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Most of you may not know me, some will have seen me post, but only those in my region (SFR) will personally know who I am. However, it can't hurt to get opinions from everyone. For those that don't know, I'm 21 (22 in march) "former" SM racer off and on since about 18-19. I say former, because I guess you could consider me "financially retired" at this point. Only ran one weekend in NASA PTE this year, no SM at all.

I have a pretty solid life plan set up, most everyone my age I talk to still doesn't have a clue. I'm working towards an AS degree in Fire Technology currently, and am going to try to work as an EMT in a Basic Life Support ambulance or ER tech in hospital while completing that. Figure about another year give or take. The plan after that was to attend Paramedic school, and upon completion work to get hired by a fire department. However, I'm thinking about something different.

I am very seriously considering enlisted in the Army (after completion of AS) as a 68W Health Care Specialist (aka Combat medic) with an option 40 contract (Guarantee's place in Airborne school and Ranger Assessment and Selection Process (i.e if I pass both schools I will be an Airborne medic in the 75th Ranger Regiment.

I would do a 4 year enlistment term, and once out I would have 4 years give or take of combat medical experience to use in my future career. After getting out, I would then do Paramedic school and continue on with my career plan in public safety (fire).

Military has always been a fascination of mine, from playing with gi joes, "war" with friends, to milsim Airsofting (more on this if you aren't familiar), to purchasing and owning real firearms. I've been really drawn to military history, and have read many books on World War II (Band of Brothers mini series got my attention), to reading, and re-reading tons of historical-fiction novels by WEB Griffen. Something is drawing me towards it, and I feel as if it's almost my destiny to be part of it.

Thoughts? Comments?

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Going into the service was the best thing I did out of school. You wont regret it. If you make a career, great or just doing the 4 will be great, plus you will have some benefits to help you for school afterwards.

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ARMY is a four letter word. I did my time in the United States Marine Corp. I think your plan is a great plan. The first couple of years will be hard but once you gain some rank and privilege i think you may come to really enjoy it.

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Spent 28 years in the Navy and would highly recommend enlisting in one of the services. I talked my nephew into enlisting in the Navy and he is now a corpsman with the Marines. You can't go wrong if you go in with the attitude that you are joining for 20 years as a career. If you get out after 4 years you didn't screw yourself like the guys who join for 4 years and then decide to make it a career 3 months before their enlistment expires. Based on your facebook pictures you should consider Navy corpsman and then try for the SEALS.

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Facebook stalking me Paul? [scratchchin] [Razz]

I'm not much of a fan, or good with water so SEALs are out. If I want to be part of an SOF, Army Ranger aint to shabby.

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How soon you forget friending me! Rangers works too!

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If you don't decide to make the military a career, once out, you would be a shoe in for a Fire Department with your experience and if you had paramedic certification. Plus that military time could then be bought towards a public retirement.

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The Army changed my son's life and got him on the right track. The Navy also changed my brother's life and after 25 years he is now an owner of a multi-million dollar business with his experience.

I would recommend making a career of it given today's employment environment.

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90% of life is finding the right mate (meanwhile spending as little time with the very wrong kind of mate). You will find happy and successful people in all sorts of jobs, and you will find miserable and miserably broke people in all sorts of jobs. What I almost never see is a happy person that isn't also happy with the person they are sharing their towel racks with.

Just remember: one divorce and two kids worth of child support is usually a bigger difference in takehome pay than whether you become a barber or a banker.

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Sean, I never served and I wish I had. My family has lots of history in the services- Army, Air Force and Coast Guard, but for some reason I never went that direction.

I'm fortunate enough that today I work as a contractor on a Navy base, surrounded by career Navy officers and enlisted Sailors. I'm helping to move them out of an effective-but-aging patrol aircraft (like Mr. McLester used to chase Russkies in), to the next generation of maritime patrol airplane. It's an honor, and some days the dedication and excellence of the Navy folks I work with keeps me going thru the various bullshit. Plus it's a good feeling to help the home team, ya know? [Smile]

I say go for it.

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quote:
Originally posted by Dwayne Hoover:
90% of life is finding the right mate (meanwhile spending as little time with the very wrong kind of mate). You will find happy and successful people in all sorts of jobs, and you will find miserable and miserably broke people in all sorts of jobs. What I almost never see is a happy person that isn't also happy with the person they are sharing their towel racks with.

Just remember: one divorce and two kids worth of child support is usually a bigger difference in takehome pay than whether you become a barber or a banker.

