Anyone in the military?

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    Aug 13, 2009 6:26 PM GMT
    I'm seriously contemplating joining the army reserve. If anyone has any advice please send it my way.
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    Aug 13, 2009 6:28 PM GMT
    First of all, tell us why you want to join. Then we can narrow things down give you better advice.
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    Aug 13, 2009 6:35 PM GMT
    I want to join because I need money for school, and the military background would be good for my major, Criminal Justice. I think it would be a good decision but I'd like to hear other points of view and maybe even personal experiences.
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    Aug 13, 2009 9:25 PM GMT
    You can probably ask this guy, he just got out of the service:

    http://www.realjock.com/MercuryMax

    He's posted some topics since getting out.

    I would think your odds of being sent to Afghanistan or Iraq are pretty good.
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    Aug 13, 2009 9:26 PM GMT
    Don’t join for financial reasons, you should join because you have a desire to be in uniform and serve your country. Also, don’t enlist if you have a problem with being deployed. Ask yourself "would you join if you already had the money for tuition?"....

    It depends, but having military experience on your résumé isn't as beneficial as many people think and it doesn’t guarantee a LE job. If you enlist your obviously going to start with a low rank with little to no responsibility and employers know this. I know guys who just came back from Iraq who are Specialists and served as military police officers and they ain't getting hired with any LE agencies.


    -Definitely look into ROTC
    -Definitely look at other reserve branches besides army
    -The Air Force has been known to have the highest quality of life. That's going to count if your deployed
    -And definitely get to know people who are already serving!!! Military recruiters will tell you anything, but becoming informed via enlisted personnel is the best decision you can make. Most likely the story you get from actual soldiers will differ greatly than the one given by a recruiter. I learned that after talking with my brother who is currently serving as a 2nd LT in an MP unit.

    hope this helps
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    Aug 13, 2009 9:33 PM GMT

    DON"T DO IT.


    lol...I'm kidding..I think...

    Seriously if there is any other way for you to get around paying for school other than the military do so. With the way everything is panning out these days with deployments, and doing away with bonuses, I'm not sure it should be your first option.
    That being said it's a great opportunity for a variety of reasons, but since your particularly inquiring on school benefits, if you don't mind prolonging your path to your career, have at it.
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    Aug 13, 2009 9:35 PM GMT
    Yeah right.

    Money, Money, Money

    the military is going to use the hell out of you so get something back in return. I love this nation and i am one hell of a soldier, but trust me I would not do this shit for free.

    Are you kidding me?

    Any NCO and even some CO's will tell you exactly the same thing.

    Don't get caught up in that whole nobility non sense that idealist do when they try to convince themselves to enlist. Don't go around preaching about dying for you country. No make them die for their country!

    Make sure what you're getting out of it is worth it.
    Bonuses, decent MOS that if you should leave the military could help you get a decent job. You recruiters need to make quota. Don't always take their word for it. Do your research and shop around.

    Keep in shape and stay smart, your sargeant major and commander will love it.

    And if you're looking into the military as a career go officer


    My biggest advice, find secondary job because the reserves doesn't pay you shit.

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    Aug 13, 2009 9:37 PM GMT


    oh yea..even with you signing up for short periods of time for the guard (a year or two), you still leave yourself open to stop losses (keeping you in longer if the military sees fit) and deployments. I guess my biggest advice is that you should be aware that you are signing a contract that is flexible to Uncle Sam.
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    Aug 13, 2009 9:50 PM GMT
    I was back in 1998 for about 6 month in a Territorial Volunteer Army (not American of course). I finish my course, learn and experience as much as I can and leave . Now it just a distance memory and something I treasure . forever. Not like you, I dont do it for money, but for experience. The allowance I make there it just pittance but the knowledge are unforgetable . I also have a mission to prove to myself that a homo like me are tough enough to survive military drill and the physical training that goes with it.
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    Aug 13, 2009 10:30 PM GMT
    dominoharvey saidI want to join because I need money for school, and the military background would be good for my major, Criminal Justice. I think it would be a good decision but I'd like to hear other points of view and maybe even personal experiences.

