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go to the recruiting office and check your options, also think about how active you are or want to be, and if your mechanically inclined. want adventure? join as a combat enginneer but make sure you pick what field you want, also go as a enlisted first then you can decide what changes you want after a few years. iwent infantry first then retrained later as a air eng tech on tactical helos
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Well my plan is that I graduate high school this year and I'll finish my bachelors degree in 2 years so I'll join when I'm 18 and then I'll go JAG and do that for about 5 years and then go reserve and do private practice law. So with that in mind would you still recommend me going enlisted or should I go officer to have better chance with JAG?
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Well my plan is that I graduate high school this year and I'll finish my bachelors degree in 2 years so I'll join when I'm 18 and then I'll go JAG and do that for about 5 years and then go reserve and do private practice law. So with that in mind would you still recommend me going enlisted or should I go officer to have better chance with JAG?
Since you're going JAG, no need in my mind to be enlisted first. JAG, Dr's, Pilots, etc are special fields.

Sounds like you've got it all mapped out, go for it. If your college has ROTC, join it.
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I am currently active duty...13 year Navy Seabee. I am deployed right now working in a JOINT environment. Let me just say...and no offense to all of you that this may involve...I am so glad that I am not in the Army! With that being said, depending on your specialty/MOS/rating...whatever you want to call it, the Air Force seems to be the way to go these days for most things. I say most because there is no military construction force that can do what the Navy Seabees do. It doesn't matter who you ask, when it comes to construction and engineering, the number one shortfall that any battalion commander will tell you he/she has on the battlefield is NOT ENOUGH SEABEES. Ok, done tooting my own horn for now. I have a brother who is an AF cop and a cousin who is a AF 1Lt in the meteorology field(weather)...they both love their job and MOST IMPORTANTLY, serving their country. That should always be number one as far as I am concerned. Everything else is a bonus. Air Force knows how to treat their people, I give 'em that! No matter what you chose to do, take pride in it, give it your all and represent yourself and your country with the utmost respect. You can't go wrong! Good luck with whatever you chose!
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GTYankee--I've already past 20, so I'm just staying in until my wife graduates nursing school (RN) which will be in May...plus the 2.5% for each year over 20
20Laramie11 has it right: If you want to do the job you were trained to do, go with the AF. I have been stationed with Army, and Navy and worked with both. If you go Army, first and foremost, you are a soilder. Period. If you go Navy or AF, you are more likely to do what you are trained for. But always, with every branch, thier needs come first!
The best advice I could give you is to get a guarenteed job...and don't go in as "open general". This way, you will know what job you will be trained for and it's not a "crap shoot".
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You won't join as an officer unless you do the ROTC thing in college. And you won't join as a higher rank enlisted...everyone starts at square one.

Having said that, I came out of the Air Force with a skill I could use in the civilian world. You can do that with most branches of service unless they need bodies in a military specialty that doesn't translate well into the civilian market.
wrong wrong wrong........ you dont have to do rotc to become a officer , and if you have a college degree you automatically go into the ARMY as a e-4.
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I am currently active duty...13 year Navy Seabee. I am deployed right now working in a JOINT environment. Let me just say...and no offense to all of you that this may involve...I am so glad that I am not in the Army! With that being said, depending on your specialty/MOS/rating...whatever you want to call it, the Air Force seems to be the way to go these days for most things. I say most because there is no military construction force that can do what the Navy Seabees do. It doesn't matter who you ask, when it comes to construction and engineering, the number one shortfall that any battalion commander will tell you he/she has on the battlefield is NOT ENOUGH SEABEES. Ok, done tooting my own horn for now. I have a brother who is an AF cop and a cousin who is a AF 1Lt in the meteorology field(weather)...they both love their job and MOST IMPORTANTLY, serving their country. That should always be number one as far as I am concerned. Everything else is a bonus. Air Force knows how to treat their people, I give 'em that! No matter what you chose to do, take pride in it, give it your all and represent yourself and your country with the utmost respect. You can't go wrong! Good luck with whatever you chose!
just curious... how come seabees train on army posts>?
maybe you should check out the army's engineer force.

btw, last i checked very few seabees in country. Could be wrong though
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Seabees have two main hubs in the US. Gulfport, MS and Port Hueneme, CA. There are a total of seven rates(jobs) in the Seabees. You can't put all seven A-schools(initial training) plus advanced schools plus all nine active duty Battalions, both active duty training groups and all three Regiment on just two bases...so we spread out. Plus Seabees train more than just Seabees...we train Army and Air Froce as well. We also train Army and Air Force instructors in construction and then they help instruct too. Remember, the Seabees only have about 10,000 active duty at any given time.

As for how many in country...don't forget that there is a "cap" on how many troops are allowed in country right now. Trigger pullers come first. Although we are combat trained and train a lot with the Marines, our main job is to build. There are a lot of Seabees in country that are dedicated to certain missions and therefore you won't see them or know of them i.e Special Forces etc. I won't go into numbers, but I assure you that we have a lot of guys here. Don't forget my earlier statement...number one construction shortfall anywhere...not enough Seabees. No one can argue that. I know first hand because with the position I am in, I hear it form the top everyday. Good stuff!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Seabees have two main hubs in the US. Gulfport, MS and Port Hueneme, CA. There are a total of seven rates(jobs) in the Seabees. You can't put all seven A-schools(initial training) plus advanced schools plus all nine active duty Battalions, both active duty training groups and all three Regiment on just two bases...so we spread out. Plus Seabees train more than just Seabees...we train Army and Air Froce as well. We also train Army and Air Force instructors in construction and then they help instruct too. Remember, the Seabees only have about 10,000 active duty at any given time.

As for how many in country...don't forget that there is a "cap" on how many troops are allowed in country right now. Trigger pullers come first. Although we are combat trained and train a lot with the Marines, our main job is to build. There are a lot of Seabees in country that are dedicated to certain missions and therefore you won't see them or know of them i.e Special Forces etc. I won't go into numbers, but I assure you that we have a lot of guys here. Don't forget my earlier statement...number one construction shortfall anywhere...not enough Seabees. No one can argue that. I know first hand because with the position I am in, I hear it form the top everyday. Good stuff!!!!!!!!!!!!
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