, those answers might not be current, so obviously wait for more replies. Most important, I would attend those recruitment meeting with your son to ensure he gets a good job. There are numerous stories of recruits being tricked into a sorry job which then turns into 4 year mistake. I highly recommend your attendance. Otherwise, I applaud your son for his decision to serve the country. Thank you!
What would be the best jobs? he wants to do diesel mechanics.
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Old 02-03-2012, 02:01 PM
 
Location: Texas
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What would be the best jobs? he wants to do diesel mechanics.
That's easy to answer: diesel mechanics.
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Old 02-03-2012, 02:06 PM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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Hello, Our son is 17 and a junior in high school. He wants to join...
Your son needs to talk to all the recruiters. In person is best. You can go along if you want, because 17 year old's hear differently than their parents. See what the recruiters have to say, and see what jobs are available and what he is qualified for.

You can look over this site: Inspired to Serve - Today's Military "The Today’s Military website is produced by the United States Department of Defense. This site is not intended as a recruiting tool for any branch of the U.S. Military. Rather, it was developed as a resource for parents, educators and young adults curious about military service."

Good luck to you and your son!

Rich
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Old 02-03-2012, 02:07 PM
 
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What would be the best jobs? he wants to do diesel mechanics.
Over a decade ago, the AF dramacticially reduced the car mechanic career field. My father was an Aircraft Mechanic and he loved all 22 years. Matter of fact, he started working for major airline almost immediately after retirement.

Diesel Mechanic seems more in-line with the Army/Marines?
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Old 02-03-2012, 07:50 PM
 
Location: Sierra Vista, AZ
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Thje Army used to have a "split option" program that allows a 17 year old to join and go to basic the summer between his junior and senior years. He could then go to his advanced school the following summer. I used to get a lot of enlistments on this option. Many of them then went into other services after graduation. You might contact your local Army Reserve Recruiter to see if the Army still has thiis option
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Old 02-04-2012, 02:33 PM
 
Location: Southern Oregon
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If he want s to diesel mechanics then I would suggest the Army, 63H mos. Depending on the school he chooses it would be one of the 4 skill levels, 10, 20, 30 or 40. This field would also open up a good line of work once he is out of the military.
When I took the school many years ago, we learned every aspect of repair of tracks vehicles, wheeled vehicles and almost any thing with an engine, my MOS upon completion was 63H30.
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Old 02-04-2012, 04:32 PM
 
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I did a career in the Navy and always felt that branch treated it's people poorly. The current conditions are much better than when I was in, but it can be a harsh life. The Air Force has always been very good at treating it's personnel very well. Their promotions are very slow, but that is the trade off. The Army seems to have some very good leadership. The Marines are tough so it's not for the faint of heart.
Your son really needs to be careful on what career field he picks. It is very difficult if not impossible to change once you are in the service. Don't just rely on the recruiter but reach out to blogs like this and ask about the career fields that your son's show and interest.
All in all, the military is a good place for you son to travel a bit, learn some things, maybe a career too.
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