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Old 11-02-2017, 07:47 AM
 
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I have spent my lifetime attached in some way to the military. I would recommend it as a career. My advice would be to join as an officer. The Air Force is a cut above as mentioned earlier in this thread.
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Old 11-02-2017, 07:59 AM
 
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Don't be embarrassed or ashamed. You are trying to find where you fit in life, growing up, taking on more responsibilities etc... You are trying to improve yourself.

This is commendable.

In fact you sound very similar to myself when I was your age.

I took a semester off of college and joined the air national guard. I used the semester off and had boot camp and tech school and initial on station training all lined up to be completed before the next fall semester started.

For me it worked out great. I was an aircraft mechanic and loved it. I went from being about a 2.6 student pre air force to like a 3.6 student after I returned. I only wish I was so academically focused my entire college career. Now I'm in a white collar civilian career that has nothing to do with aircraft maintenance but I very fondly look back at my 6 years and think it's the best and most rewarding job I've ever had. I learned many life lessons and I think it helped me to grow as a person and gave me successful habits and attitudes.

Looking back, I wonder how things would have turned out if I had gone active duty instead of the air guard and if I would still be in or not. I didn't know much at the time I enlisted but I think now knowing more, I would have loved a job as aircrew. I would have really liked a job like loadmaster.

Your mileage may vary but your on the right track. Keep asking questions and we will offer advice
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Old 11-02-2017, 08:56 AM
 
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To everyone..can't stress how grateful I am for all the feedback, I was honestly not expecting this much advice and guidance.

Unfortunately, I will have to get back to everyone tomorrow as my day is packed today and I want to take the time to reply.

Thanks again, really feeling much better because of you all and have already begun letting my family know I might be serious about enlisting and they've been supportive.
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Old 11-02-2017, 09:57 AM
 
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To everyone..can't stress how grateful I am for all the feedback, I was honestly not expecting this much advice and guidance.

Unfortunately, I will have to get back to everyone tomorrow as my day is packed today and I want to take the time to reply.

Thanks again, really feeling much better because of you all and have already begun letting my family know I might be serious about enlisting and they've been supportive.
You're welcome.


I know this goes without saying to many who have posted in here.... But here goes anyway.

With all the happy advice out of the way..,,,
If you are interested in joining the military, regardless of what branch, what component and what job, make sure it's something you believe in, and are willing to commit to.


You are signing a contract to give up a significant portion of your personal decision making and will be at the mercy of others. You give up freedoms in one way or another, you are part of something bigger than yourself, you are entrusted with responsibility and others will depend upon you.

If you can handle that, then great go for it. But you have to understand what it's about. There will be good days and bad days just like every job but you have to understand that and commit to it knowing what your getting into and signing up for. On the flip side, if you sign up for the right reasons and love America and believe in what you are doing it will probably be the most rewarding thing you will ever do.
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Old 11-02-2017, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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I have spent my lifetime attached in some way to the military. I would recommend it as a career. My advice would be to join as an officer. The Air Force is a cut above as mentioned earlier in this thread.
I'm going to agree on the AF (career Army here).....but the other services may provide options as well......don't limit your vision.
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Old 11-02-2017, 02:37 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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To everyone..can't stress how grateful I am for all the feedback, I was honestly not expecting this much advice and guidance.

Unfortunately, I will have to get back to everyone tomorrow as my day is packed today and I want to take the time to reply.

Thanks again, really feeling much better because of you all and have already begun letting my family know I might be serious about enlisting and they've been supportive.
LOL. I remember the call to my parents telling them I enlisted and it's too late, can't change my mind or they'll send me to prison......they were happy for me and still to this day tell me what a great decision it ended up being for my situation. But unfortunately for thousands of our Brothers in Arms, the lost their lives after enlisting. Also, there are so many who weren't made for the military - too autonomous and unable to follow instructions, directions of others and couldn't "play the game".....and were weeded out or left. At least they gave it a go and served.
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Old 11-02-2017, 03:13 PM
 
Location: Central Massachusetts
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In the army as you progress say in the mechanic field. You might start off being a wheeled vehicle repairer but as you get more rank they will add in track vehicle repair and even supply courses that you will need to take. This is all in progression. Your job specialty might start of as say using the army codes. 91B as a wheeled vehicle then you would make E6 and become 91H. Then becoming an E7 your MOS would be 91X going further up to E8 you become 91Z and if you put on First Sergeant rank you would add an identifier of 91Z4M. All the while still remaining a mechanic you get additional skills that round out your career.
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Old 11-02-2017, 05:12 PM
 
Location: East Helena, MT
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Hey OP, I was just like you. I completed a year of technical school, and wanted to do something "cool", I was tired of school, and didn't want "just some job".


Here is my advice, talk to all 5 branches (don't forget the Coast Guard), AFTER you take the ASVAB. Until you take it, they won't have any idea what job you qualify for, trust me once you have that ASVAB score, they will be really motivated.


