About I want to join...but I'm scared. Page 2
|November 12th, 2009||#11|
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You need to evaluate if you think you can do a combat job or not. If you want to shuffle around paperwork and be in less danger, then that's ok. The Army needs all MOSs or else we wouldn't have those jobs. Grunts like to get paid, that's why we have finance clerks. Grunts like to eat food, that's why we have cooks. Grunts need vehicles that work so we can kill the enemy, that's why we have mechanics. You just need to make up your mind as to if you want to be the tip of the spear or the support side. I started my Army career as a mechanic and there is NO shame in it. It is honorable and I had many chances to prove myself and learn valuable job skills. I just got to the point where I couldn't take other people doing my fighting for me, and I changed to M1 tanker (which is super complex and having a mechanic background is definately good for a tanker). As a guy who started support and went to combat, I'll tell you that I do not regret it at all and it was a great choice. I've done things that have directly saved lives (civilians and soldiers) and disrupted the enemy, which is a lot more rewarding to me than fixing a vehicle. Think about it hard, but don't worry so much. It's a big decision, but trust your gut feelings and give yourself an honest evaluation of what you think you are capable of.
Gunner COAX troops! Fire and adjust!
|November 13th, 2009||#12|
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I coped by remembering what I was fighting for. I was fighting for my family and friends, innocent people I didn't even know, and for myself.
Some people join the Army just for the benefits and pay. In my experience, those are the ones who can't cope. If you truely want to serve your country because you love it, I think you'll be suprised how easily you overcome your fears.
|November 16th, 2009||#14|
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Well after looking further into it I think I've made the decision, I still haven't figured out if I want to join the Army or Marines, but I do know that I want to join and help. I'm trying to find a buddy whod like to join to, that way I can have support if I start getting second thoughts, and someone to push me that extra mile.
I really hope I'm making the right decision. My heart says that I am, but my brain keeps telling me to think about it more. I'll just spend this year getting back in shape and looking more into it, and hopefully by next year I will be ready
|November 17th, 2009||#16|
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If what you are experiencing is JUST doubt and not REAL fear or panic, then follow the advice that you have been given by my fellow veterans.
Last edited by Chief Bones; November 17th, 2009 at 17:34..
|November 17th, 2009||#17|
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But still I'm split between Marines and the Army, it seems like alot of you are telling me to go Army, but my close friends have told me Marines. And for some reason my brain is telling me Marines.
Soon I'm going to talk to a recruiter for the Marines, I had a friend in the Marines and he suggested it to me. I'm having a bunch of information sent to me about it, and I've still been talking to people about it. But still I'm split between Marines and the Army, it seems like alot of you are telling me to go Army, but my close friends have told me Marines.
Hopefully by next year I'll know exactly what I want to do and be in the shape/mindset to do it.
|November 18th, 2009||#20|
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I'm pretty sure he's just kidding. The Marines are a great organization, but the Army offers more career choices and more spohisticated equipment. You don't see the Marines in the kind of tanks that I use, because their budget doesn't support it. The Marines are moree infantry focused than the Army, so if you want to be a grunt then it's not a bad choice. I personally have to be around armor to be happy, so the Army is a better place for me to be. Think about what you are looking to do, job wise then look at each organization to see which one has the career choices that you are interested in. As a side note, you make rank faster in the Army, which means more money.