MIL Thinking of joining the Army/Marine

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  1. maseeh

    maseeh Guest

    I don't know much about either, I am 16


    The only problem is I am Afghan, lived here since I was about 2, but I am sure my relatives will look down on me, sort of as a traitor, but never tell me. You can just sense it



    How should I start off?
     
  2. Accord

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    Are you fluent in arabic?
     
  3. maseeh

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    I am fluent in farsi
     
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    Oh man, you've really got a big advantage.

    You should really look into the defense language programs that the Marines offer. Definitely talk to a recruiter and tell him you're fluent in farsi, there will definitely be a lot of opportunities available to you.

    http://usmilitary.about.com/od/enlistedjo2/a/27.htm
    http://usmilitary.about.com/library/milinfo/marinereg/bl27.htm
    http://usmilitary.about.com/od/educationtraining/a/arabiclanguage.htm
    http://usmilitary.about.com/cs/education/a/dliarticle.htm
    http://usmilitary.about.com/od/joiningthemilitary/f/faqlanguage.htm
    http://usmilitary.about.com/cs/joiningup/a/dlab.htm

    I took two years of hebrew in high school and totally forgot all of it, lol. I wish I had been more serious about it at the time :(.
     
  5. maseeh

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    Would i have to go through any training??
     
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    You mean like specialty language type training? I don't know, talk to a recruiter.
     
  7. maseeh

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    No, Like what would my job be, A reserve who can translate?


    A civilian who can translate? Would i be required in any uhh, combat?
     
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    Air Force/navy linguists go through about 2 years of training at the DLI in monterey, CA (awesome place)

    and yes, you'd still have to go through boot camp like everyone else.
     
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    http://usmilitary.about.com/od/airforceenlistedjobs/a/afjob1a8x1.htm
    AF airborne linguist job

    http://usmilitary.about.com/od/airforceenlistedjobs/a/afjob1n3x1.htm
    non airborne

    http://usmilitary.about.com/od/enlistedjo2/a/27.htm
    marine linguist

    http://usmilitary.about.com/od/enlistedjobs/a/97l.htm
    army translator

    i'm not even gonna try to find the navy rating, sorry :rofl:
     
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    you will be indoctrined into the military foremost. after basic training you will then be sent to your occupation school. marine language schools are in monterey, california. it will be more than a year to two years long and the actual job function you will serve will be a translator and/or crytologist.





    • (1) Conducts bidirectional consecutive interpretation of target language to English and English to target language using phraseology selected to preserve the original intent, meaning, and emphasis .



      (2) Phrases ideas to avoid language that is stilted, unnatural, and difficult to understand .



      (3) Displays an impartial attitude toward each speaker and to facts and opinions expressed.



      (4) Interprets into either English or foreign language statements made by participants in conferences, working parties, and all similar activities.



      (5) Interviews friendly non-English speaking civilians such as police, clergymen, and other citizens to obtain information of military value.



      (6) Writes reports, including opinion as to the credibility of the person interviewed, for use by unit commander and for dissemination to lower, adjacent, and higher headquarters.



      (7) Translates into either English or the foreign language, written material of both a technical and nontechnical nature.



      (8) Establishes a file of language reference materials, English and foreign language dictionaries, and glossaries of military terms.
    as far as I'm aware, this is not reserve job so you would have to be active duty to do it. and in regards to whether or not you will see combat that's a trick question. you will be in direct support and helping infantry units deployed overseas, you will be in the middle of a combat zone, you will be given a rifle and be told to defend yourself or to destroy targets that may or may not include other human beings.

    you will not however be fighting on the sense of what an infantry unit will be doing but nonetheless that doesn't mean you're not going to be invovled in some way, shape, or form.

    if the fact that you will be shot at, or that you will have to kill someone, is scaring you then i don't know what to say. don't join?
     
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    maseeh, do you have a college degree? Being fluent in farsi gives you a lot of opportunities, and if you do have a college degree you could easily work for the CIA, FBI, etc. One of the biggest things they look for is being fluent in a second language, especially a middle eastern one.
     
  12. maseeh

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    I am 16, In high school

    Do grades even matter? I am pretty sure this is what I want to do in about 2 years


    Recruiters come to my high school every friday, How would I make money throughout being in the monterey school for 2 years


    Do I have to know how to write in farsi
     
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    If your family thinks of you as a traitor for wanting to join the American military, then they can pack up their shit and get the fuck out. We are helping Afghanistan against terrorists, not hurting them. Your family is mixed up in what is going on, and if they truly hate Americans, they shouldn't be over here.

    Congratulations on considering the military though. With being fluent in farsi, you will go far.
     
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    $1500 or so a month. free food. free housing. no bills. figure the math out :naughty:
     
  15. maseeh

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    Not really, They want me to become a surgeon, but I have been thinking about it and this is the best way to visit my homeland and help others out.


    I never said they were against what was going on in afghanistan, They are a bit close minded so they don't really know what's going on. They think it was great we invaded afghanistan


    but the iraq invasion kind of made them weary?
     
  16. maseeh

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    What if we are not in afghanistan by the time I am able to join the marines,navy,army
     
  17. maseeh

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    I am getting really excited about this

    Hope everything works out for the best
     
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    We will be in Afghanistan for many many many years to come, you don't have to worry about that. There will ALWAYS be American forces there hunting terrorists and so long as there are American forces, linguists will be there as well.

    High school grades don't really matter at all, as long as you graduate with a diploma it's all good. That doesn't mean you should slack off and get straight D's just barely passing though, later on if you ever want to apply for any of the many different commissioning programs and other things, your high school GPA will come into play.
     
  19. maseeh

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    When should I start trying to get myself in to these things?

    I want to finish up high school first
     
  20. Accord

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    Talk to a recruiter right now, because you can enlist the day you turn 17 and go into DEP until you graduate from highschool.
     
  21. maseeh

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    I went to the army.com website, I am trying to find a number to a recruiter nearest me, Can you recommend me any other websites
     
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    usmilitary.about.com

    best military website there is.
     
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    Go here, type in your zip code, and it will give you the address and phone number of your closest Army recruiter station: http://www.goarmy.com/contact/find_a_recruiter.jsp

    For the Marine Corps, go here and fill out the form and hit submit. After you hit submit it will give you a list of all the USMC recruiting stations near you: http://www.marines.com/request/cont...at=html&benefit=Challenge,+Pride+of+Belonging (You also get a free keychain :bigthumb: )

    Also, you can call 1-800-MARINES and they'll put you in contact with a recruiter near you.
     
  24. maseeh

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    Ok, I will either talk to a recruiter that visits my school or make the drive down tothe nearest one


    I will definitley keep everyone updated
     
  25. maseeh

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    Will I be discriminated or isolated becase of my culture and religion.......


    not many people like my religion/culture , afterall we are at war with them but there are many closeminded people that don't think that not all muslims are terrorists.
     

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