posted on Jul, 2 2010 @ 12:26 AM
Can we get some more info on you to help?
I assume you are between 16 and 19.
How are your grades? What subjects are you best at? What are your interest/hobbies? Do you have any special skills? Do you know what you want to major
in college? What would you hope to get out of military service?
If you don't want to get personal, I understand. If that is the case, I can only speak on my own experience in the AF.
First, the better you do on the ASVAB, the more options you have. If you score really well, don't settle for a job because the one you want isn't
'open.' Don't let bonuses be a deciding factor, unless you are completely indifferent to more than one job.
I have had family members in all branches but the Coast Guard. I was AF, but worked closely a time or two with the navy, to include at sea. The AF had
the best quality of life to any branch I experienced. AF has dorms with anything from solo to 4 per dorm room. These dorms are typically
mini-apartments with your own private room and a shared common room/bathroom. Exercises, Operations or overseas assignments can give you the chance to
see parts of the world. Being based overseas gets you a more cultural experience than just going into port for a few days like with the Navy, but the
Navy gets you dozens of countries. Of course that means sharing a room with 40-200 people, and showers that (from my experience) smelled and felt like
jet fuel. Food on ship wasn't too bad though. Also, being at a base in the AF, made schooling with actual professors easy.
After my time, I got out and was married with a kid, and decided to go to college. It is harder if your married and having to support a family while
doing school but not impossible. Plus, when you get out into the work force your in your 30's competing with all the 23 year olds.
My advice would be either a short enlistment if possible, but as far as I know only Army has (had) that, OR ROTC. If you get your degree then you can
do your time as an officer, get better pay and conditions, and if you don't like it, when your done you can go straight into the workforce.
If you answer the questions, I can make some suggesting and tell you what I know related to the AF.
Despite the situation in the government or the situations the military is involved in, I always say the military needs good people, if for nothing
more than to make a positive difference and change the culture. It usually is beneficial to the individual to have that experience and the types of