|10-29-2012 07:49 AM|
Lots of things have changed in the last 42 years....But I have worked for 30 years in the Production machine maint. field.... And I have worked around a lot of "NC Techs" or Electronic Techs. working on various equipment...
Every one of em was NAVY trained in one way or another, and they knew their stuff.
Good luck with your choice, glad you have the guts to join up, I hope you decide to make a career out of it because by the time you get your first enlistment out of the way , everything here in America will be moved to China and India....So you mise well stay in and retire, you'll have the best of everything when ya get out !!...."BH"
|10-28-2012 07:36 PM|
After 23 years of active and reserve (currently) status in he Army I know I pick at the other branches some but we're all in it together and you can be successful regardless of your banch if you put the effort into it to do so. My last deployment I was assigned to an Air Force SF battalion and had Marines assigned to me for my dismount team and we all had a blast. As always, and as a former recruiter, I try to encourage anyone wanting to serve to visit every banch to see what they are about...and keep an open mind.
I remember the A-10's in Desert Storm. My fondest memory is taking on and taking out Iaqi T-72 tanks with 8" self-propelled artillery at 2000 meters. We somehow had advanced to the front of the line and a squad on M-1's got trapped in a dry river bed, we were nearby and got an emergency mission to provide support. I know they were 24th ID but not the specific unit. Screw staying back to shoot long range missions, we liked to play in the front lines. Good times!
|10-28-2012 05:34 PM|
|myquite||A-10 warthog...The most badass airplane ever!|
|10-28-2012 03:56 PM|
|10-28-2012 01:43 PM|
|myquite||United States Marine Corps, 5 years active.|
|10-28-2012 11:26 AM|
|TJammin||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!|
|10-28-2012 12:39 AM|
Also, I am getting ready to install communications suites into a couple hundred TACP vehicles. So this old retired Jarhead still has your back.
|10-28-2012 12:30 AM|
|10-28-2012 12:14 AM|
|ukfan1976||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|
|10-27-2012 11:59 PM|
|10-26-2012 06:41 PM|
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|10-26-2012 04:33 PM|
|JamiesJeep||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.|
|10-26-2012 03:27 PM|
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
|10-26-2012 11:51 AM|
|10-26-2012 11:41 AM|
|10-26-2012 11:37 AM|
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.
|10-25-2012 07:09 PM|
|10-25-2012 03:29 PM|
|whetstone||Marine Corps stickers look way cooler than the other branches stickers on the rear window of a Jeep. Case closed.|
|10-25-2012 02:25 PM|
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
|10-25-2012 02:03 PM|
|JamiesJeep||I went Army, brother went Marines..to be a Marine you have to have a screw loose somewhere jk.. hooah to any branch!!|
|10-25-2012 01:59 PM|
|myquite||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.|
|10-21-2012 11:57 PM|
Also my mother was a part of Desert Storm. HOOWAH
|10-21-2012 10:12 PM|
|Johnnymoto||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 !!!!|
|10-21-2012 07:29 PM|
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!
|10-21-2012 03:43 PM|
|10-21-2012 03:17 PM|
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.
|10-20-2012 05:40 PM|
|tantryan||Cool, thanks everyone. Havent decided on what I want to do as a career yet but I plan on visiting some recruiting offices.|
|10-20-2012 01:07 PM|
|Beastmaster||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.|
|10-20-2012 12:30 PM|
|nick50471||He is already to smart to be a Marine.|
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