Considering joining the military

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by Doug1627, Apr 29, 2008.

  1. Doug1627

    Doug1627 New Member

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    Hello,

    I have been considering joining the military for quite some time. Most likely the National Guard so I can keep my current job. I see alot of ppl here that currently serve or have served. If you are retired would you do it again? If you are currently serving is it what you were told it would be? How do you like it?


    Thanks for any input,
    Doug
     
  2. McNabb11b

    McNabb11b New Member

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    It wasn't really how I was told it would be. Basic is nothing like the movies. I actually enjoyed myself there. My advice is to do it. It pays great and wearing the uniform gives me a great sense of pride along with a realization that I have to work hard to live up to the people who wore it before me. Don't want to put them to shame.
    I would suggest not going into the Guard. When I got back from basic I was in a state of "what now?", I got all this training and now I have to be a civilian again. I wish that I had gone active from the get go.
    Start working on PT and do your best.
     

  3. Doug1627

    Doug1627 New Member

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    Thanks for your input. What do you recommend?
     
  4. GlenJohnson

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    I too, would not go into the guard. Went into Army back in 1971, but didn't retire from there. Did 3 years active, 3 years inactive. Now, over 30 years later, I still have full medical coverage, went to college on full scholarship, and had never once looked back. I have to admit, I got lucky. Instead of Nam, the government sent me to Germany to work in a hospital since I was a medic. (Don't ask me why I didn't see combat, but I'll always thank the Lord I didn't.)
     
  5. RL357Mag

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    My son joined the Marines last year fresh out of High School - a bunch of his friends got together and decided to join. My ex-wife decided to sign his enlistment papers without telling me, so when I found out it was too late to discuss it with him. As it turns out, before he shipped out to Parris Is. his Recruiter requested that I come down and sign his papers or they would not let him go down until his 18th birthday. He really wanted to do it, and said my father's service in WWII was the impetus for him to join (he hit a soft spot with me with that one, but as I told him, a World War and the Middleast conflict are two very different things) so I signed. I'm proud of him, I support him and all our troops, but it scares the crap out of me and will continue to do so until his enlistment is up! There's some serious **** going on in the mideast and I think it will get worse before it gets better. Something to consider...it ain't like the movies, and it will change you for sure and forever if you see combat!
     
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  6. Chester

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    My son is currently in the Navy, He hates it. Good thing he'll be getting out in Dec.
     
  7. hillbilly68

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    First off, thank you for making the decision that so many are unwilling to make. The population of able bodied men that have served/ are serving grows smaller and smaller. Used to it was expected, especially in more rural areas. I like how the "older" folks say "he is in the service" instead of the more used "in the military". Service is on the mark; even if you don't agree with the politics, the administration, the rest of the population, IMO it is a great thing to give something back. You will be part of something much greater than you, and not necessarily the service to your Country. What you will give to your fellow soldiers cannot be understood by anyone that has not served.
    Good luck to you.
     
  8. GlenJohnson

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    Suggestion, pick what you love. Had a freind that was really into elecronics, so he signed up for the air force, with a job description in electonics. He acually worked on the radar systems behind the berlin wall, (dating us here), but when he got out, went to college on GI bill, and started a very succesful electronics company. You can serve your country and your country will train you with what you love. Thanks and good luck.
     
  9. Doug1627

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    Thanks for the replies everyone! Time to hook up with a recruiter.
     
  10. pioneer461

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    About like anything else, some folks hate it, some like it. I grew up as an Army Brat, my dad being career Army. Being in a very patriotic home, I thought of military service as paying my dues for the freedoms and rights we enjoy as citizens.

    I enlisted in 1965 right after high school when Vietnam was heating up. It was either join with a choice, or get drafted. I chose Naval Aviation, in part on the advice of dad, an Infantryman. He advised that I would have much better career training that I could later apply to civilian life, than as an infantryman in the Army, or Marine Corps. I didn't like the Air Force uniforms, and at the time "bell-bottoms" were in fashion. :rolleyes: (Groovy.)

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    I didn't get the career training I had hoped for, but what training I had later helped me in my surprise career, law enforcement.
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  11. GlenJohnson

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    Good luck, Doug, keep us informed.
     
  12. Doug1627

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    I was in the Army for 21 years and would not trade one minute of it for all the money in the world. It was among the most enjoyable times I ever had. My oldest son joined the Army last year, He's getting a good education and making a lot better money then I did 38 years ago.

    I just got back from visiting him and the Grandkids late last night, they seemed to be enjoying him being in the Army.
     
  14. Chester

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    Imho The Air Force is the way to go, You will get Great training(the best possible) Great food, Nice living quarters. But be prepared, It's still the military you will do what they say, When they say, How they say.
     
  15. Ed21

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    Think your decision through. Involve your parents. Decide why you want to join, what you want out of it and what your goals are for the short term and the long term.

    I enlisted for 3 years in 1969 mainly for the GI bill. My parent could not afford to send me to college and this was the best method I could think of. Also, I was under the influence of Robin Moore, Barry Sadler, and John Wayne at the time.:D I joined for 3 and stayed for 33. About 12 years of that was with the National Guard. All a great time. There were ups and downs. Would not trade the experience (and retirement;) ) for anything. I joined the army. You should look at all the services and see what they offer in the areas you are interested in. Look to the future. I didn't. Not much demand for my skills in the civilian market. Besides, I'm a little broke up. Still not complaining though. It is what I wanted to do.

    Good luck to you and make the best of your decision.