Enlisting in the Millitary in a Year

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    Dec 15, 2010 8:12 AM GMT
    SO i'll be graduating in year from college. Its crossed my mind several times about serving in the milltary. I decided to enlist after i graduate the only problem is which branch to choose. I'm asking all the men who served or are serving which branch they would reccomend?
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    Dec 15, 2010 8:25 AM GMT
    It depends on the reason. Tell us more about yourself. Your personal interests. Your college degree. Reasons you want to join. What you expect to get out of military service. And any particular branch you're leaning towards, and the reason why.
  • YAAD2000

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    Dec 15, 2010 11:48 AM GMT
    I retired from The US Air Force. Was a medic. AF tends to take care of their people better, better housing and on base facilities. Besides army and marines are front line troops, Air Force can blow things up miles away. As for the Navy, love seamen but get sea sick LOL
  • JayneCobb

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    Dec 15, 2010 11:56 AM GMT
    I looked into all branches and ultimately chose Army. It's a mixed bag and Army tends to sit in the middle of all the scales regarding who treats their soldiers the best, pay grade, advancement opportunities, and career choices. I'm not going to slander any other branch but for me Army was the best decision and the most stable/reliable..

    I went into the Army National Guard so I could still attend college, get paid for it, and train all at the same time. Through the course I was offered the opportunity for Officer training and I snatched that right up. I don't know in many other branches the advancement options but I can't imagine many other Privates being offered OCS after 2 years.

    Choose your MOS wisely. Being a grunt sounds like a blast - and don't get me wrong sometimes it is - and it's always glamorized in the movies, but Infantry isn't always the best fit for everyone. I had my pick of any job I wanted and I picked grunt and loved it but with the whole OCS training I got to reconsider my options and I'm POGing out. Choosing a nice warm bed over the foxhole seemed like a better idea.

    Also if you've got your degree don't enlist - poor life decision. Head through Officer training. Thats where the money, benefits, and perks are at.
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    Dec 15, 2010 11:58 AM GMT
    Air Force all the way and if you have your degree why enlist? Go to OTS and become an officer.....hope this helps
  • ohioguy12

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    Dec 15, 2010 4:00 PM GMT
    I agree, I should have enlisted, but didn't. I would join the Navy personally, a lot of hot guys on a ship for months at a time, you can't beat that icon_wink.gif

    jk
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    Dec 15, 2010 6:24 PM GMT
    Like a couple of posts have said it depends on what you want to get out of your experience. I wanted to push myself physically and do things I couldn't do in the civilian world. I was in the 82nd. Abn. and Special Forces. Because I had very high test scores the recruters tried to get me to sign up for highly technical jobs that would have required almost two years of school. I could go to school in the civilian world and not have to put up with the military BS., so I turned that down.
    Officers get better treatment and pay but they don't go through the tough training that I was looking for.
    If your looking to kick ass and having a tough solders life doesn't bother you I'd recommend Army Airborne (82nd Abn,S.F.,Rangers) If your looking for an air conditioned office with a 9 to 5 workday I'd go with the Airforce, less military, better living conditions.

    FYI.
    As homophobic as the military is I had the best (non sexual), physical relationships with other, supposedly straight, men that I have ever had. All the physical contact would seem gay in the civilan world but I guess it is just looked at as "male bonding"icon_smile.gif in the military. Just keep your hands off your buddys junk and almost anything else (not obviously sexual) is cool. I can't say this attitude is the same all through the military but it was my experience.
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    Dec 15, 2010 6:41 PM GMT
    suitmeup said
    As homophobic as the military is I had the best (non sexual), physical relationships with other, supposedly straight, men that I have ever had. All the physical contact would seem gay in the civilan world but I guess it is just looked at as "male bonding"icon_smile.gif in the military. Just keep your hands off your buddys junk and almost anything else (not obviously sexual) is cool. I can't say this attitude is the same all through the military but it was my experience.



  • sea_buddy

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    Dec 15, 2010 6:57 PM GMT
    Hey, could I piggyback on this?

