#1
I have been seriously considering having the Navy pay for my college and then serve for the required amount and would like to know if anyone has done this and if you could explain the pros and cons. Also I was wondering if you can choose what you would like to do because if I did join the Navy I would really like to work on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier being a shooter or arresting gear crew or the like but do you choose what you are doing or does the Navy?
#2
I think you would be able to choose what field depending on manpower....but say you got drafted you would go where they needed you...
#3
There's a chance you might be stationed in San Diego or Hawaii, which is pretty nice to me.
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#4
i've heard stories about people who join the navy for the college money and then they find out that they don't qualify for it but they still have to serve.
#5
My friend joined the navy instead of going to college. He finishes up his 4 years this august. He tells me all the time that it was his biggest mistake, and that he has thrown away the past 4 years of his life.


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#6
well after I graduate high school I was going to go to college and then serve for the 3 or 4 years or whatever that is required.
#7
I'm in the Army National Guard. If I were you, I'd go Naval Reserve, and then if you want to, you can go active. It's a LOT easier to go from reserve to active than it is to active to reserve. I like my personal life, so I went guard. I've been in over 3 years, been deployed to Iraq once (I volunteered for the tour) and now I'm back to my old job, going to school in the fall, on the Army's dime. I'm not telling you to go Army, I'm advising you to go Reserve first.
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#8
Oh, and if you got deployed. You'd be in Customs...and then I'll hate you because after I pack everything up exactly how it only fits in the duffle...you make me take it out to show you I'm not packing heat...bastards...
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#9
^lol I don't mean to cause trouble. Is serving for the required years and then not reenlisting a good idea?
#10
And yes, in the Army your job is dubbed this accronym, MOS; military occupation speciality. You enlist in the job you want. That's it, tell them what you want to be, and they have to make it happen, theoretically.
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#11
It's not a bad idea. But you'll get an ass ton of cash for re-upping as we call it. If i could go back and change one thing, I would enlist in the minimum required active years (which is 3 for the Army) BUT in the Guard it is required you serve 8 full years. 2 of them are inactive, which means, you're done with the military, and off doing your own thing. Your name is put in what is called the IRR, Inactive Ready Reserve. This is all of the people who got out but still have time on their contract for inactive service. The last call up of IRR was in the 10,000's. So if I were you, I'd go Naval Reserve, enlist for the minimum of 3 years (5 years of IRR then to complete the 8) and then re-enlist for 6 years for a HUGE FATTY BONUS, we're talking 15 grand plus, easily plus. So you're getting rid of the possibly call up of being on IRR, getting a lot more money, and only serving one more year than you would have had to. But, that's just me.
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#12
Or try ROTC like i will be doing in 2 years (i go to college, but i'm waiting till junior year for ROTC). ROTC depends on your major though to. Your an engineer you can get where you want to go. History major, not so much.

I would recommend either the reserves or ROTC instead of active duty, you have a lot more options. ROTC, you'll serve, but as an officer which is a LOT better especially on job resumes.

Go ROTC. You can get a feel for the whole thing, have tons of options and a salary for pretty much doing nothing. Guy on my floor gets 150 bucks a month simply for being ROTC.
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#13
StillSound, in the reserves do I sign up for my job in the Navy and when I'm needed get deployed doing that job or does the Navy choose what I do?

Sorry about all the questions but I need all the info I can get
#14
Actually your major doesn't matter. My platoon leader in Iraq was in Field Artillery. His major? Whatever the hell the major for studying Soil is. No, it doesn't matter. And ROTC is a course you take in college to become commissioned in your choice of Military Reserve. (Reserve Officers Training Course), my dad taught ROTC at UW-Madison for a long time. You are able to take ROTC without even being in the military. Once it's completed, and you have the minimum required credits (if I remember correctly, it's 60), you technically enlist, and on the graduation date of basic training or something along those lines, you get commissioned. I might have a step missing, but that's about it.
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#16
You're in the right place. I enlisted as a Field Artillery Advanced Tactical Data Systems Specialist. Yes. That title will get you laid. But I went to Iraq and ran convoy security. NORMALLY all that the Navy does is do Customs when they go get deployed. Unless you're a SEAL, then you earn the Medal of Honor. ALTHOUGH, naval ships, destroyers, aircraft carriers are all along the gulf as well. So it's a toss up. You CAN get more information before you decide to enlist on a certain job. Say you want to be in EOD, Explosive Ordinance Disposal, (find the bombs insurgents put down and blow them up) (HUGE ASS BONUS, $100,000+). But you can contact your local recruiter, and ask for units that are scheduled to deploy within the next 5 years or so (they're scheduled way in advance) and get those units numbers and ask them what they're planning on doing when they get deployed. That's your best shot of knowing if you'll do what you enlist as if you get deployed, should you even get deployed, or should you volunteer like I did.
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#17
^^ sort of.

Army can be a bit different than airforce or navy. They like their officers to understand how everything works. I have family members in the navy and that's what they tell me. I don't mean to diss the army, but its just a different thing. Your a weapons' officer, they generally like to have you know how the weapon works, which means an engineering degree. Like my bud whose brother flys f-18's. You need an engineering degree to fly the jet since your training (since you basically need to be able to do vector calc in your head for the 1/100 chance the flight computer goes out.)

For ROTC your technically in the military. You have drill and some classes to go to. Senior year you graduate and go into a boot camp thing. You generally do training and activities during summer. Oh and if you opt out you have to pay the US government for the education they paid for.

As for navy jobs you won't be overseas unless your on a ship. They don't do a whole lot outside of that. You may get sent to Diego Garcia or Phillipense to work on those bases. But that's the plus of the navy, most of the jobs are stateside or your on ship deployment for 6month tours.
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#18
Well if i did have the Navy pay for school than I would probably want to enlist as one of the various crews on the flight decks of aircraft carriers. If i did end up working on the flight deck after college is it ok that it has nothing to do with a civilian job I might try to get?
#19
Again, my PL majored in Soil and he's also transferring to the Air Froce to fly. It doesn't really matter what you did in college, so long as you graduated college. That's really it.
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#20
Yeah it's perfectly fine, and if you decide you want to get out at that time, the Navy, as well as all branches have programs to help troops out before they transition back to civilian life. One of the good ones is Troops to Teachers. They'll assist you in any way they can. One of the good military jobs is communications, you'll always have a career in that.
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#21
Well you can tell them, "oh if i **** up then the navy looses 30 million dollar plane." Generally that might get their attention. It depends what you do. You get stuck on a below deck job sorting laundry, no. You do something on the flight deck your pretty good though. Navy has a lot of "technical" jobs and those are huge for jobs out of enlistment. Just don't get stuck on KP.
#22
nice to see someone in SE wisconsin though
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#23
well thanks for all the info guys. I will really have to look into this as an after college option.
#24
tell me if i'm wrong but if you have a degree you can do OTC too.

And you guys are from Wisconsin? Kick ass, i'm here to (milwaukee)