Joining any branch of the military is an honorable and rewarding choice. Many people join out of family tradition, a patriotic duty, needing a job, paying for college, or as in my case not knowing what I wanted to do after high school.
- If you really want to join, don’t let anyone talk you out of it
As in anything in life there are a million reasons not to do it and people will usually point out the negatives in anything, unfortunately humans are inherently pessimistic. Ask anyone who has been in the military and few if any will advise you against joining.
- Study for the ASVAB
Getting a good score in the
(Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) or ASVAB will open up more doors in your military career. For example, when I went in I got a 107, which is about average but I didn’t study. If I had studied and gotten a 110 or above I could have gone the officer route.
- Pick Your MOS (job) Carefully
Once you have taken the ASVAB, if you have a good recruiter you will be presented with a list of jobs available, if your recruiter is not very good he or she will want to show you that you could get a $9000 bonus for going infantry. The bonus’s always sound tempting but remember that what ever you pick you will be stuck with until you get out or you re-enlist. And remember if you do get a bonus subtract about 30% capital gains tax so $9000 will be $6000 in your pocket and you might not get it all at once.
- Press your recruiter, like any salesman they also can give up a lot. I had a friend who told the recruiter…“I will sign up if my college loans are paid off as part of my contract” guess what? He got $15,000 paid off in school loans.
Hope this helps, more articles to come on dealing with basic training.