Hi, im only 14 but im thinking about joining the military and possibly the army. Alot of my friends in high school have gone straight from high school to the military. My parents said if i even consider the military i should wait till after college. What im wondering is are there any advantages of going after college and disadvantages straight after high school??
Advantage of doing your service early include:
Those are the benefits that I can think of. The benefits of service after college:
Disadvantages to service early:
Disadvantages to service after school
What I want to caution you about: even though you'll be missing out on the social scene of being a college student, don't dare think that Soldiers are incapable of partying. I can't tell you how many times we threw a kegger at the barracks, out at a lake, cook outs at the barracks or a buddy's house, so on. The difference being? You have people that truely give a [poo] about you, and are looking out for you. College? They're more likely to let you drive drunk. Soldiers will set up a DD before you ever leave, thus making it impossible for you to be DUI. Those that say the Army is no place for someone right out of high school is letting Fox News and other entertainment outlets cloud the real deal.
So what im getting from this is that i should join after high school and go to college after ive served. And also do all branches pay for your college after service or is it just the army? And whats a DA civillian, OCS, and a BSEE. And just out of pure curiosity if i wanted to be in any sorta special operations unit, how good of a marksman would i need to be ( im guessing very good )??? The reason i ask is because i dont shoot guns everyday and i was thinking if i waited after college that could give me 4 or more years or more to learn how to be a proficient marksman becuase i know that would be one disadvantage i have over alot of other people joining. And then is a private sector like some highly classified government job that you couldnt tell me much about?
If you're having trouble deciding, you should go to college and join the army ROTC program. They will pay for your tuition and in return after you graduate, you serve in the army as a 2nd luitenant. I'm not sure how long you would have to serve, nor if they also pay for your room and board. I'm the same age as you are, so I understand what troubles you're having with deciding. Good luck!
My mom wants me to go to college first and join the ROTC at the college. There are scholarships and stipends available for tuition and housing. Don't rush to go in so you can retire early. Get that degree first. Besides you will come out as a 2nd luitenant leading about thirty men. Not an easy rank to get after high school.
DA Civilian: Department of the Army Civilian. One who gets their pay from the General Services or Senior Executive Service pay scales.
OCS: Officer Candidate School.
BSEE: Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.
To be an Operator? Depends on which of the units and MOSs you're looking at becoming. Most of the time, they will reteach you marskmanship, so that doesn't matter much. I was shooting about 28/40. When they got done with me, I was shooting about 32/40. That's quite a difference, despite what it sounds like.
Private sector means where you are right now: not government. Motorola, Boeing, stuff like that.
k thxs, and does rotc pay for college?? Because thats a big bonus of going stait from high school, but 2nd luitenant does sound nice. Idk which ill choose, i still got a while to think tho.
Im in college ROTC right now, and from personal experience I'd like to tell you that college/ROTC is 'better' than initially enlisting after high school. It prepares you physically and it gives you a good mindset. In addition, like the other have said, my college education will ensure that I won't be just an E-1 whenever i come in
I entered the army right out of high school and i will tell you that it isn't easy at first, then again, it's not supposed to be. The Army makes you realize just how much you have to learn and grow still. On the other hand, going after college does give you a chance at becoming an officer, however, most enlisted, E-1 thru E-4, tend to trash talk the officers here at my current post because they didn't go through the levels and 'earned their experience' as most put it. In fact, I've noticed that most of the soldiers respect their NCO's compared to the young officers you see walking around. My personal opinion is, if you want to go to school and make bank go to college or if you want to work your way up the ladder enlist as a private. Either way you will have to go through some form of initial traing. From what I here and other soldiers I have talked to say OCS is hard but worth it.
I am 15 and having the same dilema. I haven't yet decided on whether I want to go to college (possibly WestPoint even) and become an officer, or enlist right after high school. I am extremely excited to serve and I don't know if I can wait until after college, or even if I want to. I don't completely see the point in going to college first if I am going to make the Army as a career anyways, other than the rank.
Don't worry, we have plenty of time to think about it and decide. I'm leaning more towards early enlistment myself.
I'll throw my two cents in for all those considering.
Background: I went to college, graduated and enlisted back in April; I ship out in September.
I enjoyed what I did. What did I take from my experience? I gained an excellent education that further built and promoted sound reasoning, life-style choices, health, knowledge and wisdom. What did I give up? Financial security, many years of my life, a sense of belonging, comradery. Would I change what I did? No.
I think the best option for anyone, barring financial deficiences is to complete their college first and foremost. In the Army you will be busy, very busy. Education will take a backseat to your career. Your education is IMPORTANT. Not for putting useless facts and tidbits into your head, but learning how to think properly and openly.
One of the biggest flaws I see in young recruits (especially in my Future Soldier sessions) is the immaturity and ignorance that runs rampant. Don't be one of those 'kids'. They're not fun to be around, they're embarrassing and they cause many problems, for themselves and more importantly others.
College is expensive, but there are many options to help pay for school, both excluding and including the military. Moreover, you do not have to go to an expensive school to get a great education (trust me, names mean nothing for Baccalaurette degrees). Many small and local schools can provide excellent opportunties and a great education.
And one more food for thought: a degree will allow you to take any path in the military where as you will be stuck as enlisted straight out of highschool.
Well, if you go to college first and do ROTC, then you will always have a degree after you graduate in case you decide to have an occupation that's non-military. If not for that reason, get the degree anyway and hang it on the wall for everyone to see!
Ok thxs everyone but i have one quick question. Is ROTC availible for all branches and do they help pay for college??? Example - if i wanted to be a marine do they have rotc for that?? Thxs for all the help