Originally Posted by PhoenixCadet
So, given that I won't make this decision for two years or so (only 16), I've been researching it a lot lately, and wanted some input from other sources. I know there's a good amount of military-types here, and wanted to see what your opinions are.
I plan on going to college (hopefully) at John Jay Univeristy in NYC, and living with family in north Jersey. After graduation, I'm hopefully going to do two things. (1) Become a NY/NJ Port Authority Police Officer, and (2) go into the military reserves.
I used to be absolutely gung-ho about going active duty, but now, I realize, being the reserves or guard is more my thing because I want to serve, I just don't like the idea of being stationed far away from family (this isn't referring to deployments).
I'm definitely more inclined to the ground-type jobs (can't fly or go aircrew - medically DQ'd), and wanted some input on whether you had pros and cons for the Marine Corps Reserve and Army National Guard. I've always wanted to be a Marine, however, the thought of being a soldier is equally appealing. (FYI - If I did go army, It'd be the Guard for sure, and not Reserve. I like the idea of the state/federal mission, as well as, IIRC, the Guard is more combat-MOS oriented than the Reserves, which are more support MOS's.)
First off, what are you going to go to college for? You could always pick a job in the marines or army that would tie into your degree. If your going to college why not go in as an officer?
I wouldn't completely write off active duty, there are a few posts around you. You may get into the guard and realize you wish you were active, only saying that because I've worked with plenty of guys who were reserves and went active.
If you don't mind me asking why are you medically DQ from flight? There are waivers for just about everything. I am bias towards the army but I have worked with a lot of devil dogs, and a common complaint with them is lack of funding. The funding for the natty guard and marine reserves are less then the active duty counterpart, just something to think about.
Active duty, reserves and the guard all have the same jobs available for the most so if you wanted to "ground pound" you can do that in all three. The natty guard does have the 19th and 20th SF groups so that is always and option. It is a very important decision that is not easy to make. Before you make your decision make sure you are getting the best deal possible (bonus, college loan repayment). I only know a little about a little but what I do know I gladly share with you. If you want more info on the unit I'm in let me know.
Airborne school is a joke but the last week is fun.
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