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Z ME FLY
12-10-2008, 7:55 AM
Hey guys,
Just a question.. Why did you pick to enlist in the.. marines, navy, army, uscg, airforce.. sorry if I am missing something. I have been thinking about enlisting because it is something I thought about a lot before. I do want to see the world and I like challenges.

Thanks!

PolishMike
12-10-2008, 8:22 AM
No love for the Air force? boo..

Vacaville
12-10-2008, 8:33 AM
I went Army. Sorry to say that I had a bad impression of the Navy, Marines and Air Force at the time. That was 25 years ago. I was fresh out of high-school and like most people that age, stupid. Now I think they are all equally good choices. MOS is more important than which branch you go into.

wcnones
12-10-2008, 8:37 AM
I go all the way or I don't go at all.

Marine Corps. Errrrr.

stphnman20
12-10-2008, 9:03 AM
Marines!

I have family members in the Army, Navy, USAF and USCG. But none in the Marines. I ask a faw of my family members why we dont have one in the Marines, they all said something like, they are all crazy, you'll get yourself hurt or killed, it's hard, blah blah blah.. So I joined! lol.

nick
12-10-2008, 9:16 AM
Well, since my IQ is 186, Marines were out of the question, their cutover is at what, 60? Navy, well, I've a problem with sharks. Coast Guard? Same thing. Air Force? Damn sissies. So Army it was. Which goes to show that high IQ doesn't equal to good thinking ability :)

wcnones
12-10-2008, 9:49 AM
Well, since my IQ is 186, Marines were out of the question, their cutover is at what, 60?

Correct. I had to jump through 6 1/2 hoops to get a waiver for my 63. I used THREE CRAYONS filling out all those forms!

Crosis
12-10-2008, 10:40 AM
I had an Uncle in the Army Rangers, Cousin in the Navy, and grew up with all my family as Government Contractors on various Air Force bases...

I joined the Marines... IMHO the Marines are (were) the best of the best in regards to branches and I wanted to be the best... My uncle (the Ranger) said I'd never make... I had to prove him wrong...

heh, scored a 99 on my ASAVB and tried to go into the grunts, the Recruiter told me no...

Ended up as a computer specialist, now I work for Microsoft...

Satex
12-10-2008, 10:58 AM
Hey guys,
Just a question.. Why did you pick to enlist in the.. marines, navy, army, uscg.. sorry if I am missing something.

Yes, you missed the Air-Force. And once you look at the Air-Force there isn't really any need for further consideration :D

Austinla
12-10-2008, 11:05 AM
Think carefully about what you are doing before you choose to enlist in ANY service. You will be taking an oath to uphold the constitution and protect this country from all enemies foreign, AND domestic. That means study the constitution. Study it well before you make the decision to join any branch. IF you find anything your government will ask you to do unconstitutional, be prepared to refuse those orders. Country comes first, before everything else, even before the orders you are given.

The reason i bring this up, is because i joined the Marine Corps fresh out of high school. I joined with faith in my government, that they would allow me to uphold my oath, and only put me in harms way if it was in defense my country. Left for boot camp August of '01. Yes, that's right, September 11th of '01 i was in boot camp. A few years later when I heard out president "declare war on terrorism", that was a huge red flag for me. How could it be constitutional for our president to declare war on a tactic, not a country? Well turns out, its not. Then in February of '03, my unit gets sent to Kuwait. We got word that we were invading Iraq. This also didn't sit right with me for obvious reasons. The group of thugs that attacked my beloved country weren't even from Iraq. Why were we invading this country?

I still did these illegal things that i was asked to, and in doing so broke my oath to uphold the constitution. I will never break it again, and i hope you have the fortitude to be able to stand up and do what you know is right, even if you are outnumbered.

That's my two cents. Ok, maybe more like a nickle haha.

Z ME FLY
12-10-2008, 11:18 AM
Haha thanks for the replies. I did add the air force once I saw the replies :P I know each branch have different jobs depending on what you want to do. Just wondering if there was some benefits of one branch over another. My boy who was a marine said them air force and navy guys get it nice compared to the marines. Marines, first guys in, last ones to leave also. So IDK I am just looking into my options.

smokingloon
12-10-2008, 12:35 PM
I had many friends in the Marines and even though they told me not to join, I didn't listen. Why half *** it. Either go all the way or dont do it at all was my motto. Now that I think about it, I should have joined the Air Force. They have the best food, accomodations, and even people that pick up your trays after you are done eating.

guns_and_labs
12-10-2008, 12:43 PM
Rangers lead the way! Go Army.

Most of my family is Navy, and I had to tick them off somehow. As for the Marines, I didn't want to hear about "Navy's little helpers" -- which I would have at every family gathering.

And I LIKE the taste of snakes.

CavTrooper
12-10-2008, 2:25 PM
I grew up in San Diego around Navy and Marines, wanted to get as far away from those sallies as possible.

After working alongside all the other branches in a combat zone, Im glad I made the right choice.

Timberwolf
12-10-2008, 2:36 PM
I went to the Army . . . Brother, Dad, Grandfathers a few generations worth were all Army what was I to do. I did have one cousin each that went into the Marines and Navy but they were always the oddballs

nick
12-10-2008, 3:04 PM
And I LIKE the taste of snakes.

You too? :D

Merk762
12-10-2008, 3:20 PM
I have been in the Air force for the past 8 years. and many say we a p#$&y. but i have been over there 7 time i have spent more time in combat since i've joined then i have at home. but if you want to enlist my hats off to you. the only thing i say is go with the one that is going to do the most for you. and will help you when you get out. one thing i remember from my father the military doesnt care about you, you are a number easy to replace so make sure when a do replace you that you have something to take to the real world there arent may jobs out there for killing.

CavTrooper
12-10-2008, 4:31 PM
Marines, first guys in, last ones to leave also.

Pffft.

WHEN have the Marines EVER been the first in to anywhere?

(unless its hoggin)

:p

BB63Squid
12-10-2008, 5:22 PM
I wanted something that I could get some high end technical training and my ASVAB was high enough to get me just about anything I wanted. In addition I didn't want to stay too long in any one place. So the choice was obvious for me.

As a bonus I never had to wake up in a fox-hole with my buddies spooning me.

The final straw was my grandfather was a squid in WWII, my uncle was a nuke on the USS Nautilus and Stonewall Jackson and my cousin was an Opticalman working on sub periscopes.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/c7/USS_Fox_(CG-33).jpg/300px-USS_Fox_(CG-33).jpg

http://www.pearl-harbor.com/missouri/images/uss_missouri.jpg

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/c/c0/USS_Reid_FFG30_Underway.jpg/300px-USS_Reid_FFG30_Underway.jpg

Maddog5150
12-10-2008, 10:37 PM
I didnt choose Navy because they only have a single job that I would consider cool and that was corpman. I dont like the idea of being stuck out in sea and need a patch of dirt to sleep on.
Didnt choose the airforce because they didnt have any jobs that interested me.
I didnt choose Marines because I couldnt fathom the thought of being a fighting man and being owned by the navy at the same time ;)

Prowler
12-11-2008, 4:45 PM
I chose the US Navy based on the job description. Training is excellent and so is the experience. Compare the job/MOS that you're interested in to each branch of service. See which one you find out has the most training and experience that you can use in the civilian world when you get out. I have no regrets and would do it all over again. Additionally, join because you want to, not because of what you may have to do or not do. You won't regret it. Good luck!

JHC
12-11-2008, 5:27 PM
I went to see the Marine recruiter and he kind of brushed me off after interviewing me, I went to see the Navy next door and they wouldn't let me out of the place til I agreed to go to MEPS. I did my time, got my HD, and moved on but I know I would have had a better time as a Marine.

goathead
12-11-2008, 6:19 PM
Pffft.

