Originally Posted by rman598
Sorry I wasn't able to post this in LE and Military. I want to join the military but I'm not sure what branch. I was looking at different jobs and I was interested in the engineering(army,) wheeled driver(army+ marines) small arms repair(army + marines), security (air force), and the Abrams tank crew man(army). I know many of you are in the military and veterans and what are your experiences with them. I'm kind of leaning towards army because marines might be too tough for me. thanks
FWIW, I did 21 years in the USAF. I went in to just move on to the next stage of my life. No actual goal for what would come next. Somehow it's all managed to work out ok.
With that in mind, I strongly recommend that you figure out what your goals would be if you decide that 4 to 6 years of service is plenty for you. If your goal is to simply save for college and qualify for education benefits, that's one thing. If you wish to actually learn a trade that you can take with you in addition, that's something else.
Engineers? Blowing stuff up last I knew. Fun, but I imagine that jobs are not growing on trees.
Wheeled vehicle operator? The world has plenty of bus drivers, and think long and hard before you decide that truck driver is the way forward for you.
Tank crewman? Sounds fun, but after your service options might be somewhat limited.
Security? The USAF doesn't have the market cornered. The bar is pretty low as well. Fair or unfair, Security Police (Food Services too) was considered the place people were sent when they washed out of other, more technical jobs. I won't get into my more personal & hateful opinons of USAF Security Forces here.
You want something with a future? Be the guy that fixes all the cool toys.
I was a Aircraft Armament Systems guy. Repaired and serviced all the stuff that allowed our aircraft to actually be called a weapon, as well as loading bombs & missiles. I landed an aircraft electrician job here at the depot almost instantly when I retired.
Small arms repair? You might be on to something there, I don't really know the market. I know that our (HAFB) depot Gun shop does some small arms work (or used to), not sure how much though.
FWIW, nearly anything in the military has some benefit, though some might be a bit remote. If nothing else a successful stint in the military will tell future employers a couple things:
1. You can be trained.
2. You can, more often than not, show up for work most days.
3. You know how to be a team player.
4. You can read and follow simple instructions.
These all sound really simplistic, but many employers can work with this as a baseline.