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Old 02-17-2007, 12:02 AM   #1
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well im almost (key word there) finished with the first half of my degree... well i have been giving it some though and i have spoke to the recruting ppl... but i wanta know what you thoughts are about it?? im lookin at it as full beenifets, and a job where can retire after 20 yrs.. and they will pay me to go to school even farther then i already am...

i would enter into OCS (officer training.) but i dont know if i wanta go str8t in as an officer. being inlisted for a minute would give some experince ya just dont learn in there training classes....

but just try to keep on subject and explain your thoughts about your career in the millitary...

would you do it agian if you where given the chance. yes or no and why.. thanks all!!!!
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I almost went back into the reserves (was active duty in the Marines) after college as an officer, but life got busy.

You'll need to work on your grammar and spelling to cut it as a Military Officer.
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In my opinion, why don't you go for the Airforce? I suppose I am partial because I am dating a Vet. from the military and have quite a few friends that are still enlisted. It is a great way to make a life for yourself. With a degree, you could possibly get into the Pilot Program.
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Ok heres what i think. You should get some exper. as a grunt before you start taking command. you will make a better officer. I did the split training option which means i joined when i was 17 last were as a high school junior and then i went to basic training this summer between my junior and senior year. I think it is just a good idea to get some exper. as a private before
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well I am in also and I personally think that a person that just goes from a degree to an officer is really not as respected in the eyes of the enlisted vs an officer that has done a minumum of one enlistment before you transition to an officer I thought about doing it but I am going to be getting out in a year and I will say more power to you for thinking of joining and if you join I will be willing to answer them
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I'd say you're nuts. Take a quick look at UCMJ before you get too far.
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I was in the Navy for a while and things got way better after boot and schooling (and even boot for me wasn't bad as I spent alot of time with the security clearance people, who were civillians). Usually any branch of the service offers programs that will take you through the enlisted ranks, then promote you to officer (and honestly, it is those people that get way more respect by the enlisted ranks, AND it is those officers that know how to effectively communicate with the enlisted bunch). And the services look at how many college credits you have prior to enlisting. Once boot is over, depending on how many credits you have, you get instant promotion to either E2 or E3, meaning you could make E4 statuts (which is the non-commisioned officer status) in little time.

Out of all the branches, the Air Force has the highest qualitiy of life. Navy usually has the lowest, but that all depends on where you are stationed at. Benefits are amazing, even after-service benefits are at times amazing. If you go the military route, take your time deciding which branch will fit you best. None of them pay more than the other for the same rank, so the choice on which branch is all up to you.
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Spent 8 years in the Army, got out in 2004.

If you are thinking of OCS, wait. Go enlisted, get some time under your belt first, then go OCS. That way, when you graduate OCS as a butterball, you will goto your first assignment knowing more than what they take you granted for.

Don't go enlisted as a grunt. So what if you spend 10 years in the Army as a grunt, what are you going to do as a civilian? Mall security? Do something technical, Telecommunications, Aviation, vehicle maintainence. I hear Lockheed/Martin pays good!
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I kinda fell into the same trap with my rating in the Navy (CTR). Cryptologists really are not needed outside of the government, but the background in electronics helped out somewhat when I started searching for jobs on the outside.

Also keep in mind that after going to school for a few years you should naturally know more. That being said, you should score much better in the ASVAB at that time than say after high school, when alot of students take it. Scoring better in the ASVAB = greater choices for rate. On my ASVAB, I scored high enough to take the nuke test afterards (though I didn't do so hot on that one ) and my ASVAB score was the only thing that saved me from having to do Navy-style grunt work (mess cook, fireman, damage-control) since they found that I am colorblind.
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I'd say you're nuts. Take a quick look at UCMJ before you get too far.
LOL made my morning. The UCMJ which basically says you are guilty until proven innocent.

FWIW, get it in writing that you are accepted into OCS. You will still go to basic training then on to OCS.

I am for universal service. It would do everyone good to be in the military for six years in a lot of different ways.

Hope it works out for you.
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