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Old 07-02-2013, 03:06 AM   #41
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One other thing, avoid the Navy like the plague if you are over 5'10" tall.
You WILL suffer, officer or no...kneeknockers & headbashers know no rank

Short tour in the Navy made me put in an interservice transfer...instead of re-upping, I went Army.
Army's like Boy Scouts with Heavy Weaponry...if you enjoy camping with fun firearms, it's the place to be
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Old 07-02-2013, 04:29 AM   #42
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Don't let them turn you away so easy. Don't forget about your ace up the sleeve: your ASVAB score. Best of luck to ya.
Lol I told them and they did not care. I had a tatto oon my wrist and it's an automatic dq. I could get it removed and then get a waiver for my big tattoo. The one on my wrist is just two letters, really small, but they don't care. Anyway I'm still going in tomorrow.

And yeah I don't have any interest in the navy. Haha.
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Joining the Navy was quite possibly the best decision I ever made as a 17 year old. Scratch that, it WAS the best decision I ever made at that age. I spent a little less than 6 years in and started work that would eventually become my civilian career.

Today I write software to implement, support, and augment the capability of statistical analysis software for a variety multi-billion dollar corporations.

If not for the Navy, there is probably no way I would have ever started writing code, much less taken the time to really learn how computers work.

As a child, I was very interested in radios, lasers, rockets, and radio control devices but was never that interested in school.

The Navy gave me the discipline to sit down and actually learn what I needed to know to write useful business applications.

My only regret about joining the Navy was not spending more time learning while I had that golden opportunity.
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Lol I told them and they did not care. I had a tatto oon my wrist and it's an automatic dq. I could get it removed and then get a waiver for my big tattoo. The one on my wrist is just two letters, really small, but they don't care. Anyway I'm still going in tomorrow.

And yeah I don't have any interest in the navy. Haha.
Getting tattoos removed is expensive. More so for colors. However, if you can afford it, you prolly won't regret it as it will open up a door to the service you actually want to be in.

Plus, a lot of civilian employers consider visible tattoos unprofessionally.

I honestly believe if someone genuinely wants to be a Marine they will never be happy in a different service, and there will always be regret.
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Getting tattoos removed is expensive. More so for colors. However, if you can afford it, you prolly won't regret it as it will open up a door to the service you actually want to be in.

Plus, a lot of civilian employers consider visible tattoos unprofessionally.

I honestly believe if someone genuinely wants to be a Marine they will never be happy in a different service, and there will always be regret.
That's how I feel. I will join the army if I have to (as in not being able to get into
Marines) but I wot feel the same sense of accomplishment.

As far as navy, I'm not knocking it, it's just not for me. Any service is better than no service.
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Hahaha well reason enough right there.

Alright now another question. If I wanted to do the Marine Corps, would I be better off just starting with them? Or would they want to work with me more on a tattoo waiver if they saw my ASVAB score? Cause the first time I took the ASVAB I got a 95 which meant I could do any job the Corps had to offer. Now my ASVAB is expired and I have to take it again. So what would be the best course of action there? I don't want to waste the army's time by taking the asvab through them just to take my scores to the Corps, but I also would rather be in the Marine Corps, so I'd be willing to do it. If that makes sense...

OP: I was A Warrant officer for 11.5 yrs total(5+ Active and 6.5 In the reserves)
I entered under a contract that was specific because i was already a Pilot at 19, and had a 3 Yr. Associates Degree In Criminal Jurisprudence. I also at the time passed the Flight physical requirements.
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stay away from combat mos as then you are pretty much screwed when you get out. Also the big thing about recruiters, at least 80% of what they tell you about basic training and life in the military is a straight up lie. I loved my time in the military and if not for injuries and the high chance my wife would kill me, I would re-up in a heartbeat and probably go right back as infantry. Just know this, don't find it out the hard way as I did, if you go for a combat MOS the types of jobs that you will be qualified for a quite limited unless you go to school or already have some kind of other training.
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I'm going into the army recruiting office on monday to hopefully start the enlistment process. Any advice from the veterans out there?
I've given this advice many times before.

Don't be first, Don't be last and DON'T Volunteer!

If the drill instructor doesn't know your name in the first few weeks you are doing well.
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Thanks for all the advice guys. Just went to the marine corps office and it's a no go on my tattoos. They said the policy is under review again but they have no clue what the changes will be or when they will happen. So In the mean time I believe I'll be going for army intelligence. I'm thinking if I really like the military I can always get my wrist tattoo removed while I'm in and have the money for it and transfer branches later.
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Thanks for all the advice guys. Just went to the marine corps office and it's a no go on my tattoos. They said the policy is under review again but they have no clue what the changes will be or when they will happen. So In the mean time I believe I'll be going for army intelligence. I'm thinking if I really like the military I can always get my wrist tattoo removed while I'm in and have the money for it and transfer branches later.
Yeah, you can certainly do that. Bear in mind when you go from the other branches to the Marine Corps you usually lose rank and you still have to go through our boot camp. If you start in the Corps and move over you don't have to do their basic training.

Once you're in the army, it may not be worthwhile to switch branches. But that's a decision you can make at a later time.

Best of luck to ya. I'm sure you will enjoy it regardless.
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