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Old 03-16-2009, 10:52 PM
Dustin Dustin is offline
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Default I'm pretty sure I want to join.

I'm not really sure how to start writing this. I realize I should of done some more research before I posted this but I'm real eager to learn. I'm 23 years old. I had a job up until 6 days ago. I worked at Target for 3 and a half years. I was in a manager- non degree position and I was making $12.92, which is pretty good in Ohio for my age. I moved to Ohio from Indianapolis in October 2005. I have a 4 year old son and he was my reason for moving here. There's no custody for my son. I mean, it's pretty much between his mom and I. Recently, it's been a week there and a week here. She lives about 35 miles from me in a different town. I would say he's been with me way over the majority of his life. His name is Gage and he's the most adorable kid ever. I walked out of my job without notice. It was a closing shift, one of the executives and the store manager pissed me off and I just got irritated and walked out. It wasn't a one time problem and me leaving. I would say I started having problems with my job about 9 months ago. It got difficult to manage work and life. The store had real low morale and other things, too. It was a combination of my life outside of work (problems with my son's mom, just stress all the time, basically) and stress at work. I have some college but no degree. I was in school in Indiana for a year and a half before I moved here and I attended school here last year but I only did 2 quarters and I've yet to return. So here I am. Once a upon a time I wanted to join the navy. I never got too far with it. I never saw a recruiter or anything. It was just searching online and getting information through the mail. My stepdad since the age of 2, I guess you could say he was my dad-- he was, was in the navy and always talked about how fun it was. Any family friends of my stepdad's were all in the navy, too. His brothers were, et cetera. I think the army is the way I want to go. It just seems "right". I can't really explain it or give reasons why. I'm kind of comparing it to the navy but, right now in my life, it seems like the right thing to do or at least a thought to pursue.

I'm horrible at paragraphs, by the way.

I realize my first step is to go talk to a recruiter and see what options I have and why or why not I should join. But you have been through it and/or have family in it or went through it. I'm not sure why I said what I said before up top. I'm trying to summarize my life I guess. 23 years old, no job at the moment and I'm not currently attending school. I'm sure I could find a job and get back in school, as well. I want to do something in my life out of the ordinary. Does that make sense?

Anyway, I'm not quite sure the distinctions between active and reserve. Can someone explain the benefits of either? I think I would like to be active, maybe even a career. Just any information regarding the army-- boot camp, leaves, army life, possibility of the chance I would go to war or any other country, benefits for being in the army, how you manage being in it with a kid, the pay. Any thing any one can tell me. I would appreciate it a lot. I'm really serious about this, I know I could of looked it up a lot more and I'm going to. I'm going to search the forums for any other topic like this and read more on the army website, but I'd love to hear from anyone who can give me some more insight. Thanks again.
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Old 03-17-2009, 03:20 PM
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Well after reading your first paragraph, I think one of the things you need to be aware of before looking into anything more than what you have, is that the civilian work force isn't too different from the army. You will still deal with guys that are straight up dirtbags being in higher positions than you, ok pay, so-so food, average, if not worse, living conditions, and alot of nonsense that is caused when inspections are coming up and your SGT's haven't done they're job throughout the year and are trying to get everyone to help them do what should've been the standard all along. Don't get me wrong, there are many up-sides to the military life. For example, I have made many good friends, learned many things about how to be safe and confident if i ever get lost camping or something, i have been trained in CPR and Combat Lifesaving Skills (How to evaluate a casualty, start IV's, relieve a tension pneumothorax (expanding lung), among other things), and I have been instilled with a discipline and pride that otherwise I would never have had. About your probabilities of deployment, it is almost certain. You can finish your schooling while you are in if you choose to do so, or you can get the Montgomery G.I. Bill in your contract and the Army will pay up to a certain amount for up to a certain period of time after you get out. It is very possible to do your schooling while on active duty. I personally know a SFC with about 17 years in service right now that is currently working on his 6th degree since he has been in. I guess my point for your thoughts on joining is this, If you decide to join, don't let yourself get easily angered and just remember to always put forth your best effort! Good luck to you whether you decide to join or not.
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Old 03-18-2009, 05:59 AM
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Sounds like the Army maybe the place for you, but research it online, find out what interests yhou in terms so specialist or "MOS" and look at the MOS list to see what you would like to specialise in the Army. As you say go see a recruiter and get the inside scoop, also if you know any Army Serving or Vets, talk to them about their experience of Army life. If you do, talk to a few, cos everybody has a different perspective..

Good luck man!!.. It an honourable choice and a great career for those of warrior spirit!!..
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Old 03-18-2009, 12:45 PM
Lifeshifter Lifeshifter is offline
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I have to say man, im in the same boat you are but i've done a good chunk of my research so far, Taken my ASVAB and done my phsyical and the only thing standing in the way for me right now is a waiver, but Im also 23, I was in a good job situation working as a Test Engineer with no college experience and just job experience and im getting laid off at the end of this week, I want to join because of the Job I picked which is 25B Information Technoligy Specialist and its doing something I love which is almost anything with computers and working on them and with them which is something I do on the side, build and repair computers for people, I built my own a few times, a pretty nice gaming machine, but I am too married and my wife is pretty supportive of me doing it, pay is low at first but I'm going reserves and coming back to san diego afterwards to a unit here in town which is where I currently live.

There is lots of jobs in there and im still looking more into it but I think its a good thing to do as well.
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