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Unread 03-16-2015, 07:57 AM   #1
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So here I am once again, I've been all over this section of the forum lately. So I've decided that I am joining the military after I finish up this semester of school. The problem is, I'm not sure what I want to do. I'm mildly color blind and from my understanding, you can get waivers and some jobs don't care about mild color blindness. So I was wondering if any of y'all may know of a good job in ANY military branch. I know that I don't want to be a mechanic or have any sort of desk job. I've been looking into Air Force TACP as an option. I don't mind a little bit of combat, but I don't want to necessarily be kicking down doors with the infantry. That's one of the many reasons TACP interests me. Any suggestion for any military branch will help! Thanks!

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You definitely need to decide what you want to do before even approaching a branch recruiter. Also waivers are not as easy to get as they used to be with downsizing. Each branch has a website where you can do rating research. Start there to see what your options are.

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Unread 03-21-2015, 09:06 PM   #3
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I would recommend getting an MOS with a skill you can use after the military. Do your homework before you talk to a recruiter because believe it or not they have been known to stretch the truth from time to time.
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I second the suggestion about getting a job with marketable skills in the civilian world such as communications or really anything not a combat MOS. As for the TACP I was a marine JTAC same thing your primary job is to support other units with CAS support mainly infantry units though not exclusively. My deployments were always with the infantry so if your not into that sort of thing TACP is not the job you want.
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<<snipped text>> I know that I don't want to be a mechanic <<snipped text>>
Military Aviation Maintenance experience provides career possibilities world-wide. Is there a real aversion to maintenance?

I had a 35 year Army aviation maintenance career, and now work as an Air Force aviation production management specialist. A lot of my Army years were in Texas: two tours at Ft Hood and two years at the Army's aviation Depot down on the Corpus Christi Naval Air Station.

I grew up as a farm-boy with my own diesel tractor at age 10. Being around millions of dollars a piece Apaches and F-16s is a rush still!!
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Military Aviation Maintenance experience provides career possibilities world-wide. Is there a real aversion to maintenance?

I had a 35 year Army aviation maintenance career, and now work as an Air Force aviation production management specialist. A lot of my Army years were in Texas: two tours at Ft Hood and two years at the Army's aviation Depot down on the Corpus Christi Naval Air Station.

I grew up as a farm-boy with my own diesel tractor at age 10. Being around millions of dollars a piece Apaches and F-16s is a rush still!!
However, you cannot be colorblind at all for aviation rates
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Aviation isn't the only maintenance field in the military - it just has the most pizzazz!!
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Military Aviation Maintenance experience provides career possibilities world-wide. Is there a real aversion to maintenance? I had a 35 year Army aviation maintenance career, and now work as an Air Force aviation production management specialist. A lot of my Army years were in Texas: two tours at Ft Hood and two years at the Army's aviation Depot down on the Corpus Christi Naval Air Station. I grew up as a farm-boy with my own diesel tractor at age 10. Being around millions of dollars a piece Apaches and F-16s is a rush still!!
But bringin in an f-16 from the overhead dropping a mk-82 now that's a rush
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Unread 03-25-2015, 07:23 AM   #9
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When I was recruiting we had an applicant that was color blind. This will limit what is available. He had good scores but even then about the only job offered to him was a medic, which is a good job. This was about 2005 or so when the Army was desperate for numbers, today it is a different story. Be careful when selecting medical jobs though. Some are just admin type jobs when others are actual medical jobs.

Like stated above the Military is downsizing and isn't taking as many new people as it has in the past. If you need a wavier this could be a problem.When I recruited we had categories based on test scores, education level, your gender and race. Even when a large number of people are not needed the Military will still want to take the "right" person if they can. If your scores are high, if you have more than just a High School Diploma, you the correct gender and race*, you have no other medical or background issues your chances are better at getting a waiver than if you have other issues along with being colorblind.


*the Military strives to be reflective of society. If 25% ( or whatever number) of a certain race makes up our society that the Military wants to matchthat as close as possible.
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