posted on Jun, 12 2008 @ 02:34 PM
I applaude your consideration of military service, especially in a day and age where controversy surrounds individuals joining the military.
But please keep in mind, military service rarely, if ever, opens you up to the classified information you may be seeking. Most military service is
grunt work - foot soldiers, desk jobs, supply lines, etc... While it is easy to say, "I'll just join the special forces," those programs are
designed to find the best of the best. While you may be selected for special forces training, very few survive the actual training, I believe about
10%. And even then, you will just be a special forces soldier and your knowledge will be limited to your immediate duties.
I will not dissuade you from joining, but need to say that access to the information you may be seeking is not as easy as you may think. If this is
the reason you want to join, you will be sadly disappointed. Join because you have a true desire to serve the military.
To get clearances - earn the respect of your commanding officers, rise above others around you, achieve promotions, be aggressive with your
determinations by treating your service as a career, be well educated and prove yourself reliable time and time again. High level clearances will be
given to those who earn it, are highly trusted and know the right people. An enlisted soldier will have a rougher time achieving those goals than an
individual trained in officer training academies/schools (like West Point in the US).