Possibly Joining Military

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by TheSadPanda, Aug 9, 2011.

  1. TheSadPanda

    TheSadPanda New Member

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    So as the title says, i am debating on whether or not to join the military. The thing is, i have no idea where to even begin in deciding how to go about this, and I don't even know if i can join. I am well aware we have many people on here that have served, and i would greatly appreciate their input.

    So if anybody could give me any sense of direction, such as, who to talk to, where to go, what to/not to do, thatd be just awesome.

    Ill give a little background: I am a 21 year old who decided that engineering and paramedics werent for me. So now i live at home and work at a gas station. I dont want to sit around doing nothing, i want to take the initiative and make something happen. i love physical activity, challenges, and organization. If i join i want the opportunity to turn it into a career. The only major complication i have is that 3 years ago i tore my ACL, and had surgery to fix it and had major rehab to get me back on track. Im not sure if this would disqualify me or not.
     
  2. SoupNazi

    SoupNazi New Member

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    I deeply regret not going into the service when I was young enough. Good for you on wanting to join. I let my Dad (korean war vet) talk me out of it. I guess he was cold most of the time in Korea :)
     

  3. CourtJester

    CourtJester Well-Known Member

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    Go for it. My dad tried talking me out of it. He was a Marine Corps drill instructor with two tours in Vietnam. Not the easiest guy to grow up with by any means. But he always told me that all the military will teach you is how to eat $hit from a tin can while sleeping in a muddy ditch. I joined the Coast Guard. Still wish I'd have gone into the Navy. Still happy though.
    Go for it.
     
  4. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    USMC and don't look back!
     
  5. jjfuller1

    jjfuller1 New Member

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    weather your sending rounds down range or getting an asschewing.. its the only choice. 2004 to 2008
     
  6. ArmyGuy

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    While I see a lot of guys preaching USMC, you can see that I am in the Army. No matter which brach you decide to join, make sure you can pick your job BEFORE signing the contract. That way if you do decide that after your first enlistment the military is not for you, you have your training. Meaining pick a job that you will enjoy AND can use on the outside as a civilian. Lots of civilian companies like to hire the honorably discharged because they know we get good training.

    The best person to talk to would be your local recruiter. I am sure you can find them on google maps fairly easy. And by all means if you have any questions I would be happy to help either here in the forum or as a private message.

    Good luck in whatever you decide.
     
  7. TheSadPanda

    TheSadPanda New Member

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    Can i ask why USMC over the others? Im not opposed to it, i juat was wondering if there was a direct reason. The only thing i dont want to do is sit on a ship for 6 months at a time. Thanks for the support so far!
     
  8. towboater

    towboater Well-Known Member

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    USAF the best of the Military.:D
     
  9. ArmyGuy

    ArmyGuy New Member

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    Here is the long and short of it......

    The Marines think (and a lot are) that they are tougher than everyone else. Their jobs are going to be more combat oriented, since they share with the Navy.

    The Army is great (come on, you know I had to say that) I have been in since 99 and plan on doing my 20 at least. They have a larger selection of jobs than the Marines do which means you can pic one to use as a civilian. Promotions in the Army and the Marines can go fairly quickly.

    The Airforce PROMOTES VERY SLOW, but still has a good selection of jobs. They only deploy for 3-6 months at a time and don't go to the "field" at all.

    I am honestly not too sure about the Navy, but since you don't want to be on a ship that's ok.

    I am trying not to just preach the Army, but to give you an objective view so that you can make the best choice for YOU.
     
  10. Retcop

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    As others have posted: Talk to your local recruiters of all branches and decide which branch you think will best suit you. I am a US Navy Vet and served aboard a Destroyer for four years and I can assure you that Sailors don't sit aboard a ship regardless of how long you are aboard. There is little time for that. ;)
     
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  11. towboater

    towboater Well-Known Member

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    I was in the Air Force and never deployed. I did do some temporary duty assignments. They were the best part of the AF...lol
     
  12. IGETEVEN

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    I am not going to suggest any branch of service. What I am going to advise you is that the knee injury you described above will most likely stop you from entering any branch of service.

