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Old 11-10-2008, 12:25 PM   #21
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I went to my local Navy recruiter in 1969 and signed up because I wanted to go into the Seabees.
He said NO problem.
Well I was then sent to San Diego to go to boot camp and after they shaved my head, measured me for my uniform I was told a few days into it that there were no billets open for the Seabees. OOPS to late!
Although they did keep me in the construction trades (turd chaser) I would not trust that recruiter if I were you all his job is is getting another warm body to sign on the line.
Were going to join full time?

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This is slightly off the topic, but did anyone see the recent 60 Minutes that was about the difficulty some returning military personnel are having in getting their old jobs back? The law is clear, if an employee leaves to go on active duty, when he or she returns, they are entitled to get their job back, same pay and all. One of the women they interviewed came back after a deployment, and when she went to get her old job, was told by her employer that it had been filled already, and was offered a lesser paying position wiith reduced benefits. She sued and won. Who was the employer?
The United States Government, and unbelievably, the Office of Veteran's Affairs.
I seen that, I guess government branches are the worst for doing this. They dont have to get their same job back they have to get the same job or one better and have to get at least the same pay they had before.

It sounded like everyone who lost their job or got a crappy all went to court and got their job back. Only problem is you probably pissed alot of people off who are your boss.
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Old 11-10-2008, 01:53 PM   #22
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hey bro,
just a little heads up recruters are natorious for lying to you about job possibilities and getting into the career field you are wanting so make sure this is really what you want
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hey bro,
just a little heads up recruters are natorious for lying to you about job possibilities and getting into the career field you are wanting so make sure this is really what you want
That's what hapened to me. I went in on delayed enlistment because I was promised (contracted) to be sent to medical equipment repair technical school, a highly coveted field because of the good civilian job potential after discharge. The school always had a waiting list. And of course, all the recruiter could talk about was how great everything would be when I was sent to some large air materiele area with big hospitals like like Weisbaden Germany with all the pretty frauleins.
I ended up in an Air Combat unit based in Nakhon Phnom, Thailand right on the border with Laos, and never touched a piece of medical equipment during my entire hitch. No complaints though, I wouldn't trade my experience in southeast Asia for anything. But it shows how much the military cares about the "contracts" they enter into with enlistees. Once you're in, they can do as they please with you. You are technically government property.
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Ask pointed questions so they can't lie to you and get everything in writing. Of course they have the old fall back which "The needs of the US"

You will go places and do things that you would not otherwise. My son has been regular Army for about 2 years. 1 year in Korea (he had a good time) half a year in Ft Carson and is currently in Iraq. He's talking re enlistment already.

Reserves shouldn't work out too bad for you being self employed. The boss should be alright with taking the time off.

If it were the seabees or combat engineers in the Army you'll get what you give. When I was in they regular carpenters in the engineer battalion on post, but not sure what they did. You also get to learn how to blow sh .... stuff up
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Ask pointed questions so they can't lie to you and get everything in writing. Of course they have the old fall back which "The needs of the US"

You will go places and do things that you would not otherwise. My son has been regular Army for about 2 years. 1 year in Korea (he had a good time) half a year in Ft Carson and is currently in Iraq. He's talking re enlistment already.

Reserves shouldn't work out too bad for you being self employed. The boss should be alright with taking the time off.

If it were the seabees or combat engineers in the Army you'll get what you give. When I was in they regular carpenters in the engineer battalion on post, but not sure what they did. You also get to learn how to blow sh .... stuff up
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AMEN to that! From your mouth to God's ears as the saying goes.
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Make sure, double and triple sure that you can get exactly the job you want, in writing, period. I don't know how the other branches do this but at least in the Army you will get it in your contract.

MEPS is another story! They will also try to wheel and deal you. Make sure you stay in what you want for however long you want.

Make sure you read the fine print; regardless of your contract you owe Uncle Sam 8 years!!
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Make sure you read the fine print; regardless of your contract you owe Uncle Sam 8 years!!
What ever your hitch is and the remainder in the inactive reserve. Technically if you serve 7 years 6 months your balance inactive reserve is voided
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Yes but lets say your typical enlistee does a 3-4 year contract. That would make their IRR obligation 4-5 years. There are ways to cut that down and obviously if you serve out your MSO on active duty then you are good once you leave the service.
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RNMCB 21 here.

I was in the Seabees. Graduated from CE school in Port Hueneme September 1990. If you have a strong back and a weak mind you'll fit right in with the Seabees.
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You don't have any of those recruiter problems if you go Infantry....lol They always come through with your MOS.

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I wanted to enlist because I wanted to be just like my grandfather who served in WWII. When I realized that working at the gas station on the overnight shift was a poor career choice I went to talk with the local Navy recruiter. He asked me what I wanted to do in the Navy. I said repair refrigerators since every home has one and the work must be plentiful. He suggested electrician and the rest is history.

Also, there are lots of stories of recruiters saying whatever it takes to sign the contract, but that was not the experience I had. My recruiter told me I'd be going to bootcamp in San Diego in February, then from there directly to 'A' school in Port Hueneme, Ca, and that is exactly what happened. No surprises at all.

Good luck to you. The Navy was a great experience for me and I wouldn't change a thing about it.
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Yeah I think the Army will hook you right up with Infantry! I was supposed to be an intelligence analyst until I saw the Rangers jumping out of planes. No regrets and the Infantry taught me a lot. In fact if you can carry large amounts of weight on your back for very long distances you will do really well in most of the high speed schools!
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