    I have some background which might be pertinent to your interests, so feel free to email me. I'm a retired US Army Military Police Colonel, who taught college ROTC for 3 years, and later continued to develop some ROTC policy issues US-wide. For a time I also monitored implementation of education benefit programs for Army Reservists, plus I often inspected Reserve and National Guard units, so I became familiar with their operations.

    Military experience would be helpful in a civilian law enforcement career. While training as an MP would also look good on a resume, the truth is that currently Army MPs are largely concerned with a combat oriented mission, much less than with DLO (discipline, law & order) as in the past, which has the greater civilian relevance. Knowing how to process POWs and provide convoy security may only help if you go into civilian corrections or work for Brinks.

    Additionally, current deployment policy may send you for a combat tour soon after you complete your training, and may send you back multiple times, causing your school plans to be interrupted or be placed on indefinite hold. This is a very difficult time to join any part of the US military.
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    Aug 13, 2009 10:47 PM GMT
    I didn't mean to come off as me joining for the sole purpose of money. I have a lot of respect for people in the military. Ultimately I would like to be in the FBI and combining an MOS in Military Police along with a bachelors in criminal justice I believe I will have a better shot. As far as getting deployed, it's not something I'd look forward to, but it's not something I'd run from. After basic training I would hope to have time to find the proper college and job before being deployed, however, if I don't, then those are the terms under which I signed up. Thank you everyone for their input and advice. I'm going to go over the information I've acquired and talk to a few friends who are, and have been, enlisted and get their points of view.
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    Aug 14, 2009 1:37 AM GMT
    dominoharvey saidI didn't mean to come off as me joining for the sole purpose of money. I have a lot of respect for people in the military. Ultimately I would like to be in the FBI and combining an MOS in Military Police along with a bachelors in criminal justice I believe I will have a better shot. As far as getting deployed, it's not something I'd look forward to, but it's not something I'd run from. After basic training I would hope to have time to find the proper college and job before being deployed, however, if I don't, then those are the terms under which I signed up. Thank you everyone for their input and advice. I'm going to go over the information I've acquired and talk to a few friends who are, and have been, enlisted and get their points of view.

    Good, consider your options fully & carefully. BTW, I was also enlisted for a few years early in my career, and was a 95B MP briefly before I took a commission as an MP officer.
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    Aug 14, 2009 2:05 AM GMT
    If you're looking for a proper college, may I suggest University of Maryland, University College. It's the second largest public University offering off-site education. I believe University of California is the largest in terms of off-site enrollment.

    I already have my bachelor's in Criminal Justice which I got from University of Maryland College Park. It ranks as one of the best for Criminal Justice. And both Universities are practically the same. They're under the University of Maryland Umbrella. And as it was explained to me by my Finance professor, University of Maryland University College is just a night class version of College Park. That's the whole reason it splintered off, and eventually becoming its own entity.

    Edited to add:

    I forgot to provide a link: http://www.umuc.edu/mil/mil_home.shtml
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    Aug 14, 2009 3:39 AM GMT
    i just left active duty to be in a commissioning program. which means as soon as i get done with my degree, i will go back to active duty as an officer. there are a lot of programs that you can join in whether u want to be an officer or enlisted. look into it and do not just take the information from the recruiter. its helpful that ur posting here. there are a few other guys here that may know answers..
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    Aug 14, 2009 4:10 AM GMT
    IM to the sexy guy thats 5f5 and has a cute pic of him and his cars on his profile MercuryMax ..he just came out of the military.
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    Sep 08, 2013 12:36 PM GMT
    Is the reserve a bad or good idea?
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    Sep 08, 2013 12:38 PM GMT
    wow I wonder what happened to the original poster?

    as far as the reserve being a good or bad idea; it just depends on what you want to do with your life.
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    Sep 08, 2013 12:48 PM GMT
    Well I want to do reserve for a year to do a little more school then go active after that but I'm afraid once I go reserve ill be stuck reserve forever
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    Sep 08, 2013 12:52 PM GMT
    I don't know what the commitment is for reserve....but I don't think it's just one year. I could be wrong though. you'd have to consult a recruiter on that one.

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    Sep 08, 2013 12:58 PM GMT
    Ok I'll talk to one, thank you for your help buddy icon_smile.gif