MIL Why did you join and how did it work out?

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  1. Persephone

    Persephone New Member

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    I'm considering joining either the Navy or the Army just to build up a little character and get into a routine.

    Just looking for advice.

    Edit: I'm 21 btw
     
  2. Jyokker

    Jyokker The trouser snake is very aggressive. It will corn

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    Why those two?
     
  3. Persephone

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    Took NJROTC in highschool and liked the Navy system. Army, only considered it just because I wanted to take a look at another branch aside from the Air force..
     
  4. the raging enigma

    the raging enigma If at first you don't succeed, destroy all evidenc

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    I joined because I thought it looked like fun on TV. Seriously. And add to the fact that I was a cheerleader in High School, nobody thought that I would make it. I went as a split-opt, and when i came back from basic to finish my senior year in hs, i kicked ass at cross country. almost 10 years later, i am still in. I look at all my friends and they are still in the same place, not working and being complete fuck-ups. If it werent for the Army, I would not have my current job (i work as a miltech). I would probably be a college drop out smoking pot all day long, and i would probably be fat.
     
  5. Persephone

    Persephone New Member

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    That is what I'm afraid is happening to myself. I smoke far too much and don't really have anything going for me. I would like to go to school but I can't afford it.

    There are alot of benefits from joining but it's just hard for me to sign that paper you know? I know that if I join it will be a chance to get some good experience in a career, school will be paid for, I will get in shape and put on some weight, I will have benefits and all my necessary supplies covered and still make a decent pay check.

    Otherwise I will continue to do what I do and struggle pay check to pay check as a waiter and then try and manage getting to school sometime in the future.

    BTW, how does the whole process go? Do you get to choose what you do or what you would like to do or how does that work? I would like to be a mechanic in the future so would military service be ideal for getting a headstart before I apply to UTI afterward?
     
  6. Persephone

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    :rolleyes:
     
  7. origin unknown

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    well at the ripe age of 15 i saw black hawk down and came my pants...

    so when i was 19 and sick of the same old shit i joined the army thinking it was the most professional honorble thing... i was a paranoid pot smoking college student and really wasn't happy with myself.

    I really never thought of being in the army before i signed up i only thought about basic training. OSUT was not really tough but I rose to every challenge it had and did exceptional (a group runs, expert markmanship with no gun experience, becoming a squad leader...). I was happy, then I got to my unit the 101st, deployed 50 days later and experienced iraq. I got a purple heart the day before my 20th birthday (with just 6 months in service). I volunteered while in iraq to break up the monotony and came back home and now people call me sir and shake my hand. There is still a TON i mean a FUCKING TON of redtape/bullshit that makes the military a gaggled cluster fuck. You are basically living in a Socialist society and you do what the person who gets more money then you is told. It can be frustrating and downright stupid at times but in the end it is really something you can experience no where else and you are really helping a military force in need. Be a patriot if nothing else, don't bitch to people you know about your job and suck it up. We're a volunteer force and it really helps our credibility as a good military. The decision is up to you, its never what you will expect but it is something that will give you a sense of accomplishment that i doubt any college kid has or EVER will...
     
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    I'm not really sure why I joined. I realize now that was the main reason I did join, I had no direction in life. It worked out great, the job I'm doing now has really nothing to do with what I want to do later in life but I don't really mind. I enjoy what I'm doing, I've matured a lot, learnt a lot about myself and have been afforded the opportunity to do a ton of travel. No regrets here.
     
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    i always wanted to serve due to my sense of honor and its rough sometimes but i dont regret it one bit
     
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    i wanted to have a career in FBI or CIA someday, so I went to the recruiter to find out about CI (counter-intelligence), took the ASVAB, got an 87 with a 128 GT score, so i did qualify. I guess the minimum age for CI was changed to 21 (at the time i was 18). At that point i was already filled with the positive aspects of the army from the recruiter...so i got sucked in.
     
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    What can I do to study for the entry tests?
     
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    they have books and shit. Practice tests...which are only like 10 questions.

    its really not hard at all. and its not an intelligence test
     
  13. smokie700

    smokie700 right near da beach, Boiiiii

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    dude please change your AV. :riaa:
     
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    Why is that?
     
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    NisAznMonk New Member

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    I joined the Air Force because I needed direction. Signing up for school just to drop out half way through the semester wasn't what I wanted to do. I've been in since May 06 but I wouldn't change a thing at this point.
     
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    Ranger-AO I'm here for the Taliban party. Moderator

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    i joined because i knew it was an excellent start to my independent life, and it would provide great training while i figured out what i really wanted to do with my life. my dad served 25 years in the navy and retired as a senior chief, so there was no question about what branch i would join. my dad is my hero.

    before i joined, life sucked. now, i couldn't be happier with my position.
     
  18. Persephone

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    Sounds like I'll be making a good choice.
     
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    Dutchies OT's resident abortion professor

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    I'll let you knmow in 6 months when my boot and A class is over.
     
  20. Twisted STi

    Twisted STi All wheel or no wheel OT Supporter

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    Because if I didn't, I wouldn't have qualified myself for my inheritance. So yeah, I joined for money :rofl:

    Oh, and it worked out well, I suppose. I'm not dead.
     
  21. kidhero

    kidhero not really a hero, really just a big fat phony

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    one saturday morning some guy called me phone. being still drunk i picked up and said yes to something. next day some guy showed up and took me to this strange place and told me some stories and showed me this VHS. i signed some papers three days after that.
     
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    I joined the Navy back in 1997, for several reasons...one to get the hell out of my environment at the time...I was a bad kid and heading towards other shit that I knew I shouldn't be involved with...so I did what I could do to remove myself from being around that environment. The other reason was I wanted to finish my college degree. 9 years and some change later, I have finished my degree, left the Navy via the Blue to Green program and received a commission in the Army. Life couldn't have worked out any better for me.
     
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    Ranger-AO I'm here for the Taliban party. Moderator

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    Welcome to the Green :wavey:
     
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    Thanks sir! Pleasure to be here. :big grin:
     
  25. Persephone

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    Why such a big difference in care?
     

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