Hey man, I'm headed to a recruiter tomorrow, any wise words of wisdom?
Don’t let those lying pricks handle you. If you’re going to enlist, get the best option you can and get a signing bonus. If you are not satisfied, go somewhere else and find another recruiter who will actually help. Think of it like buying a car. Also, if you can, bring a buddy who knows whats up.
I plan to enlist in June. Would you recommend a regular 11b/x contract or an option 40 contract? I ask this because I worry that with the pending withdrawal in Afghanistan, I will never have a chance to be deployed to a combat zone, and the increased training time for RASP, etc could make that even less likely.
Everyone coming in now, read this. Your hope for a deployment is fucking gone. After Dec 31st this year, OEF changes to TAAC. Drawing down 42,000 deployed soldiers down to 9,800 and those 9,800 are higher echelon organizational level(not you).
With that being said, take the option 40 and don’t you fucking quit. Make it to regiment and train hard. If you fail RASP or get nonselected, you’ll still have went to Airborne school because its part of the opt 40 contract. Who knows, we can be going back to Iraq for all we fucking know.
Since you joined the army right after high school, do you ever fear it may be hard to live your life without someone above you telling you what to do? That being said, do you think you will be a lifer? And also, do you worry that civilian life will be hard to adjust to after the army with little to no real world experience?
A great leadership quality in the army is the ability to exercise initiative by taking appropriate action in the absence of orders.
As of right now, I am a lifer. The Army and military in general teaches you to adapt and overcome any situation you are dealt and if for some reason I do leave the Army, I feel like I will be prepared to take on any obstacles.
It’ll definitely be hard to adjust to the civilian life, being that I have been desensitized by the military but I am prepared. Most civilians won’t understand veterans and that’s okay.