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Does the military interest you?
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Posted 12/12/12
Been in the army three years, ups an downs and it has its moments, besides the early mornings its not so bad haha
Posted 12/12/12
I've been dreaming of working for the military. It sounds cool. but if ever I want to join the squads, I'd prefer to become one of the special forces, way more cooler
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FUCK YEAH IM INTERESTED. Being in the army isn't all about war and killing people. Troops are deployed to where help is needed most, be it national or international.
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I'm currently in the Navy and loving it (no I'm not a recruiter and am not going to feed you utter bullshit). The public seems to stereotype military life: Going to Afghanistan to shoot people and potentially die. On the contrary, nearly every branch has numerous and diverse "rates," or jobs, that you can choose from (depending on what you score on the military aptitude test). Depending the job you choose, you essentially decide your own future and location while in the military, whether it be working on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier to working on shore or on a ship as an IT server Admin., or even working close to home and never touching a ship (purposely making some specific examples of the Navy, but this happens in every branch). Hell, even go overseas to Europe or Japan or Korea if you request it (not 100% chance). The G.I. bill that pays for your schooling is nice too .

But in all seriousness. If you are considering military life. Look into it. Ask questions. Explore each branch for what it's worth. Weigh your options, there are pro's and cons to military life, just as there are in the civilian world.
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Lol Army is not hard at all, Easy peasy, and the only job i know that has 4 day weekends for all federal holidays while in garrison, donsas, safety stand down days, paid vacations, and all that crap. It's not for all people, especially if you are someone with thin skin.
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Posted 12/12/12 , edited 12/12/12
It does NOW, that "they pay for your training" thing sounds mighty nice, the four year commitment isn't that bad either. However, when I was in high school and young and impressionable, the most my Country's military did to PUG for new applicants was say that they existed in "some" capacity, they didn't even make an appearance at the one and only job fair we did have, so they never really incited much interest from me. Now I'm pretty much too old and I've set my sights on a different career choice, I also permanently injured my back when I was 15, so I doubt the military would even accept me now.
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23 / M / Los Angeles, Ca
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I did, back when I had just graduated from high school and didn't know what I wanted to major in (still don't). But after consequential introspection I decided not to join. I respect all that have and are currently serving in the military and have many relatives and friends in the Marines, but I refuse to risk my life for any political gain and to a system that values my life as trivial. The only way that I would gladly join, would be if there was a massive, large scale attack on the United States and was drafted due to the sudden urgency of the situation.
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28 / M / New York City
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Posted 12/12/12
killing and getting killed? no way
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Posted 12/13/12
Go POG. depending on your job some units are non deployable so you'll just stay in the states...
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Posted 12/13/12 , edited 12/13/12

PhyongHwa wrote:


camontour wrote:


PhyongHwa wrote:

I was born and raised in the military (Air Force Brat birth to 21). I took 4 years of AFJROTC and totally intended on joining the military, but towards my last year I became more religious and joining the military then conflicted with my religious beliefs. So, I ended up not joining the military. (BTW I come from a long line (family) of soldiers, Air Force/Army, etc. One of my last names translates to "soldier", so it goes waaay back.) Anyway, if you decide to join, by all means DON'T ENLIST if you can help it. Go to college, take ROTC while there, become an officer...or just go to college and then join the military (go to officer training) and become an officer.....or apply to a service academy and become an officer (if you meet the requirements). To sum it up if you're gonna join, join as an officer. Enlisted jobs are worse, with low pay, and when you quit/retire you won't have enough money or ability to get a decent paying civilian job unless you're lucky. As an officer. you get to be boss, you get paid good money, and when you quit/retire you can get a great paying job and retire in style.


Sorry for the double post, but that's not true at all. Being an officer doesn't guarantee a well paying job after you get out. If anything, going enlisted not only allows to do cool stuff, but also the number of programs to get college degrees while you are in. (I myself am taking advantage of one for a degree in computer sciences.)

Saying enlisted jobs are worse is a untrue statement by far. As the saying goes, don't call an enlisted man "Sir", because we f--king work for a living.


I stand corrected. I didn't mean it was a guarantee, but your chances are better.....and if you (have to/want) enlist, you better take advantage of it and go to college. What maybe I should have said/meant is that what ever you do, go to college. The only enlisted that I have seen do well are the ones who continue their education, or have been in it long enough (at a high enough rank) to go get good pay when they retire, and some that have gone into civil service afterward. I have a relative who gets retirement pay from the military, retirement pay from civil service, & social security. He's raking it in (and not having to work anymore) and enjoying life traveling and golfing all day, etc.


I agree. I see alot of guys I know get out, and don't have a plan. They hated the Navy/Army/whatever, but never took advantage of the programs the military offers you. Then they are all upset at the military, etc.

Thankfully, at least the DOD has a program called TAP, "Transition Assistance Program ". I believe it's required when exiting the military, but its a week long course on adjusting to civilian life after the fact, and includes things like how build a resume, applying for college, saving money, and generally preparing a soldier or sailor for the civilian job market. It's not much, but it puts out ALOT of good information that you can use to help yourself.

That being said, again, furthering your education in the military is highly, highly recommended. It's stupid not to take advantage of programs like CLEP/DANTES Testing, TA, and other college/trade programs that use your military experience to your benefit, not only outside, but even with-in your job in the military.

At the end of the day, by and far, the lifestyle of any branch of the military is not for everyone. Your slightly limited freedoms, like being told how to dress, when to sleep, who you can speak out against, prolly don't sit well with alot of folk. Then there is that whole "defending your country" thing, and risk of combat. (Though you are prolly more likely to die to a drunk driver to be honest...). But for those that join, and make the most of it, come out with a strong sense of self and self-worth.

Plus, medals are shiny.
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Posted 12/13/12 , edited 12/13/12
Im not interested as we men are being forced into military when turn age of 18 and serving for 2 years. Id rather do my own small business to make money then wasting 2 years serving crap.

most of my female friends thinking its cool , I think they brainwash by military media
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25 / M / California
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Posted 12/13/12
It just seems like such a waste. I have no desire to throw away my life just because someone tells me to, for something as abstract as patriotism and the defense of my country.
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36 / M / Ohio
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Posted 12/13/12 , edited 12/13/12
I considered it, but when I graduated was wanting to go in to computer's / tech field and they were outsourcing a lot of it (at that time).
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23 / M / Bellingham, Washi...
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Posted 12/13/12
I'm in the Navy, and I absolutely love it, but I'm a reservist so I'm always getting the short end of the stick. But I'm going back to school for now, and in 2 1/2 years when I finish my bachelor's, I'll become an officer.
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22 / M / England
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Posted 12/13/12
A couple of years ago I was actually in the Royal British Military. I was medically deferred for a period of 4 years due to lung problems.

But yes, it does still interest me - and if I can rejoin after my deferral period, I will do.
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