    I'm graduating from a nursing program in May, and I'm heavily looking into joining the military, probably the Navy but I'm open minded here. Any opinions about which branch or medical life in the military?
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    Dec 15, 2010 8:20 PM GMT
    sea_buddy saidHey, could I piggyback on this?

    I'm graduating from a nursing program in May, and I'm heavily looking into joining the military, probably the Navy but I'm open minded here. Any opinions about which branch or medical life in the military?


    The Air Force is actually looking into commissioning enlisted Airmen into their nursing program. So if your really serious I would talk to a recruiter and see if they could offer you a commission for nursing.
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    Dec 15, 2010 10:14 PM GMT
    xrichx saidIt depends on the reason. Tell us more about yourself. Your personal interests. Your college degree. Reasons you want to join. What you expect to get out of military service. And any particular branch you're leaning towards, and the reason why.


    Its more honor. Because two of my great grandpas were navajo code talkers, cousin is in the marines, aunt was in the navy, uncle was in the army. My degree is in automotive mechincal/automotive body. I also heard its a good way to see the globe. I'm leaning toward the marines and navy (even though the marines are a department of the navy).
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    Dec 15, 2010 10:32 PM GMT
    If you want to utilize your college degree, then any of the Services will have plenty of opportunities in logistics and maintenance. You're obviously a technical guy with that degree - the question is whether you want to be more "hands on" actually turning the wrenches - or be the guy managing (leading) the wrench-turners. That would be the difference between enlisted and officer, respectively.

    With a college degree in-hand, like most here I'd advise the officer route (and in full disclosure I've spent my entire time in as an "O"). Pay is better, opportunities for advanced degrees/schooling abound, and you generally have better living conditions.

    There's also another "level" that has not been discussed yet, and that's the Warrant Officer route. While I *think* every service has them, the Army by far has the largest and most utilized WO Corps. In the Army, these are the guys that are our "Technical Specialists" - kind of a hybrid officer where you get to do the hands-on "fun stuff" like the enlisted, yet get better pay (and more responsibility) then most enlisted. Yet you also don't have all the paperwork and bureaucratic headaches of a Commissioned Officer.
  • bchbum

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    Dec 15, 2010 11:01 PM GMT
    sea_buddy saidHey, could I piggyback on this?

    I'm graduating from a nursing program in May, and I'm heavily looking into joining the military, probably the Navy but I'm open minded here. Any opinions about which branch or medical life in the military?


    Depends on what kind of nursing program you are in. If you are in a BSN track then go get your comission. Any branch really, an Army nurse will deploy more often to not so great places.
  • bchbum

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    Dec 15, 2010 11:09 PM GMT
    With the economy in the crapper right now, it is pretty hard to get in directly via OCS/OTS, unless your grades are stellar, or you have a degree the military considers in demand (engineering is the most in demand). If you're looking to be "hard core" then enlist in the Marines or Army Infantry. But, it can be pretty tough depending on the shape you currently are in. My suggestion is get the "hard core" bit out of your system, and then apply for OCS/OTS that way. Infantry training is pretty demanding, and your body will break down. If you decide to go that route, make sure you are doing something you really want to do because you may not get picked up. No matter what you decide to do, or what branch you decide to join, I suggest you start running. Marines have a 3 mile run, Pullups, and I believe Situps in their PT test. Army has a 2 mile run, 2 mins of pushups, and 2 mins of situps (although they've been talking about changing that for nearly a decade now), and the Air Force requires you to run 1.5 miles, 1 min of pushups, and 1 min of crunches. And that is just for the test. You will be doing a lot of running, calisthentics, road marching (with 35 lbs on your back in combat boots), and myriad other "stresses". With all that being said. The military is a great experience and looking back those were some of the best days of my life. It does look a lot better in hindsight though...lol.
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    Dec 16, 2010 5:54 AM GMT
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    xrichx saidIt depends on the reason. Tell us more about yourself. Your personal interests. Your college degree. Reasons you want to join. What you expect to get out of military service. And any particular branch you're leaning towards, and the reason why.