WHEN have the Marines EVER been the first in to anywhere?

(unless its hoggin)

:p

100000+ on that

Manic Moran
12-12-2008, 8:05 PM
Initially, I wanted to join An Slua Muiri, the Irish Naval Reserve.

However, I started to have a think about what the job entailed as a junior sailor. I imagined myself having to stand watch on, face it, a small craft (1,500 tons is as big as they come in Ireland) in a North Atlantic storm in January. I figured I was going to be cold, wet and miserable. At that point, it became a case of "well, if I'm going to be cold, wet and miserable, let me not worry about having to swim." So I joined An Forsa Cosanta Aituil instead. (Irish Army Reserves). I never thought to think of the next stage of analysis, however: After doing the 8 hours or whatever of cold misery on the ship, you get to go inside where it's nice and warm. After doing 8 hours of misery on land, you craw into your damp, wet sleeping bag and stay miserable.

Then I had to actually find a unit in the Army. There are no recruiters in Ireland, applicants always far outstrip places. Figuring out how to get in appears to be weeding-out-step #1. So I looked up the telephone book.

"Army.. army... See Defence Forces..."

*Ring ring*

"DFHQ, Captain O'Malley Speaking"
"Ah, hallo. I'm calling to see how to get into the FCA"
"Well, where are you located?"
"Clonskeagh, South Dublin"
"Not a problem. How about Cathal Brugha barracks in Rathmines?"
"Yes, I can make that"
"Right, so. What is it you want to do?"
"How do you mean?"
"Well, what job do you want?"
"Ummm..." (I'd not thought that far ahead. I thought it was just run around with a rifle, really)
"Well, how about medics. Do you want to be a medic?"
"Ermm....." (I was more thinking Rambo than ER, frankly)
"Put it this way then. Do you want to save people or shoot them?"
"Oh, shoot please."
"Grand, so. Turn up on Tuesday evening and ask for 20th Infantry Battalion."

I eventually bailed to the Cavalry.

Then when I emigrated to the US, the Air Force guy never called me back. So I didn't join them. Instead, I got a call from a buddy of mine saying that their unit was doing a tank gunnery, and did I want to go down and have a looksee? Never looked back.

NTM

Manic Moran
12-12-2008, 8:17 PM
heh, scored a 99 on my ASAVB and tried to go into the grunts, the Recruiter told me no...

What do you mean the recruiter told you 'no'?

I scored a 99 as well, the guy tried to get me either into Signals or Intelligence. I told him I wanted tanks.
They then tried to tell me I was too tall, and too colour-blind. The first is a piddling detail, the second is historically questionable. I told them either they find a way for me to become a tanker or I'm walking out the door.

Guess what. I'm in Armour.

NTM

Rob454
12-12-2008, 10:18 PM
I joined the marines cause their recruiter was better than the others. Do I regret it. No. Would I go back? No

kermit315
12-12-2008, 10:59 PM
I met a Naval Officer recruiter at the National FFA Convention in 1995 in KC(last year it was there) and got into the Navy way of thinking. Then I put it off, till I was about 20. Then, started thinking about it again. I turned 21 in boot camp (and was excited because I could legally buy my own damn handguns...haha), and never looked back. I am good at my job, I have an extremely high level of job satisfaction, and still have lots of options on where to go in the future.

goathead
12-13-2008, 5:42 AM
Army could there be anyone else!!!!!!

Fjold
12-13-2008, 8:03 AM
I joined the Navy in 1977 because back then you could have a beard.

After I made my decision I looked for the most technical training that I could get and was glad to see that the Navy had it.

4 Brigada
12-13-2008, 10:53 AM
I chose the Air Force, because I always liked aircraft and.....
http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t155/4brigada/ArmedForces.jpg

jmlivingston
12-13-2008, 12:34 PM
Army! They have it all: aircraft, boats, armor, grunts.

My dad was Army, and so was his dad. In fact, I think we all spent at least some bit of time in the National Guard, in the 40th ID right here in CA.

John

F-2_Challenger
12-13-2008, 7:12 PM
I joined the Marines because my dad pissed me off and told me not to because "we are an Army family" . My whole family has been in the army except me.

After dealing with the VA and their unwillingness to fix my body and take of my medical problems I have seriously started to wonder if it was worth it. Knowing what I know now, and how they VA would treat me and not take care of my medical problems, I don't know if I would do it again.

Austinla
12-15-2008, 10:02 AM
What do you mean the recruiter told you 'no'?

I scored a 99 as well, the guy tried to get me either into Signals or Intelligence. I told him I wanted tanks.
They then tried to tell me I was too tall, and too colour-blind. The first is a piddling detail, the second is historically questionable. I told them either they find a way for me to become a tanker or I'm walking out the door.

Guess what. I'm in Armour.

NTM

Not a "piddling detail". I was a tanker in the Marines for 4 years, and have seen a few people hit with the breach block because they were too big. Being too big as a tanker could get you killed!

cleanguy46
12-15-2008, 1:08 PM
I enlisted in the Coast Guard many moons ago because I liked their mission and training opportunities. Not only did I get valuable training as a Machinery Technician where I worked on everything from outboard engines to turbines, but I also pursued further training and was a qualified small boat coxswain, engineer and boarding officer when manning small boat crews.

arfan66
12-15-2008, 9:59 PM
Air Force.... At the time, I didn't know how to swim so that ruled out all he other branches :chris:. I've always loved aviation and it's what I do now that I've retired (20 hr. work weeks). Never looked back!

Jeff

Barriss
12-16-2008, 12:47 PM
I was originally going to join the Marines but was uneasy about going in with an open contract. Next, I talked to the Air Force recruiter and he promised me the job of firefighter and took me to lunch. That sealed the deal.

It's funny how the mind works when you're only 18!

CavTrooper
12-16-2008, 3:47 PM
i choose the navy becuase of faster promotion. not to mention my dad was in the navy

So, how fast did you get promoted? Years of service/pay grade.... spill it.

Enlisted as an E-3

E-4 18mos TIS

E-5 31mos TIS

E-6 50mos TIS

11Z50
12-16-2008, 6:03 PM
I joined the Army because it's where I felt I belonged. Family history on one side was Marine, but the other was Army.

As for promotion, the Army Infantry is pretty quick if you apply yourself. I shot up to E-5 in 4 years, (acting E-5 in a little over 2) then SSG/E-6 in 5. I was an E-6 for 8 years, then an E-7 for a loooong time. I finally made MSG/E-8 in 2001 when we were mobilized, and retired in 2003.

Manic Moran
12-16-2008, 9:44 PM
Not a "piddling detail". I was a tanker in the Marines for 4 years, and have seen a few people hit with the breach block because they were too big. Being too big as a tanker could get you killed!

I'll be more inclined to say they were hit with the breech because they weren't careful. I'm 6'5" and haven't had a problem yet, probably because I treat that breech with the utmost respect. In the loader's hatch, I swear I plaster myself against the turret wall. I know a couple of other tankers about my height as well, they've not had difficulty yet either. Only problem is that you have to take pity on my gunner, with my knees in his back. (And in the gunner's seat, I have to contort myself to use manual elevation)

NTM

cgseanp1
12-24-2008, 4:04 PM
I enlisted in the Coast Guard many moons ago because I liked their mission and training opportunities. Not only did I get valuable training as a Machinery Technician where I worked on everything from outboard engines to turbines, but I also pursued further training and was a qualified small boat coxswain, engineer and boarding officer when manning small boat crews.

