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Old 10-19-2012, 09:52 PM   #1
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Which Branch of Military

I have been on the fence about joining the military or attempting to stay in school. I am very good at math and science and computers. Just wondering if anyone can add some input on which branch I should join. My family is Navy/Army/Air force (yes, we are very diversified) so I don't want to disappoint anyone.

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Old 10-20-2012, 11:13 AM   #2
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Depends entirely on what you want to do with your life.
Do you want to enlist, stay in for a short time, get out and hope to fall right in to a good paying job? Or do you want to make it a career?
If your looking for a technical job you cant go wrong with either the Navy or Airforce. Both have good programs and its your best chance of getting a decent job if you plan to only do one enlistment.
But understand that a good portion of the unemployed right now are former military persons. There are ALOT of military jobs that do not translate well to the civilian job market. Its sad, but true...
For instance, when I list my military experience (USMC) I REALLY have to "dumb it down" so that a civilian recruiter or HR person doesnt think Im a trained killer with a short fuse. In fact, I have found its best to simply list my time of service and limit the specifics to a bare minimum.
I wish you the best, and think that whatever decision you make you will make your family proud!

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Marines or Coast Guard. Diversify your family more!
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He is already to smart to be a Marine.
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After I had decided to join the Military but before I had decided on the branch, I chose a job I knew I wanted to do. I was leaning toward the Air Force but went from recruter to recruter checking on which branch looked best for that job. The last place I visited was the Air Force recruter and I decided they were the best for me.
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Old 10-20-2012, 04:40 PM   #7
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Cool, thanks everyone. Havent decided on what I want to do as a career yet but I plan on visiting some recruiting offices.
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Old 10-21-2012, 02:17 PM   #8
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Are you planning on a degree and if so, what?

If you have a interest in and excel in math, don't bother enlisting. Get a B.S. or more in computer science, applied mathematics, operational research, physics, electrical engineering, or the like. Once you hit your third year of university, then talk to officer program recruiters only from each service. Interview them hard because your choice will affect you for the rest of your life.

Every branch has its benefits and drawbacks. One is not better than another, but one may be a better fit for your talents and inclinations.
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Are you planning on a degree and if so, what?

If you have a interest in and excel in math, don't bother enlisting. Get a B.S. or more in computer science, applied mathematics, operational research, physics, electrical engineering, or the like. Once you hit your third year of university, then talk to officer program recruiters only from each service. Interview them hard because your choice will affect you for the rest of your life.

Every branch has its benefits and drawbacks. One is not better than another, but one may be a better fit for your talents and inclinations.
I agree with everything above except One is not better than the other.

Navy.
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Old 10-21-2012, 06:29 PM   #10
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Decide what you want to do with your life first. Many branches of the service offer specialized training that may benefit you later in life.

Or on the other hand you could just do what I did and go with pure gut emotion. HA HA when I was younger I was a hard ass. Not a trouble maker but just no wimp. I did anything I was dared to do. Always took the tougher route, and never backed down from a challenge.

After 2 years of college I decided that I was tired of sitting in a classroom. I went into a Marine Corps recruiter's office and asked what was the most challenging MOS available. Well he saw a sucker coming a mile away. He went on to tell me about Marine Corps infantry and how they were life takers and heart breakers, trained killers ect...Most of it was BS but it got a 19 year old hard ass to sign on the dotted line. My parents about crapped themselves when I told them I had dropped out of college and joined the Marines....and selected infantry as my MOS.

Well say what you want about grunts but I served 6 years of active duty and fought in Desert Storm and Somalia and I wouldn't change a second of my military service. I LOVED every second of it. I volunteered for every challenge they had. Jump school scuba school, jungle warfare, hand to hand combat, NBC school, ect. Again, I frigging LOVED it.

Granted the training I received didn't serve my career choice later in life but the fact that I was a Marine has helped open many a door as I've gotten older.

Frankly the Marine Corps isn't for everyone but the days of the Marine Corps being full of dumb grunts are over. You can receive excellent training and also claim the title of a US Marine which frankly is way cooler later in life than saying yeah I was in the Air Force or I was a sailor!
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Once you have decided which branch you like, you can get a guaranteed School for a Specific Job even before you sign your name anywhere. I was in the Navy, and traveled to many different great places around the Globe, I loved it, and I miss those great days on the Aircraft Carrier. Good Luck and whichever you choose, THANKS FOR SERVING IF YOU DO IT !!!!
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Decide what you want to do with your life first. Many branches of the service offer specialized training that may benefit you later in life.

Or on the other hand you could just do what I did and go with pure gut emotion. HA HA when I was younger I was a hard ass. Not a trouble maker but just no wimp. I did anything I was dared to do. Always took the tougher route, and never backed down from a challenge.

After 2 years of college I decided that I was tired of sitting in a classroom. I went into a Marine Corps recruiter's office and asked what was the most challenging MOS available. Well he saw a sucker coming a mile away. He went on to tell me about Marine Corps infantry and how they were life takers and heart breakers, trained killers ect...Most of it was BS but it got a 19 year old hard ass to sign on the dotted line. My parents about crapped themselves when I told them I had dropped out of college and joined the Marines....and selected infantry as my MOS.

Well say what you want about grunts but I served 6 years of active duty and fought in Desert Storm and Somalia and I wouldn't change a second of my military service. I LOVED every second of it. I volunteered for every challenge they had. Jump school scuba school, jungle warfare, hand to hand combat, NBC school, ect. Again, I frigging LOVED it.

Granted the training I received didn't serve my career choice later in life but the fact that I was a Marine has helped open many a door as I've gotten older.

