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Old 03-21-2015, 07:05 PM
 
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Who just wants some military experience that he can put down on a resume and make himself more marketable. No going to fight wars but just a little military training. Maybe just a few days of experience. That's all.
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Old 03-21-2015, 07:06 PM
 
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This doesn't even warrant a response in answer.
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Old 03-21-2015, 07:20 PM
 
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A 'coward' can join any branch really.

Every military branch has a ton of non combat jobs, more military support jobs than actual infantry or combat arms.

The percentage that actually sees direct action combat is probably quite low in comparison to the total number of troops.

Granted any personnel can be sent to a hot zone, but let's face it, if you're something like a mess specialist and get sent to Baghdad, you're gonna be a fobbit and not be going outside the wire to do things like patrols.

But to be really safe I'd say Navy, get assigned to a ship and that's as safe as it gets. Or duty in some safe base/country.
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Old 03-21-2015, 07:22 PM
 
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Who just wants some military experience that he can put down on a resume and make himself more marketable. No going to fight wars but just a little military training. Maybe just a few days of experience. That's all.

None and you cannot get "just a few days" experience to put on a resume.
Find something else to make your resume look shiny and pretty.
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Old 03-21-2015, 07:23 PM
 
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A 'coward' can join any branch really.

Every military branch has a ton of non combat jobs, more military support jobs than actual infantry or combat arms.

The percentage that actually sees direct action combat is probably quite low in comparison to the total number of troops.

Granted any personnel can be sent to a hot zone, but let's face it, if you're something like a mess specialist and get sent to Baghdad, you're gonna be a fobbit and not be going outside the wire to do things like patrols.

But to be really safe I'd say Navy, get assigned to a ship and that's as safe as it gets. Or duty in some safe base/country.

Did you miss the "Just a few days experience" part of the original post?
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Old 03-21-2015, 07:30 PM
 
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Well, maybe he's just trying to be honest. I'm reading that as "I don't want to die, I just want some job training". I can understand that.

We have a recent enlister in the family and have discovered you can't always get a guarantee on the job you'll have. I imagine, if you can enlist with a bonus for a particular career field, then you'll be pretty much guaranteed to get that, if you complete the requirements (pass the school, etc).

I would call every recruiter (each branch of service) and ask if there are any enlistment bonuses available. The way the military is drawing down some there may not be anything. Also, bonuses are available per <specific period of time> maybe quarterly. So if they say there's a bonus today, it might not be available next month. So if there's something that grabs you, ask what the time frame of availability is. Take notes and keep track of what they tell you. Don't pick something strictly because of the bonus. Big mistake. You want something that you'll be satisfied with and also something that translates to civilian work (resume stuff). I got stuck in ejection seat maintenance and I have to say, there's not much call for that on the outside.

So the next thing you can do is take the ASVAB. The better you do, the more fields you'll qualify for. There are study guides available to improve your score, fyi. You don't have to sign up for anything to take the ASVAB. You need paperwork to get you in so you'll still have to see the recruiter.

There are a lot of support jobs (supply, vehicle maintenance, finance, services which includes food service as well as mortuary services, aviation operations, intelligence, etc) but remember, you'll be required to qualify with weapons and you still might deploy. But, if you're fixing vehicles, you won't be out there on patrol.

I'm learning that the Army really has no real job outside of combat operations as best I can tell. That is, they exist to be in theatre. Like the Army base in Hawaii is called Schofield Barracks. Took me a while to realize it's just a place to stage the troops.

The Navy will usually put you on a boat. Marine aviation will get you on a boat, too, with fighters. Cargo planes don't go on boats. Air Force flies. Period. There's everything that supports the flyers. Medical included with the other things I already listed.

Sorry this is so long. Hopefully, if you were serious, this might give you some ideas. Or maybe someone got something out of this. Being scared isn't terrible. One thing's for sure. You have no idea what you are capable of until you go to basic training! You might not even be a coward!

HAHAHA While I typed all that 3 more people replied. I'm so slow!
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Old 03-21-2015, 07:33 PM
 
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Did you miss the "Just a few days experience" part of the original post?
I missed that.
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Old 03-21-2015, 07:48 PM
 
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Can you join the Air Force and be in a role where you never fly a plane?


The previous advice was helpful thanks to all.
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Old 03-21-2015, 08:07 PM
 
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Can you join the Air Force and be in a role where you never fly a plane?


The previous advice was helpful thanks to all.
Yes, they have all manner of ground jobs. I was a AF Electronics Tech installing and repairing land line communication equipment at bases worldwide. It was a 4 year enlistment with a total of 48 weeks technical training ( 3 different times). There are ground jobs servicing aircraft. Also all manner of clerical positions. Led to a 30 year civilian career that paid well.

Check the list of careers here: Careers in the Air Force - airforce.com
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Old 03-21-2015, 08:20 PM
 
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Can you join the Air Force and be in a role where you never fly a plane?
To answer your question yes, you can join the AF and never fly a plane?

Also, please take this as a kindness, but do everyone a favor and NEVER join ANY military branch. In any country. Just don't. Trust me on this.
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