Coast Guard here as well.. I chose the CG because I was living in AZ and wanted to get back to CA, and I figured this was the best way. I've been in just over 6 years and have been stationed in Alameda, CA and 2 tours in San Diego.. I know I won't stay in CA forever, but thats fine, I think I am ready to leave anyways.. especially with all our stupid ace gun laws!!

NiteQwill
12-24-2008, 6:19 PM
Family history.

Army it was!

Soldier415
12-25-2008, 8:21 AM
Graduated high school a year early and spent that year making bad choices and doing nothing but becoming more and more of a terrible person.

Wanted to join the service and make something of myself. Decided on the Guard because I would be able to serve not just my country when called, but my state and community on a daily basis. Plus it was the citizen soldiers that first birthed this nation through blood, a fine tradition of service to enter in to.

Decided to be a Combat Engineer after tagging along on a local unit's drill. They spent the day making claymores out of coffee cans, nails, and C4. Then mixed tide detergent and styrofoam coolers into 55 gal drums of gas to make napalm...then blew everything to hell. That night they proceeded to get blind drunk and take turns punching each other in the face while laughing, and one E7 took a poop in the middle of the street.

I was home. Been in the unit ever since. Got home from basic and AIT on September 10, 2001.

45DAVID1
12-25-2008, 12:28 PM
USAF... why? I like warm beds with hot chicks and hate ditches in the mud with other men.

MrLogan
12-26-2008, 10:28 AM
USAF... why? I like warm beds with hot chicks and hate ditches in the mud with other men.

So in other words, you weren't manly and tough enough for the Army or Marines? ;)

74man
12-26-2008, 3:20 PM
When I enlisted they still had the Draft!!! AND VIET NAM TOO!!! Instead of Jail and with an older brother in the Air Force I enlisted because I needed it. Did a 21 year Stretch, and retired. I picked the Air Force over the other branches which are all Patriots because the Army was used a cannon fodder, the Marines went where no-one else would go. Navy, NOPE!! Because I can walk a hell of a lot farther than I can swim, and at the time it was Coast Guard or the Sky. I ended up being trained as an Aircraft Structural Repairman. Just be smart, keep your mouth shut, do your job as your life depended on it and you will get by. If you like it stay and if you stay get a damn education. They will teach you how to study and retain what you learn. Great way to start your life. Your decision though. Good Luck.

45DAVID1
12-30-2008, 3:24 PM
So in other words, you weren't manly and tough enough for the Army or Marines? ;)

Nope. I'm allergic to bees and have flat feet. Army and USMC told me no and didn't want to take the time to do a waiver. USAF took the time to do the waiver and here I am 10+ years later.

pitbull30
01-01-2009, 4:27 PM
Nice to see the crowd of current/former service on here.

Me.

Navy Vet. OSW/OEF/OIF

Been all over. Came back. Liked some. Hated some.

Do it again? YES

Reason: Family History- WWII to current etc.

jayfarley3
01-05-2009, 3:59 PM
I joined the AF...my plan was to visit all the recruiters and stopped by the air force first, I signed the papers and never bothered visiting the others. Almost 5 years later I'm pretty happy with my decision.

psum240b
01-05-2009, 8:13 PM
Joined the Coast Guard Reserve,
So far its been cool, been really wanting to go active duty though in the army, school isn't for me right now and would rather be active duty blowing stuff up. Your decision though I would say all the branches are good, just depends on what you want to do. Like the other Coastie said, he is an MK, a small boat coxswain, and boarding team member, if your interested in law enforcement I would look into the uscg. I would say go active duty though whatever you decide to join

ZRX61
01-05-2009, 8:42 PM
I considered all the options for enlisted...

Army: cannon fodder up at the front getting shot at while some REMF yells orders at you. (not a good prospect)

USN: Stuck in a tin can getting orders shouted at you by an officer while the enemy try to kill both of you. (not a good prospect)

USMC: Stuck in a tin can getting orders shouted at you by an officer & then having the officer tell you to go charge a beach head under heavy fire (not a good prospect)

US Air Force: Swanning away the days at some balmy airfield drinking mai-tais & loading officers into aircraft for the enemy to shoot at (Sign me up!)

For some reason an USAF officer didn't find my reasoning for signing up very reassuring....but they let me play anyway :)
My family has a history with the RN going back about 400 years, mostly gunners oddly enough (at family get-togethers the males all stand around & shout at each other). When my dad found out I'd not only joined the Air Force, but an Air Force consisting mostly of "them bluddy furriners" he didn't speak to me for months..:D

Bill_in_SD
01-08-2009, 8:47 AM
I joined the Navy because they promised me a job in computers. I actually went to the Air Force first, but the would not guarantee me a job. (I was a 99 ASVABer also). Army and Marines were not an option for met at the time because I only knew about the ground pounder aspects of those services.

I did not want to sign up to drive a forklift somewhere in the Air Force, so I joined the Navy and promptly spent nearly 2 years in school..... which is funny because I was 'taking a break' from school......

Got out when my rate was disestablished.

You can still join the Navy and 'see the world'. There are opportunities in other services for travel, but the Navy has a way of getting you into more places if you are on a forward deployed ship.

While I don't think any service is necessarily better, I think that Ballistic Missile Submarines are pretty darn important in keeping the peace and protecting our nation above all else. (this coming from a surface sailor)

sgtb
01-14-2009, 11:52 PM
all or nothing.

kill kill kill

Z ME FLY
01-23-2009, 2:18 PM
I really enjoyed the responses from everyone. What if you really don't know what you would want to do or what you are good at?

gwl
01-23-2009, 6:51 PM
You could take the "Open Contract" route and see what the needs of the (insert Branch of Service here) takes you. I've actually met a few wo have done that and I was very surprised where they went.

CGRangeMonkey
01-28-2009, 7:04 PM
Join the Coast Guard. :boat:

Vectrexer
01-28-2009, 7:23 PM
Hey guys,
Just a question.. Why did you pick to enlist in the.. marines, navy, army, uscg, airforce.. sorry if I am missing something. I have been thinking about enlisting because it is something I thought about a lot before. I do want to see the world and I like challenges.

Thanks!


Navy. The best at the time for me!

- Technical. (Electronics)
- Nuclear power.
- Relatively fast advancement (depending on the rating). Faster than the Air Force anyway. Not as fast as the Army.
- Good for a career if you so choose.
- Technical skills and administrative skills transfer well to the civilian world .
- Bonus offered at the time is better than other services for the type of job I wanted.
- Was truly guaranteed to be trained in the field and the category before I enlisted. Not just verbally, in writing in my enlistment contract!
- Enlisted at a higher pay grade than most. Existed boot camp with a pay grade than most. Completed ET A school with a pay grade than most. All of this was guaranteed in writing in my enlistment contract (1982) as long as I met the training requirements and kept out of trouble.
- Travel. I went to places many people will never visit in their life. The people and experiences were fantastic.
- Liked ships before the Navy. Appreciated their complexity and the teamwork required to run a ship even more afterward.
- Boredom. There is a lot to be said for a branch of the military that has less "excitement" on a moment to moment basis.
- I choose the military as my own method of public service.

and

- The Veterans benefits. I sort of liked them before. They were another check mark on the good things to like about military life. I appreciated them much more later on.


I agree with the previous comment by Vacaville (http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?p=1771442#post1771442). Your MOS / Rating / AFSC - the job you hold - is much more important than the armed service you select. You job will affect not only the training you receive, it will also affect your advancement opportunities and assigned duty stations. For example, when I was in the Navy there was an ET related 6+ month long school for the GSC-52. (The Army also had this MOS) This was training to teach everything about working on a satellite earth station. Had I taken that training I would have been deployed to a very narrow range of duty stations afterward. Rota Spain was one possibility. Diego Garcia was another. While I would not have been on a ship I still would have been in the middle of the Indian ocean.

