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I have been thinking alot about joining the Marines. I have thought about it day and night, and then some. I can think of both pros and cons to this descision, but I cannot decide about it. If there is any one that reads this that can help persuade me either way, that would be something great. I cannot make this descision. I am 17, and my mom will not talk to me about it. I want to serve, but also I do not. Any help would be spectacular. I could really use it.


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The best advice I can give you is to do your research before talking to a recruiter. The jobs are similar regardless of what branch you join. The military offers almost every single job that the civilian world does (i.e. dentists, nurses, electricians, mechanics, etc...). What ever you decide to do, make sure that the job you chose will help you once you go back to civilian life.


Don't walk into the recruiters office and let THEM chose the job for you. There are many $$$ bonuses you can get for picking the right job, length of enlistment, etc... MAKE SURE TO ASK ABOUT BONUSES.


In regards to your mother, you need to say "look mom, this is a big decision, and I need your help - don't ignore me". let her know that you value her opinion, and you'd rather do it with her help than without.


On a personal note, I will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Feel free to PM me.

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Rate This | Posted about 5 years ago

 

This is a HUGE step for you and I would carefully research your goals and what you expect to get out of the military and then find which branch can help you best achieve your goals. But I would carefully decided which branch you want to go to, becuase once you obligate yourself to that particular branch you cant just walk away from it if you decide it isnt for you.  You decide to enlist and you are there for the term you obligated yourself too. 


Every branch has thier good points and thier bad points.  And I dont think that one branch is better than the other, I think it boils down to what you want to get out of your enlistment. 


Personally I love the Marine Corps and I think the other branches of service are just as honorable.  But I will let you know in advance there are a handful of recruiters (in all branches) that only care about making a quota and getting people enlisted instead of your best interest.  They sing a really good song and dance and will tell you what you want to hear. 


Like B_Mac stated NEVER let the recruiter decide the job for you, take what you like.  If you plan on going to college while you are in then try to find an occupational specialty that will allow you the time to go to school. 


As far as your mother, you need to seriously sit down with her and talk about this, this is a huge life stepping stone that is not only going to effect you, but will effect your entire family.  Worst case scenario if you are unable to gain her support, you can always enlist when you turn 18. 


If you have any other questions please feel free to contact me.  Best of luck to you

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Speaking for myself. I was an 18 year old just out of high school during the Vietnam war. I was from a blue collar family and had no money for college. I had no real job skills and was classified as !A. Seeing that the writing was on the wall, I volunteered for the draft and was sent to Vietnam. I was one of the fortunate ones and came home intact and unharmed. I worked in construction for 8 years before becoming a police officer. I would do it all over again and have no regrets. My friends ended up getting into heavy drugs so when I came home, I found I had nothing in common with their lifestyle. Therefore, I can actually saw that it saved my life. However, going into harm's way is not an easy decision. In today's military you will most certainly be deployed overseas unless there is some rapid developments. This can way heavily on your decision so you must determine the pros and cons to going into the military. Not everyone is in the same boat. Good luck with your decision.

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Thanks guys, that really helps alot. Do you recomend going into the Corps? I plan on being a police officer. One of the downsides I see to this is that I would join at 22, instead of 21 which I intended to. I was thinking Marine MP or Army Airborne.


I just got the number for a recruiter for both. Thanks again. I really appreciate it.


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exploercopstl19 says ...



Thanks guys, that really helps alot. Do you recomend going into the Corps? I plan on being a police officer. One of the downsides I see to this is that I would join at 22, instead of 21 which I intended to. I was thinking Marine MP or Army Airborne.


I just got the number for a recruiter for both. Thanks again. I really appreciate it.



I did two years in the Army, then worked construction for 8 years and started my Police career at the age of 28. I retired at 55 so that's not all that bad. At 22 you are still 6 years ahead of me.

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exploercopstl19 says ...



Thanks guys, that really helps alot. Do you recomend going into the Corps? I plan on being a police officer. One of the downsides I see to this is that I would join at 22, instead of 21 which I intended to. I was thinking Marine MP or Army Airborne.


I just got the number for a recruiter for both. Thanks again. I really appreciate it.



I recommend you check out www.military.about.com they are the authority on all answers military. Each branch of service has advantages and disadvantages (but those vary depending on your job).


Concerning your age, I know that my department considers maturity level and age before hiring. In fact, when I got hired, at 29, they stated they could see the difference between myself and a 26 year old. Now I may be speaking out of place, but it seems departments almost prefer an older candidate. I had an engineering job out of the military, before I realized it was making me miserable. I'm on the older end of the spectrum, but that's what my dept. wanted.


Just remember, being in the military is enough to get you in the door. ANY of the career fields offered by ANY branch of military will give you a leg up. They don't care if you were military LE or not. Just pick a career you are interested in and would enjoy - and make it a marketable fallback when you decide to get out of the military. Me for example, if I had/needed to get out of law enforcement, I could go back to engineering.