Originally Posted by SecretSquirrel
A few thoughts:
1. No matter what you do, pick a military career like your life depended on it...because it does.
2. Find something that you like and/or what will make you a living in the real world.
3. Don't go in unless you have a guaranteed job.
Very good advice. Pick what you honestly believe you'll be doing until you retire. The military can give you some excellent training and employers look for that.
I had a friend who went in the Air Force as a "BB Stacker", loaded bombs on planes. He thought it would be cool. It was. It did not translate well into the civilian world. He feels he wasted 4 years he could have been getting training and experience for something he could do in civilian life.
Then there's my brother. He went in the Air Force "open electronics". He ended up a pole jockey. He'd climb high voltage electrical towers in thunderstorms to fix lines. He said he would get back to the dorm shaking so bad he had to drink until he passed out to get sleep. Got out 2 years into his 4 year enlistment, medical reasons.