Make sure you evaluate the branch of service as well. Similar to a car dealership, you should play the recruiters in the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard. Marines, Navy, etc against one another. Especially if your ASVAB, college prep test scores, and other school grades are high. This will enable you to get a better job, at a better pay grade, and in the place you want to go first.

Be prepared to go into the Delayed Entry Program (DEP) if you can. This is the Military's way to more effectively schedule new recruits into the system. By going DEP you may be able to get a guaranteed spot in the training you really desire. Each arm of the military has this program.


If you don't know what branch of the military you want to join, or the job you want to do, then evaluate the enlistment in a different way. Think about where you want to avoid going. Don't like the sand? Try to get a job in the Navy where you know you will never hit the beach. This also has the added benefit of avoiding most possibilities of enemy small arms fire. Unless of course, your ship is boarded. Don't want an intense boot camp? Join the Air Force or Navy. Think about the other things you might not want to do after boot camp. Then choose a service and a job that helps you avoid them. Just make sure you can can do the job. If you cannot then the military can reclassify you as a cook, a ditch digger, or anything at all they might need at the time that fits your ASVAB skills.

MrSlippyFist
01-28-2009, 8:45 PM
All my friends were doing it.


/Seriously

kris&bela
01-28-2009, 8:48 PM
I chose the Air Force, because I always liked aircraft and.....
http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t155/4brigada/ArmedForces.jpg

Got that right.....

Z ME FLY
01-29-2009, 5:19 PM
I hope you guys are joking. Nobody here seriously thinks any one branch is better or more important than the other.

I didn't mean to imply that one branch is better than the other or more important. I am asking because friends that I know that went into the service, sometimes say that they wished they joined another branch vs. what they enlisted in. There are pro's and con's for each branch and I was just trying to figure it out. No I am not going to based my choice on what we say here on Calguns. I plan to go to the different recuriters and find out as much info as possible. But that's like trying to buy a car, they are going to tell you that their branch is the best because of X Y and Z reasons. I just wanted the truth from people :) Like I said before, thank you for all the responses. I personally feel with the way things are going in this world that I will be enlisting within the next couple of months. Hopefully before my 25th bday in May.

Z ME FLY
01-29-2009, 10:54 PM
I enlisted in the Army because I'm lazy (there I said it) I would have gone Marine otherwise
Chair Force no, Navy no
No regrets

Haha if you are lazy why the army?

Army GI
01-30-2009, 1:58 PM
I didn't mean to imply that one branch is better than the other or more important. I am asking because friends that I know that went into the service, sometimes say that they wished they joined another branch vs. what they enlisted in. There are pro's and con's for each branch and I was just trying to figure it out. No I am not going to based my choice on what we say here on Calguns. I plan to go to the different recuriters and find out as much info as possible. But that's like trying to buy a car, they are going to tell you that their branch is the best because of X Y and Z reasons. I just wanted the truth from people :) Like I said before, thank you for all the responses. I personally feel with the way things are going in this world that I will be enlisting within the next couple of months. Hopefully before my 25th bday in May.

Let me tell you something, the service is what YOU make of it. Having one branch name-tape rather than another sowed on your uniform isn't going to change how you serve. People join this unit or that branch because of prestiege. Because they hear biased untrue things about other branches. The Navy is gay. The Air force is weak. The Army is cannon-fodder. The Marines are dumb. But it doesn't have to be that way. Become a leader. Have integrity and do things that you know should be done and push yourself to do more. Others will take notice and follow. Good leadership begets good soldiers.

thomashoward, I'm sure the Marines would be glad to tell you they don't need or want your lazy ***. People like you make us look bad, because all you want to do is the bare ****ing minimum.

Zmefly, good luck with whatever you choose and remember what I told you.

Army GI
01-30-2009, 5:22 PM
I had a great time, and I recommend it for everyone. I enlisted in'71 because all the greasy haired, sandal wearing, Volkswagen hippies pissed me off.
There is a written recommendation from my company commander for OCS, and it is in my files today as a treasured memory,but as I was not going to be a lifer I elected on advice not to go. The recommendation was for exhibiting strong military bearing at all times not because my standards were low.
I volunteered to Iraq as I know a Bird Colonel, but was politely told there was no one I could replace (not that I'm too old) my MOS 95B10 nuff said

Good on you, then. Sorry for being a dick. Please understand I don't know you personally, so I'm just going off what you say. This is the internet afterall. Again my apologies and thanks for your service.

We are joking. Did not mean to upset you. All of the uniformed services are important.

I know that, interservice rivalry is what keeps people motivated. But my thing is these civilians (such as Z ME FLY, the guy who started the thread) sometimes can't tell and they take every word we say as the truth.

SkatinJJ
02-04-2009, 6:16 PM
My dad did 20 in the Navy from WWII on. I knew what happened to the Indianapolis.
I needed his respect, so I went Marines.

It was a blast. I got out of it what I put into it.

Semper Fi, DO or DIE! (or words to that effect)

SkatinJJ,
PFC in the first civ div...:p

mur
02-04-2009, 7:48 PM
I always admired grunts, whether they were Army or Marines. The hardships they endured made a profound impact on me.
Out of high school I didn't see any job that I was excited about, so
one day I just walked into the recruiters office and told him I wanted to go Infantry.
He asked me are you sure you don't want to see some other options, I shook my head and said no.

Next thing I knew I was on my way to Fort Benning, GA as 11B

It was an unbelievable experience that I would not change for anything.

mattman
02-16-2009, 4:09 PM
Join the Cav.
https://www.usarmor-assn.org/images/merchandise/cavalry.jpg

f4tweet
03-16-2009, 9:50 AM
Marines, all you other Pogues are just jealous because our parents weren't married.

I scored 65, and they gave me Com/Nav electronics on F-4 Phantoms, go figure.

Coastey
03-16-2009, 12:06 PM
Got the best deal by getting an appointment to the Coast Guard Academy. A four year college education and an officer's commission at graduation. Back in the 70's, 80's and 90's the Coast Guard was small enough that where ever you were stationed, you knew somebody. It was also small enough that if you messed up, just about everyone knew about it or could find out about it. So you got responsibility early in your career and you either did well or ended up getting out.

Vapor
03-17-2009, 8:34 AM
Its really all about what u want out of it, and what u like to do. If u like ships and the sea navy, u wanna a chance to fly air force, u wanna shoot army, Marines, ect. i didnt want to be support, i wanted to fight. oohrah lol :cool2:

CavTrooper
03-17-2009, 2:08 PM
Marines, all you other Pogues are just jealous because our parents weren't married.

I scored 65, and they gave me Com/Nav electronics on F-4 Phantoms, go figure.

POGs are POGs regardless of branch. As an electronics guy, you are a POG.

f4tweet
03-17-2009, 2:18 PM
All Marines are riflemen. I could fix an F-4 or strip an M-60. What did you do CavTrooper?

CavTrooper
03-17-2009, 2:44 PM
All Marines are riflemen. I could fix an F-4 or strip an M-60. What did you do CavTrooper?

US ARMY CAVALRY, nuff said.

SOLAMF.

f4tweet
03-17-2009, 2:56 PM
They still have horses?

CavTrooper
03-17-2009, 3:05 PM
They still have horses?

We got it all.

f4tweet
03-17-2009, 3:22 PM
LOL We ate ours, tastes just like .......horse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nikMneu7H90

Never forget Ia Drang!

MikeinnLA
03-17-2009, 3:37 PM
I had my head up my *** when I was 18. Graduated high school and straight to college. As I got older, I always wished I would have served, I think it would have been a great addition to my life. On behalf of all of us, thank you for your service. Like they say:

If you can read this, thank a teacher,
If you're reading it in English, thank a soldier.