    Back, head, knee or any joint injures in your pre-service medical HX will be a definitive red flag and UFD possibility. They will determine your status for enlistment.

    I wish you the best of luck though. :)
     
  13. Yunus

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    If your not sure what to do, I can't think of anything better than the military. It will give you a purpose (like it or not) and skills. How marketable those skills are is up to you in choosing your job. It's been said before, choose BEFORE you join. Get a GUARANTEED job when you sign the dotted line and not a second after. A recruiter is your best resource and the worst liar you will meet(my uncle an E-9 SM in the army told me, not to believe the recruiter if their mouth was open). Think about what you might want to do and get a job in the military that is similar.

    Even if you choose something you don't want to do for the rest of your life you still have a skill and will get leadership skills no matter what job you choose.
     
  14. doctherock

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    I see your USMC and raise you the Air Force. Aim High, stay dry.:D
     
  15. Dzscubie

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    Army,

    I will agree with you that the AF does promote a hell of a lot slower than the other services.

    BUT, I will disagree with you on the deployment and field comment.

    In the “old” days most of the AF did not deploy for more than 60 to 90 days but after 9/11 that changed. Now days the AF deploys as much as most of the other services and for the same 12 to 15 months as everyone else. We do send more troops TDY rather than PCS. I will also say that the AF does not deploy as many troops as the other services as we don’t have as large ground mission as the Army or Marines.

    As for the field, it really depends on your AFSC (or MOS for you Army types).

    The Security Forces are deployed to the field often and over the past few years have taken responsibility for a lot of escort duty from the Army. SF are the ground ponders of the AF and man DFP’s, run escorts, do patrols outside the wire and pretty much anything else you can think of that a combat Infantry soldier would do.

    We are not as big as the Army and our mission is different but we’re not sitting on out butt’s ether. Not to mention Para rescue, Combat Control Teams and our spec op guys.


    Scubie
     
  16. TheSadPanda

    TheSadPanda New Member

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    Thank you for all of your responses so far! My knee could deffinitely pass any physical, id rate it at about 99%. Im leaning towards army or usmc i think. I will definitely have to go talk to recruiter or six soon. What do you all mean by "have a job before you sign"?
     
  17. IGETEVEN

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    It won't be up to you, it will be up to the Orthopedic Specialist they will refer you too that will make that decision if your knee is 99%. There is lots of ground pounding in both those branches, no matter your MOS.

    Know what MOS (Military Occupational Specialty) you want to be trained in ahead of time and get that in writing. Also, once you ETS the military, you will be able to have that same job opportunity in the civilian sector...or go to college or trade school to enhance, educate and move forward into a better job position.
     
  18. doctherock

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    Lets not forget TACP, Tactical Air Controllers. 3 went down with the SEALS on the CH47.
     
  19. TheSadPanda

    TheSadPanda New Member

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    I understand that whether my knee will pass inspection or not isn't up to me, but I was trying to emphasize that I am fairly confident that it will pass. (but still a little worried)

    The more I look into it, the more I feel like the military is the place for me. But it's a little disheartening that my knee can be a make or break (get it?) deal on whether or not I can get in and get started :(
     
  20. ArmyGuy

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    As far as having a job before you sign, I only know the Army process and I will generally describe it here.

    First off, your job selections will be based on how well you score on the ASVAB test (that goes for all branches). The recruiter will tell you that you qualify for everything under the sun because it's his/her job to get you to sign. Once you have decided to join, you will go to a MEPS location and go through all your physical stuff. Provided you pass all of that, you will go see what they call a career counselor (they are like one step up from the recruiter). The career counselor is who actually puts your job in writing (into a computer). They will tell you what jobs are available for you to pick from and help you decided. Then when you go to sign the actual contract, the job you picked will be in there and they will honor that contract and send you to that training.



    To all of you AF Vets out there, I meant no offense in any of my comments. Everything I said was generalized for the forum here. Those who have served know there are exceptions to everything in the military. And every branch has certain jobs/people that are going to do more/less of something (ie. deploy or field time) than everyone else in that branch of military does. I have nothing but respect for anyone who is willing to serve their country no matter what color their uniform is.