If your going to join, then join. But unless your a hardcore army guy there are some additional suggestions. Airforce. Did you know if your airforce you get paid extra if your housing isn't up to par (small secret, most military housing isn't up to par). Army and its components deploy for a year. the rest for six months. Since i joined the guard, i wont see my wife for another six months, and if i were airforce or something else. I could be home tonight working on my heep. Deployment sucks, but it sucks even more when you have met people that deployed after you, got paid more, and then left before you. If you are reserve or nasty guard. You will get deployed more then your active counter parts. I'm in missouri, we are one of the most deployed states. my unit has been deployed three times in the last five years. Reserves and national guard makes it harder to get a job. I don't care what laws are out there. When they see your still in and only on weekends. A lot of employers wont touch that, they dont want to train someone just to leave in potientally a few months, or have to deal with schedules. The military is a great job, but only if you work it right.
yeah i second that motion....sometimes you do have employers who will overlook you and never have to tell you that's their reasoning.
I dont understand why he says get paid more???
Also joining the army is a good thing over navy and def marines because you do tend to make rank faster and more rank is more $$$. the faster you make rank, the faster your pay increases. not only base pay but your housing allowance goes up too. but remember reserves and national guard dont get housing and only get paid per one weekend a month. about $150-$500 per weekend. there are alot of variables on how much $ you get.
Just go active!
army guard here, soon to be active duty. i have alot of friends who have joined reserve or guard and have gone active within 2 years. in basic i heard it "33% of you reservists or guardsmen will want to go active within the first year"
ive got 5 years in and now deciding to go active.
I'am a guardsman as an Electrician i got an apprentice electrician job no questions asked even before i had background check and piss test and even application even made out. however when i go active i will be going infantry. I've seen too many older soldiers who have never been 11B and know nothing about basic soldiering skills. i don't want to be that guy some day. while Im young and fit id like to do what the army originally was formed for. shoot big guns and "go camping" lol
Also on another note i deployed and re-classed as an MP for deployment only. we did A LOT of things. i cant say we were hated because we were cops, but when base security was most important we as lower enlisted soldiers could tell higher ranking officers to f*ck off (in the nicest way and still keep your military bearing) lol once had a full bird colonel negligently discharge his weapon in a cleaning barrel.... i said to him " what the f*ck is your problem soldier, did you forget how your weapon functions" as i removed the weapon (9mm) from his hand and properly cleared it for him. later apologized for the profanity and disrespect toward his rank. He said i was right in every aspect. he got complacent with his weapon and forgot how to properly clear it.
also we did alot of escorts, generals and even secretary of defense.
bringing them to and from meetings with other ISAF officials. did convoy security as well. preventing theft of our goods from px to px and fuel trucks.
we also did help out afghan police with some investigations in the local area.
if you want to be an MP i only suggest that you do it for the training you will recieve so you can also use that on a resume someday for possible civilian police work. if you have no intentions of being Law Enforcement when you get out...dont join mp