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View Poll Results: which branch should I go into
navy 0 0%
airforce 2 50.00%
army 4 100.00%
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Old 11-10-2014, 10:34 PM
 
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Army: Engineer officer
Navy: Civil engineer officer or surface warfare officer
Airforce: Developmental engineer, Civil engineer officer, Space and missile ops officer

Im looking to commission through rotc and majoring in civil mechanical or aerospace engineering I want to be an officer and move up in ranks and make a career out of it then be able to get a very good job after my service. I also would like to advance my degree while serving so the educational opportunities are important to me. ive looked at all of these branches and from what I've heard army engineers dont do as much engineering or carry over as much to an engineering job in the civilian career. I would like to know the pros and cons of each of these branches engineering and which woulx be the best opportunity to advance in rank. Also if I was to become a surface warfare officer or space and missiles officer when I got out would I still have good opportunities to become an engineer. Also in the navy how long would I spend on a ship I know to become a surface warfare officer id have a 21 month and a 17month tour which seems like a very long time to have minimal contact with family
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Old 11-10-2014, 10:38 PM
 
Location: Broomfield, Colorado
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You want something that'll directly translate to what you'll be doing in the civil sector, you'd probably want to get on with Air Force REDHORSE. Army engineering is something much different, Corps of Engineers tends to be civilian GSA employees and contractors, and Army Engineers tend to do more combat engineering... anti-mobility obstacles, route clearing, etc... from my understanding after talking to a Navy recruiter, the Navy is doing away with the Construction Battalions (CBs/"Seabees"), so that option would seem to be going off the table.
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Old 11-10-2014, 10:54 PM
 
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Default redhorse training

i understand redhorse is not only an engineering battalion but from what I've they also take part in combat operations because they are usually in hostile areas which is something id like to do but what kind of training do officers In the redhorse get like specifics of marksmanship training or additional training like airborne or anything else
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Old 11-10-2014, 11:03 PM
 
Location: Broomfield, Colorado
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My interaction with those guys was very limited, although I get the impression they have a fair number of parallels to Navy Seabees (who I have been on missions supporting).
Army Engineers do a valuable job, but if you're looking for something which translates directly to the civil sector, that's not it... doubtful you'll be clearing routes of IEDs in your hometown, you know? The ones who worked as equipment operators and such were soon tasked to gate guard and similar duties as contractors took over their duties.
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Old 11-10-2014, 11:16 PM
 
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Yeah I want something where i can jump right into a civilian job and not be completely lost so army might not be the best. im looking nore into mechanical engineering and from what I read up on in airforce and navy civ engineer officer is just the position it doesnt exactly mean id be with the seabees or redhorse doing civ. Engineering work its just the job title. I really wanted to work on things like weapons ships or planes not so much buildings or runways haha but I also think itd be awesome to also have the combat involvement with the training and everything
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Old 11-11-2014, 08:29 AM
 
Location: SW OK (AZ Native)
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Redhorse is engineering, USAF, and, yes, they could be engaged in combat activities, but in recent years even admin specialists for flying squadrons have been subject to attack at air bases.

Civil engineering in the Air Force can also extend to bio-environmental and environmental operations. A growing career field both in and after service.

I never knew any CE officers to get anything more than the basic requirements (marksmanship) and never knew any that had some hooah on them (Airborne), but then I only knew a couple of them and that was as a senior commander.

STEM degrees tend to result in STEM jobs, but that's generally the extent. Non-STEM degrees can be assigned just about anywhere. (I have a STEM degree but at the time I got into ROTC it was the only way to become a pilot; the USAF then reversed itself a year later [I was grandfathered] and engineering degrees meant engineers, and so there were a lot of history majors in my pilot training class.)

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Old 11-11-2014, 08:40 AM
 
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Navy also has nuclear engineering... check out nukeworker.com
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Old 11-11-2014, 09:11 PM
 
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Army engineers don't do what you're looking to do.
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Old 11-11-2014, 10:01 PM
 
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Default Nuclear engineer

Nuclear engineer in the navy was something else I looked at but Iheard alot of them end up on submarines which is about the one thing in the military im not sure I could adjust to just for the simple fact that I'd be under water for days at a time
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Old 11-12-2014, 06:32 PM
 
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Seabees are not going anywhere.

If you want to be a Navy Engineer (civil engineering corps), you can't do it through ROTC. If you are commissioned through ROTC then your only options are SWO, Aviation, Subs, and Special Warfare. CEC officers usually come through OCS and people who failed out of initial training (usually pilots).

And nuclear engineering in the Navy is not engineering. You will be a sub Officer who's main job is running a submarine.

The only realistic options for real engineering is the Navy or Airforce.
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