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Old 12-18-2016, 02:06 PM
 
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I firmly believe in the ASVAB.

People ask: "What is a good job in the military"? I think that every job could be a good job for someone.

The 'best' job for me is different from what the best job for you might be.

Allow the ASVAB to match you to jobs that might suit you.
I think every kid should take the ASVAB, if for no other reason than to see how their schools have failed anyone not going to college.
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Old 12-18-2016, 08:34 PM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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I know a lot about each branch but I'm not sure which one to join. I'm engaged to be married sometime in 2017 and I would like a good life for my fiancee and I.

I like working out and running and I want to travel the world and serve my country.

I also want to do 20 years or MORE in the military. Based on your knowledge and experience, which branch is the best for me? Thank you.
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Old 12-18-2016, 11:47 PM
 
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One thing to consider, is what you would like to be doing in the military. Do you want to work in electronics, infantry, etc., etc.

Figure out what you want to do in the military, as a specialty, and figure which branch would give you what you want for duty. Then find out about their different military schools, to be a specialist in the field you want to work in. Then tell your recruiter you want to take the tests to qualify for that specialty and if you get a good grade, agree to sign up for that branch of the service, subject to being pre-approved for that school. I helped several young men over the years to get the school they wanted and joined the branch that would give them exactly what they wanted to do.

One young man wanted to go to Naval Flight School, and when he had jumped through the hoops to get approved for flight school if he joined, he entered the service. Today he is a mid range officer, and a top navy pilot.

Asking a forum like this which branch to join is kind of stupid in my opinion, as they do not know what you would be good at doing, and different services offer different opportunities. All they can do is tell you which branch they served in or would like. You want to be a 20 year service person. You need a lot more than we can give you on this forum. Go to the recruiters and find what you can get from them as a school and work field, and when you find which is best for you try to qualify and if you do then join that service subject to getting that particular school right out of boot camp.
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Old 12-19-2016, 09:05 AM
 
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Old 12-19-2016, 09:07 AM
 
Location: Alaska
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You have to take the ASVAB first to see if you even qualify for every branch. The Coast Guard is the hardest, the Marines are the easiest, score wise. The baseline scores will tell you what jobs you qualify for like if you wanted to be an Aerial Gunner you would need a M60 or an E45. If you wanted to be a Dental Assistant you need a general score of 44.
When you do the ASVAB, they will give you a personality quiz after you get your scores and it will tell you what jobs you're good at based on your answers.
Finally, as a woman whose marriage has survived through Four moves and Two deployments. Marriage in the military isn't easy. It isn't fun having to kiss your partner good bye and having them leave to some god forsaken country. It isn't romantic or idealistic like some may have you believe. It takes a certain type of person with a certain type of strength to make it work. Good luck.
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Old 12-19-2016, 12:28 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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I think every kid should take the ASVAB, if for no other reason than to see how their schools have failed anyone not going to college.
I can see that.

Where we live today we are fairly close to a state university campus, some social events we attend include college students. I am bit amazed to see so many young adults going to college to explore topics, without any notion of what they want to do for a living when they 'finish' their degree. Last night we hosted a potluck supper and one young lady we got to talking to is in her fourth year pursuing a B.A. as a Social Worker. It is going to take her a fifth year before she can finish all of the internships required. But instead seeking employment as a Social Worker, she told us that she wants to start working towards a Masters in Environmental Studies / Climate Change. When she was asked what she would be doing with a B.A. in Social Work and a M.A. in Climate Change, she has no idea. She will have $150k in student loan debt, and no plan for a job.

If people took a Vocational Aptitude test to give them an idea of what kind of career path they might be well suited for, I can see where there would be a benefit.

Instead of blindly wandering around accumulating debt.
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Old 12-19-2016, 12:31 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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Most high schools provide testing for vocational interests.

OP, did you do that and what were the recommendations?
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Old 12-19-2016, 12:34 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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My experience after 9 years navy:

Either get married or join the service as enlisted, but not both.
I agree with this. We were pregnant with #2 and married in a hurry in Nove and he left for the Army in jan with neither of us having a plan ( short or long term). NOT a good idea.

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I firmly believe in the ASVAB.

People ask: "What is a good job in the military"? I think that every job could be a good job for someone.

The 'best' job for me is different from what the best job for you might be.

Allow the ASVAB to match you to jobs that might suit you.
Dh took the ASVAB and it told him he should have a very different job than they gave him

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The bad thing about taking the ASVAB first, you're pretty much involved with a recruiter at that point. Remember they're salespeople. There to shove you in the job that has the most openings. (for the most part) They have quotas. They're looking to get promoted by as many enlistments as possible. I really think someone should have a solid idea of what they want (and from what branch) before they see the recruiter. And have your first second and third choices ready.

Also, I think there are studies...at least, when I was in Marine basic the Chaplain told us (and I'm probably not accurate on the exact statistics but it was something like this) "within a year, 70% of you will be married. Of that number, 50% of you haven't even met him yet." True for me.
They are 110% sharks that dont care about anything or anyone. Dh was supposed to lose weight to get in and they squeezed him by toying with his numbers. There were bigger circumstances that screamed he shouldnt have been allowed to go in and we didnt find out until later from G.I.Rights that we should have run far, far away.
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Old 12-19-2016, 09:13 PM
 
Location: Eugene, Oregon
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I am a 18-year-old female looking to join the military. I know a lot about each branch but I'm not sure which one to join. I'm engaged to be married sometime in 2017 and I would like a good life for my fiancee and I.

I like working out and running and I want to travel the world and serve my country.

I also want to do 20 years or MORE in the military. Based on your knowledge and experience, which branch is the best for me? Thank you.
When I was in the Military, the majority of marriages of those serving in my company, failed. Plans to both join the Military and get married in the same year, seem like a non sequitur to me. But there may be an option for a couple to enlist and to be stationed together after training, if it is possible. But it is not an absolute guarantee, if both of your specialties aren't needed at an available assignment.
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Old 12-19-2016, 11:18 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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Young military marriages (as with young marriages in general) are generally more prone to failure than military marriages that begin later in life. Military marriages require a certain threshold of flexibility, resilience, and maturity in order to be successful, and many very young people aren't there, yet, maturity-wise. Many more military members opt to marry young and start families right away than hold off, though. Most servicemembers who do marry older are not on their first marriage. Lots of "yours, mine, ours" situations due to failed young marriages in the military. My husband had been enlisted 12 years (and was 40) when we got engaged (neither of us ever married), and we are extreme anomalies within any military community we've been in, in that regard.
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