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Considering joining the military

Hey guys, I was wondering if you could provide any information for each branch. I did some research ,and it seems like I would most likely prefer to be to in the navy. I know its a huge decision so I want to look at every possibility before I even walk into a recruitment office, even if its just for informational purposes. I have heard many stories , but it seems they are all dependent on whatever position a person takes within the military. Anyways any help would be appreciated.

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Re: Considering joining the military

just remember if you pick navy you could be on a boat for extended periods of time. If that isn't an issue for you, go for it. There are many other areas in the navy also though.

My personal preference is Air Force but that is because that is what my dad was in. I wouldn't be able to be a pilot though because I can't see that great.

Just remember that each branch isn't just what it sounds like. i.e. navy isn't all boats, army isn't all tanks and infantry, AF isn't all flying, and the Marines are not all spec.ops.

Do you have an area you are most interested in? Do you know what you want to do after you serve? Do you want to make the military your career?

The army right now is giving a 45k bonus after your service towards a home or job (at least that is what the adds say). Each one gives perks. I'm not sure which one has the best deal.

Also don't forget about the Coast Guard, National Guard, Air national guard, and reserves.

I respect anyone that has gone through the military even though I never have.

tldr: what do you want to do? what are your interests outside of the military?


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Something to keep in mind, no matter what you hear from a recruitment officer, don't trust it. Most will tell the truth, at least a shade of truth. However, plenty of them will lie.

Also for things like recruitment bonuses, tuition reimbursement, etc...keep in mind, most of those oft quoted figures are for VERY specific circumstances (long service, career, specific specialties, etc). Ususally with just a 4 year hitch you don't qualify for some of it or if you do it is a small amount of that magical number they wave in your face. So they might wave $20,000 in tuition reimbursement under your nose only to find out that you only qualify for $4,000 in reimbursement (I made it up, but it is a semi-valid example).
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once this girl i knew believed her recruiter when he said "if you dont like basic training, just tell them and they will let you go home"


but air force is the best it seems for family and no boat.


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Re: Considering joining the military

Well right now I currently work in IT. I know its a crowded field but I want to do something with electronics. I also want to find a position that isnt too crowded so I can at least move up the ranks pretty quickly in comparison to a position with less opportunities where I can be stuck in the same class till someone retires early on.

I also want to be stationed in a different country. I have always wanted to travel outside the country to a place like germany , poland, japan , or australia.

I am trying to keep my options open though.

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i would really enjoy being a predator pilot but I heard it is quite a big ladder you have to climb to be able to do it. you should request an electronics type position when going through the process. That will build your resume even more and give you valuable experience if you are put in that role.

it sounds like you are wanting to make a career out of this. best of luck and don't agree to any real long agreements in the case that you don't like what you are doing.


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I hope this is something you really want to do. It appears that you have a career job and your bored with it? I also respect anyone that joins the military and serves their country protecting the freedom that I'm to scared to fight for myself, but make sure this is what you want. Many people that I went to school with joined the military to do something with their lives, because they had no clue what to do when they turned 20. I have 2 friends that have done 2 tours in Iraq and they hated it. One was involved in a tank explosion and suffered the least of damages (many of the men aboard the tank lost appendages), and the other just fought. Once their term is up they are out of the military and have no desire of a resigning. They hated going to Iraq in general and being away from the people they loved. They also said the only money that is pretty much promised to you is all the pay you get when you are in Iraq or Afganistan. They would get combat pay, family leave pay, overseas pay, and the list goes on. They said they made great TAX FREE MONEY, but it was scary not knowing if you were gonna get to return home. We all know that you never know when you're going to die, but being in Iraq definitely increased those chances of death.

I watched an episode of "Intervention" last Monday night that had a guy on their that did two tours in Iraq. He was all sorts of messed up when he returned home, because his drill sargeant got shrapnal to the knee and hit the main artery and he bled out the day before he was supposed to come home. The guy was upset because he was so young and didn't have a family though his superior had a wife and children to return home to. Just make sure that as long as we're in Iraq there's always that chance of having to go overseas.

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yea the mental problems some (most (i don't know how many)) the troops are coming home with really needs to be addressed by someone


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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_Force_Cyber_Command

Or anything in the medical career fields.


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see the name just sounds soo bad-ass. AIR FORCE CYBER COMMAND


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