Mr Hoover is a wise man. Sounds like you've done a good job thinking about your career. I would second his advice in this area as well, as it is even more important for having a happy life.

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Four years in the Marines for me right after High School. Long time ago.

Although challenging and at times wondered why the hell I did it, it was not long after I was out that I missed it.

Some of the best years of my life. Still miss it to this day from time to time. Great experience and very rewarding.

What you're going to do when you get out should be the last thing on your mind right now. Just join like you want to and pursue your interests.

Cross all the other bridges (there will be plenty) when you get to them.

Best of luck.

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"Grunt" is not a four letter word. Fort Benning in the summer for basic is a killer. Touring Europe a month at a time, on leave, with my family was priceless. You won't regret a second of it!

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quote:
Originally posted by Dwayne Hoover:
90% of life is finding the right mate (meanwhile spending as little time with the very wrong kind of mate). You will find happy and successful people in all sorts of jobs, and you will find miserable and miserably broke people in all sorts of jobs. What I almost never see is a happy person that isn't also happy with the person they are sharing their towel racks with.

This sir, is the TRUTH!

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Originally posted by JIM DANIELS:
"Grunt" is not a four letter word. Fort Benning in the summer for basic is a killer. Touring Europe a month at a time, on leave, with my family was priceless. You won't regret a second of it!

With all due respect...what are the odds a newb, trained as a medic, will be touring Europe vs dodging RPG's in Afganistan?
I enlisted in 1975 @ age 17, DD-214 in 1981.
Not a tough guy, Air Force.
I absolutely agree that the service is a great way to mature & get educated,(in more ways than one) [yep]
Have you considered R.O.T.C. ? Having Uncle Sam pay for your college first, then go in as an officer. That would be the deal,{ if I had a chance to do over.}
4 years of college then...
Who knows, maybe we'll be out of Afganistan by then. [scratchchin]
Good luck, be safe, [Smile]

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Don't forget, all initial enlistments are for 8 years total. So, a "4 year enlistment" would really be 4 years active duty and 4 years IRR (or Reserves, if you decide to go that route after AD).

I spent time in the Army Reserves and Army National Guard as a UH-60 mechanic and then later as a crew chief where I got to fly. Did the long tour in Iraq back in 2005. Overall, it was a good experience and I have a lot of good memories and stories. I'm glad I served. I had a great time in Army Basic Combat Training at Fort Knox in the winter. Grenades are kinda cool. [Wink]

OTOH, aside from occasionally taking indirect fire (rockets and mortars) in Iraq, I never saw anything bad in Iraq. I was lucky. I do know vets that suffer from PTSD, including an Army medic. I say this not to scare you, only to remind you of the price that some people end up paying.

There are a lot of opportunities in the Army but I'd also spend time looking into the other branches. They all have their pros and cons.

One last thing: When it comes time to sign your enlistment contract at MEPS, if you don't have it in writing, then you don't have it. Get everything you want in writing and on your contract: MOS, ship dates, bonuses, etc.

Here's a great website for all things American military: http://www.military.com

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Good advice Mike, thanks. I made an account on Military.com and have been browsing it for awhile. My buddy who is a 1LT in the Army Reserves was talking about the IRR, and saying that another option is the ANG, He believes they have a contract which is 2 years active, then 2 years in the NG. Since in IRR, all they need to do is call YOU up, the NG idea might be better as they would need to activate the whole unit.

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While you will miss out on things.. and you certainly will, don't fool yourself on that I was still happy I went in. I was also happy I got out. If you are going to be a lifer you need to really consider green to gold... I don't know the particulars currently of the program but after a certain amount of time and with a degree you can goto OCS and come out a butter bar. Why do you want to this you ask? MONEY, as a lifer the pay in the officer world is so much more then NCO land. Not only that but your time as enlisted counts for the year in service portion of butter bar pay, hence you'll get paid more then the butter bars in your class. And frankly the politicking that goes on from e6 to e9 is just as bad as officers so if you are gonna go through the same crap... might as well get more money doing it.

What you are trying to do in 4 years maybe difficult. Problem is nothing happens fast in the Army, nothing. Going Airborne won't be all that difficult however you could be forced to re-enlist to goto Ranger school, they won't train you unless you got a certain amount of years left.

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Rangers lead the way! Why be anywhere else?

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Sean, you are half my age and twice as mature as I am! Some people are just wired that way I guess. I'm glad that people like you are willing to serve our country.

You'll be successful no matter what, I think.

Whatever you decide to do, I have to agree that mate choice is way up there on the list of life's priorities.

Good luck!