    Its more honor. Because two of my great grandpas were navajo code talkers, cousin is in the marines, aunt was in the navy, uncle was in the army. My degree is in automotive mechincal/automotive body. I also heard its a good way to see the globe. I'm leaning toward the marines and navy (even though the marines are a department of the navy).

    If you're doing it for travel, then go for the Navy. Only downside is that you're on float for a long time. If you're not too keen on tight living conditions, then maybe not a good idea. Army is good. I think you'll have more of an opportunity to apply what you learned for your degree. Plus, there are bases all over the world. Marines Corps is cool. But mostly combat related MOS's. Also, heavy emphasis on physical fitness. If you can't PT, then don't bother.

    I think you should talk to each of your relatives. Ask them for advice. I'm sure they'll give you better information and what to expect.
  • Webster666

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    Dec 16, 2010 5:56 AM GMT
    I'd be most concerned about coming home in a box...
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    Dec 16, 2010 5:57 AM GMT
    sea_buddy saidHey, could I piggyback on this?

    I'm graduating from a nursing program in May, and I'm heavily looking into joining the military, probably the Navy but I'm open minded here. Any opinions about which branch or medical life in the military?

    Air Force is probably the best route to take. But if you want a little "adventure", then join the Navy and become a Navy Corpsman.
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    Dec 16, 2010 6:04 AM GMT
    Well the Airforce definitely will take care of their people better...and in the Army we would make fun of how much "cushier" they lived. I think every soldier has an airforce joke
    Airforce and Navy as far as if you get in the secret side of things would take you furthest as far as cool jobs when you get out, since they have the best technology.
    If you just want to be a no brain ground pounder marines.

    I always wish I joined the coast guard for some reason

    It will be the best decision of your life.
    It will make a man out of you
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    Dec 16, 2010 6:34 AM GMT
    I wish I had joined the coast guard also, their bases locations seem to be a bit more tropical, which is great for unwinding after work.
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    Dec 18, 2010 2:14 AM GMT
    I won't lie, at times the army will treat you like shit, and put you through things so pointless that you just simply get frustrated, but if you're smart about your plans and fully think this out, you can make the most out of any branch.

    Consider what you want to do in life and decide how a particular branch can provide that for you. What am I getting out of the army? 20,000 dollar bonus, HAZMAT qualifications, school benefits, medical and tons of Department of defense contacts and thanks to my latest MOS tons of Department of State Contacts too.

    Be smart about the MOS you choose and where you go from here. Choose things that can benefit you in the civilian world. There is no reason why anyone should leave the military and not be able to get a good paying job.

    But if anything, if you like being comfortable, choose the Airforce

    If you don't mind being uncomfortable choose the army

    If you don't mind being more uncomfortable than the army, choose the marines lol.

    And the navy? Well I don't know much about them to give any advice.

    and also, if you are graduating, don't be afraid of looking into commissioning opportunities also. Be an officer, make more money. If you're into technical stuff, become a warrant officer. One of the best gigs you can get because you don't have to deal with the same shit a commander has to.
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    Dec 18, 2010 5:19 AM GMT
    Navy brat says: "Don't join the Navy"...

    I have multiply brothers and of course my father in the Navy and all they do is bitch about it.
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    Dec 18, 2010 5:26 AM GMT
    so much for your much vaunted patriotism, mnboy . . .

    Webster got it right -- you are cannon fodder and rubes for lending your flesh to the apparatchiks who run the empire's military . . .
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    Dec 18, 2010 5:29 AM GMT
    noren saidso much for your much vaunted patriotism, mnboy . . .

    Webster got it right -- you are cannon fodder and rubes for lending your flesh to the apparatchiks who run the empire's military . . .

    You a dumb ass I never said I was patriotic I said I support the troops.
    What happened to getting your lawyer?
    Fucking pussy.
    Grow a pair.
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    Mar 29, 2011 6:53 AM GMT
    after a long consideration i decided on the Marines. thanks for your input and you guys for e-mails on this topic.
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    Mar 29, 2011 11:30 AM GMT
    Pick the job you want to do first and then enlist in the Branch you want to be in. I don't advice you to be a cop or infantry for any branch becuase you get treated like shit other people who don't know shit about your job but can still tell you what to do.