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    Well to start I will tell you a little bit about myself, I am 31 married with 3 1/2 year old twins. I do not have a college degree. I am operations manager for a transportation company and make about $100k a year. I am overweight and I am currently working on losing it. I wanted to join the Air Force out of high school but I had no desire to lose the weight. Now I am motivated to extend my life by losing weight. I have been thinking of joining the Nat. Guard but I am not sure if it the thing to do.
    If anyone could give me their opinion.
    I have so much respect for people in uniform when I see them out and about, I always go up and shake their hands and tell them how much I appreciate and respect the for what they are doing. I would just like to serve my country and thought the Nat. Guard would be the way that I could do that.
    Is there any other branch that I should think about? I do not want to quit my job but I would just like to be able to serve in some form or fashion

    If anyone has any suggestions or comments please let me know whether good or bad.

  • #2
    It sounds like the National Guard is right up your alley. You can continue to work as a civiian in your job, and serve your country at the same time. The National Guard has a part-time committment - 1 weekend a month and 2 weeks out of the year during the summer. Under Federal law, your employer has to give you the time off to go to drills, and your position must be there when you get back (i.e. they can't fire you because of your Guard committment).

    There are quite a few jobs in the transportation arena, as well:

    MOS RANK TITLE
    88H E3-7 CARGO SPECIALIST
    88K E3-7 WATERCRAFT OPERATOR
    88L E3-7 WATERCRAFT ENGINEER
    88M E3-7 MOTOR TRANSPORT OPERATOR
    88N E3-7 TRANSPORTATION MANAGEMENT COORDINATOR
    88P E3-7 RAILWAY EQUIPMENT REPAIRER (RC)
    88T E3-7 RAILWAY SECTION REPAIRER (RC)
    88U E3-7 RAILWAY OPERATIONS CREWMEMBER (RC)
    88X E8-9 RAILWAY SENIOR SERGEANT (RC)
    88Z E8-9 TRANSPORTATION SENIOR SERGEANT

    Unless you are grossly overweight, it can be lost. Nutrisystem is a great diet that I personally lost 20 lbs. in 2 months. It was easy, and it's healthy (unlike some of the other "lose weight quick" diets). You can find the Height/Weight chart on this page: [url]http://www.marylandguard.net/guard_standards.shtml[/url]

    If I can answer any specific questions, don't hesitate to contact me directly. I'll do what I can to answer your questions.

    BTW: I'm 37 and just enlisted, so age is not a factor. The maximum age is now up to 42 years old.

    Hope this helps...

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    • #3
      I am 16 i dont have a high school degree.I am 120 pounds. I am girl. I have friends that are in the nationalguard and the marines.I have always wanted to be in the service and i love helping people i have always wanted to be a nurse i just want to know if this is the right thing to do before i talk to somebody about join i really want to repay my country for the freedom they have given my family and me so i wnat to know if i will be good for this

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      • #4
        If you join, you go to Iraq...and if you have $100,000 overhead to go with your $100,000 salary, you're going to find yourself in trouble with the rank you will go as, tax-free money or not.

        Something to think about.

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        • #5
          that diet thing isnt really healthy... its cuts off alot of carbs and your body needs carbs its not good to eat if you are working out cause you burn off more carbs while doing that... best thing to do is burn off the fat watch what you eat like someone with OCD. You cant burn fat and gain muscle at the same time although people think you can (you do but its nothing really)... so work out as often as you can but dont push you body to hard. Benching isnt always the best way to lose weight. Jog in interval type things What I did when I had a physical trainer was we would run about 200 meters than walk 100 than run 200 and walk 100 its a good way to get in shape and make sure you drink alot of water and strech right or your body will be hurting like mad. also after your done at the gym lifting weights run some because when you work out your muscles devlop rips in them and blood and other things devlop around the rips which leads to the hurting and running gets rid of some of that protecting stuff that you dont need and you wont be sore plus it gets you in better shape =D. so yeah hope this makes sense and helps you out some. But yeah thats just my 2 cents coming from a 16 year-old kid that loves working out. oh and DON'T FORGET TO STRECH!

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          • #6
            In all honesty, if joining the military is what you want to do, then do it and don't let anything that other people say discourage you. I just joined in Feb. and personally I wouldn't have it any other way. There are programs that the National Guard has that will get you into school and let you do whatever you want to in the Guard. There are also programs that keep you out of Iraq. Just talk to your recruiter and decide if that is really what you wanna do. Or call my recruiter. He's the type of person who is gonna tell you straight and he won't lie to you. SFC Sivils (870) 575 3417

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