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Posted: 8/7/2005 10:57:37 PM EDT
Come January, almost all of my good friends will be in basic, or married, and I’ll still be here working at some mindless job. So, I’ve been tossing around the idea of joining up with the military in a few months. I’ve been trying to do some research and stuff, but I’m just not sure what branch I want to get into. I’m not a big fan of the water, so the navy is pretty much out, but the army rangers seem like they might be kind of interesting. I don’t know, does anyone have any advice for me, or any websites or books I should read?

Thanks.
Link Posted: 8/7/2005 10:59:18 PM EDT
Former Army here, JOIN THE MARINES! You'll never regret joining the U.S. Military.
Link Posted: 8/7/2005 11:00:58 PM EDT
depends on what you want to do. There are so many jobs in the military that its almost like a private civilization on its own....anything from law enforcement, infantry, Heating and Airconditioning/building maint/ structural repair, aircraft maintenance, construction, explosive ordnance disposal, coffee makers (admin.)......you name it.
Link Posted: 8/7/2005 11:08:32 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/7/2005 11:09:02 PM EDT by ThreatResponse]
Let's face it, the premier military force is The United States Marines. IMHO that on a resume will speak volumes to a potential employer. I loved the Army, but it is not given the prestige that The Corps is. You can pick from many job specialties, The Corps will give you the mindset needed in life.
Link Posted: 8/7/2005 11:12:47 PM EDT
It doesn't matter what branch you join. Join and serve your country hopefully doing what you want to do. If you want to carry a 100lb ruck sack sleeping in a dirt hole join the Marines, if you want to carry a 50lb ruck sack and sleep in a tent join the Army, if you want to carry 25lb rucksack and sleep in a dorm room join the Navy, if you want to carry a coffee cup and sleep at a 4 star hotel join the Air Force.
Link Posted: 8/7/2005 11:15:39 PM EDT
I really don't think you will learn alot about the military life from books.You should talk to people that were in or still in. As to talking to a recruiter they will tell you what you want to hear.
You have to think about what your MOS would be and if it is only usefull in the militar. Or can you use it to get a job on the outside. Me ,I would like to tell you to go in the Marines Force Recon
The first step is to decide what you would like to do as a job in there and then decide what branch
some will offer better training depending on what field you want.
Link Posted: 8/7/2005 11:18:20 PM EDT
Be sure to get everything you want in your contract.

If you are told that you will get something, but it is not in your contract, you probably won't get it.
Link Posted: 8/7/2005 11:18:41 PM EDT
Let me give you a tip before you run out and join, as soon as the Defense Dept. App. Budget Bill passes the Senate after the summer break, The Military will be handing out $40,000 for EVERY Enlistee and more depending MOS's, GET EVERYTHING IN YOUR CONTRACT TOO!
Link Posted: 8/7/2005 11:26:31 PM EDT
make sure you can take it. and dont lie to join, if you've ever had a problem that you think doesnt matter any more, and is all healed or w/e, its gonna come out. i got kicked out of marine bootcamp last month with a sprained back (92 day reservist, had to be home in time for college, so i couldnt goto MRP), in my platoon of 79, i was the 10th person to get kicked out, 9th for being broken, and 4th that was ELSed.
Link Posted: 8/7/2005 11:30:08 PM EDT

Originally Posted By DEATHDEALER:
Let me give you a tip before you run out and join, as soon as the Defense Dept. App. Budget Bill passes the Senate after the summer break, The Military will be handing out $40,000 for EVERY Enlistee and more depending MOS's, GET EVERYTHING IN YOUR CONTRACT TOO!




$40,000 for what? Is that like a signing bonus? Hell, I could use the money.
Link Posted: 8/7/2005 11:30:30 PM EDT
do objective research

don't listen to opinions about something that could change your life

don't make a decision like this using any emotions, except patriotism

ask yourself what you want out of the experience and then aim for a way to get it.

as for the guy that tells you you should join the Marines, when he was in the Army? That's like getting an opinion on your teeth from a pediatrician, when you should be asking a dentist.
Link Posted: 8/7/2005 11:34:31 PM EDT
Don't start singing Alice's Restauraunt when you go to see the shrink.
Link Posted: 8/7/2005 11:37:38 PM EDT
As a Former Naval Aviation Ordnanceman, I will tell you to Join Up Now
Link Posted: 8/7/2005 11:42:53 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/7/2005 11:50:15 PM EDT
Tag. The $40,000 for every enlistee just sounds too good to be true.
Link Posted: 8/8/2005 12:09:48 AM EDT
SIGN UP NOW! AND DONT LOOK BACK!!
Link Posted: 8/8/2005 12:11:14 AM EDT

Originally Posted By VTwin60:
i2.photobucket.com/albums/y48/InFALaBill/sleepinginthemilitary.jpg



What are you, an airforce recruiter?
Link Posted: 8/8/2005 12:38:05 AM EDT
I will try and find a copy of the DEFENSE DEPT. Bill, I thought it sounded to good to be true also , but when the military is competing with a booming civie job market at a time of war with an all volunteer miltary, you better come up with more coin, or something extra to compete. 40,000 is alot of coin, You don't get it all at once though. You get your bonus spread over your enlistment
Link Posted: 8/8/2005 12:42:35 AM EDT
40k sounds a bit much, but I know that its a bit more then what I got less then a year ago.
Link Posted: 8/8/2005 12:52:55 AM EDT
I just double checked and yup it is $40,000, but wait for the bill to pass or you might not get the cash
Link Posted: 8/8/2005 12:55:37 AM EDT
Shit, I'd re-enlist right now for a $40k bonus. Two more years.. stay in the 82nd... works for me
Link Posted: 8/8/2005 1:01:20 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/8/2005 1:01:37 AM EDT by -M60_Gunner-]
Well since I haven't shipped yet (Shipping out to Ft. Jackson, SC on Aug 16) I don't know how the Army will be, but I can tell you that some of the people that run MEPS aren't too bright.
Link Posted: 8/8/2005 1:04:05 AM EDT
Link Posted: 8/8/2005 1:04:16 AM EDT