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quote:
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Rangers lead the way! Why be anywhere else?

Jim, wouldn't you agree that Army Aviation is the better way to go? [Wink]

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ARMY is a four letter word.

Ha!

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No offense to those who serve, but I wouldn't recommend that anyone sign-up to get their butt shot-off in the middle east guarding oil reserves.

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quote:
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ARMY is a four letter word.

Which are the biggest words a Marine knows.

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 No offense to those who serve, but I wouldn't recommend that anyone sign-up to get their butt shot-off in the middle east guarding oil reserves 

REALLY! There are many of that served and we do find that kind of opinion offensive. I guess it's a matter of perspective!

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Sean, joining the United States Air Force was one of the best decisions I ever made.

I would not hesitate to do it over again.

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I was born on a Naval Air Station. My dad was a career Naval Aviator. I was in the Navy from age 0, until I got my own discharge after 6 years (3 reserve in H.S. & College and 3 active duty) as an E5, at age 23. I joined the day after I turned 17, 6 Oct, 1962, while I was a senior in high school. My active duty tour totally turned around what I would do with my life.
With the right attitude going in, I think the military is a great way to spend some of your early years.
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Sean, joining the United States Air Force was one of the best decisions I ever made.

I would not hesitate to do it over again.

+1

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quote:
Originally posted by d mathias:
No offense to those who serve, but I wouldn't recommend that anyone sign-up to get their butt shot-off in the middle east guarding oil reserves.

Offensive even to some who didn't serve, but also outrageously ironic when written by someone whose idea of fun is to burn a few gallons of Sheik Yerbouti's finest every month.

Sean, I'm one of the few in my family who did not serve. Too much a coward, I guess. I rarely let a service member pass by me without catching their eye and quietly saying a single word to them: 'Thanks'

I know the amazing benefits my family has seen from their service, but I also know the toll they and their families have paid. Nothing valuable in life is gained without a great deal of effort or risk or both. Military service is an area in which both are rewarded well. Good luck in your decision!

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Sean:
I served eight years in the Army, and greatly benefited from that experience, both personally and professionally (right up to today). As for comments on the right or wrong of the uses of our military, I can certainly attest to that as one who served from 1963-1971. Regardless, the experience was one that I would never trade - despite the fact that some of the worst moments of my life were spent "wearing green".

It's my personal opinion that one of the nation's great losses is that a broad range of our citizens don't serve. The military experience provides a perspective that simply can't be gained any other way. Seeing how a large organization functions and how really hard the people who make it up strive to excell is educational. Nothing wisens, electrifies or matures a person like being shot at and missed. I say join up.
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Very well said Rick.

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I enlisted in 85 and served at Ft Knox, Aschoffenburg, Germany and Ft. Hood where I went through Air Assault school. I consider the decision to enlist one of the best things I have ever done. I was a poor student and was on a path that would have ended badly. After getting out I went back to school and graduated with a 3.9 ave. I went in as a 19D because I thought it would be exciting. If I had to do it again I would look at a mos that has a bit more application to civilian life. My time in kicked my ass and set a direction for the rest of my life. Did it suck at times? Yes! but I still smile when I think about it. Best of luck with your decision.

BTW you haven't lived till you get to slide a 23 ton Bradly along a wood line in a snow storm.


"No offense to those who serve, but I wouldn't recommend that anyone sign-up to get their butt shot-off in the middle east guarding oil reserves."

Typical.... Glad to see you are living up to my opinion of you.

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Served in the Air Force from '66 till '70.

Pretty scary time period to be draft worthy but the Air Force gave me training, gave me a job, met my wife and team mate of 40 years. Managed somehow to get duty in central Calif. (Beware the 'Rule of Three' when making a decision in the Armed Service.

Drove (68 Dodge Dart) / rode (Triumph 650) up highway 1 from Lompoc to San Francisco every weekend to see my yet to be wife.

Hey. I had the best years of my life in the best place on earth during the late 60's.

GI Bill helped a lot to get an education over the following 13 years.

There are times you love it and there are times you will hate it. I would recommend Air Force or Navy to get the best of an education with a level of respect.

Heck I even found my old Tech Seargent after 36 years of no contact by using Classmates.com.

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last year of High school searching for what I might want to do and the though of serving is very evident in my mind. And I do have to say reading all of your opinions on the U.S military have definitely gave me a better perspective on what I might be facing if I in list

especially this one...

"No offense to those who serve, but I wouldn't recommend that anyone sign-up to get their butt shot-off in the middle east guarding oil reserves.

