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Old 08-08-2011, 12:31 AM   #1
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Ok i just wanted to throw this out there and get some objective opinions; what do we think of military service? And what ages do we think one should join (or if), for how long, what branch, NCO or officer etc.....just a wild q, looking for interesting opinions....

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Old 08-08-2011, 12:35 AM   #2
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i think it should be mandatory for high school graduates to serve, at least a few years., then are allowed to go to collage or what ever they choose.... how much better would the world be if we ALL had a few of the same expriences

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I actually think the same, they do do it in some countries (israel switzerland etc) and i just think it might help the country a bit too, build a bit of respect and stuff too, but its hard for me to decide to do it, and i really want to do rotc too but my parents are against it and im nt sure if i want to commit to 8 yrs service after college, like id only be out (if i made it) at 30 yrs old..

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i think it should be mandatory for high school graduates to serve, at least a few years., then are allowed to go to collage or what ever they choose.... how much better would the world be if we ALL had a few of the same expriences
It would be akin to a draft service
if it was mandatory for everyone to
serve right out of high school. In fact,
the idea should be reinstated, as that
would provide the 'passage of rites'
teenagers are missing in their evolution.
I was drafted at the age of eighteen into
the Army and later sent to Vietnam. I hated
it, as street life in NYC was still in my blood.
But later in life as I look back I think it was
structual and positive in that it chiseled out
a character in me I would not have otherwise found.
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i went in the army at 21 my only regret was not doing it a helluva lot sooner at 18. if your 18+ you dont need parental approval.

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First, one should have a basic grasp on punctuation and capitalization.

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First, one should have a basic grasp on punctuation and capitalization.
I am sorry shihan that i do not type with the 'Queen's English';
1. I am on my ipod, so it is not as user friendly as a keypad
2. I am used to shortening everything so as to type quicker to friends
3. I do have the ability, I am a straight A english student, and I read, a lot.

Thank you for your input though.
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And ye i just would rather their approval you know? but im almost positive i will join. (oh and btw im 17, so almost there :P)

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And ye i just would rather their approval you know? but im almost positive i will join. (oh and btw im 17, so almost there :P)
You can tell by my avatar that I favor the military.

If you're going to college, ROTC might be a great way for you to find out. Things may have changed, but when I was college age, you could do two years of ROTC without a commitment to the service. So you could get a taste without "buying in."
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I enlisted at 17. Army. Private. Became an NCO, later, became an officer. On reflection, 17 is too young for most people.

Despite the (sometimes) good natured bickering that goes on between the branches of service, they ALL serve a purpose. I can no more tell you if, or what service, you would do well in, than I can tell you your shoe size.

DO spend time talking with the recruiters- remembering that they ARE sales people with a sales goal, but what they promise IN WRITING will be delivered.

While I agree with the concept of required service as a component of being a citizen, my element of the Army has always been all volunteer- and rarely had a shortage of troops.

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