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Old 02-10-2012, 10:49 PM
 
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He's not completely fantasizing, now that I understand what he's trying for.

AGR has *two* programs: one is Federal, in which you move all over (and deploy), one is State, in which you are stationed within one State...you still deploy and every once in awhile you'll go TDY for training out of the State, but you'll always return to the State. I guess a good example on the active side are the guys-and they still, to this day, exist-who spend virtually their entire career at Bragg, moving from job to job. Sure, they deploy, but they virtually never leave Bragg as home station. Substitute 'California' or 'Florida' for Bragg and you have the idea.

I work with a guy who did that for 20+ years in a single state and just retired.

In my limited experience, State AGR slots are kind of tough to get, though. He tells me knowing somebody helps-and sometimes knowing people does NOT help if you're not well-liked.
Fort Bragg and Fort Hood are pretty much the only Army installations big enough to do your entire career there. Also, with Bragg, it's one of the few places you can go if you're airborne. So, those who are airborne stay there for long stretches. It's kind of a special situation. If someone wants to do their entire career in Georgia, California, Colorado or pretty much any other state other than North Carolina or Texas, it isn't going to happen.
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Old 02-12-2012, 12:56 PM
 
Location: Sierra Vista, AZ
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Stay near home..at least in state
You are setting a hard course for yourself, normally AGR slots are filled by NCOs who have years of experience on Active Duty. There is no guarantee that if you finish training and stay in the unit long enough to meet the criteria for an AGR slot, that slot won't be filled by someone who is already in the AGR System.

Going in the military not to leave home is ridiculous
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Old 02-12-2012, 07:51 PM
 
Location: TX
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I was in the active Army from 2002 to 2007 at Main Post, Fort Benning, GA.

I finished my time in the IRR with Reserve 2 Civil Affairs units -- one located in Pasadena, TX and the other in Santa Barbara, CA.

In short, I hated active duty when I was in but looking at how much the economy has transformed in the last 5 years or so, I think it's one of the best things a young person could do right now. The beautiful thing about active duty that I miss is having virtually no living expenses. The only bills I had when I was in were car insurance and cell phone and I would easily save about $800 a month as a Joe in Georgia. This was 2004/2005.
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Old 02-13-2012, 06:33 AM
 
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
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Depends on what job you get and how you feel about the job. The Navy alone has a wide variety of jobs, some of which translates to a minimum of 5 different civilian jobs. You could be a hospital corpsman, some of whom serve in combat units and never see a ship. You could repair computers, high tech electronics, be an electrician, work in an office doing human resource type paperwork, be a cook, weather forecaster, barber, and work with classified info. That's just a snapshot of what's available with the Navy. You may enjoy an active duty career more if you get with a military recruiter about an officer program. Go to college and get a degree then serve a minimum of 6 years active duty as a military officer as a way of paying back the military for paying for your college education.
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Old 02-15-2012, 07:49 PM
 
Location: Yucaipa, California
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Many people join the military & dont save a dime. During my 4 yrs active i saved over $10,000.00 in the first 2 years in germany (incl a $2,800.00 bonus for a 4 yr enlistment). After i returned stateside is when i spent most of my saved money on a 2 yr old sports car (camero Z28) with 31k miles. The full coverage insurance with a $500.00 deductable was a whopping $1,500.00 a year.
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Old 02-17-2012, 05:29 AM
 
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If you are a good student go to college. If you are a so so student go into the military and you will realize how valuable that college degree really is in America. I don't think active duty is too bad depending on what your job is going to be in the service. That is the key to a good military career. Pick something you like to do but with some challenge, future and not backbreaking. Look at civilian jobs that are in demand now and in the future and look at the military jobs that are open in those jobs. You can get some good experience, save up some cash and enjoy yourself.
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