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Now I'm only 18 but I have a good feeling that I am more mature than someone that says the men that are in listing are stupid.

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quote:
Originally posted by d mathias:
No offense to those who serve, but I wouldn't recommend that anyone sign-up to get their butt shot-off in the middle east guarding oil reserves.

It's a left coast thing [Roll Eyes]

If you have to qualify a statement(no offense)better off keeping it to yourself! You actually would have gotten away with it as just your opinion but you hade to throw in the oil comment [Sleep]

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Sorry Sean, didn't mean to get your thread side tracked with my last post. You got my PM and know my feelings.

+1 on Mr. Hoovers comment about a mate [Big Grin]

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Might as well dig my hole a little deeper.

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I am more mature than someone that says the men that are in listing are stupid.
Please highlight the part where I called anyone stupid. PS: women serve too. PSS: it's enlisting .

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It's a left coast thing
Actually, I live in Ohio.

I will *try* to leave my politics out of it.

Thank goodness there are young men and women who answer the call. I wish our leaders (and former leaders) used a little more forethought in their deployment.

Only Sean can answer for himself whether our government's policies are worth dying for.

I had three friends (hard to believe ain't it Berg) that signed-up right out of high school. Two went in the Marines. The first loved it, like one of them round pegs, and made a career out of it. He spent a good portion of his time in Guam. The second regretted his decision as soon as he went in - hated it. Got an all expense paid trip to Beirut. Got out as soon as his 4 years were up. The third friend joined the Navy and served on a sub for 8 years - loved it. Would have retired from the Navy but had to take a hardship discharge to tend to family matters. He would have benefited from Mr. Hoover's sage advise on choosing mates.

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What are you opinions about doing reserves over active? I REALLY want to try for Rangers, and be an active medic as it would give me the most experience. But Airborne Reserves might be a better option right now, so I can still complete school, and get all my school paid for.

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What are you opinions about doing reserves over active? I REALLY want to try for Rangers, and be an active medic as it would give me the most experience. But Airborne Reserves might be a better option right now, so I can still complete school, and get all my school paid for.

On the Army side of things, I think you'll find that the active duty tends to have the best equipment and, IMHO, leadership. Soldiers tend to be more squared away there, too.

But the reserve components (Army Reserve and Army National Guard) will allow you to pursue a college education and a civilian career. Quality of the units will vary. Much of it has to do with the leadership. I've also noticed that Army Reserve units tend to be more squared away than many Army National Guard units. This may have to do with the fact that the Army Reserve is strictly federal and has closer ties to the active duty Army ("big Army"). In contrast, the National Guard is under the command of the state government and has a state mission until it gets "federalized" and then falls under the command of the federal government. Army and Air National Guard units that are in Iraq and Afghanistan are federalized and their Commander in Chief is Pres. Obama. When they come back home, they fall under the state command. So, California Guard units dropping water on forest fires are under the command of Gov. Schwarzenneger. Make sense?

One huge difference between Army Reserve units and Army National Guard units is that the Army Reserve units are all (or mostly all) Combat Support (logistics, MI, transportation, public affairs, medical, etc.) while you'll find both Combat Arms and Combat Support units in the National Guard. So if you want to be in a reserve component Special Forces unit (and they do exist), you will need to join the National Guard. Likewise with Armor (tanks) and infantry units. Most reserve component aviation units are also in the National Guard.

Of course, in this day and age, if you are a reservist, you WILL eventually get called up for duty in a place like Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, etc. Just comes with the territory. In the mean time, you can pursue a civilian life.

A nice thing about the reserves is that you can choose which unit you want to go to as long as they have an opening for your MOS and paygrade.

Also, if you find that reserve duty is not hard core enough for you or you want to be Army 24/7/365, you can always try to transfer to the active duty Army. It's not uncommon for people to do that but my understanding is that the process may take up to half a year or so. But it seems to be done on a fairly regular basis.

I've been in both Army National Guard and Army Reserve units. Feel free to PM me if you'd like.

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If you go the reserve route and do the 20 years you don't get your retirement benefits until you turn 60 yrs old. I just had a conversation with my daughters boyfriend who is active duty Navy.....the good thing about the military is you don't get called in on friday at 5pm and told you are being layed off/fired/etc.......the bad thing is that if you are working for an asshole....you can't quit at 5pm either and might be stuck working for them for your entire enlistment. the other side is that I started as an E-1, made E-6 (PO1) in 4 years and then went reserve due to being told I wouldn't get promoted to E-7 at 22 yrs old. I got my commission and retired as an 0-4 and can tell you that the Officer side is way better than the E side of things.

