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Old 01-14-2009, 10:45 PM
 
Location: Near L.A.
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Okay, here goes: I am 22, recently out of college with a B.A., and living in a state becoming synonomous with unemployment, Kentucky. I have sent out approximately 175 resumes and applications to various employers in KY and throughout the U.S.; only landed two interviews, both in KY, and zilch. So here I am, stuck with a liberal arts degree working retail.

I have long loved my country and have flirted with the thought of joining the service after college, although I never seriously thought and prayed about it. Well, now I am, for both love of country and need of income.

Additionally, I would like to (1) attend Officer Candidacy School after basic training and (2) fund my grad school education in a couple of years without breaking the wallet or incurring massive debt. I figure that the divided sign-on bonus payments and pay from basic training, monthly drill, and monthly payments of $326 (or less) will help alleviate much of the burden. I would like to pursue two Master's degrees, one in City and Regional Planning and the other an MBA.

I'm sure I'll have more questions later, but I'd like to get a better feel from people with experience in each. I have a buddy at work really pushing the Army NG, and I like what I see; however, my mother served in the Army and my brother is in the Air Force ROTC, so I'm inclined to choose Navy just to "blaze my own path," per se, and to have more opportunities to visit more places throughout the world (i.e.: Japan, Middle East) during my two-week summer training sessions.

Okay, I'll stop for now. Thanks!

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Old 01-15-2009, 04:22 PM
 
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What did you see that you liked in the army? Best odds of becoming an officer in the Army...You're right about the Navy, almost guaranteed to "see the world"...Odds are high that Air Force that you'd have the best quality of and easiest military life...

Need more info of what your goals are/what's important to you...
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Old 11-10-2009, 09:39 AM
 
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Well I can speak from the Navy Reserve side being that I have spent the last 4.4 years enlisted. One will definitely see the world in the Navy. My unit goes to Japan, Singapore, Australia, S Korea, and Thailand for our annual 2 week training. I have friends in the National Guard and Army Reserve, and they do not go anywhere special. While the travel is good in the Navy, the Navy does not offer as many benefits currently as the Army and National Guard. No tuition assistance, signing bonuses aren't as big, no student loan repayment. It is also more difficult to become an Officer in the Navy than the Army right now. If you enlist first expect to wait at least a couple years before applying to become an Officer. I have no regrets joining the Navy Reserve; the Navy is much more of my style. I have had the opportunity to see the world, make some easy extra money, and enjoy countless benefits.
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Old 11-11-2009, 05:39 PM
 
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Reality of the day. As crazy as it sounds, you'll have more of a chance deploying in the Guard than in the Navy reserve. If the Navy reserves is like the Marine reserves, you increase your chances of becoming an officer by joining the reserves.
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Old 11-11-2009, 05:42 PM
 
Location: Where there is too much snow!
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Reality of the day. As crazy as it sounds, you'll have more of a chance deploying in the Guard than in the Navy reserve. If the Navy reserves is like the Marine reserves, you increase your chances of becoming an officer by joining the reserves.
I'm a retired Naval Reserves with almost 7 yrs of active duty service and they is correct in what thier saying. You'll have a greater chance in the Naval Reserves. Go for it.
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Old 07-21-2018, 09:41 AM
 
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I agree with TheJagMan. As a retired career USAF and Air National Guard officer, I think your chances of having a career that you will enjoy are generally better. If travel is an important factor, the Navy would also be a player.
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Old 07-21-2018, 11:51 AM
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Location: Wasilla, AK
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I agree with TheJagMan. As a retired career USAF and Air National Guard officer, I think your chances of having a career that you will enjoy are generally better. If travel is an important factor, the Navy would also be a player.

This thread is almost 10 years old.
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Old 07-21-2018, 06:38 PM
 
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since some online forums are over 15 years old, someday someone will bump a 20-year old "what service to join" thread, to report their retirement.
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Old 07-23-2018, 05:51 AM
 
Location: The Commonwealth of Virginia
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So do we have any idea of what the guy did?

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