I’ve decided to enlist in the militarty. In fact, I already have. Signed the dotted line, waiting on my departure date to arrive. There’s been a couple complications with that, on account of having a recruiter who shares a bit -just a smidge we’ll say- of a resemblance with your garden variety Military Recruiter Shark™. I won’t go into too much detail there but basically I can’t hold much of it against him since it is his job to sell the Navy to me and sell me to the Navy, but it would be nice if he didn’t try so hard to disguise that by being my buddy, my pal, whispering saltwater taffy into my ears. So, the plan is to get him to change my rating to HM (he had always promised he would do it, only to renege on me) or threaten to walk. There’s an Army recruiting station a couple doors down, and they still call me.
Only I’m not sure how much I’d want to be a dogface. I’m a roguish sailor pirate, see, not someone with a PhD in mudpies. I’m a pacifist, see, so if I’m going to be a sailor going HM with FMSS (Fleet Medical Service School) seems like the most logical route. Shepherding marines through the minefields; seems like tha Chrisshin thang to do, anyways. What’s that like? What are my odds of actually making it through the “A” School and FMSS and into a marine detachment? Is the job worth it? How would I know if it’s right for me?
The other option, if I must reluctantly “walk” (what good’s an idle threat? or scraping paint off hulls for 5 years?) is Go Army and sign 68Whiskey. Battlefield medic’s still respected in the Army sure, but it’s not quite the bragging rights -thinking maybe I can get any marine to buy me a drink ;). I have a couple buddies who are reservists and ROTC who assure me they know a recruiter who can guarantee me “anything you want Kingslayer” in contract. 68Whiskey (or 37F PSYOP), even Afghanistan deployment. It seems a little far-fetched, but I’m also aware of a few of the differences in Army and Navy enlistment procedures, and how the Army needs bodies a little bit more than the Navy does right now. Getting a deployment in contract actually sounds like a slam dunk on the Army’s part…
Anyway, what’s being a 68W/combat medic (or earlier/foreign equivalent) like? What’s the school/training like? What are my odds of actually finishing everything and getting what I want? How would I know if the job’s right for me?
What’s a good way to decide between the branches? I want to go to Afghanistan, so Army seems like a good route to get there. But for some mystery the Good Lord didn’t see fit to put battleships in the mountains --it’s bad luck, see. If nothing else, well, Marine’s MARPAT really matches my eyes a lot better than ACUs :).
More of a ramble than much else I guess, but if any/all with military experience who have been, have encountered, or have opinions about corspmen/medics or the general army/navy experience please weigh in.
Yer confuzzled pal,