So...[advice on the military and college] 61 replies

Please wait...

Andron Taps Forum Mod

Faktrl is Best Pony

261,759 XP

10th September 2007

4 Uploads

21,759 Posts

1,754 Threads

#1 8 years ago

I got to meet my recruiter yesterday, and I got a lot of info about college benefits. So apparently, if I put in 6 years in the Reserves, I can get up to 100% tuition assistance after 36 months of service, and if I choose to, I can attend PLC and graduate as an officer. Not a bad deal there.

The only dilemma is just getting the job that I want (electrician), I did good on the practice ASVAB, of course I still have to take the full 200 question test when I actually sign up. He said that they currently have a few open slots for Artillery at a base near me, but I'm still waiting on the official status of me getting that specific MOS.

So, for those of you that are/have been in the military, what was the enlisting process like for you?


"I'd shush her zephyr." ~ Zephyr.



Captain Fist

DEUS LO VULT

113,265 XP

17th December 2005

0 Uploads

10,629 Posts

0 Threads

#2 8 years ago

I was born in lower Italia, my family is from Rhegivm, and, thankfully, I was born after the Social War, so I was born a Roman Citizen. As you well know, service to our glorious Empire is compulsory, and I did many tours in Germania, working to reinforce our borders against filthy barbarians. I killed many Germans, they may be tall, but a dozen does not have the strength of a well-trained Legionary! I moved up the ranks, from humble Legionary to Centurion and everything in between, and when I was 26, I was promoted to my General's personal guard after I had slain the enemy barbarian chieftain one on one. For four years I was his guard, and after successfully defending him one last time before his peaceful retirement, I was recommended for the Praetorian Guard. And here I am, guarding our most majestic Emperor in the capital of the world, Roma!




NiteStryker

Biggest F-ing A-hole 2010

215,560 XP

24th April 2003

0 Uploads

18,771 Posts

0 Threads

#3 8 years ago

Dont do it. Go to college instead. Trust me.




Tango Protocol

Master of my own domain

50 XP

18th July 2003

0 Uploads

8,283 Posts

0 Threads

#4 8 years ago
NiteStryker;5393123Dont do it. Go to college instead. Trust me.

Agreed.

College first. GI bill exists for a reason :)

Also, ASVAB was easy. I got a 79. Can't remember my individual component scores.




NiteStryker

Biggest F-ing A-hole 2010

215,560 XP

24th April 2003

0 Uploads

18,771 Posts

0 Threads

#5 8 years ago

Ever since I went to my college orientation, and a week later hung out with a friend who joined a week after me and got stationed near me, we both agreed we are too smart for this and should have gone to college instead. Enlisted life just sucks too damn much.




Red Menace

SCHOFIELD DID 4/30

415,760 XP

10th August 2004

0 Uploads

40,364 Posts

1 Threads

#6 8 years ago

Sounds like that is what he's doing, going to college and have the government pay for it.

If you plan to join the military anyways, I think that is a good way to go about it. Just make sure they actually follow through, I had a friend that was pretty much getting zero benefits from the Army while in Army ROTC. Also, since most colleges seem to require a foreign language now, I'd recommend Arabic because if you can manage to get anywhere near proficient with it they'll give you a $20,000 enlistment bonus.


sigpic82523_3.gif</div></body></html>



NiteStryker

Biggest F-ing A-hole 2010

215,560 XP

24th April 2003

0 Uploads

18,771 Posts

0 Threads

#7 8 years ago

Oh god if you get proficient in arabic the government will pay you out the ass.




Andron Taps Forum Mod

Faktrl is Best Pony

261,759 XP

10th September 2007

4 Uploads

21,759 Posts

1,754 Threads

#8 8 years ago

I'm doing the Reserves mainly because I wanted to go to college first before committing to active duty. Plus, I will probably do PLC as well, so I can get my degree and a commission, and then try out for MARSOC if I can.


"I'd shush her zephyr." ~ Zephyr.



Crazy Wolf VIP Member

Snipes With Artillery

277,420 XP

22nd March 2005

0 Uploads

27,192 Posts

0 Threads

#9 8 years ago

computernerd;5392316I got to meet my recruiter yesterday, and I got a lot of info about college benefits. So apparently, if I put in 6 years in the Reserves, I can get up to 100% tuition assistance after 36 months of service, and if I choose to, I can attend PLC and graduate as an officer. Not a bad deal there.

The only dilemma is just getting the job that I want (electrician), I did good on the practice ASVAB, of course I still have to take the full 200 question test when I actually sign up...

Take the real test before you sign up. Knowing what you're eligible for before your ass is government property is preferable to the alternative. If your recruiter won't get you the test, ask other recruiters. I don't think it'll make a difference, but just on general principle, get into a more cautious stance about paperwork now. I don't know how the USMC rolls, but you should be able to get "electrician" on your enlistment contract with the other branches.

Oh, and study languages. Although I'm not a master in anything besides English, studying languages will make it easier to learn more languages. I'd suggest maybe studying one thing in Romance or Germanic, to make the transition a bit easier, then try for something outside of the Indo-European language tree(Arabic, Chinese, etc.), so you can see how a completely unrelated language works.




Andron Taps Forum Mod

Faktrl is Best Pony

261,759 XP

10th September 2007

4 Uploads

21,759 Posts

1,754 Threads

#10 8 years ago

It's no so much getting that job as it is getting that job at a base near me. I don't know the full list of job openings of them, and I'm still waiting on an email from the recruiter about the chances of their being a slot open.

And yes, I know the history of paper work, both my parents are former Air Force, and I've also talked to a Recon Marine, a Ranger, and a few former Young Marines that enlisted.


"I'd shush her zephyr." ~ Zephyr.