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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-20-2009, 11:19 PM Thread Starter
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Getting in the Air Force, but I can't decide if I should go all out and join the USAF, or join the Air Guard so I can go to school, or ROTC to go to school and get in the Airforce as an officer.
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Re: USAF,ANG,or ROTC

Short and simple ROTC if you just want to be an officier. If you want to fly, ANG then go to college, then apply for OTS. Going active duty will slow the procces of finishing your schooling down. You can get it done, but the other 2 options are faster.


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What are your goals? Why the military? Are you ready for things to POSSIBLY not go your way? Do you adapt well? Are you willing to die?

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My goal in life is pretty simple just do something I'm good at and keep the standard of living I'm used to. Problem is I have no idea what I'm good at, and no idea where my interests lie. My goal for the military was pretty simple money for school or an easy exit. Right now since I have been waiting since march to get in because apparently there getting full and other medical check set backs I have begun to second guess my choice and reason for doing it in the first place. I wish I knew what I was good at so I could just find a job that relates to that. I hear that trying to do schooling while in was rather difficult because of work schedule and possible deployment. I also heard that being an officer was a good career, but I figure if I'm going to do four years of school I mine as well stay where I'm at because then there would be no real incentive to join unless I was doing something in aviation. Then as far as Guard I would do that if I was going to school, but I don't want to waste a whole year on training and basic unless I really had too.
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Schooling is by far THE WORSE reason for joining the military. I am a huge go getter. I put a lot into what I do, and it took me 4 years to get an Associates and over 8 years to get a Bachelors!!!
And those that join for school end up hating the military because they feel like they cant do what they want. They don't realize that just because their supervisor is not letting them go to school, doesn't mean the whole world is out to get them. They think going to school is their right and that the military is terrible because they are unable too get their degree. The military is not mean to get a person schooling, it is meant to defend the country and so many people that join thinking they will end up with a degree have a horrible 4-6 years and give nothing to the real reason they were SUPPOSE to join...to serve their country.
School is just a POSSIBLE by-product of being in the military. It is not, and never should be, a reason to join.

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Ohh, and you don't have to have a job you are good at. Thats the best part of the military, you need absolutely ZERO skill to do a job prior to doing it. They will provide all of the schooling needed to have a successful career in what ever you want to do. Choose a job that you think you would enjoy and want to learn about.

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Ohh, and you don't have to have a job you are good at. Thats the best part of the military, you need absolutely ZERO skill to do a job prior to doing it. They will provide all of the schooling needed to have a successful career in what ever you want to do. Choose a job that you think you would enjoy and want to learn about.
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Well certain jobs require a high score on your ASVAB to join. But other than that your set. This can also be a disadvantage as every now and then you get the airman that just joined who doesn’t give a shit about the job he chose.


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if school isnt the reason the join the military they need to stop running all those adds where they play up the part that they pay for your tuition...i know about 25% of my highschool class went for that reason


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Well this is my experience but as activity duty in the base I was stationed almost everyone in my shop went to school. My boss would even let some people take classes during work. I guess it just comes down to each shop/job on how much time you have for school.


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If you know what you want to do later in life (IE post military) or else you want to be an officer then going to school and doing ROTC is your best bet. Well, I guess really your best bet is the Airforce academy, but taking a wild guess I'd say less then 1 in 4 officers in the Airforce graduated from the academy, the rest are ROTC or OTS.

Also if you want to be an officer, joining up and planning on OTS later isn't a guarantee, you have to get a recommendation for it. Of course you can wash out of either ROTC or OTS, but ROTC is easier to get in to then OTS is (from what I have heard).

From everything I have heard, the education benifit while serving is pretty good, but mustering out benifit for education can suck badly. So if your plan is to do 4 years and then go to college be prepared to be underwhelmed by how much the military will pay for once you're out.
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