High School and the Military - Page 2




 
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December 15th, 2004  
Chemo66
 
I was sitting in the office two weeks ago in a conversation with a couple buddies. There was a Major, a LTC, and a COL in the conversation.

We all agreed that if we had it all to do over again, we would SERIOUSLY consider the Coast Guard Academy. in addition, I would also recommend you look in to the Merchant Marine Academy. These academies provide outstanding education, and service as officers in fields where you are doing your operational mission every day.

Research research research...
December 17th, 2004  
Lamm
 
Merchant Marines, I've heard of that before. It has something do with the Corps, right? Its not something else I'm thinking of is it?
Thanks,
Lamm
December 17th, 2004  
03USMC
 
 
Merchant Marines run frieghters.
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December 17th, 2004  
Chemo66
 
The merchant marine academy is a federal service academy that gives you the required licensure to become a ships officer on an american flagged vessel. They can also join the Navy Reserve.
December 28th, 2004  
Vitaly
 
I myself am also a Jr. and 16 and in High School. I got to the DEP function at the local recruiters. Its great. We learn about Land Nav, Marching, First Aid, Time, Phonetic Alphabet, General Orders, and Ranks. Before the kids in DEP ship out, they take a test over all of these things and upon a successful completion they get promoted. Also its a fun way to learn about the military and different MOS possibilities. We also run and do a little PT which is good for the body anyway. Since I am only 16 I still have a few months before officially signing a contract but I still go to the recruiters because a couple of my buddies signed their contracts and it is a way for me to get prepared for what I'm going to do. Oh, and by the way take the ASVAB either at the recruiters or talk to the guidance counselor. Hope this helps.
January 14th, 2005  
mandi
 
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Originally Posted by 11x RIP
Hey, just my opinion, but I just got out of high school this year, and joined recently (Army). I turned 19 in August, and I see guys signing for the army while they're in High School. They do the DEP (Delayed Entry Program), and don't leave until they are done with HS or college. That way they get extra training, and what not.

Also, if you're thinking of going into College first... Why not have the army (or whatever branch) pay for it? I know the army has some really good benefits, but hey, why pay if you can get $ from doing something you already think you're gonna do?

Now, as for how you should go into the military... I think enlisting is the best way... I give respect to anyone, no matter what, but I can also understand how some people wouldn't want to respect someone who was a higher rank just because they went to college.

Also, you can always change your MOS.

i know this is off subject so i'm really sorry, but i had a question about something you said. when you mentioned that you could see why some ppl wouldnt want to respect a higher rank just bc of college...is that really a general feeling for most of those who enlist? i was just wondering bc thats what i was planning on doing...going to college then being an officer in the USAF
January 14th, 2005  
Charge 7
 
 
Funny, you should mention that, Chemo66. I've had that same conversation with a similar group of people.
January 14th, 2005  
RnderSafe
 
 
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Originally Posted by mandi
i know this is off subject so i'm really sorry, but i had a question about something you said. when you mentioned that you could see why some ppl wouldnt want to respect a higher rank just bc of college...is that really a general feeling for most of those who enlist? i was just wondering bc thats what i was planning on doing...going to college then being an officer in the USAF
No, that is not the general feeling. If you are a good leader, good soldier, and good officer .. that fact that you have no enlisted time is not going to have any bearing whatsoever on the amount of respect you'll receive. You'll have to earn respect just as a prior enlisted officer would. Some of the best officers never had enlisted time. Do what fits you best, don't worry about what roads others have taken.