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  • #16
    My likely MOS will be in intelligence or something dealing with computers since the recruiters all told me that I can handpick my "job" due to how high I scored on the ASVAB and that I already have a college degree.

    I'm very excited about joining. Last time I went into the recruiters office they told me I need to drop 8.5" from my waist. I have lost 1.5" in about 3 weeks and will drop more once I get on the weight loss supplement that I'll be getting next week. I'm looking to join in 3-5 months.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by diabsoule View Post
      My likely MOS will be in intelligence or something dealing with computers since the recruiters all told me that I can handpick my "job" due to how high I scored on the ASVAB and that I already have a college degree.

      I'm very excited about joining. Last time I went into the recruiters office they told me I need to drop 8.5" from my waist. I have lost 1.5" in about 3 weeks and will drop more once I get on the weight loss supplement that I'll be getting next week. I'm looking to join in 3-5 months.
      Are you going commissioned?
      The pay is waaaayyyyyy better
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      • #18
        Originally posted by Nalej View Post
        Are you going commissioned?
        The pay is waaaayyyyyy better
        That's the plan. I plan on making it a career

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        • #19
          Just making sure, I know a lot of enlisted fellas that had degrees.
          The recruiters were just busy about their quota and never told them they could be commissioned.
          It's actually pretty sad. I have a couple of friends (Navy, like I) that are in the Intelligence field.
          Alot of picture scanning, briefs, briefs and briefs lol
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          • #20
            What's your "field"...?
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            • #21
              Eh, as far as the sales and support... maybe Supply?
              Supply Officers have the most cake job (at least in the Navy)
              Not really sell but whenever anyone needs anything, they're in charge of ordering it.
              As an officer, you wouldn't be doing any of that, just making sure that department is on top of its ****.
              That's sales-ish and support. No real programming...

              UNLESS... you want to be a Crypto...
              Those dudes are the computer geniuses who hack and do all that top secret ish I little knowledge about.
              Again though, I know little about programming
              (I'M STUGGLING SO HARD WITH MATLAB IN SCHOOL RIGHT NOW!!!)
              so don't know if programming = computer genius lol

              As for Supply guys, I also heard after one tour (2 yrs?), they get sent to Harvard to get their masters in business something on the navy's dime.
              Pretty sweet deal.

              It's hard to get into the field though... bc it's pretty cake and awesome
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              • #22
                Originally posted by njx9
                i'm intrigued* by the idea that it looks good on resumes. i'd imagine there are *some* fields where that's true, but it would be completely irrelevant in mine, for instance. (and anecdotally, it hasn't done a good friend any good whatsoever. he's actually been turned down for jobs because employers figured it was likely he'd end up back in the ME in the near future).

                * - but seriously, not snarkily.
                Basically it seems employers really love it at managerial positions. People feel that if the person went through the military they are likely organized understand 'chain of command' and how to be a leader. None of these are obviously automatically truthful, but it is how it shows on a resume.

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                • #23
                  I love it. I've been in the Army for 6 years and it's the best decision I've ever made in my life. I've been a Civil Affairs specialist the whole time, but after I get back from the mission we have in Afghanistan I'm going to packet for selection into Special Forces.

                  If you're planning on using the Military for job experience and educational benefits, don't get too wrapped around the axle trying to be a bad ass. Trust me, nobody in the real world cares that I can shoot expert on my M4, or that I can jump out of planes, or that I'm level 3 certified in combatives, or any of that happy hooah stuff. The stuff that looks good on my resume is the medical training, leadership schools, and civilian certs that I've gotten.

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                  • #24
                    I think a lot of people have this misconception that as soon as somebody joins the military they automatically turn into this high speed, squared away superman. The military is just like any other organization, there are good soldiers, average soldiers, and complete dirt bags. If a turd comes into an interview for a position who happens to have military experience, employers are not going to ignore the fact that the dude is a turd.

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by senormysterioso View Post
                      I love it. I've been in the Army for 6 years and it's the best decision I've ever made in my life. I've been a Civil Affairs specialist the whole time, but after I get back from the mission we have in Afghanistan I'm going to packet for selection into Special Forces.

                      If you're planning on using the Military for job experience and educational benefits, don't get too wrapped around the axle trying to be a bad ass. Trust me, nobody in the real world cares that I can shoot expert on my M4, or that I can jump out of planes, or that I'm level 3 certified in combatives, or any of that happy hooah stuff. The stuff that looks good on my resume is the medical training, leadership schools, and civilian certs that I've gotten.
                      Totally agree. I put down on a job application once that i was 11 bravo in the Army and the interviewer said the next time we get invaded by the Viet Cong i'll keep you in mind.

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                      • #26
                        Any of you have any families?? How hard is that to work around?? My step-son was sworn in today (air force). And ever since he has started talking about joining, it has caught my interest.


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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by Babylon View Post
                          Totally agree. I put down on a job application once that i was 11 bravo in the Army and the interviewer said the next time we get invaded by the Viet Cong i'll keep you in mind.
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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by terribletowel39 View Post
                            Any of you have any families?? How hard is that to work around?? My step-son was sworn in today (air force). And ever since he has started talking about joining, it has caught my interest.
                            Tell Hunter I said congratulations (since you never ******* call anymore). The divorce rate in the military is actually the same as non-military. Not what you would think. Deployments can be tough, but I think it all boils down to the strength of the relationship in the first place.




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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by CJSchneider View Post
                              Tell Hunter I said congratulations (since you never ******* call anymore). The divorce rate in the military is actually the same as non-military. Not what you would think. Deployments can be tough, but I think it all boils down to the strength of the relationship in the first place.
                              Man, I haven't gotten any rep lately. Just Kaeding!! I keep forgetting. :) haha

                              I'm not worried about divorce or anything. You know we have a strong enough relationship. I don't really know what I was asking about. I guess experiences. Moving from place to place. Things like that.

                              And I will. When I speak to him on some Sunday. He is already off to his 8 weeks. Only gets an hr on Sunday on the phone.


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                              • #30
                                if i cant find a job once i graduate in may.... im thinking trying to become an officer in the air force or navy. id be going in the meteorology field.... and would great on resumes after i was done with the military.. but ive been told if im gunna be an officer, that i might as well do it for like 15-20 years.... decisions,decisions

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