Anyone out there who feels like answering some or all of these questions… I’ve got a whirlpool of them running through my head.
I took a Pre-Asvab test at a recruiting office last week. I was hanging out at the mall with some friends, and an army recruiter came up and started talking to us… lo and behold, none of us had taken the ASVAB.
We go in and take the 20-odd minute pretest, in which my friends score a 95 and 84, and I score an 80 (damn arithmetic!) The recruiter said that any of us could take the real-asvab, and assuming we scored as well or better, would be able to pick almost any job we want.
The recruiters were ecstatic to have us take the test, score well, and none of us have criminal records.
I began to think about it, and I believe I’d like to join a branch of the military, possibly for a long term career.
Here’s where the questions come in:
Which service would be the best choice. As stated above, I got an 80 on the asvab. I have no interest in riding around on a ship, but my dream would be to live in Germany or Italy for some time. I’m personally drawn to the Army due to its size and the wide range of opportunities and variety of jobs. My girlfriend says the Army would be a waste for someone with any college under their belt, and I should go for the Air Force.
What would be the differences in pay/benefits/accomodations between the services.
I am currently a college student in my sophomore year, paying out of pocket. Would it be more worth my while to enlist now, or to join an ROTC program and go in as an officer in 4 years.
If I didn’t join the ROTC, how difficult is it to become a commisioned officer, and how long on average would that take.
How do the programs in which you earn a college degree while in the service work? Would they have long-distance courses to take via mail, or would it be a “get stationed near a school” kind of situation.
Once I signed up for a specific MOS, and recieved the training for that specific job, how common is it to be transferred involuntary to a very different field.
From your own and friends/acquaintances experience, is it most beneficial to enlist, join an ROTC program, or join the Reserves to recieve college money, then go to active duty after graduation.
Please, no debating. I’m just looking for others opinions who have been down this road before me. If you must debate, take it to GD or the Pit.