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Old 08-20-2011, 10:05 PM   #1
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I posted in the ramble thread about joining the Air Force. I am currently majoring mechanical engineering. I am ~12 credits shy of my AA, then I plan on to transferring to the University of Florida and attempt to join the double major program (mechanical and aerospace). Just for background, I currently work at a law firm as a Legal Assistant. The job is decent, and even though my long term plan in to attend law school with the idea of practicing intellectual property law I feel that it does not aid or help my purpose as major.

Now here is the punch line, in what branch could I gain the most experience. I do not want to make a career of the military, at least not at this point. I want to get first hand experience on the field and then go from there. My first choice is the AF. Thank you for those that already commented on the subject, but there are any other members that want to chime in, please do. Thanks
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If your not going to want to be an officer, then I'd join a branch asap so they'll pay for your schooling. Boot camp/basic training will even net you a few credits (as least it does in the MC, I'd imagine it would in the others too.) You might want to look into what ViperorMiata said about the AF hiring freeze, come to think of it, haven't seen much activity at the local AF recruiting station but I'm mostly around there on weekends so idk.
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I spoke to Josh (Viper) and another member about the freeze, what it comes down to really is that some are not minority enough... yeah. So I guess a 90+ score plus my beautiful brown skin should get me in
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Definitely Air Froce. It's the most technology centered service and also the most "civilian like". That being said, you will need to be an officer to get any meaningful engineering experience. You might be able to get experience in the legal side as paralegal on the enlisted side but I'm not very familiar with that career field so you'd definitely want to confirm. I will also say that you might be suprised how you feel about staying in once you're there. I originally joined like you to get experience and free college but I'll likely stay in for twenty now unless they screw with the retirement package.
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I was one so I can say it. DO NOT join security forces for legal experiance. Investigations would be the closest thing and short of sexual favors and some decent rank you'll never see it. Legal isn't a bad route if you go officer. Assistant is pretty much bitch work. OSI would be good but everyone will hate you and a high want to kill yourself. I repeat. Not security forces. Air Force has the highest standard of living. No offence to the other branches but airmen with their own room is way better than a private sharing a bunk. Just my 2cents
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Make sure you think hard about what it is you really want out of military service. The more I thought about it, the less I wanted to do Engineering in the Army, the more I want to be a work horse in the Marines and do something I've never done before.

If you're looking to have a more civilian like experience I would say Air Force, if you can get in (I'm sure you can, you're a smart cookie). Also, don't count out the Army, they have a huge hand in engineering jobs.

Like Gearhead said, take time to sit down with all branches and see what they offer you.

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Buffon- you need to get in contact with kotomile and ask some well thought out questions. He's in the Army and like you, he's smart. I'm sure he knows some people that do what your interested in doing, get some 1st/2nd hand knowledge.

Josh- I sincerely hope you decide to join the MC, let me know when you decide.
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I left my contact info with a recruiter from the AF. I'll let you know what he says once we talk. I will be more interested towards a civilian-like job so I see me liking the AF over branches. However, I will go ahead and give the rest a call also. Thanks for the comments.

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My son was just sworn in. He's a senior and after graduation and his 18th birthday, he'll be shipped off to basic. After that....Crypto Linguist school in Monterey. Hopefully it will be a category 4 language.
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Don't forget Navy and submarines. Not much out there that can touch nuclear power school. And, there's no curve -- if you don't cut it you're washed out. Whenever I look at resumes, completion of nuclear power school is always a big plus (if you were top of your class at NPS, you're hired on the spot).

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try to be a seabee
You should come with me to boot camp, since your so good with AR's and all.
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My son was just sworn in. He's a senior and after graduation and his 18th birthday, he'll be shipped off to basic. After that....Crypto Linguist school in Monterey. Hopefully it will be a category 4 language.
And then I'll be his instructor at GF lulululul.. also not crypto ling school... lang school. He doesn't learn his MOS until GF.
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Buffon- you need to get in contact with kotomile and ask some well thought out questions. He's in the Army and like you, he's smart. I'm sure he knows some people that do what your interested in doing, get some 1st/2nd hand knowledge.

Josh- I sincerely hope you decide to join the MC, let me know when you decide.
I am what koto is. Well, kinda. I instruct what koto does. Although he probably isn't doing what he does... etc. Only one of us would know.

Anyways if you want moar infoz on the Army I can give you some tips. But koto can as well, but he is still deployed prolly which means he is busy killing bad guis and stuff.
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Don't forget Navy and submarines. Not much out there that can touch nuclear power school. And, there's no curve -- if you don't cut it you're washed out. Whenever I look at resumes, completion of nuclear power school is always a big plus (if you were top of your class at NPS, you're hired on the spot).

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^ THIS... You sir, must post MOAR!!!
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You should come with me to boot camp, since your so good with AR's and all.
I've actually been putting much thought into joining the Army or at least much more than I put in while I was in high school when every branch was knocking down my door because I got a 98 on the ASVAB (I think the only questions I fucked up were in the section where they show you the little pictures of tools and you have to match them up, I remember getting the saws mixed up).

Every male in my family has served in some capacity in his native country, a few in multiple wars so, naturally, now that I've matured, I've begun kicking around the idea.

I'll be 23, have a BS degree and will likely be able to smack the ASVAB's gelatinous ***, but there's a problem: my right knee is FUCKED. I've got a torn meniscus and a patella that enjoys dislocating at the most inopportune times (the latest being while midcoitus with the quality of female many of you wimps can only dream of). I've been slowly getting the old grouchy bitch used to running and I've been having some success but only time will tell.

If I can get through MEPS, I'd be down for whatever as long as I'm not cutting lettuce or peeling potatoes. JAG is a possibility but I feel I'd need some experience in the field before being cooped up in an office. I'm not hunting glory or medals, I just feel I'd be able to earn more respect having DONE SOMETHING other than push paper.

I'm aware that there are many ifs there so we'll see.
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I've actually been putting much thought into joining the Army or at least much more than I put in while I was in high school when every branch was knocking down my door because I got a 98 on the ASVAB (I think the only questions I fucked up were in the section where they show you the little pictures of tools and you have to match them up, I remember getting the saws mixed up).

I just feel I'd be able to earn more respect having DONE SOMETHING other than push paper.

I'm aware that there are many ifs there so we'll see.
I fucked up the second section of the ASVAB, put the answer to Q12 in the answer slot for Q13, the answer for Q13 in the slot for Q14 and so on. Totally fucked my score, but it was high enough anyway so it didn't really matter.
I'd tell you to join the MC but a messed up knee would get in your way unfortunately. However, the Armys soo big (10x the budget of the MC) you could find something you'd find pride without much trouble (especially w/ that ASVAB score).
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If Jake got a 98 I should get 998575973 points in this.
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If Jake got a 98 I should get 998575973 points in this.
that would probably be your score when adjusted for affirmative action
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