I did 5 years active, then 22 years reserve, and then 1 year active after 9/11 overseas. You need to really decide which service first as the reserve components can be very different than the active side. and of course don't believe what any of the recruiters tell you!

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Lots of great advice here, some of it brings back some memories. I would echo a couple of things - Mike mentioned getting it in writing at MEPS. I got surprised at MEPS, changed the course of my career. 2) If I were 18 today, I would do it all over again in a second. 3) I can honestly say that aside from the technical knowledge and experience you'll gain, the personal growth, discipline, independence, courage, determination and toughness will help you through all kinds of adversity the rest of your life. I doubt I would have grown the same way unless going Regular Army (or Marines). That said, when I was in the Army I was stationed on two multi-branch bases - the Air Force always had better chow, cushier bunks, and cuter girls (who liked the Army and Marine guys ooh-rah). YMMV. Good luck with your decision.

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Air Force- lay out golf course, plan location for clubs, add athletic facilities, see if there is room left for an airstrip.

Navy-spend 99% of budget on haze grey and underway

Marines- Buy big guns and repeat...buy big guns and repeat....

Army-spend lots of time in the field

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Interesting article in the latest Harvard Business Review about the leadership qualities that business executives gain/look for from ex-military.

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Sean.. I don't post here much, but I'm a physician and may have a different perspective. It appears you don't have much in the ways of a "medicine" background yet. I have a few comments first, and then my advice.

To many young men and women "helping others in need" (in medicine or fire) sounds noble and glamourous, and doing it in a military setting certainly would be even more so. I applaud your interest, we need more people interested in serving both as a civil servant and in our military.

You've gotten very good advice on how to pursue a military entrance and exit strategy or even military career to further your career goals (which sould like serving as a civil servant.. fireman, etc..).

Now, you need to talk to a fireman who has done exactly what you're thinking of doing. Your proposed plan sounds good in theory, but I can tell you several friends of mine have done military service to get their medical school covered and they've have mixed reviews (and they're in no danger of getting hit by bullets).

What is it about serving as a fireman is attractive? Helping people? Make a list of things that you think you like about it. The "helping people" plan doesn't hold up at 2AM when you have to drive to Betty Lou's house for the 3rd time in the last two weeks to help her 400lb self get off the floor. The same applies to medicine, so I know first-hand. Take your list and show it to a fireman or paramedic, see what he thinks. It might be eye opening.

I'm not saying this to derail you, just make sure you know what living a life as a civil servant is like. It can be very rewarding, but there is quite a few aspects that aren't so much fun (like any career).

Who knows, maybe you'll get into the military and find something else that really trips your trigger.

Finally, the other thing that makes life great is finding an occupation that you would do on nights and weekends even if you weren't getting paid. (along with the great advice about finding a life partner)

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Lot of knowledge and advice on this website, thank you.

I'm having a lot of people tell me that if I do anything, it should be in the Air Force because of better training and more comfortable living. However, sure, I want to be a medic as that's where I feel that I can do the most good and I want the experience for a future civilian career. But, I WANT to be out there. I want to have an M9 and an M4 rifle, I want to actually BE a combat medic. I don't want to just be sitting at an Air Force base somewhere in the US for my entire enlistment. Thoughts on Army vs. Air Force?

(Starting now, ALL Medics regardless of service train at Fort Sam, Houston. It's a recent change to get all medics on the same curriculum. So the argument about better training in Air Force, at least for the main 14week course is no debunk.)

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90% of life is finding the right mate (meanwhile spending as little time with the very wrong kind of mate). You will find happy and successful people in all sorts of jobs, and you will find miserable and miserably broke people in all sorts of jobs. What I almost never see is a happy person that isn't also happy with the person they are sharing their towel racks with.

Just remember: one divorce and two kids worth of child support is usually a bigger difference in takehome pay than whether you become a barber or a banker.

Wow, what a post. [Big Grin]

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FYI

http://www.corpsman.com/forum/showthread.php?t=76334
http://www.med.navy.mil/sites/navmedmpte/nomi/nso...onsCombatMedicCourse.aspx
http://www.pakistan.tv/videos-navy-corpsman-vs-marine-[ksYu_bdwRdk].cfm
http://en-gb.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=58255525412&topic=12404&post=52667

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Whatever Sean decides, he will be good at it. IMHO. He's a good kid with a good heart. Not a bad combo to start with. Good luck Sean.

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Good links Paul.


Dan, thanks.

 
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