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Old 10-23-2007, 08:36 PM
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Military Choices For A Son

If you guys were going to steer your kid to the armed forces, in our current state of war, what branch would you steer him to, obviously, fearing for his life?

And more importantly, why?

FYI, my son dropped out of HS and got his GED, although that probably rules him out for some of the branches.

Any suggestions appreciated.

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Old 10-23-2007, 08:42 PM
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coast guard. navy. air force.

marines last.

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Old 10-23-2007, 08:51 PM
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They'll accept a GED and under certain circumstances, an arrest record. But if he fails a piss test at any time they'll give him the boot. Might want to inform him of that.

Which branch depends on his aptitude. If he's mechanically inclined then the USN has the most jobs in that area. If electronic then it used to be the purvue of the USAF & Navy but all branches are going electronic. If he's interested in law enforcement and working with the public on small craft, nothing beats the Coast Guard. Like I said, it all depends on his aptitude. None of the branches appreciates a slacker. All of them believe in employing a wide array of motivational methods for those few folks who seem less willing to participate in group activities.
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In my case I have encouraged my kids to consider the military. One is marrying a soldier -- being a spouse is a military career. The other two are have considered it but thus far not expressed an interest (one of them shouldn't even consider it, she's a bright kid but couldn't give a command to a dog without hugging it first).

FYI I would not encourage a young woman to enlist, though I would a young man. I don't think MOST women can hack it and thus, become a drag and/or source of dissension in the unit. Female officers have a different world to inhabit and in that world, generally perform equally to male officers.
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air force.if not then the coast guard.
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Old 10-23-2007, 08:58 PM
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They'll accept a GED and under certain circumstances, an arrest record. But if he fails a piss test at any time they'll give him the boot. Might want to inform him of that.

Which branch depends on his aptitude. If he's mechanically inclined then the USN has the most jobs in that area. If electronic then it used to be the purvue of the USAF & Navy but all branches are going electronic. If he's interested in law enforcement and working with the public on small craft, nothing beats the Coast Guard. Like I said, it all depends on his aptitude. None of the branches appreciates a slacker. All of them believe in employing a wide array of motivational methods for those few folks who seem less willing to participate in group activities.
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In my case I have encouraged my kids to consider the military. One is marrying a soldier -- being a spouse is a military career. The other two are have considered it but thus far not expressed an interest (one of them shouldn't even consider it, she's a bright kid but couldn't give a command to a dog without hugging it first).

FYI I would not encourage a young woman to enlist, though I would a young man. I don't think MOST women can hack it and thus, become a drag and/or source of dissension in the unit. Female officers have a different world to inhabit and in that world, generally perform equally to male officers.
HE was arrested for posession of weed on HS. The charge was dismissed, but he has not gotten his record expunged.

He was also arrested after 18 for reckless driving, would those incidents prohibit him from joining? The reckless driving was pleaded out to driving school, no points.

If he had one or both of these incidents expunged, would that help him?

BTW, he is very gifted with computers, and design to some degree.

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Old 10-23-2007, 09:00 PM
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HE was arrested for posession of weed on HS. The charge was dismissed, but he has not gotten his record expunged.

He was also arrested after 18 for reckless driving, would those incidents prohibit him from joining? The reckless driving was pleaded out to driving school, no points.

If he had one or both of these incidents expunged, would that help him?

BTW, he is very gifted with computers, and design to some degree.

THanks
The traffic thing is most probably insignificant. If the weed record was while he was a legal minor I don't think they need to know about it. Not sure about that.

Call up a recruiter and ask him, "My son got busted at 15 for weed and has been clean since. Can he enlist?"
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Old 10-23-2007, 09:00 PM
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http://usmilitary.about.com/cs/genjoin/a/asvabminimum.htm

he should take the ASVAB and go from there.
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oh yea.. The ASVAB of course.. score high and you will have recruiters calling you left and right... Sadly the Do Not Call List doesnt cover them... I had two calls today from the Navy... again and again... and I scored a 88 on the ASVAB...
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Old 10-23-2007, 09:56 PM
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Marines, forced recon. If you are going to fight might as well be with some of the best.
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Forced Recon? Maybe you meant Force Recon.

Thats a long road beyond the ASVAB bub.
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Old 10-23-2007, 10:21 PM
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Marines, forced recon. If you are going to fight might as well be with some of the best.
He asked for advice on the SAFEST branch for his son.

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Forced Recon? Maybe you meant Force Recon.

Thats a long road beyond the ASVAB bub.
Correct, typing quickly.
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oh yea.. The ASVAB of course.. score high and you will have recruiters calling you left and right... Sadly the Do Not Call List doesnt cover them... I had two calls today from the Navy... again and again... and I scored a 88 on the ASVAB...
Score an 88 on a Chemistry or History exam and see how many prospective employers call.

Whatever one he chooses, if he chooses that route, will help make him a better person. The first time I came home just from boot camp, I was amazed at how immature my old friends were. They were still doing the same crap when I left and I was truly aware that I had made new and better choices.
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http://usmilitary.about.com/cs/genjoin/a/asvabminimum.htm

he should take the ASVAB and go from there.
Howie, can that test be taken without enlisting or is it only when you sign on the dotted line?
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Score an 88 on a Chemistry or History exam and see how many prospective employers call.

Whatever one he chooses, if he chooses that route, will help make him a better person. The first time I came home just from boot camp, I was amazed at how immature my old friends were. They were still doing the same crap when I left and I was truly aware that I had made new and better choices.

Scoring is all realitive. In a lot of top notch engineering classes a C is considered pretty damn good!

I got a B+ in real estate law last year and that was the highest in the class, that professor was brutal.

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