Mike

wcnones
04-06-2009, 12:12 AM
If you can read this, thank a teacher,
If you're reading it in English, thank a soldier.



Great addition to an otherwise yawn-inspiring quote. I likee! :thumbsup:

BB63Squid
04-06-2009, 3:48 PM
So, how fast did you get promoted? Years of service/pay grade.... spill it.

Enlisted as an E-3

E-4 18mos TIS

E-5 31mos TIS

E-6 50mos TIS

E1 to E6 (not frocked) in 50 months.

The Wingnut
04-06-2009, 9:39 PM
I found myself out of work at the age of 29 and asking myself if I really wanted to live out my life wondering what my life would have been like if I joined up.

I've always loved aviation and aviation history, I wanted a job that would translate to the civil sector, and had a friend that was serving active on KC-10s at Travis AFB. The choice was logical, heavy aircraft crew chief.

Active wouldn't take me(too old by 2 years), but the reserves would, so I went reserve. Glad I did, I got to choose my specialty instead of having to pick from a small selection of where they wanted me. I did get stuck at Beale working KC-135s for a year(which gave me a great appreciation for that airframe), but when we got BRAC'd, I transferred to Travis and got what I really wanted.

I love it. Uncle Sam lets me play with his airplanes, I got an education in aircraft maintenance, discipline, a fresh outlook on life, and I can finally tell people, 'Yes, I am!' when they ask me if I'm in the military(for some reason, I'd get that a lot).

I'm in the process of applying for an Air Reserve Technician slot...time to leave the low-paying desk job behind and go full time.

dribbler
04-08-2009, 2:05 PM
All Marines are riflemen. I could fix an F-4 or strip an M-60. What did you do CavTrooper?

"All Marines are rifleman, only a few are grunts"
The term "grunt" is used in the military as a general term for someone who's MOS (Military Occupational Specialty) is "Infantry". In the Marine Corps all MOS' preceeded by the number "03" are Infantry. About as "grunt" as you can get in the Corps is "0311 - Basic Rifleman".

The opposite of a "grunt" is a "pogue", which is a derogatory reference to pretty much anyone who isn't a grunt, but normally reserved for Marines who work in an office or some other rear-echelon job as part of their regular duties ("In the rear with the gear"). Call a pougue a "grunt" and they love it, but call a grunt a "pougue" and see what happens :-)

Ive got MEPS this monday/Tuesday then hopefully off to MCRDSD in October. Following in my grandfather's footsteps

Nordschleife
04-10-2009, 11:04 AM
"All Marines are rifleman, only a few are grunts"
The term "grunt" is used in the military as a general term for someone who's MOS (Military Occupational Specialty) is "Infantry". In the Marine Corps all MOS' preceeded by the number "03" are Infantry. About as "grunt" as you can get in the Corps is "0311 - Basic Rifleman".

The opposite of a "grunt" is a "pogue", which is a derogatory reference to pretty much anyone who isn't a grunt, but normally reserved for Marines who work in an office or some other rear-echelon job as part of their regular duties ("In the rear with the gear"). Call a pougue a "grunt" and they love it, but call a grunt a "pougue" and see what happens :-)

Ive got MEPS this monday/Tuesday then hopefully off to MCRDSD in October. Following in my grandfather's footsteps

I just got out of the Corps as a 3531/3521, aka POG.... but I might as well have been an 03 to begin with b/c of all the infantry/security training we received. Maybe it's because I was in a LAR unit.

Anyways, Semper Gumby. Good luck in MEPS, those doctors are as old as dust.

Manong0369
04-27-2009, 6:19 PM
Been there, done that. Initially, I wanted to go Marines, 03 all the way but having a family mostly Navy I enlisted in the Navy, 1988. After 3 years of active, I did the reserve thing. Regretted not joining Marines initially, but was turned down so I went CA National Guard, 11B. Keep my E-4 from the Navy and did 2 years. Still wanted to be a Marine, but still not accepted. Joined RA as 13F. Did 2 Years and got out and went to college. Received AA in JC, but still had the desire. After 10 years and two boot camps/basic training, I was finally accepted for enlistment 1998. Enlisted 03 and later earned 0311 MOS. I was an E-2 through boot camp but graduated as Guide and promotion to E-3. Meritoriously promoted to E-4, then made E-5 within 2 years. Last stop was E-6 then medical retirement just last year. It was a fine ride, but wished to have joined earlier. Oh, did not do Air Force but I did spend Navy time working on Aircraft engines. Semper Fi!

Cougar125
04-27-2009, 6:24 PM
I chose the Navy. The Marine recruiter was too pushy, the Army recruiter was a moron, and the Air Force didn't return my phone call until I was already at my first command. I never did consider the coast guard either...

The Navy has given me the ability to see some cool places (port calls) and give me skills that will transfer to the real world.

AEC1
04-27-2009, 6:43 PM
Joined navy as E-3, E-4 at 1.5 years, E-5 at 3, E-6 at 5 and E-7 at 8. Not it has been 12 and I am probably gonna retire a Chief due to the draw down...

Cougar125
04-27-2009, 6:49 PM
Well...I've been in almost 8 years and I'm only at E-5. :2guns:

Manong0369
04-27-2009, 7:06 PM
I PNA'd a lot after making AD3. Hard to advance going against everyone in your rate, huh?

Cougar125
04-27-2009, 7:08 PM
AT is divided between I and O...but still tough. When I made it, I had 15 PNA.

Manong0369
04-27-2009, 7:10 PM
Does doing more sea time still help towards promotion?

kermit315
04-27-2009, 7:15 PM
no, sea time doesnt figure into it.

Raw test score (out of 80)
Time in Paygrade
PMA (performance mark average....your evals averaged together)
Awards
PNA points (passed but not advanced)
now, college credit...1 point for Associates degrees, 2 for bachelors

Now, the more sea time you have, the more likely it is that you have more awards than a person in your rate with similar amount of time in but on shore duty.

I made 2nd in 3.5, and got capped to 1st at 7 years, so I feel I have done pretty well.

Manong0369
04-27-2009, 7:23 PM
Thanks, didn't stay long enough to really find out. First tour was on a carrier. Did get frocked to E-4 though. How long in grade until going gold? Good luck in future promotions.

kermit315
04-27-2009, 7:29 PM
12 years of flying under the radar will get gold chevrons.

Glock619
04-28-2009, 9:56 AM
Any in the marines near san diego that knows the recruiting process?
having trouble with local recruiters, just dont think they are using resources correctly.

Heres a quick story of my situation. Went to grossmont high school, didnt have all credits by senior year,finished but didnt grad. then i went to a private school and graduated 5 months later. Now, recruiters dont want to accept it, it was not one of those where they give you a pack and come once a week, it was an actual classroom setting. Grossmont called last week and have transcript that i have cashee and high school exit exam through them and grad from the private.

Any guidance would be much appreciated.

Sorry if its in the wrong section

f4tweet
04-28-2009, 10:27 AM
Always remember, the recruiters will lie to you. They did to me in 1966, and I caught them and stood my ground. If the Marine recruiters are enlisted, find out who their OIC (Officer in charge) and go see him. Everybody has a boss. Then ask for a guaranteed school, like Aviation. Push for it. You will get what you want. Semper Fi.

Manong0369
04-28-2009, 11:18 AM
http://usmilitary.about.com/cs/genjoin/a/asvabminimum.htm
Marine Corps

"ASVAB Score - Marine Corps recruits must score at least 32. A very few exceptions are made (about one percent) for some exceptionally otherwise qualified recruits with scores as low as 25.

