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#1 15 years ago

I've found myself between jobs recently and I was considering joining the Army in an effort to get myself back on my feet and also to learn some useful skills. Is anyone here in the forces? If so, do you have any advice or information on what life in the army is like? Please, if you are 15, don't bother to reply. I'm not interested in how much fun it is to 'kil teh n00bs in BF2', only in the reality of Armed Forces life.


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#2 15 years ago

It's a great tool to learn skills and you get good benefits when buying a house etc. Just remember when you are called you GO. It's a contract unlike marriage, you can't get out of it. If you can take a little abuse while in camp and hold your chin up you will be just fine.

Depending on if you like to travel, I'd say join the Navy. There are a few Military folks here (not the wannabes) so maybe they will chime in later.


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#3 15 years ago

There's more than just the Army, that's a fighting force as is the MC. If you wish to be assured of coming through it all eventually and probably have the choice of more potentials skills, look USAF. Aircraft, communications, computers, construction, electronics. If you want to stay closer to home and like a quasi naval experience Coast Guard. Maybe you'll be able to interdict Sammy Binny Laudin infiltrating from Havana :). I think every man should have a military service exposure. Other than tech skills, what you learn of honor and self discipline are probably the most important. Good luck,


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#4 15 years ago

I did it and never looked back. I dunno how the US forces are compered to British but i cant imagine theres too much difference. My advice is to go ahead and try it, you never know you just might like it. When starting out, keep your head down, your chin up and be quietly confident in your abilities, you'll get on fine.


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#5 15 years ago

Well, Ive been in US Army for 7 years, and Ive already posted my thoughts in this thread called "What branch of military should I join"


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#6 15 years ago

Yea alotta our cases are in that thread ^^^

But if you are looking to continue education after your military service, you can take advantage of the Motgomery GI Bill. All you have to do is put in like 100 bucks a month and u can eventually pull out something like $50,000.

A military branch is as personal as ones' political views. It really depends on what >you< want to do.


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#7 15 years ago

Yes I know I wasn't in the military, but I know enough to contribute.

If you pick an job that the army really needs at this point, the army will give you a bonus which can be quite a bit of a raise to your salary.


In addition to your Basic Pay or Drill Pay, there are many opportunities to earn additional money for both Soldiers on Active Duty or those in the Army Reserve. Bonuses are available if you choose a specific Army job, complete special training, take on extra responsibilities or have served in the military before. This extra money changes in amount frequently. ACTIVE ARMY ENLISTMENT INCENTIVES (ENLISTED SOLDIERS)

The enlistment bonus is a monetary incentive offered to qualified individuals who enlist in the active Army. Bonus eligibility is based on the applicant's selected Military Occupational Specialty (MOS), civilian education or technical skills, length of enlistment and any previous military service. Enlistment bonuses range from $1,000 to $20,000 for active Army enlistments of two or more years.


* Qualified applicants who enlist for three or more years in any MOS are eligible for at least $5,000. * Qualified applicants who enlist for four or more years in the active Army may receive combined bonuses up to $20,000. * Qualified applicants who enlist for three or more years in a high-priority MOS may receive combined bonuses up to $20,000. * Qualified applicants who enlist for three or more years in a priority MOS may receive combined bonuses up to $10,000. * Qualified applicants who enlist for two years may receive combined bonuses up to $6,000.

Some jobs in high demand with bonuses may include:

* Fire Support Specialist (13F) * Explosive Ordnance Disposal Specialist (89D) * Petroleum Supply Specialist (92F) * Cannon Crewmember (13B) * Field Artillery Tactical Data Systems Specialist (13D) * Multiple Launch Rocket System Crewmember (13M) * Crypto Linguist-Analyst (98X) * Food Service Operations (92G) * Motor Transport Operator (88M) * Field Artillery Firefinder Radar Operator (13R) * Cavalry Scout (19D) * Satellite Communications Systems Operator-Maintainer (25S) * Special Forces Candidate (18X) * Infantryman (11X) * Air Defense Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence Tactical Operations Center Operator/Maintainer (14J)

*** (MOSs subject to change based on Army requirements)


Qualified applicants who enlist for two or more years in any active Army Military Occupational Specialty may receive one of the following bonuses for civilian education:

* Bachelor's degree - $8,000 * Associate or two-year degree - $7,000 * High school graduates with 60 or more college semester hours - $6,000 * High school graduates with 30 to 59 college semester hours - $3,000


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#8 15 years ago

Im 16, and considering the military in a few years, Its always been a passion of mine. If you dont plan a stay in the military go for a position that involves a trade, such as engineering and medical areas, this way if you leave the armed forces, your set for other places in life.