• Thinking of Joining the Military? V2
    2,541 replies, posted
So i was chatting with a couple of pilots in the shuttle back to the dorms, and they were discussing when everyone found out what aircraft they were getting at the end of pilot school. Apparently, each person stands up front as their assignment is read to them. They said 2 people got RPAs. A guy said it was pretty much 50/50 what the reaction was when people get RPAs, but that they typically made a beeline for the nearest bar and started putting down shots after they got done.
[QUOTE=Apache249;38027881]Did you get to choose?[/QUOTE] Well, yeah. The Army lets you choose your MOS. When I pulled the available job codes, 15S (OH-58D Helicopter Repairer) was the only one at that time that came up aviation wise. I picked it because I did not want to wait long after high school to ship to the Army, so I chose it. I waited 8 months before going to BCT, so it was worth it. If you are a bit more patient, I am sure that 15T (UH-60 Helicopter Repairer) and 15U (CH-47 Helicopter Repairer) codes will pop up at some point.
[QUOTE=SKEEA;38030611]Well, yeah. The Army lets you choose your MOS. When I pulled the available job codes, 15S (OH-58D Helicopter Repairer) was the only one at that time that came up aviation wise. I picked it because I did not want to wait long after high school to ship to the Army, so I chose it. I waited 8 months before going to BCT, so it was worth it. If you are a bit more patient, I am sure that 15T (UH-60 Helicopter Repairer) and 15U (CH-47 Helicopter Repairer) codes will pop up at some point.[/QUOTE] Thanks, but no thanks.
Does the Navy let you pick your MOS, or is it like the other two branches excluding the army where it's "we'll try to get you what you want, but if we can't, go move that piece of furniture"
[QUOTE=ScoutKing;38042118]Does the Navy let you pick your MOS, or is it like the other two branches excluding the army where it's "we'll try to get you what you want, but if we can't, go move that piece of furniture"[/QUOTE] While I can't speak from an enlisted standpoint, I know that it's always been "The needs of the Navy" when it comes to many things. Sure they can promise you things but they don't always come through.
[QUOTE=ScoutKing;38042118]Does the Navy let you pick your MOS, or is it like the other two branches excluding the army where it's "we'll try to get you what you want, but if we can't, go move that piece of furniture"[/QUOTE] For the Air Force it depends on how long you want to stay in DEP. You list 3-5 that you want, then wait in DEP until one of those slots are open. If you don't want the open slot then you are more than welcome to wait until the slot you do want opens up. Depends on the wait time for that job. I waited 1 year and 8 months for the job I wanted, but the wait time really didn't affect me because I enlisted Junior year of High School.
[QUOTE=l33tkill;38047083]For the Air Force it depends on how long you want to stay in DEP. You list 3-5 that you want, then wait in DEP until one of those slots are open. If you don't want the open slot then you are more than welcome to wait until the slot you do want opens up. Depends on the wait time for that job. I waited 1 year and 8 months for the job I wanted, but the wait time really didn't affect me because I enlisted Junior year of High School.[/QUOTE] I thought the max you could sit in DEP was 1 year, unless its different when ya sign in high school. I got luckyish. About a month after MEPs I got a call from my recruiter saying they really needed loadmasters, which wasnt even on my list. But i said yes, and here I am
[QUOTE=capgun;38048669]I thought the max you could sit in DEP was 1 year, unless its different when ya sign in high school. I got luckyish. About a month after MEPs I got a call from my recruiter saying they really needed loadmasters, which wasnt even on my list. But i said yes, and here I am[/QUOTE] After my first year I just had to go back to MEPs for re-eval, and re-qual. I'd have to get more insight on DEP after High School though.
I'm seriously considering joining the USAF to gain citizenship and to give my life some direction, but i have no idea if it's a good idea or not, or what job within the air force i'd actually want to aim for. As is probably typical of everyone who thinks about joining any air forcer, i'd like to be a pilot, but non-citizens can't be officers, so i'd need to do something else untill i gain citizenship if it even works like that. Can anyone with a little more insight into how the USAF works give me some advice?
[QUOTE=camaroni;38044714]While I can't speak from an enlisted standpoint, I know that it's always been "The needs of the Navy" when it comes to many things. Sure they can promise you things but they don't always come through.[/QUOTE] How often do they not come through on meeting MOS requests? Are you able to back out in the recruitment process if they don't have your MOS? or is it by the time that comes into question and making it official, it's too late go back?
