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Old 06-30-2013, 04:30 AM   #11
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+1 for Navy. Hospital Corpsman is an excellent field to go into and you have options for further training (C School) . Highly marketable & preferred in civilian job market

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Old 06-30-2013, 04:33 AM   #12
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I would not, based on my past experience, volunteer for airborne or Ranger training on enlistment no matter what the recruiter says or claims it will do for your career. I did and on completion was assigned to an airborne unit without first attending the school I selected on enlistment but was allowed to attend the following fiscal year.

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Old 06-30-2013, 04:43 AM   #13
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I have my associates degree. I've considered the officer route but I honestly don't know if I'd be ready for that. I'm 21 and I guess I don't trust myself to be in charge of other people at this point. As far as the navy, it just doesn't appeal to me for some reason. I'm from a navy town and have family in the navy. Maybe some of the goobers I've seen roll through town have put me off. The number one tip I've heard from both you guys and other people has been to read, read, and read my contract.

Has anyone here gotten screwed on their contracts or lied to? If so what are some tricks to watch out for?

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Old 06-30-2013, 05:04 AM   #14
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If you can get a bachelors first, you would still be better off in the long run. If you consider the career route and go to retirement, the retirement pay is much better.

Don't worry about leading right away. The military branches have a way if bringing junior officers up with good mentor ship from senior enlisted and senior officers to help bring you up to speed if you are willing to listen and learn.

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Is there any downside to waiting to go the officer route until after I've been in a while in order to see if I wanna stay for the long haul?

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Is there any downside to waiting to go the officer route until after I've been in a while in order to see if I wanna stay for the long haul?
I personally think the officers who are enlisted first make better officers. There are exceptions of course, but generally speaking Mustangs are the best officers. You will have more respect amongst your troops, too.
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Is there any downside to waiting to go the officer route until after I've been in a while in order to see if I wanna stay for the long haul?
The downside is that there can be obstacles to completing your degree. Duties, not enough seniority or qualifications to be allowed school time or tuition assistance. So it could take a lot longer.

My intention when I joined the Navy was to do one six year enlistment and get out and finish the two years left on my bachelors degree. Twelve years later I got a bachelors degree. But I was too old for a commission with that particular degree. Been in 19 years now. Getting ready to try and complete a masters before I retire.
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Wow , a real hero with a great mind set..! I wish you the best of luck..! Seems like whatever you choose , you will succeed..! Whatever , when ever , you come back whole..! You've got the advice and all I can add is keep your head down..!

We need good people state side to my friend so you come back(WHOLE , MIND , BODY) , WHOLE..!

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The downside is that there can be obstacles to completing your degree. Duties, not enough seniority or qualifications to be allowed school time or tuition assistance. So it could take a lot longer.

My intention when I joined the Navy was to do one six year enlistment and get out and finish the two years left on my bachelors degree. Twelve years later I got a bachelors degree. But I was too old for a commission with that particular degree. Been in 19 years now. Getting ready to try and complete a masters before I retire.
That's definitely something to think about. Thanks for talkin to me and sharing your experience.

And I'll try my best Dango. Haha. Thanks.
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Yes it might take longer to finish your degree once you're in, but you can usually do a large portion of it at no cost to you, especially since they brought back tuition assistance. You can't beat leaving the military with X number of years work experience, all sorts of certs and a clearance, a bachelors degree, and with close to $0 in student loan debt.

On a side night, since you already have your AA degree, if you join the Navy you could come in with a little bit more rank.

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