I am planning to enlist in the NG. I have recently taken the ASVAB with a very good score (my recruiter told me it was 98 or 99). I am going to meet with him tomorrow or on Monday and discuss my further steps. But I would like to have a piece of advice from experienced people here regarding the choice of my occupation.
First of all, I would like to mention that I do not plan to connect my WHOLE career with the Army, though I will be proud to participate in the activities. This is why I am trying to find a job for which I have natural flair, but which at the same time will let me find a place in the civilian society - if I become a tank repair specialist, for example, I am hardly likely to find a job, as tanks are not usually used in everyday civilian activities .
Initially, I wanted to enlist as a 35P (Cryptologic Linguist) or a 09L (Interpreter/Translator). I am very good with languages from early childhood. But lately I have started to waver and think, as I am at a loss - are such specialists needed outside the Army? Well, I must also add that my second language which I plan to use is Russian - so I don't think that there are many companies which need Russian-English interpreters, not even speaking of Linguists - such professions are (at least from my point of view) very ... academic, let's say - I mean, such positions you can meet only in some serious institutes, and as a rule, they need very serious education which I don't have (I have graduated from an economic institute). I can, of course, choose to study another language, I saw that some Afghan ones are in demand now, but, frankly speaking, I do not really want to.
I was also thinking about some analytical positions like 35F (Intelligence Analyst), but I guess that they also have little relationship with the world outside the Army. So I for forbore from the idea.
At the same time I have propensity to work with mechanisms and especially cars. I really enjoyed such things from my early childhood when my only toys were mechanical sets with lots of gears. I like and know cars, and so I am also thinking about choosing 91B (wheeled vehicle mechanic). This would be interesting for me, and at the same time I will be able to master a profession which is needed in everyday civilian life. So I am even more inclined to it.
Finally, there remain Administrative positions - financial, paralegal, human resources... But I have mixed feelings about those. Is it worth joining the National Guard only to become an office specialist? It's closer to my direct experience, it's also a safe place, but to me it looks like trying to be hired only by a large international bank in order to work there as an office cleaner. I don't know what's the attitude here towards such professions in the Army, but in Russia (where I come from) such specialists, of course, were always present in the Army, but they were never really respected and never treated as soldiers. This is what maker me wonder... I want to serve, but I don't want to be sneered at.
Oh, and there's also Military Police - this is also a career which has its direct analog in the civilian life, so maybe it's worth considering?
Anyway, thanks for reading this - and if you have something to say, especially if you have experience in MOS which I mentioned, I will be grateful for your advice and opinions.
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