posted on Jan, 21 2011 @ 06:26 PM
reply to post by Sectumsempra
I would not recommend the Army. Because it seems the have the worst quality of life. I have seen how they treat their members, and it was upsetting.
I honor the Army in case anyone is wondering - it is just they have a bad track record in my eyes if anyone is hurt or injured on their dime. From
1999-2003 and then from 2003-2006 the Army medically retired the SAME amount of people - with 2 wars going on from 2003-2006 ask yourself how there
could be roughly the same ammount medically retired as in the previous three year period. I also feel if one joins the Army and serves and DEPLOYS -
it is complete rubish to later find Army members have PERSONALITY DISORDERS - instead of PTSD after 3-4 deployments, but the Army does a lot of this.
I also know the Army was in the dirty business of making injured soldiers pay back their enlistment bonuses if they were no longer able to serve due
to injury. They have a terrible track record of treatment concerning their injured and disabled members - I know this because I was involved on a
state commission at one time that looked to improve Veterans issues. They may be very honorable in many ways - but taking care of broken soldiers is
not one of them. This is important to consider because we are at war.
The service which may not be for you but has the most commendable track record of taking care of it's members if they are injured on duty is the US
Navy. Corpsman would be the medical field. Sailors are a pretty happy bunch despite it all. If you do well in the Navy you are rewarded like cream
that rises to the top with a better quality of life. You could end up at Sea, or you could end up stationed some odd place you never dreamed of, like
OK City. Corpsman is a big field you could even end up stationed with Marines. It is a competitive career field.
The Marines are the few and the proud. It is a tough life - but some love it. Depends on the individual, but most who join the Corps would have
never thought of another branch. It is more like a calling.
The Air Force has no doubt the absolute highest quality of life, beautiful bases - and low death tolls, although there have been casualities from this
branch in current operations. The Air Force despite high quality of life has some of the unhappiest people I have ever met in its ranks. Everybody
has a high quality of life and the incentive to rise to the top just isn't as rewarded.
If you are looking for something a little different, and want a rescue/police/fire responders type of job - but on the water - in boats consider the
Coast Guard. They are nothing to sneeze at and have a very real mission though they are sometimes not the first branch that pops to mind when one
considers the Armed Forces.
I served in both the Navy and the Air Force. I started in the Navy - and had a blast. I always thought the Air Force looked "fancy" and they do have
the toys. That said they have miserable people and this shocked me, but again if you are an exceptional Airman you just get more work . . . not
better orders or benefits like shore duty rotations. Just more work.
I don't know where you live, or what your plans are but I do recommend the Air National Guard if you want part time and college money. You really can
enlist in this area of service, get your degree on their dime and then put in for a pilots position and end up in a cockpit.
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