[QUOTE=ScoutKing;38051167]How often do they not come through on meeting MOS requests? Are you able to back out in the recruitment process if they don't have your MOS? or is it by the time that comes into question and making it official, it's too late go back?[/QUOTE] This is only from what I've heard but if you don't get the MOS you want, they will end up putting you wherever they need you to be. But depending on what rate you end up becoming once you put on your crows, you can cross rate to something else. Of course that depends because there are rates that are more desirable than others. I don't think you can go back once you sign your papers. You're pretty much at their mercy. By chance, what are you interested in doing anyways?
[QUOTE=camaroni;38051535] what are you interested in doing anyways?[/QUOTE] Corpsman. Its either join the navy and do that, or go to college, and spend the next 4 years in debt working on getting my BSN. I would rather do 4 years with the navy as a corpsman, and get my RN after, it'd be cheaper, and I would be able to be productive much quicker. If i joined and didn't get the MOS i desired/ or anything close to it, it would be a giant waste of time.
Qualified with M240B [editline]15th October 2012[/editline] Also. [img]http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/304365_10151047279472109_2112945709_n.jpg[/img]
[QUOTE=ScoutKing;38051846]Corpsman. Its either join the navy and do that, or go to college, and spend the next 4 years in debt working on getting my BSN. I would rather do 4 years with the navy as a corpsman, and get my RN after, it'd be cheaper, and I would be able to be productive much quicker. If i joined and didn't get the MOS i desired/ or anything close to it, it would be a giant waste of time.[/QUOTE] Oh I don't think you'll have any trouble getting that rate. The Navy always needs new Corpsman. It's not difficult to get since it's the largest rate by far. If you are interested, you could always go the college route first then enter as an officer. That's what some of my friends have done. Let me know when you get in. I know that I work with a lot of Corpsman and for the most part, they are hard working shipmates.
[QUOTE=FloaterTWO;38050685]I'm seriously considering joining the USAF to gain citizenship and to give my life some direction, but i have no idea if it's a good idea or not, or what job within the air force i'd actually want to aim for. As is probably typical of everyone who thinks about joining any air forcer, i'd like to be a pilot, but non-citizens can't be officers, so i'd need to do something else untill i gain citizenship if it even works like that. Can anyone with a little more insight into how the USAF works give me some advice?[/QUOTE] Floater, look into the Air Force [URL="http://www.afrotc.com/admissions/requirements-standards/general-requirements/"]ROTC[/URL]. It is the primary commissioning source of most Air Force officers, and you do not have to be a U.S. Citizen (at-least, for the first two years in the program). As for jobs, it would depend on what your interest is in. There is LARGE variety of different [URL="http://www.airforce.com/careers/"]career paths[/URL] available within the USAF, for both officers and enlisted men.
only problem is that rotc is cadets and thats about it its cadets
[QUOTE=ScoutKing;38051846]Corpsman. Its either join the navy and do that, or go to college, and spend the next 4 years in debt working on getting my BSN. I would rather do 4 years with the navy as a corpsman, and get my RN after, it'd be cheaper, and I would be able to be productive much quicker. If i joined and didn't get the MOS i desired/ or anything close to it, it would be a giant waste of time.[/QUOTE] If you join as a Corpsman now you'll be attached with the Marines most likely. Just a heads up, the a navy is looking for more devil doc's so you shouldn't have a hard time being offered Corpsman when you enlist. As long as your asvab scores are decent. (I'm a corpsman).
[QUOTE=InvaderNouga;38058903]If you join as a Corpsman now you'll be attached with the Marines most likely. Just a heads up, the a navy is looking for more devil doc's so you shouldn't have a hard time being offered Corpsman when you enlist. As long as your asvab scores are decent. (I'm a corpsman).[/QUOTE] I would rather be a flight Corpsman, or someone who works in house in a CCU or ED. If devil docs are the only thing that's really for sale right now, ill probably keep my head towards the college route instead. (Shit, i need to start filling my apps out)
close combat uniform
Jesus fucking christ. Doctors are fucking retarded, at MEPS. Only thing I had on my medical record was a mole removal from when I was wee little. The mole turned out to be not cancerous, and this was specified on the sheets. No problems. Everything was hunky-dory with it. BUT BECAUSE IT WAS AN INCOMPLETE EXCISION I NEED TO GET MORE PAPERWORK (IF IT EXISTS) AND HAND THAT IN TO THIS DOCTOR. god fucking damn On the bright side, I did p. good on my ASVABs.
