Originally posted by DeadFlagBlues
This is a personal decision that has been weighing heavily on my mind for awhile now. I can't # and moan about what is going on over there, but do I
know? No, I don't. Am I making any difference in anybody's life easier sitting here in idle? No, I'm probably not. The world is full of free
thinkers, but do any of them put their neck on the line for their fellow human being or just push harsh criticism on a war they're not fighting?
The biggest part of growing up is reconizing your purpose or passion. What a big step that is, I know lots of 40 years olds that don't know what
they want to do when they "grow up".
As I am pro military, so this post may be one sided.
First, there are other organizations besides the military that can offer medical training and will expand your gift of languages and put you in the
middle east of other places of need. There are many non-military relief efforts going on that pay very well, what comes to mind is the construction
and protective companys that are going over there to the tune of 90,000. a year tax free. Your local job service might be able to help you research
Now, for the military, there are many service people comming home with problems, and many that are not.
Talk to every branch of service, in todays market it is about what you can do for THEM not the other way around. Have clear expetations on what you
want out of it. Always read the contract many times. My 17 yr son went through a type of bidding war between a couple of the services before he made
his choice in January. He enters as a E-3 he gets a 15,000 bonus after the completion of bootcamp. He has a guarantee on his schooling that gives
him an out if for any reason if it would come not available. He will not leave the states for 2 years (something we bargained for). He is fast
tracked for officer training.All of this is in his contract that we sent back 3 times untill it worked for him.
The medical field has phenomal bonuses. It doesnt sound like your in it for the money, and if that is the case then use the money for additonal
relief efforts. But remember this is hard work and you deserve the benifits also.
The Army, airforce and navy have huge entre benifits that include cash bonuses, loan and past bill forgivneses, and the ability to enter into the
service at an E-3 or higher. All three will put you "on ground" in the thick of it for both languages and medical.
If you are stead fast in your beliefs, no branch of service will be able to "brain wash" you into believing anything.
Always keep in mind that this is not only a contract but also a commitment. I could throw in all that "Pride for you country" but it realy does
come down to each and everyones personal commitment to change and the path you walk. Never forget the world is changed one person at a time.
You have my support in any decision for or not for the service. It is great to see someone who knows they "have" to do something and is willing to
actualy do it. Any questions on military feel free to u2u me.
ps. speak with recruiter about your pending legal, they may be able to help.
[edit on 25-2-2008 by starskipper]