College or the Air Force?

  • LoveAndPeace

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    Mar 21, 2013 6:10 PM GMT
    Ive been contemplating joining the air force ever since i graduated high school in june and i still haven't made a decision on where i want to go.My mom is pushing the air force and it does sound like a very good option considering me being so young.The problem is i haven't been in any ROTC programs in my high school so me being the person fairly new to the military I don't think i could necessarily do it.Lets just say i didn't plan on going into the military when i started high school.I planned on going to college but my focus wasn't on going to college it was graduating high school due to my low marks.My mother is against going in to college because she does not want me to inquire debt.The thing is I wouldn't mind living the college life on my own for awhile. I've lost the weight for the airforce but m scared of the test because i failed it once. Ive been studying for awhile but im still scared...anyway love to hear some POVs from people in college and people in the air force icon_smile.gif
  • AMoonHawk

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    Mar 21, 2013 6:48 PM GMT
    LoveAndPeace said..... graduating high school due to my low marks.....

    If you have a low GPA, I don't think the airforce will take you. The army will though.

    A low GPA will also keep you out of some colleges. But you should be able to go for a 2 year associates degree and if you do go in that, then you can move to college or AF.
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    Mar 21, 2013 7:11 PM GMT
    True. The Air Force is sort of the brainy branch of tbe the Armed Forces. I'm not sure the military is a good option for the OP right now. If he failed the ASVAB previously and isn't academically strong to begin with, I suspect he'll score low when he takes the test again. With a low ASVAB, he'll most likely get screwed if he tries to join the Army or any of the other branches. Probably end up scrubbing shitters all day or some other MOS that he's not interested in.
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    Mar 21, 2013 7:26 PM GMT
    it's all about the long term. what do you want to do for yourself after college or the military? one plus about the military is that as a vet, you become a top priority for jobs when you go out and get one such as the police department if you decide to become a cop. it's a plus for employment.

    however, you want to seriously think about your options though because nowadays, a college degree doesn't guarantee shit. it increases your job eligibility though. it's all about job experience nowadays as employers want job candidates to be qualified. the more experience you have, the more likely you'll get a decent job. since you're young, you have a lot of time to figure out how to market yourself for that job. the job competition out here is FIERCE and there aren't that much jobs to begin with.

    have you tried looking into something such as nursing, becoming a fitness trainer or even doing security? just anything that you can use to hold yourself on your feet where you can be independent.
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    Mar 22, 2013 2:23 AM GMT
    I went to college just to go to college and get a degree. I had no intention of joining the military what-so-ever.

    Then in my orientation classes, one of the ROTC Detachment commanders came in and gave us a brief about air force and weather and stuff. I figured, "fuck it....why not?"

    I gave it a try my second year of college. best decision ever. I was able to do 4 years of ROTC and graduate with a degree and then commission into the Air Force.

    so I say this to anyone thinking about going into ROTC/military/etc... just give it a shot! you don't sign any contract and you don't owe anything other than your time during that first semester. If you like it, stick with it! if you don't, there's no harm done. you at least tried it.

    Air Force ROTC was a blast....I honestly wish I could go back (especially now that you can be gay!)

    I was never in any JR ROTC or anything in high school....all I did was track&field. but after not running for a year, I was out of shape...but regular PT fixed that in no time.

    best of luck!