Do Navy nuclear engineers go through any kind of physical training?
[QUOTE=FloaterTWO;38050685]I'm seriously considering joining the USAF to gain citizenship and to give my life some direction, but i have no idea if it's a good idea or not, or what job within the air force i'd actually want to aim for. As is probably typical of everyone who thinks about joining any air forcer, i'd like to be a pilot, but non-citizens can't be officers, so i'd need to do something else untill i gain citizenship if it even works like that. Can anyone with a little more insight into how the USAF works give me some advice?[/QUOTE] I wasn't aware that non-citizens couldn't go down the officer path. They just run a few background checks to make sure you nor your family wasn't affiliated with anyone shady. It would take longer for a clearance, but that's all I'm aware of. If anyone else has any knowledge in this please post it here. I would like to know how this works as well.
Does the ASVAB determine what I can and cannot join? Say, I want to join with the Field Artillery, and it requires an ASVAB score of 95 I believe. If I were to score lower than that, does that prevent me going into the Field Artillery?
[QUOTE=Falubii;38066570]Do Navy nuclear engineers go through any kind of physical training?[/QUOTE] Everyone goes through physical training. You may be the equivalent of a turbonerd, but you still need to meet the Navy's standards.
Then why do they keep sending me things when I've told them numerous times I'm diabetic? Oh well free pens are nice.
[QUOTE=ScoutKing;38065208]I would rather be a flight Corpsman, or someone who works in house in a CCU or ED. If devil docs are the only thing that's really for sale right now, ill probably keep my head towards the college route instead. (Shit, i need to start filling my apps out)[/QUOTE] You can do all of that. Trust me, they will not force you into Fleet Marine Force unless you're a godawful corpsman/do shitty in school.
[QUOTE=kyle877;38066469]Jesus fucking christ. Doctors are fucking retarded, at MEPS. Only thing I had on my medical record was a mole removal from when I was wee little. The mole turned out to be not cancerous, and this was specified on the sheets. No problems. Everything was hunky-dory with it. BUT BECAUSE IT WAS AN INCOMPLETE EXCISION I NEED TO GET MORE PAPERWORK (IF IT EXISTS) AND HAND THAT IN TO THIS DOCTOR. god fucking damn On the bright side, I did p. good on my ASVABs.[/QUOTE] All that paperwork is really there to protect you in the long run. I know it's a hassle but we're just doing our job. [QUOTE=InvaderNouga;38067038]You can do all of that. Trust me, they will not force you into Fleet Marine Force unless you're a godawful corpsman/do shitty in school.[/QUOTE] Really? I wouldn't think they would send crappy corpsman with Marines. I wouldn't want an incompetent one working on me.
[QUOTE=W0w00t;38055732]only problem is that rotc is cadets and thats about it its cadets[/QUOTE] That's true, but ROTC cadets are also considered officer candidates by the Air Force, and it is the most accessible route to becoming an officer. After your first two years, you officially join the Air Force as an E1-E5 and are considered to be serving without pay until you get your commission as an 0-1. By any chance are you thinking about JROTC? Because that is completely different.
[QUOTE=camaroni;38067283]All that paperwork is really there to protect you in the long run. I know it's a hassle but we're just doing our job. Really? I wouldn't think they would send crappy corpsman with Marines. I wouldn't want an incompetent one working on me.[/QUOTE] I misspoke. If you don't want to do FMF its possible not to, but if you do terrible in school/suck then you have less options for orders. There are a lot of FMF orders now, so you have to excel to get your pick of a larger selection of orders. I personally want to go FMF it's a good career choice nowadays anyways.
[QUOTE=InvaderNouga;38069540] I personally want to go FMF it's a good career choice nowadays anyways.[/QUOTE] Why? I would think there would less opportunities to gain medical experience with the marine side of the coin.
Sorry, you need to Log In to post a reply to this thread.