Frankly the Marine Corps isn't for everyone but the days of the Marine Corps being full of dumb grunts are over. You can receive excellent training and also claim the title of a US Marine which frankly is way cooler later in life than saying yeah I was in the Air Force or I was a sailor!
I am in my 4th year in college and have accomplished nothing yet, I'm a sophomore in a dual degree in Marine Biology and Environmental Science. I have never been good at school smarts (GPA) but if you need something done I'm the person who usually gets the phone call.

Also my mother was a part of Desert Storm. HOOWAH
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Old 10-25-2012, 12:59 PM   #13
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I went for The Marine Corps. I knew I wanted to be in the military, so why not go all the way? They have most of the career paths the other branches have, minus medical stuff. Let's be honest for a second, unless you are a Seal or a Ranger, The Marine Corps is the most prestigious branch. Thanks to all who serve though, regardless of the branch.
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Old 10-25-2012, 01:03 PM   #14
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I went Army, brother went Marines..to be a Marine you have to have a screw loose somewhere jk.. hooah to any branch!!
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Old 10-25-2012, 01:25 PM   #15
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Frankly the Marine Corps isn't for everyone but the days of the Marine Corps being full of dumb grunts are over. You can receive excellent training and also claim the title of a US Marine which frankly is way cooler later in life than saying yeah I was in the Air Force or I was a sailor!
Totally agree. After retirement I turned my technical training and leadership schools into a six figure job without a degree.

Since you are so close to getting your degree you should go see your local USMC Officer Selection Officer (OSO). They will help you find a career (notice I said "career" and not "job") that fits your qualifications and interests. No one will pressure you into anything. You can always just say thank you and walk out if it does not appeal to you.

Don't be like those Sailor's that say "I wish I was a Marine"

And to those Sailors that keep alluding to the Navy as the best service, I will remind you that the Marine Corps is a Department of the Navy.... THE MEN'S DEPARTMENT
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Marine Corps stickers look way cooler than the other branches stickers on the rear window of a Jeep. Case closed.
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Marine Corps stickers look way cooler than the other branches stickers on the rear window of a Jeep. Case closed.
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Finish School First, Then join up. Sounds like Air Force would be a good choice.
Safest place to be in a war is 20,000 ft above it.
Just the opinion of an Army Grunt.
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Marine Corps stickers look way cooler than the other branches stickers on the rear window of a Jeep. Case closed.
Cool Stickers... You are a Marine....
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... so I don't want to disappoint anyone.
Marine Corps. I've never met anyone disappointed in a Marine.
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Do some ROTC in college get help from Uncle Sam and join as an officer, that will give more satisfaction. Unless you like getting sharted on by every one till you have been in 20 years, that is just MPO it's all you
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Could go Guard until you graduate and have them pay for your schooling.. Then go active if you want. You can swap to any branch except Marines i believe.
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Cool Stickers... You are a Marine....
I only joined because of the cool stickers, recruiting posters, and t shirts. That, and I got lost on my way to college and ended up at mcrd Parris Island...
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I only joined because of the cool stickers, recruiting posters, and t shirts. That, and I got lost on my way to college and ended up at mcrd Parris Island...
Worst place ever, stupid sand fleas!
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To all you proud marines picking on the airforce y'all forget our combat controllers and PJ'S. and I distinctly remember having to rescue a platoon of lost torn up marines I was USAF SF all the way we all help each other when I was pinned down getting shot at I didn't care if it was a jarhead squid or one of ours air support is air support do gotta admit a few jarhead pilots got to close for comfort a few times lol
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Hey I'm active duty Navy right now. I'm an officer so I had finished school before I joined and don't regret it a bit. The pay on the officer side is good but alot of responsibility. I will say that life as a junior enlisted guy is tough. Long work hours and lots and lots of extra collateral duties and watch standing that is done on your time off. The recruiters don't tell you stuff like that. The Navy's been good to me and our deployments are shorter than the Army's. Oh and Navy has the best duty stations always near water. I"m stationed in sunny San Diego right now
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To all you proud marines picking on the airforce y'all forget our combat controllers and PJ'S. and I distinctly remember having to rescue a platoon of lost torn up marines I was USAF SF all the way we all help each other when I was pinned down getting shot at I didn't care if it was a jarhead squid or one of ours air support is air support do gotta admit a few jarhead pilots got to close for comfort a few times lol
Amen to that... You will NEVER hear me talking shit about the Air Force or the Navy (now the Army is a different story...JK). I once had my ass saved by a group of Air Force boys who didnt care what branch we were from. They plucked us out of a shitty situation like we were their brothers...
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To all you proud marines picking on the airforce y'all forget our combat controllers and PJ'S. and I distinctly remember having to rescue a platoon of lost torn up marines I was USAF SF all the way we all help each other when I was pinned down getting shot at I didn't care if it was a jarhead squid or one of ours air support is air support do gotta admit a few jarhead pilots got to close for comfort a few times lol
You know how it is, in garrison all the services give the other services crap, we earned the right. But when it's go time its One Team - One Fight.


Also, I am getting ready to install communications suites into a couple hundred TACP vehicles. So this old retired Jarhead still has your back.
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Active Coast Guard here for 7 years now. The great thing about it is you almost get to pick how long your deployments are depending on the specialty rating. If you want to disappear at sea for months at a time, you can do that. You can also land yourself a job that allows you to drive that sweet jeep home and see your wife and kids every night (I went that route!). The original plan was to fly in the Air Force but discovered I was color blind in the process. I'm happy with my decision that put me where I am today but there are some drawbacks. The biggest drawback for me is how far the government has strayed from defending the constitution and its promotion of a police state and domestic militarism over the last decade. I come here to clear my head with Jeep stuff though so I'll leave that rant for another forum!
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