MIL planning on enlisting v. need advice

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  1. unknown81

    unknown81 New Member

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    ok, i am really out of options. my goal is to become a certified/trained automotive mechanic. i have no means of paying for education and i cant think of any other possibilities. i'm really nervous about this... i'm 18, H.S. dropout (no GED yet), and i'm really skinny (6'2" 140lbs). the things that really make me nervous is the commitment and ammount of my life that i will be dedicating. the branches i am interested in are; army, army reserves, nat'l gaurd, and possibly USAF. i am looking for any and all advice that could be given and it will be very much appreciated.
     
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    get your GED first , a recruiter wont even talk to you if you dont have one
     
  3. unknown81

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    hmmm... i read somewhere on military.com about some kind program that allows you to get your GED through the military.
     
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    TRN Well-Known Member

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    I doubt it.

    Go get it though. Its a step in the right direction.

    You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
     
  5. SW20 Nick

    SW20 Nick my avatar is cuter than urz

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    if ur that skinny, start working out NOW. pushups, flutter kicks, crunches. bang em out any chance u get. Start running too
     
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    get GED first. then go airforce..if they let you in that is..
     
  7. unknown81

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    well... i will be taking my GED tests may 9th and 11th.

    but i am really looking for what to expect before i make the commitment. i really have no clue about what goes on in military service... i will be the first in my family to enlist (besides my great grandpa.. WW2).
     
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    weeeee norcaldrift.org

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    army/usmc might
     
  9. unknown81

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    yeah... im pretty sure it was the army.
     
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    I'm sure you have to meet certain req's anyway.. your asvab probably has to be fairly high or at least high enough to enlist. I think that program is probaly more geared for people trying to gain us citizenship through enlisting although most branches will pay for you to take your GED test, I know the army does and did it for a kid while I worked for a recruiter. my advice to you, pick a mechanic MOS in the reserves, then go to school whie you are in, once you get done with your school the place you apply at to work will smile at your miitary mechanic training on top of your schooling, and if you do decide to stay military that mechanic training outside the miitary will help your military career. the bonus's for mechanics is pretty good right now too.
     
  11. jmx2323

    jmx2323 OT Supporter

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    no GED USAF is out of the question and a real long shot even with one.

    get the ged and go talk to the army recruiter...cant hurt to go talk to him before you get the ged too
     
  12. unknown81

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    i was planning on it... oh, i am curious about military policies on medicinal marijuana. i dont use it, but it has been recommended to me for minor back pain. and i dont want to put any time into researching it if it is not allowed in the military.
     
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    weeeee norcaldrift.org

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    NO

    DO NOT USE WEED, EVEN IF ITS FOR MEDICINAL PURPOSES.

    Anyways, I got my diploma through my recruiter. Drove me to school everyday at like 7:30 just to make sure I went.
     
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    Not allowed.
     
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    i didnt think it would be allowed... but i was encouraged to ask... and did you get your diploma or you GED?
     
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    get your fucking GED...there is no reason these days why people should not have at least that...
     
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    and as far as the whacky tobaccy goes...you better flush all of the drugs out of your system or your journey will end before it has a chance to start...

    judging by the lack of a GED and your drug questions...you aren't going to make it
     
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    haha... woah there turbo... i just dropped out about 4 months ago (and it was the schools fault)... i have been working full time since then and i havnt had the money to get the GED... but my dad is now paying for it so i am signed up for may 9th and 11th to take the test. and as far as drug use goes, not for me. i have "experimented" with weed once (4 years ago) and i ocasionally drink (maybe once a month). but as far as me asking that question, it was only because it was highly suggested to me for back pain. i was considering it only because i dont like prescriptions pills. i hope this clears some things up.
     
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    you do not have to explain yourself to me...but as i said, you better make sure that if there is anything in your system, that it is out.

    as far as your GED, imho, there is nothing more important in your life that you should be doing right now!
     
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    the Army got me out of debt and has provided me the opportunity to travel Europe...

    for people that are down in life, financially or are working a crap job...the military is a good way to get consistant pay, benefits, and add some meaning to an otherwise drab existance
     
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    net_prophet Tactical Texan

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    sounds just like what happened to me.....
     
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    Do you have the opportunity to go back to high school? I dropped out and got my GED and it was the biggest mistake I ever made, seriously consider going back to high school then talk to a recruiter.
     
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    i have heard that before also...but a GED is better than nothing.
     
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    Yes I agree 100% you need something, and a GED is not a death sentnce. I have GED and just started school to get my BA.
     
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    Don't go guard/reserve...go full time if you go at all.
     

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