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  • What advice would you give someone in my position?

    I've been looking into the military for a couple months now, first the USAR, then the AFR, and now finally the ANG. I want to go to college and plan to this upcoming year, being a senior in HS. However, I want to get hands on training and experience through the ANG as a 68w, medical specialist, as well. I think this is what I want to do with my life, join the NG, but there's still something in the back of my head that isn't definitely sure. For the record, I'm not afraid of deploying, I even welcome the idea eventually. There's is just something in the back of my mind which makes me apprehensive but I don't know what it is exactly. So what advice would you give someone in my position? Aside from the raw benefits and hands on training, what are some benefits and good experiences that cannot be accurately shown to you by a recruiter? Any advice is appreciated, thank you.

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    Re: What advice would you give someone in my position?

    Ok, let's start off with why your chose the ARNG over the USAR and AFR? Just curious mainly...

    Second, if you enlist tomorrow and leave Monday, you still probably won't make it back home in time for college in the Fall. You could, in theory, but your timetable is too close to call at this point. Seek out a recruiter for that definitive piece of intel.

    My advice is this - the NG provides you with training, experience, a paycheck (small but its part time), educational benefits, Post/base benefits and a whole slew of other gimmies from retailors and vendors. People will thank you for your service, whether you have served overseas or not. You will feel different and will judge other accordingly.

    You could go to war and you could die.

    If you can handle those last 2 (and I mean really handle it. Not be some weekend warrior who goes home and smacks his wife around at the end of every IDT or drinks himself silly), then the choice is obvious.

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      Re: What advice would you give someone in my position?

      Mainly because of the number of bases and location of bases, along with stateside benefits on top of federal. Also I would be much more honored to serve my state in a time of crisis then what is currently going down in the Mid. East. I'm not downplaying what those guys are doing, I have the up most respect for those soldiers and would have no problem serving over there with fellow Americans and being put in a position to save/end lives. I'm just trying to give you the best idea of where I'm coming from. When it comes down to it. I guess the choice is obvious.. thanks for the reply, maybe I'm just having your average 18 year old kid jitters.

      I just met with a recruiter today, and we talked about missing at least a semester of school. I should have 29 credits via AP and other community college programs if all goes according to plan, so missing one semester won't be a problem. The thing that scares me most is being gone for half a year and leaving my girl friend alone. Military with her isn't a deal breaker but the thing is I can't picture my life without the military or without her, hopefully the two don't drive each other away.
      Last edited by B1995; April 24th, 2013, 05:23 PM.

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        Re: What advice would you give someone in my position?

        Originally posted by B1995 View Post
        I just met with a recruiter today, and we talked about missing at least a semester of school. I should have 29 credits via AP and other community college programs if all goes according to plan, so missing one semester won't be a problem. The thing that scares me most is being gone for half a year and leaving my girl friend alone. Military with her isn't a deal breaker but the thing is I can't picture my life without the military or without her, hopefully the two don't drive each other away.
        Don't sweat the jitters. You'd be crazy to not have them considering what you are about to do!

        I chose the NG over the USAR for a very similar reason... I wanted to be available for local stuff, not just needs of the big Army. So, yea. I get it.

        As for your girl, OP, that is a tough call. The situation is all to common and you're just going to have to work through it and do what YOU want. You're young, she's young. High school is almost over... If this is going to be a deal breaker, maybe it's time to shake hands, thank each other for a great time and part ways. When you get back, you can work on rekindling the flame if that is what is in your future. You'd be surprised how often that works....

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        • #5
          Re: What advice would you give someone in my position?

          The most frightening thing in the world is the unknown.

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          • #6
            Re: What advice would you give someone in my position?

            When I was in the same position of considering to join up, I was apprehensive and I knew exactly what it was. It was the fact that I lost some control of my life. I was going to an environment where there was the potential that someone was going to be able to tell me when I could sleep, when I could eat, when I could leave, when I had to be somewhere and there can be serious ramifications if you don't do what your told. It is a level of control over your activities that you will loose when you sign on the dotted line for any branch of service. Maybe that is what is tingling in the back of your head.

            I chose the NG not just for the reasons that you mention (being called up for state emergencies was something that appealed to me), but the NG also allowed me to continue with a civilian career if I wanted. That way if I decided to do just my initial contract then I wasn't walking away from 2,4 or 6 years of career building just to start over. Being NG I could build up a military career and a civilian one if I chose. That was a huge benefit to me.

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