do they do a job in the field
if yes: not a pog
if no: pog
do they do a job in the field
if yes: not a pog
if no: pog
pog 4 lyfe.
Finally went to a recruiter and had all of my questions answered. Looks like I have to start earning college credits, and I have 3 so far
Nope, not at all. Infact, some of the combat engineers that worked with us we're 'redeemed' out of POG status, because they are out there with us finding IEDs at the front and getting shot at. Good times.
Well I got medically discharged 9 weeks into basic.
Visited the Marine recruiter yesterday. Marines really know how to make a presentation and I was thoroughly impressed. I'm going to go ahead and start working with them to get the ball rolling on getting my spot onto the DEP.
Had a nice run today at Future Soldier training, but man do I fucking HATE running in cold weather.
6 months and 12 college credits till I can join the Marines... this is going to be an excruciating 6 months....
So I finally got my ASVAB scores, my AFQT score is 88 and my line scores are almost all in the 60s. The Army is offering me a job as a 68W medic, but after reading what you guys have been saying it makes me think my future would be better off in the Navy if they would accept me as a corpsman. I really don't know where to go from here, I mean the military is basically my future and I don't want to fuck it up with a bad decision.
Looking for anyway to get people out
Let me break it down..
Army - 68W Line Medic
Navy - Hospital Corpsman 0000, Behavioral Health Technician 8485 and 8404 Field Medical Technician
I mean if you want to do that gung ho shit yeah I suggest being a Corpsman. After Corps School you might have the ability to go to Field Medical Training Batallion which more or less allows you to be a Medic for the Marine Corps. If you want to be extra special you can become a Hospital Corpsman, a Preventive Medicine Technician (for example), and a Marine Corpsman. Or if you want to go extra gung ho you can be a Recon Corpsman 8403. You wouldn't be able to do that in the Army.
If you were to just be a regular ass run of the mill Hospital Corpsman you'd be working in one of our major Naval Hospitals all over the world. Naval Hospitals are a good experience too, you wouldn't be able to do that in the Army. You'd most likely get deployed to luxorious Afghanistan or Kuwait. Make no mistake though, no matter what branch you join you will most likely be deployed. Especially if you decide to be an 8404 Corpsman (Marine Medic). In the end though, it's up to you to decide which branch you want to join. Of course you'd say I have a bias since I'm a Hospital Corpsman but I train with the Army and Air Force and I hear almost every other day a soldier say how they wish they would have joined the Navy instead.
With all that being said though the Navy does it differently at MEPS. Whichever job they offer you is dependent on the needs of the Navy, but the Hospital Corpsman field is a big field. So they'll most likely have a bunch of Corpsman positions open if you ask them. The only downside to being in this field is that it's harder to rank up because they're so damn many of us. It's still a good field to get into, education wise. You get about 14 college credits for completion as Corps School(even more if you take aditional schooling) and the ability to register as a Basic EMT.
That's my two cents on the matter.
I have another IST Tomorow even though we've had 2 already. I don't mind them I actualy kind of enjoy doing the IST but we have to do them alot.
Again, thank you for your input. This, along with talking to recruiters and more people that are in the Army and Navy medical fields, should go a long way in making an informed decision. I'm going into this as more of a lifetime career and not just a job.
I'm a senior going through the college application process right now and over the past year I have been thinking more about the military. I know a lot of friends who graduated last year and are now in Tech School so that kind of motivated me.
Air Force aint a bad deal. My dad is a Chief and has been in 28 years so far. I've travelled to 9 different countries and experienced so much. I haven't had to experience the fear of losing a job or not getting paid. I don't want to give that up. One of my worst fears is graduating from college with a degree that sucks or just not even getting anywhere in my career. I don't want to end up like the parent who can't afford to send their kid to school trips or can only buy necessities. I don't want to live in the same place my whole life and work a job that will give me no pride and live in a crappy house in a crappy neighborhood till I die.
The more and more I think about it, the more appealing it is. Unfortunately, I only started feeling like this once senior year started.
I looked at the Air Force website and watched all the videos about BMT and I talked to my friend who just graduated from it and my dad and they both said it is not as hard as movies and TV make it out to be. That was my worst fear about joining. My dad also said a lot of people don't pass the ASVAB or don't meet weight standards but he says there is no way they would deny me because of those things (I'm 6ft and I'm ~180 under the 202lb mark)
Been an air force brat all of my life and I guess I'm finally REALLY inspired to join. Although this is a new idea but a very plausible one.
I posted awhile ago stating I was joining the Navy. Just to update, I got my ASVAB scores back awhile ago (Got an 84 composite and auto-qualified for Nuclear Engineering) but have been waiting to get my physical for weeks.
What all does it involve?
What's the MEPS exam?
It's a physical and mental exam followed by meeting with a job counselor, as far as I know. At the MEPs station.
Drill tomorrow for the National Guard.
Last drill before I ship to OSUT in Jan.
Do I have to score a minimum of 60 on each event for the APFT? I'm trying to get promoted to E2 tomorrow
Sorry if this has been covered all ready, but i'm curious as to how serving in the military can cover my college tuition?