MIL So Im 23 and thinking about enlisting

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  1. Telecast

    Telecast OT Supporter

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    I have only recently started seriously considering it, but i have felt an obligation to my country my entire life. Im in community college right now majoring in biochem with a pretty decent GPA 3.5. Things are real tough for me though, im finding it difficult paying for a place that i share with my friends, and affording school food etc. It just seems like the military can give me discipline that i can use to succeed the rest of my life and i can help serve my country. I claim to be a patriot, but without military service i feel like a huge hypocrite.

    What are the major differences between the marines and the army in terms of training, combat, and opportunities?

    Thanks for your help in advance.
     
  2. dmcgill

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    regular army deployments (ground troops) are 12-15 months i believe. they don't see as much combat as marines. generally they come in and stand watch in an area after the marines do all the shooting.

    marine deployments are 6-9 months.
     
  3. kazimer

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    if you are in college and doing well, i recommend you continue that path. you can enlist in the guard or the reserves, get money to finish school and then come back as an officer on active duty.

    if you are dead set on putting college on hold first, but intend to finish later on then i recommend you join the army. most new soldiers are guaranteed to be sent to a deployed or deploying unit. spend 12 months in iraq, save up your tax free pay checks. come back finish out enlistment contract and then re-enter college with full GI Bill benefits. depending on your MOS im sure you can qualify for a bonus

    From what I have seen on the outside, the army offers the most advancement opportunities out of any of the service branches...but then again i may be biased

    also dont fall into the hype of "this branch sees more action than that branch" there is no such thing as a front line anymore and rockets and mortars can come from anywhere. also if your MOS requires you to be on the road then you are at risk just like anyone else. A few friends of mine died when they went on patrol in an area that i traveled daily
     
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    Marines are brainwashed idiots. That said...

    If you get a degree, you can join the Army on the enlisted side and have them pay your bills.

    If you are close to a degree, the Army will help you finish it if you want to become a commissioned officer.

    The military is awesome because:
    -housing, food, clothing are paid for.
    -there are so many free services at your finger tips, such as legal and taxes.
    -all you have to do is be at the right place, at the right time, and in the right uniform. following that equation, plus a little motivation, will take you places in the Army.
    -you cannot get fired, unless you REALLY try.

    The military SUCKS because:
    -you must conform, in some ways you will not like.
    -once you sign on the dotted line and raise your right hand, life will never be the same again.-
    -yes, you will get deployed. yes, you will be in danger. yes, you could die.

    I joined when I was 21 to get some direction in life, pay off all of my debt, and to expand my instinct to lead. I have under 80 days left and I really have enjoyed my journey so far.
     
  5. Cheerio

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    I agree

    I am National Guard right now and just got deployed 4 months ago. I make about $40k tax free while im here. President Bush just lowered the tours to 12 months starting August 1 I think. I already have a BS degree but came in enlisted vs officer. Dont ask me why im an 88M either. Since we have been here 3 of our convoys have taken small arms fire and 1 ied blast. Some NG states pay 100% of tuition to state funded school plus you can get grants to pay for a dorm and food. 88m's currently have a $20k sign on bonus in my state. BTW Im 24 if that matters
     
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    I went Army, trained at Fort Huachuca in AZ and just got home last year, loving my unit so far. Just make sure you pick an MOS you think you would like.

    PS. my buddy hates the marines, he hasn't ranked up very fast and the pay/benefits aren't as good as Army, he's thinking of switching.
     
  7. widds2v

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    All branches follow the same pay scale and same benefits. Only reason he'd be making less is because he isn't as high of a rank.

    If the college is something you still want to pursue, can look at the air force. Get stationed in the states and still go to college.
     
  8. thekinggovernor

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    specialist versus lance corporal is probably what he is referring to. Its a pay scale difference with similar responsibilities
     
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    You get out of it what you put into it.

    Make your choice based upon what YOU want to do.
     
  11. FSTMX5

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    you are right where i was a couple years ago....while sometimes i regret it..ive made a lot of really good friends, my wife, learned a language where i can make a ton of money if i want when i get out...id say go for it...
     

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