Education - As with the Air Force, those without a high school education are ineligible. The Marine Corps limits GED enlistments to no more than five percent per year. Those with a GED must score a minimum of 50 on the AFQT to even be considered.

As with the other services, the Marine Corps offers advanced enlistment rank for college credits. However, of all the services, the Marines are the most restrictive in this area. The maximum advanced rank for college credits is E-2, where the other services will give college credit advanced rank up to E-3 (E-4 in the Army)."


I just looked this up. Maybe you may be able to ask the recruiter about this. I hope that this helps. As what f4tweet said, "ask for a guaranteed school." When you do get accepted, make sure that it's written in your contract. If it says open, then you will be put in an MOS that the Corps needs. Another thing, if you want to be a Marine, then don't give up. Enlisting in "your second" choice will only make you regret not initially joining the Marines. Good luck and Semper Fidelis!

f4tweet
04-28-2009, 11:28 AM
"When you do get accepted, make sure that it's written in your contract. If it says open, then you will be put in an MOS that the Corps needs. "
+1 They had the box designating guaranteed MOS with a dash typed in when they first gave me the contract to sign. The only way I caught this was READING my entire contract. I refused to sign. The S/Sgt had a fit when I wouldn't sign. He had to re-write the contract. Remember, it's your life.

Glock619
04-28-2009, 2:53 PM
im not a sucker for open con. my older brother is ex marine and has told me everything. he is trying to convince to go to officer program first.highly considering it now, just to show them off, but cant find a local college, everything is geared towards army.

i scored on the practice with a 72. i know it doesnt mean much, but would think it would have them try to help out. they supposedly called their gunnery and he said no its a "Tier 2" school.

thinks it bull. went to two different recruiters. im bummed i really want to go. want grunt, but im thinking future, so diesel mechanic

Manong0369
04-28-2009, 3:43 PM
http://usmilitary.about.com/od/joiningthemilitary/a/enlstandards_4.htm

"Tier 2 - Alternative Credential Holder

The services limit the number of Tier II candidates it will allow to enlist each year. In the Air Force, the limit is less than one percent each year. In such cases, the applicant must score a minimum of 50 on the AFQT to qualify (Note: The "AFQT" is the overall ASVAB score).

The Army will allow up to 10 percent each year to be Tier II candidates, but they must score a minimum of 50 on the AFQT.

The Marines will only allow about 5 percent each year to be Tier II, and the Navy about 10 percent. Like the Army and Air Force, Tier II recruits must score a minimum of 50 on the AFQT to qualify.

The Coast Guard only accepts Tier 2 candidates if they have prior military service, and even then requires them to score higher on the AFQT (50 for prior Coast Guard Service, 65 for prior service in other branches)."


Just a little more info for you. Hopefully, this can clear up some of your questions. Good to hear that your brother was a "former" Marine and that he is giving you a heads up on the Marine Corps. Good luck on your decision.

Glock619
04-28-2009, 6:38 PM
good info thats.
second oldest is in the army.

they told me i could go to a community college and get 15 credits then theyd take me. im going to do the officer program. no rush

Glock619
04-28-2009, 6:41 PM
sorry, just saw your link. i have a high school diploma and that school shouldnt fall in the category, it was a classroom, with teacher and other students. im pissed now.

CavTrooper
04-28-2009, 7:04 PM
sorry, just saw your link. i have a high school diploma and that school shouldnt fall in the category, it was a classroom, with teacher and other students. im pissed now.

Recruiters have the line on all schools and how the diploma rates, if he is tellign you its teir 2, its because it is. What private school did you go to? If you want some help, let me know, I have a little insight in the field.

Oh yeah, Grossmont High School, Class of 94!

Glock619
04-28-2009, 9:32 PM
lol 94?!
went to southern california independent educational studies
even though it says independent, it was not.

thanks for your willingness to help

CavTrooper
04-29-2009, 8:08 AM
lol 94?!
went to southern california independent educational studies
even though it says independent, it was not.

thanks for your willingness to help

Sorry to inform you but that school isnt a T2, its a T3. What that means is it doesnt qualify as a "real" school. No Military service will accept that "diploma" as legit. You would have to get a GED before you could enlist. Like the previous poster stated, the Marine Corps only takes a small percentage of new enlistees as GED, as does the rest of the services. The Army being the largest service, we take greater numbers of GEDs but that is going away very quickly.

Your best bet right now is to go get your GED and get set up with the Marines so you are first in line when their GED category opens, which is the next FY I belive. Or you could contact me ASAP and Ill see about getting you set up with an Army recruiter in your area who MIGHT be able to help you out.

If you are set on the Military, then you need to make a decision and act quickly, times being what they are, opportunities are drying up quickly for most people.

Glock619
04-29-2009, 1:07 PM
wow,thought my thing was legit.
army will take me. i talked to them.

im still thinking officer program

CavTrooper
04-29-2009, 1:57 PM
wow,thought my thing was legit.
army will take me. i talked to them.

im still thinking officer program

Im warning you beforehand, they will have a problem once they see your "diploma". If you pass the ASVAB with a 50 or better they may be able to put you in as a "GED plus" which means they will send you to Ft Jackson, SC to get your GED before sending you to Basic Training. All GED catagories will be closing very shortly here so if you are ready, now is the time. If you are not ready, then go start a JC, get some education under your belt and try to do ROTC and transfer to a real college to get a 4 year degree.

Good luck with whatever you decide and if you need some help or have any questions, let me know.

Glock619
04-29-2009, 9:08 PM
thanks for the advice. thats what ill be doing.

5hundo
05-04-2009, 8:13 AM
I chose the Air Force beacuse I wanted to fly...

After 6 years in the Active Duty A.F. and 2 years since, working as a civilian contractor for the Air Force, I've come to this conclusion:

I should have joined the Navy... :rolleyes:

goathead
05-04-2009, 8:16 AM
I chose the Air Force beacuse I wanted to fly...

After 6 years in the Active Duty A.F. and 2 years since, working as a civilian contractor for the Air Force, I've come to this conclusion:

I should have joined the Navy... :rolleyes:

:rofl2:

sega18
05-04-2009, 3:16 PM
heh, scored a 99 on my ASAVB and tried to go into the grunts, the Recruiter told me no

I just took the ASVAB and scored in the 98th percentile, and now my recruiter is like, Are you sure you want to be in the Infantry?

Now I just have to wait for that 11x Option 40 that I want so much.

Infantry it is!

Manong0369
05-04-2009, 4:24 PM
I just took the ASVAB and scored in the 98th percentile, and now my recruiter is like, Are you sure you want to be in the Infantry?

Now I just have to wait for that 11x Option 40 that I want so much.

Infantry it is!

Good for you! Sometimes people think that infantryman are cavemen with sticks. I believe that being a "grunt" takes intelligence to succeed with all the things you need to know. Anyways, good luck to you!:thumbsup:

coyote43g
10-06-2010, 6:47 PM
At first I was in the Army. It was a great experience for me but I noticed the lack of discipline that the Army has in terms of training, upholding high standards and pride in itself. I've seen admin, logistics, comm and Army infantry let is soldiers slip by bare minimum (height weight standard and recruiting candidates that were shady). I deployed twice with them and while I made friends and learned a lot, it didn't feel like I belonged there. There's also not much pride from what I've seen. Not too many soldiers know their branch's history and let alone the caisson song (Army Song) Only a few units in the Army where I have seen the depth of discipline and dedication that Marines have.

