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Old 04-26-2012, 08:35 AM
 
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When I got out of the Navy back in '02, I didn't have a dime of debt. (I didn't have a car, either.) For some reason, I had it in my head that I had to work enough to support myself before beginning school. I just never thought about letting the G.I. Bill, along with some loans, pay for my subsistence and focusing on school first.

The result is that I started school much later, I started off part time before going to a full time load, I had to balance work and school (and life), and my work schedule limited my availabiltiy and decided for me which classes I could take.

If I had it to do over again, I wouldn't wait until I was burdened with financial and social obligations - bills and a wife (ex-wife now). I would go to school immediately after the military. I might not have majored in business, but what you major in matters less than how quickly you get it out of the way and get into the workforce as a graduate. Starting late has set me back tremendously because most of my pre-college work experience hardly matters for squat.

That's my two cents. Good luck to all of you.
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Old 04-27-2012, 06:55 AM
 
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Get your education while you are in, now a days, like my school, everythig is on-line including all finals. No need to wait anymore....like me, I'm on my 24th year trying to get a 4 year degree.
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Old 04-27-2012, 07:05 AM
 
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Also don't wait for the final years in the military. My last 5 yrs were completely dedicated to work and full time school. I literally lost my mind going through the process, so go to school when your young.
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Old 04-27-2012, 07:42 AM
 
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
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1. if you plan on going to college after your service, don't have children. Always use protection. Child support is very expensive and could cost you a chance of going to college.
2. If you were injured in any way while in service, get your hands on your medical records when you leave the service. Separate the pages having to do with the injury you wish to file a claim for with the VA. Attach those pages to your claim form. Deliver your records, including the claim form attached to the necessary documents, to the VA. What this will do is make your claim process go much quicker. VA agents won't have to dig through your records to find the documents related to your claim. Do this right after leaving the service. This way you'll already be in the system and the incident involving the claim is still fresh in your mind. You may or may not get money based upon your injury at that time, but some injuries will get worse as you get older and you may need treatment for that injury. If you're already in the system, it's easier and faster to get an appointment than if 20 or 30 years later you try to get into the system for treatment for the injury.
3. While you still have access to the PBX or Navy Exchange system, get a shadow box made with any ribbons and medals you've earned while in the service.
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Old 04-28-2012, 11:07 PM
 
Location: Hawaii
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Go to school while you're in and us TA.
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Old 04-29-2012, 11:57 PM
 
Location: Tioga County
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I'm in agreement on the school / post service. Start asap. One other thing. If there are any aspirations of joining the Guard/Reserve after you'e off active duty, join as soon as you can. The more time you put between you and the military, the less likely you'll want join the military on a part-time basis.
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Old 05-01-2012, 02:13 PM
 
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I wasn't able to start college while I was in the Army because I was in a Apache unit and we were in field training all the time until the pilots were tired. In the field, we worked on the helicopters, nothing else. When we weren't in the field, we separated Apaches, Chinooks and BlackHawks at Pope and loaded them in the C-130 for deployments. That alone took hours on end to complete.

Once I left the Army I started college right away. I was pregnant while attending. It was harder but I had great neighbors who had a child the same age as mine and we would switch off babysitting while in school. My daughter was 2-4 my last years of school. My ex was deployed at the time. I would take her to Barnes and Nobles for hours. She would play with the other kids, trains and listen to the story time.

There was always plenty of kids there since we were at Fort Bragg. I would also study when she went to bed at night. It made it harder but it is possible. It's good if you live near a military base because many Army parents support one another.
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Old 05-01-2012, 09:39 PM
 
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When we weren't in the field, we separated Apaches, Chinooks and BlackHawks at Pope and loaded them in the C-130 for deployments. That alone took hours on end to complete.

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????????Really???????
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Old 05-01-2012, 09:47 PM
 
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????????Really???????
Yes, really!

I don't mean the ACTUAL helicopter. I meant the antennas and other communication devices. The propellers tie down or disconnected and a host of other things. I didn't feel I needed to be that detailed especially for non aviation folks.

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Old 05-02-2012, 08:25 PM
 
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Yes, really!

I don't mean the ACTUAL helicopter. I meant the antennas and other communication devices. The propellers tie down or disconnected and a host of other things. I didn't feel I needed to be that detailed especially for non aviation folks.
Relax, it's the C-130 comment that got me. No, you don't have to be to detailed, but at least explain, just a little, even non-aviation folks can see that a Chinooks will not fit in a C-130, with a quick Google search...
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