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Thinking about joining the army.

Discussion in 'General Chit-Chat' started by tekonus, Jan 18, 2010.

  1. ch-47 soldier

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    with that being said, the GI bill is an option, i suggest taking it. while you are on active duty you have tuition assistance so you dont have to use your GI bill or pay out of pocket. you wont find out about any sign on bonus until you go to MEPS. the recruiters can sometimes ballpark it but its not guaranteed until you go to MEPS and sign the contract.
    unfortunatley there is no such thing as a demand for state-side or anywhere else. its about how many people are already in that MOS. it also depends on where you go. ive seen many different people in many different MOS's doing jobs other than what they signed up for. thats part of being in the army. youre a soldier first, your MOS is secondary.
     
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    On another note when you take your ASVAB, don't be alarmed if other people finish much faster than you. Every branch of service has a slightly different test. As an example, When I enlisted in the Navy, the guy next to me was going into the Marines, the other side Army, and the guy behind me the Air Force. The guy for the Marines finished so quickly, the rest of us felt dumb. Turns out the academic requirements for the marines are a little lower than the rest of the branches. the guys taking the army version finished next and me and the Air Force people seemed to be in the test room for at least thirty minutes longer....
     
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    I would like to chime in also for the Coast Guard. With you wanting a job in law enforcement this could be good for you. You'll probably spend 6 years enforcing the laws in our international waterways. I only spent 4 years in the Navy in the 80s and all we did was training exercises. In the CG you'll be on a real missions every time you cast off with a variety of duties whether it's rescue missions or search and seizure. You could be stationed anywhere from the Great Lakes, Mississippi River to coastal areas. In the 80s we even saw a Coast Guard Cutter in the harbor in Sasebo,Japan while we were there so even over seas duty is possible.
     
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    I'll start by saying
    There is nothing wrong with being a service man
    I am grateful for each and every person who chooses this career path.

    I was never in the service ..my dad 22 yr army my brother in the Air force.

    I was a Police Officer for 2 years.
    if you think the service puts a strain on a relationship..I got news for ya..Police Officers have one of the highest divorce rate..it takes a very special woman/man to deal with their spouse being a Police Officer.

    btw, school to learn how to be an officer.. forget about it.

    I have a 4 year degree (BS) and it took me 3 years of testing and interviews to get on.
    the written tests are only the beginning..wait till you get the oral boards..

    I actually qualified in the top 20 on three departments. number 5 on the list for one before I 'fit' the need.

    MP/AP/SP...doesn't matter.. they would re train you anyway.. military service does add a few points in score tho.
     
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    Thank you everybody for all your input, it's really made a world of difference.
     
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    I was in the Army from 1989 until 2001 if you want to talk in a private message {?} I'm only 8 years late coming across your post, LOL {Hey, you're still within the age bracket}
    * 82nd AIRBORNE*
    * DEATH FROM ABOVE ! *

     

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