MIL Things you now know about the military that you wished you knew when you joined

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  1. Alexqzilla

    Alexqzilla New Member

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    I'm getting ready to head into the Navy, and I'd like all the hindsight I can get. I'm sure other people would like it as well.
     
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    what rate? navy life has a lot to do with what your job is.
     
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    I'm still studying like a madman for the ASVAB, I was going to make a different thread once I'm further in.
     
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    Oh, in general, take a ship as your first duty station. Unless you're an air rate, but I don't see why everyone goes that route. Do your DEP book, makes you an E2.
     
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    That you won't be working with the best of the best.
     
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    whitecouch spendin' our golden years in OT Supporter

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    I wish I had known that easier jobs get bonuses and I could have had any of them.
     
  8. Julius

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    I wish I would have known how useless the army college fund is.

    I took a 6k hit on my bonus because I opted for that bullshit :hsugh:
     
  9. WildBull

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    hmmmm ..... I would either not have joined, or knowingly gone in to do 20 years.
     
  10. Julius

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    I had three contract options:

    1st contract - 3yrs, MGIB, 2k bonus
    2nd contract - 4yrs, MGIB (36k total), 8k bonus
    3rd contract - 4yrs, MGIB+ACF (71k total), 2k bonus

    So, naturally, I chose the 3rd one.

    I soon realized that I have no desire to go to grad school and that I'll be content with a bachelor's. Then the new MGIB got passed. Then I realize how bad I fucked myself over.

    The good news is that I'll be having a half a year tacked onto my ETS date once I'm stop lossed :bigthumb::bigthumb::bigthumb:
     
  11. Julius

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    I also wish I would have known how irrelevant my communications shelter (Joint Network Node) is. Civilians have taken my job.

    Most FOBs have TCFs as their primary providers of communication. Not all of them do, but most do. Of course, these facilities have an OIC/NCOIC (that don't do shit) and are completely civilian operated. Their bandwidth and capabilities > ours x304,323,582ty

    So, when we deployed, we were attached to our brigade and acted as a communication auxiliary. We ran like 20 phones out to the brigade, then ran some to the wet CHUs so officers and CSMs could have the luxury of calling their wives/husbands over DSN at their luxury. We took over communications for our brigade like once during a TCF outage, and it wasn't for more than 4 hours.

    I spent 14 months of my life deployed for absolutely no fucking reason. I held flags at color guard ceremonies, collected tallies in the DFAC to fatten KBR's pockets, watched underpaid TCNs pack and stack sandbags, got bitched at by civilians, and other things. I guess that it's "cool" that I spent my entire deployment doing retarded bullshit, but it's not what I was hoping for.

    It's all good though. I got my cute little combat patch and a fucking ARCOM. I make an effort to not wear the former and I lost the latter.
     
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    Rule number 1 - Pick a job that pays well as a civilian. Otherwise, you'll find yourself being forced to reenlist or start from scratch again once you get out.
     
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    Rule number 2 - Don't pick a technical rate thinking you'll just step right out into a civilian job. Sure you might look good on paper, but 4-5 years of "experience" in the military working on say computers is not 4-5 years of experience in the civilian world, it's like 6 months. You can put down all kinds of fancy stuff but when it comes to the meat of it, you don't learn anything in the military on how civilian IT life is.

    Of course most civilian places aren't going to know that, so you can still bullshit them into a decent job quite easily. Just make sure you pick up on shit fast or else they'll find out all you know how to do is reset passwords and make accounts.
     
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    There is no Janitor rate in the Navy, you will scrub shitters and wax floors no matter what rate you are.
     
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    :werd: That includes raking leaves, sweeping sidewalks, picking up trash, mowing grass, and the occasional painting rocks. :fawk:
     
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    lol yep thats the damn truth im glad im at a little fob so i actually have a job. are you a 25N or B?
     
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    25N
     
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    Duty sucks...
     
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    I concur that life as an E1-E3 is utterly miserable. Realizing that everyone around you who is picking up is only excited to do so because they will be able to torture others as they were tortured and completely drop their packs at work.
     
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    That if you stir the shit pots long enough you develop a poop fetish..:(
     
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    Ranger-AO I'm here for the Taliban party. Moderator

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    ... that staying in long enough to get retirement benefits would have been MUCH better than getting out and going the civilian route.
     
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    only if you're an officer, right ?

    whats the average rank of an enlisted member that isnt an officer who does his 20 years ?

    also 20 years = 50% of base bay ? kind of low compared to other government pensions after 20 years. firefighters get 80% after doing 20 years.
     
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    Do firefighters get paid immediately after retirement?
     
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    i know a guy whos' 54 who just retired...
    made like 6k~ a month.
    did his 20 years and now he's taking home about 4k a month.
    drinks yuengling/plays chess all day. one of the most laid back dudes i know
     
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