I made SGT in the Army in 2005 and then I decided to sacrifice it all and switch to the Marine Corps and go infantry. From day one of recruit training, I already felt like I belong with the few and the proud. I was taught how to shoot better and make full use of the M16 rifle, there's a whole science to it that the Army rarely ever teaches. I learned the Corps history and that made me have pride. The uniforms that we wear is also a nice added bonus. In my humble opinion, our Marines are the best dressed out all the branches (Navy whites is also cool). Lastly, what I love about the Corps is the fact that we are trained every clime and place. Our Lance Corporals (E-3) has a better set of knowledge of his job than any other E-3 out there, that's no bias but a fact. We dont need a 10th mountain division to fight in the mountains. A regular grunt unit in the Corps is trained how to fight in just about every condition possible and to make use of his equipment to its fullest. My last gig in the Corps was a instructor/controller at Mojave Viper and I know the quality of training we put our Marines through grunt and non grunts alike. We are the few and the proud and that's why I joined (switched).

Massan
10-06-2010, 8:03 PM
I chose the Air Force beacuse I wanted to fly...

After 6 years in the Active Duty A.F. and 2 years since, working as a civilian contractor for the Air Force, I've come to this conclusion:

I should have joined the Navy... :rolleyes:

Navy has more fighters than (Ch)Air Force. :cool:

Tom Slick
10-06-2010, 9:28 PM
The Air Force recruiter called and said "do you want to work on airplanes?". I thought "wow i could work on airplanes! After ten years as a jet/turbine/propeller engine mechanic I thought to myself "shoulda been a load master"

How many bombers does the Navy have?

4 Brigada
10-06-2010, 10:50 PM
After ten years as a jet/turbine/propeller engine mechanic I thought to myself "shoulda been a load master"


Flight Engineer, loadmaster, if you flunk cook school.

Tom Slick
10-09-2010, 6:57 PM
Flight Engineer is a dying breed, I'd like to throw stuff out of the back.

PyroFox79
10-09-2010, 10:03 PM
I always wanted to be a Marine. I grew up near MCAS El Toro. I remember seeing them during airs hows and during christmas time when they did toys for tots. I pretty much had to prove to myself that i wanted to be the best. I went in as a 2111 but I did more grunt and LAAD gunner stuff than anything else. I was the armorer who would volunteer to go on field ops just to get out of the armory.

thebloodsonthewall
10-10-2010, 8:05 AM
I joined the army because I always wanted too. I don't have a particular reason but the army always seemed like the right service for me. CavTrooper is the one that really sealed the deal for me on deciding whether or not the join. He wasn't my recruiter but he spent a good hour on the phone with me just talking about the army and my options. He helped set me up with a recruiter and made sure everything went smooth for me.

So far, I love the army. I have been in for 15 months so far and I have been in Iraq for about 3 1/2 months. I have worked a little with people from most of the other services and I made the right choice for me. I chose the wrong MOS, that is for sure but I am re-classing when I get back from Iraq next year. I have made a lot of good friends and done so many things I would never have the chance to do without the army.

CavTrooper
10-10-2010, 8:34 AM
... CavTrooper is the one that really sealed the deal for me...

...I chose the wrong MOS, that is for sure...

Im pretty sure we talked about that.

Was I right?

thebloodsonthewall
10-10-2010, 10:51 AM
Im pretty sure we talked about that.

Was I right?

We did talk about that. I would have gone combat engineer from the start but my wife didn't want me to go combat arms. So I chose something that I thought wouldn't be to bad and that had a chance to get me off the FOB. I go out on missions everyday but once I make E-5 or E-6 I will be stuck in the S-6 shop for the rest of my career and after E-6 career progression is terrible.

Now my wife realizes that I hate my job and told me to do what will make me happy.

I get crap all the time for going commo. For the first couple months of the deployment I was night shift in the S-6 shop and I went nuts. Sit there and do nothing for 12 hours a day everyday. I bugged my platoon sgt everyday until something opened and since I had been working hard and learning everything that I could I was the one chosen to go.

rero360
10-10-2010, 11:41 AM
I went ARNG because when I enlisted at 17 my mom said she would disown me if I went Marines lol. She denies ever saying it but I remember it clearly.

motoyam
10-18-2010, 8:18 AM
I chose Navy as it was the only branch that would guarantee Security Forces/ MP. (Master-at-arms). I wish I would have said OK to the Air Force's offer to do something technical.

negolien
10-18-2010, 10:54 AM
Ya know My Grandfather on my dads side was Army. On Moms side he was Merchant Marine. My Brother was Army and I was a knuckle-head LOL. I was the black sheep of the family and had some minor infractions and a GED. I couldn't get any branch to take me which was really amazing to me. 2 misd. and a GED bars me from serving but yet they let non citizens in kinda boggling ain't it?

Anyways.. I ended up doing NGO/NAF work for the Air Force here at the old McClellan AFB and then was able to go to Mississippi to do some NAF work with the Home port in Pascagoula and Keesler AFB during the 1st gulf War. Then after 9/11 I tried to enlist yet again going so far as to tell the Army recruiter "Dude I'll even go infantry if I have too". His answer was we have plenty of people joining and going 11B we don't need you..... Paraphrased of course. My 1st thought was..ya but 90% of those guys going 11B have no idea what kind of horror their really in for do they....Wonder how many guys were sitting in some hell hole crying for their moms 3-4 years later :<(....

CGDC
10-18-2010, 5:58 PM
I chose the Coast Guard because I was working for the Navy as a civilian for 2 years and didn't like the way they treated their people, the Air force was kicking people out at the time and I had no interest in the Army or Marines. I have been in 19 years and wouldn't trade it for anything. I have traveled all over the world and even been to the sand box. It has been a great time.

Argonaut
10-24-2010, 2:44 PM
I was in the USAF (combat Rescue) for 13 years. When my kids were looking into the service, I sent them to the Coast guard. The units are smaller, everyone is closer to the operations and it is the only service with a real job during peacetime. It is so popular that right now they are not taking any recruits for active duty. Both of my kids have 4 year degrees and have to spend a couple of years enlisted before going to OCS. A third son had a GED and some trouble and could only get into the Army.

Army GI
10-24-2010, 3:21 PM
Wow, this thread is still alive?

I guess I'll throw in another 2 cents.

Main reason was family history. Grandpa, dad, and older sister were in the Army. Second reason is it just seemed like the right way to go for me. I wanted to be part of the most powerful land force in the world. Marines crossed my mind a couple of times, but I don't like the idea of amphibious landings.

Anchors
10-24-2010, 3:59 PM
I still haven't decided whether I want to do military or law enforcement (or both?!)

I was thinking about joining the Marines.
I work with a guy who did four years 0311 in the early 90's I think. He really enjoyed his time and experiences there even though he said it sucked sometimes. He got to do all kinds of stuff all over the world and did recruiting for a while too. He also scored high and his recruiter told pleaded with him not to go infantry, but he wouldn't listen.

Anyway, the Marines recently strengthed their policy against tattoos. So I would no longer qualify even with a waiver. I was going to talk to a recruiter for more information, but it's a moot point now. My avatar is me. I don't have my hands/neck/head/anything visable with long sleeves and pants on, but I do have a good portion of my body tattooed. Tastefully and professionally, of course.

So I've been looking at the Army recently. Their tattoo policies are a little broader.
I probably won't enlist though, I want to finish college first and possibly become an officer.
Unlimited respect to Marines and all Armed Forces, but I think in our day and age and with so many tattooed professionals (private and government) that it would be at least waiverable. Especially since I'm young, pretty darned intelligent, and willing to join without expecting extra incentives. My grandpa was in the Army (and later Coast Guard) anyway, so he would probably be happier about it.

Sorry for the life story haha.

halon101
10-24-2010, 5:33 PM
i went army.
marines wouldnt give me my job in my contract. i had to sign up to see what i would be.
the airforce guy was stuck up and that wasnt for me anyways.
and i dont like boats.
the army was fun.

