Thinking about Joining the Navy

  • txtri02

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    Apr 05, 2011 10:02 PM GMT
    hey guys,

    31 year old here who is hitting a road block in life it seems. Have a job, but it doesn't fulfill me whatsoever and barely pays anything, I live at home with my parents. boyfriend of 2 years, who is great. But I just feel like I am lacking any self worth or motivation or accomplishment.
    Going to talk to a recruiter this week. Just wanted a few ideas/advice from any guys who had an opinion.
    College degree here, so hopefully that will give me a heads up. Thanks guys.
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    Apr 05, 2011 10:24 PM GMT
    Like any other thing in life, it will be what you make it.
    If you have no sense of self worth, motivation, or accomplishment, first figure out "why" you have those feelings.
    After working as a Chaplain's Assistant in the US Navy for six month and talking to hundreds of suicidal people, I can say with certainty that joining the Navy is not going to make you feel any better about yourself. Only you can do that.
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    Apr 06, 2011 2:31 AM GMT
    The cut off age for enlistment is 28. You're too old to join now.

    Addendum: disregard. 28 is the cut off for the Marines. Navy is 34.
  • mynyun

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    Apr 06, 2011 2:38 AM GMT
    Ganymede80 saidThe cut off age for enlistment is 28. You're too old to join now.

    Addendum: disregard. 28 is the cut off for the Marines. Navy is 32.





    Actually the web site http://www.navy.com says it's 34 or 35. And I've heard from other sources that you can get in if you are older under other circumstances.

    What a coincidence this topic is. I'm actually trying to get in it also. Currently my braces disqualify me. I go in the morning to get a note from my dentist saying he'll remove them early to get in. So we'll see how this goes.
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    Apr 06, 2011 2:39 AM GMT
    I know. You responded while I was fixing that.
  • mynyun

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    Apr 06, 2011 2:40 AM GMT
    Seem to have a habit of doing that today.
  • mynyun

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    Apr 06, 2011 2:44 AM GMT
    Txtri02.. What happened with the Navy OCS training.? Just curious, as I seen the forum you created on your profile.
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    Apr 06, 2011 2:45 AM GMT
    Dont join the Navy. Our military sucks.
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    Apr 06, 2011 2:46 AM GMT
    If you're going to join the Navy, you should look into the Coast Guard... you won't have to be gone every 6 months. Unless that's what you want...

    I would of suggested the AF but the cut off is 27yo.
  • mynyun

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    Apr 06, 2011 2:50 AM GMT
    I haven't looked into the cut off for the Air Force but everytime I mention my choice to a military friend of mine they ALWAYS say that. Why not the AF.? Maybe their restrictions have changed as well. I don't know. But like clockwork when they ask 'why not' they say 'why not the chair force'. So... LoL.
    I don't care to be gone 6 months out of the year. I'm single w/no kids. What does it matter.? I mean unless being away from home you mean. But I want to see what else is out there.
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    Apr 06, 2011 2:51 AM GMT
    crownroyal117 saidIf you're going to join the Navy, you should look into the Coast Guard... you won't have to be gone every 6 months. Unless that's what you want...

    I would of suggested the AF but the cut off is 27yo.


    Coast Guard cut off is 27 too unless you've already been enlisted before.
  • mynyun

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    Apr 06, 2011 3:03 AM GMT
    One friend suggested Peace Corps or Navy reserves. But I figure if I'm going to do it I'm going to go all the way.
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    Apr 06, 2011 3:12 AM GMT
    Ahhh I nearly joined the army back in Australia.

    I wouldnt necassarily call this advice, as I didnt really completely go for it (chose a different direction)... is to do it if you feel that you need that sense of adventure in your life. Joining the army will help you express something primal in your - its like how some people become police officers - their jobs are super important, full of pressure, and its a huge case of character building.

    Maybe your lack of motivation is the only thing stopping you - take the time to think about whether this is something you genuinely want to do or not.

    Do you want an ordinary job? Or do you want something that will make people respect you when you tell them what you do?
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    Apr 06, 2011 3:13 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidLike any other thing in life, it will be what you make it.
    If you have no sense of self worth, motivation, or accomplishment, first figure out "why" you have those feelings.
    After working as a Chaplain's Assistant in the US Navy for six month and talking to hundreds of suicidal people, I can say with certainty that joining the Navy is not going to make you feel any better about yourself. Only you can do that.


    I agree with this comment. Joining the Navy or whatever may be another way of not admitting that you're actually running away. Maybe you could spend the time with a good therapist, and try to figure out why you're feeling this way, and what can be done to help. The service is a commitment which fits some but not all.
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    Apr 06, 2011 3:16 AM GMT
    Hey man, I respect the Navy and think if it's important to you then go for it. But the best piece of advice I've ever heard was "You can't fix an internal problem with an external change". The emotions you have inside you will travel with you, and they aren't going to change just because of a change in environment. Therapy can help a lot though.
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    Apr 06, 2011 3:25 AM GMT
  • Little_Spoon

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    Apr 06, 2011 3:26 AM GMT
    Military is very secure and very good.
  • Avron88

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    Apr 06, 2011 3:36 AM GMT
    Caslon18000 saidDont join the Navy. Our military sucks.


    Leave America please.

    Thanks.
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    Apr 06, 2011 3:54 AM GMT
    Little_Spoon saidMilitary is very secure and very good.


    I agree. Lots of room for advancement. why the Navy? what trade? where do you want to be posted/stationed(not like you'll have a choice)? Understand FULLY what you are signing on to. If anything is offered to you get it in writing. A contract is a contract.
    Work hard. Things will be drilled into your head that I can't say here but you'll understand down the road.


    Recruiting slogans:
    "Be all you can be". "The few the proud" and "You and the Navy, full speed ahead", and finally, "It's not a job it's an adventure".

    icon_smile.gif Congrats and welcome.
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    Apr 06, 2011 5:16 AM GMT
    Avron88 said
    Caslon18000 saidDont join the Navy. Our military sucks.

    Leave America please.
    Thanks.


    Seriously. icon_mad.gif Ungrateful fool.
    FYI, it's the US Navy that is currently out here in Japan assisting with the nuclear emergency in an attempt to help remove the radioactive water.