Originally Posted By DEATHDEALER:
I will try and find a copy of the DEFENSE DEPT. Bill, I thought it sounded to good to be true also , but when the military is competing with a booming civie job market at a time of war with an all volunteer miltary, you better come up with more coin, or something extra to compete. 40,000 is alot of coin, You don't get it all at once though. You get your bonus spread over your enlistment



Correct, you get 50% once you've completed basic and AIT, then you get 25% after 2 years and another 25% after 2 more.
Link Posted: 8/8/2005 1:05:15 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Tweak:
do it now before the war ends



haha, yeah right!


Quick! Sign up with the DEA before the War on Drugs End.
Link Posted: 8/8/2005 1:10:34 AM EDT

Originally Posted By dskeet:
Shit, I'd re-enlist right now for a $40k bonus. Two more years.. stay in the 82nd... works for me



just went INDEF for $22,5.... i don't do it for the cash, but it doesn't make my wife mad when i bring it home.

looks like DoD is actually getting serious about taking care of its' own these days. shit, we just got brand spanking new housing for single soldiers at Ft Lewis, that shit looks like a goddamned holiday inn or something.... remodelled housing AND brand new housing for married soldiers, some of them have jacuzzi-style tubs! this is a no-shitter.

you still gotta do the regular one-year deployments for god-and-country but they're getting their shit together

we get the good with the bad it seems
Link Posted: 8/8/2005 1:18:25 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/8/2005 1:21:35 AM EDT by none_other]
Vanquish,

Decide on a branch, decide on a field, and dont look back. I stongly believe that ALL young men and women should serve in whatever capicity they are willing as it's such a positive charactor builder when young people need it.

www.goarmy.com/flindex.jsp


ETA: start physical training NOW, i cant stress enough.
Link Posted: 8/8/2005 6:21:07 AM EDT
Wow, thanks a lot for all the replys! That's some really good stuff there. I know a few people who have retired from the army and airforce, and I will talk with them and see what they did. When you join, how long do you have to sign up for, 1 year, 2, 4, 6 or does it depend on what job you get?
Link Posted: 8/8/2005 8:07:27 AM EDT
6 (active, 1 weekend a month 2 weeks a year) +2 (On call) for the Guard/Reserves and 4 for active...


...unless they've lengthened it.
Link Posted: 8/8/2005 8:40:23 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Vanquish:
Wow, thanks a lot for all the replys! That's some really good stuff there. I know a few people who have retired from the army and airforce, and I will talk with them and see what they did. When you join, how long do you have to sign up for, 1 year, 2, 4, 6 or does it depend on what job you get?



They Army recently starting having 15 month enlistments. Its basically a test drive to see if you like it. The next lower option is 2 years. Of course there is always 3+.

I'd start out with two years. 4 years is a long time to stick something out if you hate it.
Link Posted: 8/8/2005 1:51:33 PM EDT
I bought a brand new truck last year, and it won't be paid off for some time. If I go into the military, I won't have any use for a $30,000 F-150, will I? Should I sell it and get some cheap little car for the few times that I need to drive somewhere? I figure there's no point in making large payments on a truck I won't be driving, right?

I sure will miss that truck though. hinking.gif
Link Posted: 8/8/2005 2:06:16 PM EDT

Originally Posted By -M60_Gunner-:
Well since I haven't shipped yet (Shipping out to Ft. Jackson, SC on Aug 16) I don't know how the Army will behat


The people who go to MEPS arent that bright either.

I went and got the physical done thursday and there was this girl that freaked out while doing the excersise tests. Supossedly(from what I overheard) she never told them she was pregnant(she even said it was because she was raped) and they found out so she went crazy. The doctors had to have a few other people come in and talk to her to get her to calm down. After that, she was crying the rest of the day.

Link Posted: 8/8/2005 2:35:03 PM EDT

Originally Posted By p331083:

Originally Posted By -M60_Gunner-:
Well since I haven't shipped yet (Shipping out to Ft. Jackson, SC on Aug 16) I don't know how the Army will be, but I can tell you that some of the people that run MEPS aren't too bright.


The people who go to MEPS arent that bright either.

I went and got the physical done thursday and there was this girl that freaked out while doing the excersise tests. Supossedly(from what I overheard) she never told them she was pregnant(she even said it was because she was raped) and they found out so she went crazy. The doctors had to have a few other people come in and talk to her to get her to calm down. After that, she was crying the rest of the day.




lol There are some weird ones aye. We had the wife of one of the enlistee's running around MEPS all day in her PJ's I shit you not, pink bottom's with a white top covered in blue duck's.


The guys and myself all agreed she should have dressed a little bit more decently then that.
Link Posted: 8/8/2005 2:45:46 PM EDT

Originally Posted By none_other:

ETA: start physical training NOW, i cant stress enough.




Yes. Train. Hard. Now.

It will only help.
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