Army Recruiter Question

  • socksock

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    Apr 23, 2012 2:38 AM GMT
    Hey Everyone,

    I have decided to enlist in the Army next year. I will be meeting again with a recruiter in the upcoming weeks. Is there any advice that anyone has gone through this process would give to me? I know there are a lot of negative things said about recruiters, but I would rather use them as a resource and not consider them to be enemies that will lie to me and ruin my life. Are there any specific questions I should ask now that you wish you had asked? Any feedback would be appreciated.

    Thanks!!
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    Apr 23, 2012 2:43 AM GMT
    Whatever they say, you are NOT an official member of the Army until you swear in. So even if you sign up for DEP (delayed entry program) you are NOT required to join the army. They may tell you that you belong to Uncle Sam now, but it is BS. Also, get your MOS in writing. If you really want a specific job, try to hold out until you get it. It's better to spend the next 4 years doing something you like than doing something you hate. Because 4 years is a loooong time to be doing something you don't like. Also, be prepared for them to promise you the world. Exotic locations, money, and pussy!!!! It should be more like duty, early mornings, and no hot showers. Nothing is ever guaranteed. At least in the Marines. The military is tough, but does build character. But good luck!!!!
  • socksock

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    Apr 23, 2012 3:04 AM GMT
    Thanks for the advice man!!! I have been told that they will promise me options on where to go all over the world and that I will get women all the time (gonna smile and try not to laugh when that gets brought up). I was told I have up to 365 days with the delayed enlistment program. I get done with graduation parties around early June, so I would like to pick late June to early July of 2013 to head out to basic.
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    Apr 23, 2012 3:06 AM GMT
    socksock saidThanks for the advice man!!! I have been told that they will promise me options on where to go all over the world and that I will get women all the time (gonna smile and try not to laugh when that gets brought up). I was told I have up to 365 days with the delayed enlistment program. I get done with graduation parties around early June, so I would like to pick late June to early July of 2013 to head out to basic.


    Yeah, my first duty station choice was in Cali yet I got sent to N.C. icon_neutral.gif Just be prepared for the unexpected. Your life can literally change by the day....
  • socksock

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    Apr 23, 2012 3:10 AM GMT
    I am trying to figure out the right MOS, but there are a lot of them and I was told it would depend on availability.
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    Apr 23, 2012 3:22 AM GMT
    socksock saidI am trying to figure out the right MOS, but there are a lot of them and I was told it would depend on availability.


    If you can afford to wait a few months for a job you want go for it. Just get everything in writing. And if you can get a bonus, go for it!!!
  • socksock

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    Apr 23, 2012 3:10 PM GMT
    It would be cool if I could get a bonus. I knew a few years ago they gave them out a lot.
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    Apr 23, 2012 3:31 PM GMT
    first mistake: wanting to join the army. icon_twisted.gif

    join the air force. you're welcome.
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    Apr 23, 2012 4:05 PM GMT
    islndmscle saidfirst mistake: wanting to join the army. icon_twisted.gif

    join the air force. you're welcome.
    LMAO
  • Montague

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    Apr 23, 2012 4:14 PM GMT
    TropicalMark said
    islndmscle saidfirst mistake: wanting to join the army. icon_twisted.gif

    join the air force. you're welcome.
    LMAO


    I know right? That would be smart, but a second mistake! icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 23, 2012 4:15 PM GMT
    Montague said
    TropicalMark said
    islndmscle saidfirst mistake: wanting to join the army. icon_twisted.gif

    join the air force. you're welcome.
    LMAO


    I know right? That would be smart, but a second mistake! icon_smile.gif
    They wouldnt understand!icon_wink.gif
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    Apr 23, 2012 4:26 PM GMT
    socksock saidIt would be cool if I could get a bonus. I knew a few years ago they gave them out a lot.


    Not going to be a bonus unless you go special warfare.

    Biggest advice is to stand your ground when it comes to getting what job you want. I don't want to say all recruiters are dirtbags, but they have a quota to meet. Once they ship you off to bootcamp you are no longer a concern of there, there only goal is to get you in. Do NOT lie about anything concerning medical or past legal history. You can get waivers for most stuff but sometimes recruiters are too lazy to fill out the paper work and tell you to lie about it.
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    Apr 23, 2012 4:32 PM GMT
    Do you know anyone that was/is in the Army? If yes, take them with you when you initially tale with the recruiters. They can help sniff out the bullshit. And the recruiters will be more inclined to be straight up with you.
  • socksock

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    Apr 23, 2012 5:05 PM GMT
    I have a few friends going into it now and a few friends in other branches. Everyone says kind of the same thing with some variations. I looked into it and the Army was able to give me the best deal based on what I wanted and where I was at with school and stuff. I wouldn't mind hearing the counter-offers on here though.
  • Webster666

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    Apr 23, 2012 7:58 PM GMT
    Don't ask any questions.
    They will only lie to you.
    They will say ANYTHING to get you to sign your life away.
    That is their job.
    And, after you sign on the dotted line, and you don't get ANYTHING that they promised you, you will whine, a hundred times, "But, they said..."

    They will ask you where you prefer to be stationed.
    Then, they will station you somewhere that is as unlike that place as possible.

    Hopefully, you enjoy being screamed at, ALL THE TIME.

    Hopefully, you like killing people and being shot at.

    Hopefully, you like hot weather, you know, like in Afghanistan.

    Good luck.
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    Apr 23, 2012 7:59 PM GMT
    Webster666 saidDon't ask any questions.
    They will only lie to you.
    They will say ANYTHING to get you to sign your life away.
    That is their job.
    And, after you sign on the dotted line, and you don't get ANYTHING that they promised you, you will whine, a hundred times, "But, they said..."

    They will ask you where you prefer to be stationed.
    Then, they will station you somewhere that is as unlike that place as possible.

    Hopefully, you enjoy being screamed at, ALL THE TIME.

    Hopefully, you like killing people and being shot at.

    Hopefully, you like hot weather, you know, like in Afghanistan.

    Good luck.
    Utter Bullshit!icon_rolleyes.gificon_rolleyes.gif

    I love it when those who have absolutely no experience think they are experts!
    good gawd!icon_rolleyes.gificon_rolleyes.gificon_rolleyes.gif
  • socksock

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    Apr 23, 2012 9:20 PM GMT
    I can handle being yelled at and hot weather. That part does not come as a surprise. I don't think most people get shot at or kill people. I would assume only a small percentage encounter those situations, either of which i am and will be prepared for.