Canute
10-25-2010, 12:02 AM
I like the USCG because they have a real constructive peacetime job to do.

CWUSCG
10-25-2010, 5:35 AM
I like the USCG because they have a real constructive peacetime job to do.

:Pirate::iagree:

Whats your rate? I'm going M.E.

I enlisted in the C.G because i wanted to save lives, rather than take them. I've been all over the world and i've only been in since April 09. Currently stationed in Bahrain.

Timbob55
10-25-2010, 6:19 AM
CG recruiter was my next door neighbor. He held a billet out each year for friends an I got it.

it was 1973, Viet Nam was winding down and the CG was very hard to get into.

MRX9989
10-25-2010, 11:42 AM
I was always pretty sure I'd join the Army one day. After college I wanted to serve while also having the flexibility to advance my civilian career. I ended up in the National Guard. Ironically, I grew bored of the civilian world and am now trying to work full time for the Guard.

cgseanp1
10-25-2010, 12:32 PM
Coast Guard here as well.. I chose the CG because I was living in AZ and wanted to get back to CA, and I figured this was the best way. I've been in just over 6 years and have been stationed in Alameda, CA and 2 tours in San Diego.. I know I won't stay in CA forever, but thats fine, I think I am ready to leave anyways.. especially with all our stupid ace gun laws!!

haha. I can't believe I wrote that almost 2 years ago! Time flys. And I am still stationed in CA, just Northern instead of Southern!

tacticalcity
10-25-2010, 12:59 PM
I was USAF. I chose it because I grew up around Aircraft and wanted a career in aviation. Didn't work out that way. I ended up in a special duty assignment that was a lot more like being in the Army than being the Air Force. Turned out to be a great fit for me. So I probably would have enjoyed the Army or Marines more, but had no way of knowing that right out of high school. Then again, if they had made me an A10 crew chief like I was promised I would have loved that as well.

Don't get me wrong. I love the Air Force. I am extremely grateful for the opportunities afforded to me as a result of my service. If not for the Air Force I never would have attended college, seen the Middle East or Europe, or lived outside of California. My closest friends to this day are my old Air Force buddies. Been best-man at more of their weddings than I can count. So it was definitely worth it. I just think I would still be in the military if I had either gotten a different career field or if I had joined a different branch of service. Once I got out of the speciality assignment, the regular Air Force was a let down. When my enlistment was up, I jumped at the chance to go to college and that meant getting out.

Argonaut's career field is impressive. As elite as Navy Seals, Special Forces, Forced Recon and so on. Most people have never hear of combat controllers or parascue. But they are some serious bad asses. My hat is off to him.

cgseanp1
10-25-2010, 1:05 PM
I was in the USAF (combat Rescue) for 13 years. When my kids were looking into the service, I sent them to the Coast guard. The units are smaller, everyone is closer to the operations and it is the only service with a real job during peacetime. It is so popular that right now they are not taking any recruits for active duty. Both of my kids have 4 year degrees and have to spend a couple of years enlisted before going to OCS. A third son had a GED and some trouble and could only get into the Army.

What do they do in the CG?

Argonaut
10-25-2010, 5:28 PM
One is going to flight school in November and the other will be in Rescue Swimmer school next year.

cgseanp1
10-25-2010, 5:39 PM
One is going to flight school in November and the other will be in Rescue Swimmer school next year.

Cool. I'm an instructor at the Training center in Petaluma.

BoJackUSMC
10-25-2010, 5:43 PM
I joined USMC because I was young and I wanted to be in the elite group. It was good experience and eye opener for me because I never take anything for granted now. Especially things like hot shower, toilet, and hot meals. My worse experience in the Marine Corps was a jungle survival training in Okinawa & Philippine. I never, ever want to do jungle survival training ever again. My MOS was Machine Gunner and I passed the scout & sniper indoc, but I decided not to go further because I was told I had to extend my contract if I were to keep continue training for scout & sniper. They told me Marine Corps did not wish to train me so you can get out before paying the cost of training back to uncle Sam.

Argonaut
10-25-2010, 6:01 PM
Cool. I'm an instructor at the Training center in Petaluma.

When I saw that you were in Petaluma I figured that. One of my other sons is a contractor and worked on your housing a couple of years ago. My Daughter is on the Munro (for another couple of weeks) and my Son is on the Steadfast. We were in Cape May in September for the son's graduation.We hear that the mess hall in Petaluma is incredible.........When one of the kids get home we are going to try it out.

racky
10-25-2010, 6:21 PM
true story: i wanted to be in the army. my mom held my hand and lead me to the airforce recruiter. i'm still kicking myself in the *** for it.

Argonaut
10-25-2010, 6:54 PM
true story: i wanted to be in the army. my mom held my hand and lead me to the air force recruiter. i'm still kicking myself in the *** for it.

..............I am sure that the Army recruiter would be more than happy to fix you up..................I had a lot of ex Army guys working for me in the USAF.....

Colt-45
10-26-2010, 12:43 AM
I've seriously been thinking about enlisting but I still can't decide between Marines and the Army. Whats the difference?

I would like to serve my tie but not necessarily make the Military a lifelong career.

cgseanp1
10-26-2010, 6:54 PM
..............I am sure that the Army recruiter would be more than happy to fix you up..................I had a lot of ex Army guys working for me in the USAF.....

We have an ex army guy in the class I am teaching now. And I don't know if I'd say the galley is incredible. Pretty good, though!

Canute
10-27-2010, 12:16 AM
:Pirate::iagree:

Whats your rate? I'm going M.E.

I enlisted in the C.G because i wanted to save lives, rather than take them. I've been all over the world and i've only been in since April 09. Currently stationed in Bahrain.

I was an MK in the reserves a long time ago. Back when they had Port Securityman (reserve only) instead of this new ME thing :D.

MissionMTMan
10-27-2010, 7:57 AM
I joined the Army because it gave me the most options and career path. The Marine Corps doesn't get enough funding and is more limited in what you can do compared to the Army. As they say, "There are no Airborne Rangers in the Marine Corps." Not to say I don't love the Marine Corps though. My best friends dad (who was a Marine Corps Colonel), taught me a lot of about the Marine Corps way of life. I have a lot of respect for the Devil Dogs.

Boone
10-27-2010, 8:59 AM
Actually there are "Airborne Rangers" in the Marines.

MissionMTMan
10-27-2010, 11:13 AM
Actually there are "Airborne Rangers" in the Marines.


Haha. I was just quoting the cadence. Remember they went through the Army to become one. I am not here to bash the Marine Corps. Anyone in the service gets a lot of respect from me.

Boone
10-27-2010, 1:40 PM
All I was stating are there are Marines who have gone to Ranger school and completed it.

BoJackUSMC
10-27-2010, 3:55 PM
Yes, there are few marines who goes to the ranger school in order to get the Jump badge and pay. It is very hard for Marines to qualify for jump school except when you re-enlist for the first time. They used to give any jobs or Billet to those who wanted to re-enlist. I am not sure about now tho.

coyote43g
10-27-2010, 4:29 PM
Then there are those Marines who actually have to go through Ranger school in order to become Recon. All of the 0321 that I know of have gone through a lot of schools in order to become a reconnaissance man, not for just jump pay and that five jump chump status.

xsquid
10-29-2010, 4:47 PM
Simple decision for me. I wanted to travel as much as possible and the Navy gave me that opportunity. Only regret I have was not making a med cruise though I did 2 very different West Pacs.

Boone
10-29-2010, 11:11 PM
An 0321 doesnt have to goto Ranger school, it's an option just like any other school.