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Old 01-09-2014, 02:34 PM   #41
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I almost went to the Corps. I even thought about going to the Navy. I chose Air Force and I'm glad I did. I'll explain why.

When I was an E-3, with less than 2 years in, I was stationed in Monterey, CA and was living off base, in an apartment, on the government's dime. An apartment in Monterey aint cheap. I went to visit a friend, an E-5 in the Corps, at Camp Pendelton. He was an E-5, with 7 years in service, and he lived in a barracks with 2 other men.

Not that there is anything wrong with being in the Marine Corps, but the Air Force takes better care of their people. Deployments suck. Everyone eats a little dirt. But the Marine Corps sleeps in tents (if they are lucky) with numerous other men, and without A/C. The Air Force will put you in a trailer, with A/C, and you will share a private room with one other person. And you will most likely have a TV.

AND... The pay is the same. An E-5 with 5 years in service gets paid the EXACT same whether they are Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, etc.

Sure, some people have something to prove and decide to join the Marine Corps because they are "tougher" or because others said they couldn't hack it. After you graduate boot camp and have proved yourself, do you wnat to spend the rest of your enlistment paying for it?


Just my 2 cents. I am a disabled veteran and I respect ALL of my Brothers and Sisters in Arms, regardless of branch of service.
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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.
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I almost went to the Corps. I even thought about going to the Navy. I chose Air Force and I'm glad I did. I'll explain why.

When I was an E-3, with less than 2 years in, I was stationed in Monterey, CA and was living off base, in an apartment, on the government's dime. An apartment in Monterey aint cheap. I went to visit a friend, an E-5 in the Corps, at Camp Pendelton. He was an E-5, with 7 years in service, and he lived in a barracks with 2 other men.

Not that there is anything wrong with being in the Marine Corps, but the Air Force takes better care of their people. Deployments suck. Everyone eats a little dirt. But the Marine Corps sleeps in tents (if they are lucky) with numerous other men, and without A/C. The Air Force will put you in a trailer, with A/C, and you will share a private room with one other person. And you will most likely have a TV.

AND... The pay is the same. An E-5 with 5 years in service gets paid the EXACT same whether they are Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, etc.

Sure, some people have something to prove and decide to join the Marine Corps because they are "tougher" or because others said they couldn't hack it. After you graduate boot camp and have proved yourself, do you wnat to spend the rest of your enlistment paying for it?

Just my 2 cents. I am a disabled veteran and I respect ALL of my Brothers and Sisters in Arms, regardless of branch of service.
So... Monterey, huh? Expect a PM.

Regarding the Sergeant in the brks thing. The Corps lately doesn't like to give housing allowance to NCOs who aren't married.

I'm married but in training, and am a Sgt with almost six years in. I'm currently living in a brks with two roommates. My family wasn't allowed to come with me here.

The problem is the Marine Corps doesn't have a lot of money, so they skimp where they can get away with it. BAH to unmarried NCOs is one of those places unfortunately.

Life sucks right now, by the by.
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Think about the Coast Guard, they are a multifaceted service. They are a Military Service as well as a federal Law enforcement agency and search and rescue agency.
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I love the water so the Coast Guard was my first choice, joined the AF because in the mid 70's the Coast Guard had a waiting list!
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Maybe this will help a little:

United States Air Force Basic Military Training - Topic
http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC87hEsW4QOKVYYlIokD_Cbw/videos

AIR FORCE BASIC REQUIREMENTS TO ENLIST

Air Force Basic Training: In Their Own Words




US Army Basic Training, The Making of a Soldier PT 1, Reception



OurMarines
http://www.youtube.com/user/OurMarines/videos

United States Marine Corps : The Marines PBS Documentary Complete



U.S. Coast Guard
http://www.youtube.com/user/USCGImagery/videos
It's Just 8 Weeks: Coast Guard Basic Training



United States Navy
http://www.youtube.com/user/usnavy/videos
http://www.youtube.com/user/UnitedStatesNavy/videos
Welcome to U.S. Navy Boot Camp
Navy Boot Camp: Physical Fitness
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Maybe this will help a little:

United States Air Force Basic Military Training - Topic
http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC87hEsW4QOKVYYlIokD_Cbw/videos

AIR FORCE BASIC REQUIREMENTS TO ENLIST

Air Force Basic Training: In Their Own Words




US Army Basic Training, The Making of a Soldier PT 1, Reception



OurMarines
http://www.youtube.com/user/OurMarines/videos

United States Marine Corps : The Marines PBS Documentary Complete



U.S. Coast Guard
http://www.youtube.com/user/USCGImagery/videos
It's Just 8 Weeks: Coast Guard Basic Training



United States Navy
http://www.youtube.com/user/usnavy/videos
http://www.youtube.com/user/UnitedStatesNavy/videos
Welcome to U.S. Navy Boot Camp
Navy Boot Camp: Physical Fitness
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