Each branch has their own strengths and weaknesses, but all are better than not serving.


In my case, the Navy offered me Aviation Mechanic, the other branches offered me jobs that were desk type jobs, and I hate just sitting around.


DO NOT FALL FOR THE UNDESIGNATED TRAP!!!!!!!!!!!! If they can't offer you a job, walk. Yes, the jobs they offer will be based on needs, but each branch has their own needs.


I will give you my honest opinion of each branch.


Navy, you are guaranteed to travel, and see the world. No matter ship or submarine, or aviation like I was, at some point in your career you will be deployed, and get to travel the world while being paid. I have been to Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Israel, UAE, Virgin Islands, Turkey, and Puerto Rico. Advancement is based on your knowledge of your field, not volunteering. Navy want brains, not bronze, so your physical condition doesn't really play into it, unless your weight is over standards. Navy has a VERY relaxed command structure, on a ship, you are a family of shipmates, you don't salute in doors or on the deck of a ship underway.


Coast Guard, you get to stay in the US, and you have very good duty stations, like Miami. It is easier to move up. You NEVER have to worry about being deployed to a combat zone.


Air Force. You have very good living conditions, but is some jobs, it is very hard to move up. Some bases are in the middle of no where, and serving overseas for some jobs is very difficult to get.


Army, lots of advancement opportunities. Some bases are huge, which is a pain in the butt(traffic is horrible). Some jobs are very boring. There have been issues with horrible management(officers who think they are God and treat their troops like garbage).


Marines, lots of cool jobs, and lots of cool training opportunities. For example, in the Army, only Rangers and Special Forces train in the water, like storming a beach, in the Marines, all Infantry can be assigned to amphibious assault. The biggest negative, is advancement is linked to how well you shoot, and your physical condition. Being a "great Marine" can make up for a lack in technical knowledge.


In both the Army, and Marines, at any time, you can be assigned to Infantry if needed. One of my friends was an Electronics Repair Technician in the Marines, until he got to Iraq. They gave him a rifle, and assigned him to an Infantry Combat Team. He didn't touch a single radio for a year.
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Old 11-02-2017, 08:20 PM
 
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Hey OP, I was just like you. I completed a year of technical school, and wanted to do something "cool", I was tired of school, and didn't want "just some job".


Here is my advice, talk to all 5 branches (don't forget the Coast Guard), AFTER you take the ASVAB. Until you take it, they won't have any idea what job you qualify for, trust me once you have that ASVAB score, they will be really motivated.


Each branch has their own strengths and weaknesses, but all are better than not serving.


In my case, the Navy offered me Aviation Mechanic, the other branches offered me jobs that were desk type jobs, and I hate just sitting around.


DO NOT FALL FOR THE UNDESIGNATED TRAP!!!!!!!!!!!! If they can't offer you a job, walk. Yes, the jobs they offer will be based on needs, but each branch has their own needs.


I will give you my honest opinion of each branch.


Navy, you are guaranteed to travel, and see the world. No matter ship or submarine, or aviation like I was, at some point in your career you will be deployed, and get to travel the world while being paid. I have been to Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Israel, UAE, Virgin Islands, Turkey, and Puerto Rico. Advancement is based on your knowledge of your field, not volunteering. Navy want brains, not bronze, so your physical condition doesn't really play into it, unless your weight is over standards. Navy has a VERY relaxed command structure, on a ship, you are a family of shipmates, you don't salute in doors or on the deck of a ship underway.


Coast Guard, you get to stay in the US, and you have very good duty stations, like Miami. It is easier to move up. You NEVER have to worry about being deployed to a combat zone.


Air Force. You have very good living conditions, but is some jobs, it is very hard to move up. Some bases are in the middle of no where, and serving overseas for some jobs is very difficult to get.


Army, lots of advancement opportunities. Some bases are huge, which is a pain in the butt(traffic is horrible). Some jobs are very boring. There have been issues with horrible management(officers who think they are God and treat their troops like garbage).


Marines, lots of cool jobs, and lots of cool training opportunities. For example, in the Army, only Rangers and Special Forces train in the water, like storming a beach, in the Marines, all Infantry can be assigned to amphibious assault. The biggest negative, is advancement is linked to how well you shoot, and your physical condition. Being a "great Marine" can make up for a lack in technical knowledge.


In both the Army, and Marines, at any time, you can be assigned to Infantry if needed. One of my friends was an Electronics Repair Technician in the Marines, until he got to Iraq. They gave him a rifle, and assigned him to an Infantry Combat Team. He didn't touch a single radio for a year.
This poster has done a great service on this post. Great honest descriptions here. I can agree 100%
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Old 11-02-2017, 09:42 PM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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In both the Army, and Marines, at any time, you can be assigned to Infantry if needed.
I never saw that in my 22+ years continuous active duty Army service.

I did see a few infantry soldiers with medical issues (back injury, knee problems etc.) which were allowed to seek assignments into other MOS's.
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