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Does the military interest you?
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Posted 11/26/12

GayAsianBoy wrote:

Military is against my pacifism values. So is the development of nuclear weapons.

Countries need to stop forming these barbaric groups... it's a Bronze Age thing... We don't live in those times anymore.


If it were a bronze age thing, then we would have moved past it by now. Humans just have the Religion, Resource, Race bug.
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Posted 11/27/12
I did 6 years and that was enough. I learned a lot and I wouldn't undo it, but I sure wouldn't do it again.

I think everyone should do a stint in the military -- you will learn things that you cannot any other way. The military opens your eyes to the realities of the world. You learn other cultures, you learn where things come from, you learn how to depend on and work with others (even if you don't personally like them). You learn about life and death. You learn what is truly luxury and what is practical. Having good shoes matters a lot more than having the newest iphone when you have no reception.

A person can't really be called an "adult" until they've felt real responsibility. Making a car payment is not responsibility. Going to your sports team's practice on time is not responsibility. Making sure your friends don't die because of you by doing your part correctly is responsibility. Raising children is a responsibility. Life is too easy in our modern western world and the military is just the kick in the ass most people need to really grow up.

That said, 1) do NOT get married in the military. Military has a way of tearing at even the strongest relationships. 2) while in the military, you are government property -- a thing. You are owned for as long as you are under contract. You will be told what to eat, where to sleep, what to wear and who to spend time with. I do not recommend the military as a life-long career. I hated being owned. You will have to deal with this for a few years. 3) Take it seriously. 4) Plan for your exit from military life beforehand -- learn to write resumes, have some savings, etc. It is easy to get complacent when you have a government-guaranteed paycheck twice a month. Plan ahead and ensure you have all the savings and benefits you need when you get out.
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Posted 11/27/12
I've always seen the military as something useless apart from the fact that they create jobs, and actually educate people, maybe if you wanna get a good psychice(?) but you can get that anywhere tbh ^^'

Its ridiciously outdated in these times of "peace" (even though theres war in the middle east all the time, but hey! its actually only US who cares wonder why that is o.O? (Hinting at US being a warhungry country with being in war for atleast 90% of the time they've actually been a country) ) and imo

It can proove useful i guess, but in the end what does the military do? They keep developing new weapons, new technologies that can actually help in other areas, but theres not really any wars going on, so unless you're either a total moron when it comes to responsibilities, manners or anything in that regard, or a maniac and wanting to help create weapons that'll destroy the last many years of progress, i'd say prolly stay out of the military ^^'

Or if you're just looking for some ez cash LOOL
Posted 11/27/12
I think it's a job like any other, before this summer I was interested to join it but I didn't make it in time (a lot of analysis and documents were missing and was late already), maybe after this winter I'm gonna try again.
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Posted 12/10/12
I've thought about it, I wouldn't mind. Of course it's going to be insane work.
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26 / M / Denmark
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Posted 12/10/12
no, but i realise we have certain needs of military, i do not however agree with any country going to war for any reason whatsoever...
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Posted 12/10/12
I've never really wanted to pursue a military life. I just don't think my body can handle it (I've had a bit of surgery which stops me from doing anything that involves heavy lifting). But I just never saw myself as a troop in the military, I've always wanted to do something else, and am pursuing more education in college. I do however realize that it's a pretty good life for some people. For people who have nowhere else to go or people who can't make money (such as high school dropouts), it's a great opportunity for them to make a living. It's a lot of work, but I think for some people it's worth it. I know a few people in the military who joined for various reasons and tell me how hard training is and such, It's really not for me. I can't speak from any experience, but if you want to join, go ahead. You might even learn a few things from it. But make sure to make a wise choice, it really is a commitment. Think wisely though.
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Posted 12/10/12
I've already done all that. Joined, served my country, retired. No regrets.

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Posted 12/10/12

iamtheredseven wrote:

I've already done all that. Joined, served my country, retired. No regrets.


Thank you for your service. But retired at 25? Do you mean you served your contract and got out? Retirement usually requires 20+ years of service in the US military.

To answer the OPs question, yes it did interest me early in my career. The structure and long term benefits are really good. If you can serve 20+ years you'll get benefits for life. Depending on what you do in the military, it can be a straight line to a Federal job after you retire from service. Even if you serve a shorter term there are still benefits as well including funding for college and job placement assistance.

I have multiple family members in the military including my father and brother. Had I not found my career path in college I would have considered going to Officers school after completing my Undergrad. The main issue for me regarding the military was the travel. While I love traveling, I'd rather do it on a leisurely basis and not for work. Plus growing up as a military brat, I don't think I'd want my family to have to travel as much and not see me for long periods of time.

The military, like any career path is what you make of it. I know people who joined but were still lost once they served out their contract and got out. It's no different than people who graduate college with a competitive degree that makes it hard for them to find a good job.
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Posted 12/10/12
I am in the military, currently Army Reserve.

I wish I had gone ROTC. That is the way to go if you are looking at joining.
Benefits: You get a second skill set which is really good for this bad economy. You also have the GI Bill and other Tuition Assistance. You can go to school for what you want.

Key: Make sure you are okay with what is in your contract and you understand the terms and conditions! (I still have to figure out how I get the loan repayment, because I took that option).

You better be ready for the physical requirements. Don't think you can go in because you can do one push up. One sit up, and a 1 mile at 22 mins (Lol).

Look at all before you decide, don't let a recruiter try to sway your opinion. I wanted Army, and I did it. You also have Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Marines.

If you need more info, don't hesitate to ask.
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Posted 12/10/12
And before this forum I never realized how people have such a skewed idea of what Military life is really like. Ha.
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Posted 12/10/12
Not one slight bit
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Posted 12/10/12
I was in JROTC for two years and in the Navy for a short time before being discharge.
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Posted 12/10/12
Im heading to boot camp in spring 2013 to train.
Recruited by the Navy.
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Posted 12/10/12 , edited 12/10/12
My country is neutral so all our army does is peace-keeping.

The infantry and all that looks shite but being a fighter pilot looks much better. Cool way to die anyway.
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