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Does the military interest you?
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26 / M / Rochester, NY (USA)
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Posted 6/12/07

mushroomjay wrote:

I don't do work I don't want to


You're gonna be a hobo. Life doesn't work like that

@ RoBZaLiCiouS: "the promotion rate to major in the infantry is above 100%." Eh?

About you're last paragraph, I'm not saying that you shouldn't be ok with shooting back. Damn, you'd better shoot back if you're in my squad I'm just saying that for me personally the Army would be more about the discipline etc.
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24 / M / Texas. i want 2go...
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I am thinking about joining the USMC after high school. which is funny cuz i do not agree with the war thats going on right now in iraq, and my sister will think of me as dead if i join.
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Army no. The navy has a little bit of my interest. The government pays for your college and you get to visit places around the world.
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28 / M / new york
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yah, it was in an issue of the army times several months ago. im sure i can find it somewhere though. retention in any of the services is pretty bad right now. the promotion rates for several branches in the army are pretty crazy at this point. haha, it's good news for me.

discipline is kind of a touchy subject for me. i am not a very regimented person, but i have to be when in uniform...im too much of a type b personality. haha.
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I fired a gun, it was fun. But I'm not interested on using it to take people's lives.
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Posted 6/12/07

Knightwyvern wrote:

There is no guarantee that you will be promoted like that. It isn't like they say "hey, this guy has been in the army for 5 years, lets promote him to captain!" It is an entire process just to become eligible for advancement and even after that it can be an ordeal to actually get the promotion.

But anyways, yes I have always considered joining the military, and I still am. However, I would not like to join during this particular war as I really do not agree with any of the reasons. To me it would be more about self-improvement and discipline than "lets shoot people."


actually captain is an automatic rank as long as in you're good standing. major on up you have to compete for. unless you have friends in high places (which you can certainly make along the way), the most you can hope for is full bird colonel.


neomanxl wrote:

I actually wanted to join the air force as a pilot, and I had excellent reflexes, I was in top condition, better than average eye-sight, and exceptional grades. My grandpa was also a vet and he knew some high-ranking officials, so I actually had a chance. However, I scratched my right cornea during a fight, and now I am unable to pass the vision test. azrael910 do you have any advice on some good jobs still working with pilots?


Working with pilots? Do you mean as an officer or enlisted?

If you mean as an officer, you can try to be a navigator. I believe the requirements are bit less for them and they still get to fly. Some intelligence officers get to fly around in large planes and examine battlefields and stuff like that. I met one in the middle east, she seemed to love her job to death.

You can also get in the medical side of things and be a flight surgeon... but that's a lot of education.

On the enlisted side of things if you want to fly, you can be a loadmaster and various other jobs like that. You get to travel with the plane and wear a flight suit even though you're just enlisted. Lots of traveling.

Crew chiefs get to work with pilots. In fact, crew chiefs get their name on the plane along with the pilot. Your basically a glorified mechanic and general maintenance of sorts for the plane, but be warned it's a ton of work with long hours.

Pretty much any aircraft maintenance flight-line job will get you in around the actual aircraft and pilots, though some are better than others. There is tons of stuff out there from simple maintenance and weapons loading to some pretty hardcore electronics.

If you're lucky enough to get a combat wing like I did you should be able to deploy and travel a fair amount. Not just the middle east either, I ended up going to Guam, Japan, and even Las Vegas all on missions or training exercises.

I was avionics backshop myself. Normally I worked in a nice air conditioned building and fixed very expensive electronic equipment. I did go out to flight line on a regular basis for some on-line trouble shooting (why rip an antenna off the front of a plane when you don't have to?). I liked visiting it, but I don't think I'd want to work out there 24/7. You're out there regardless of the weather and the hours are long.

This place is a gold mine for accurate military information.
http://usmilitary.about.com/
Here is an example with my old job:
http://usmilitary.about.com/od/airforceenlistedjobs/a/afjob2a0x1.htm
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20 / M / Cliff of Hope
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Posted 6/12/07
military is tough
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18 / F / Singapore
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Posted 6/12/07
as long as i don't get ordered around ^^
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27 / F / Canada, BC
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Posted 6/12/07
Not interested... although I keep threatening my brother with military school to get him to behave (not that it's working.)
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22 / M / MO
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Posted 6/12/07
The military is my fall back plan for college if I still haven't chosen my career path.
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Posted 6/12/07
i won't join the militray for tat monkey looking president...if George W. Bush is done wit his year...then sure
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28 / M / new york
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Posted 6/12/07
i'll resign if hillary makes it in.

bush is a great president. he governs based on his instincts and goes with them despite who it may piss off. that takes balls, something most people don't have anymore. our country has gotten too liberal, too hung up on democrat/republican. in the end, everyone is nearly arguing for the same thing. if roles were reversed, and a democrat had led the way to war (and they would have, after 9/11 it was unavoidable), the republicans would be arguing the same things the democrats are now. 20 or 30 years from now, people will see bush was actually one of our greatest presidents.
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Posted 6/12/07
ummm never :/ even if i enjoy watching military based anime, no thx
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29 / M / San Diego, CA
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Posted 6/12/07
I am currently serving my time in the United States Marine Corps. And, like most people have said, it has its ups and downs. Personally, I would not have traded my time in the Corps for anything at all. One of the greatest things about my time here has been my opportunity to spend two years here in Japan.

Personally, I don't think recruiters outright LIE about what goes on the military. Well...maybe some do, but mine didn't. Perhaps he over-exagerated some, but not an outright lie. They are paying for my education...I DID get to travel and see some of the world that I would never have seen otherwise...I've learned to fire a weapon effectively, and I've met some of the greatest friends of my life here. Plus, not every job in the military is life-threatening. Take Admin for example. They sit behind desks and push papers around. Their biggest threat is papercuts. Or, take any job in the Air Force. No threat of bodily harm there. However, if you're afraid of getting shot at, the Marines may not be the best idea. Every Marine is a rifleman first and foremost above anything else. So, it's quite possible that you may be working Admin one day and sitting in a fighting hole fighting off Iraqis the next. You never know. But, like I said, I wouldn't trade my days here for anything.
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29 / M / Canada
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Posted 6/12/07
I'd never join the army here in canada, but if I had US citizenship I would definatly have considered joining the US army.
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