Joining the Military

@bobmnu (8160)
United States
November 20, 2006 10:13am CST
What would you suggest to some one who was thinking about joining the Military? Is it a good deal or not?
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• United States
20 Nov 06
I really think that it is a good deal. The insurance is GREAT! You get to see new places that most dont get to see. My hubby joined in May and we are leaving for our first duty station next week in OK. You get medical, dental, vision, insurance and dont pay no more than $30 for the vists. The active military spouse or whatever doesnt pay a thing. Also, they pay for your schooling. I believe it is great.
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@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
21 Nov 06
Thank you for your comments. I have heard from the media that the military is underpaid and not good benifits. I am glad that you can provide some very good info. My son is considering it as an option. Thank you and your hubby for the service to our country.
• United States
21 Nov 06
My daughter is thinking of enlisted,mainly for the nursing program the Army offers. I really do not want her to join, she has a 2 year old daughter, and is married. I think this would be very hard on the baby and I worry how this will affect her marriage. I know she wants to be an RN, she has done some of the program online, but now doesn't know how she would work and go to school for the remainder of the Nursing, and internship. I did tell her to give it some time, see if she can get into the College program here in CA, and then if not, go ahead. I don't know, I guess I just worry about her, she is my only daughter.
@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
21 Nov 06
Thank you for your comment. My son is also thingking of joining but he is single. All I can do is learn all that I can and be a sounding board for him. I will try to point out the good and the bad of joining. You are lucky that your daughter istalking to you. It makes it much easier for me to be a part of my sons decision process. He will have to decide what is best for him and I will support him. I wish your daugher the best of luck and I hope you will support her in her decision.
@starr4all (2865)
28 Nov 06
Make sure you think it over. How do you feel about going to war? Are you absolutely against ever going to war? If so, maybe you should rethink the military. They have good education, military and dental benefits. One negative is that the Military doesn't pay a whole lot. It's a living. Some people have the misconception that you make a lot of money in the military. That's not true. That's all I can think of right now.
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@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
2 Dec 06
Thanks for you comments. It doesn't pay a lot but it has some very good fringe benifites. Friends of mine who have been in talk about the education you can get while in th military at no cost. Some of them have been able to change jobs in the Military after a while. Pay is not everytrhing in a job, but it is a big consideration.
@melanie652 (2525)
• United States
20 Nov 06
Think it through very carefully. It's a long committment (usually 4-6 years) and you could be activated to go somewhere you don't want to. I think it's an honorable profession and teaches discipline, but it's not an easy path. For someone that wants to go to college and has no other way to pay for it, joining the military may be the way to go.
• United States
20 Nov 06
Sorry about the double post. My connection hung up during "submit", so I hit refresh. Whooops!!!
@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
20 Nov 06
Thank you for your comments. It is good to hear from other people. My father was drafted during WWII but I was not during the Viet Nam War. My son feels a sense of pride in joining the military. He knows several studetns who have joined and some have served in Iraq. They don't paint a rosey picture but they think they made the the right decision. I noticed that all of them seem more confident and mature. I know that we will spend a lot of time talking about it.
• India
20 Nov 06
no
@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
21 Nov 06
Thank you for the comment. Why do you say no?
• United States
20 Nov 06
If they want a longterm career it's a good idea
@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
21 Nov 06
Thanks for the comment. Why do you say it would be a good long term career? My son tells me that the education benifits are very good and would be looking at the short term enlistment.
@Desdemona (1305)
• Canada
29 Nov 06
I would make a list of the pros and cons of joining the military. List all the reasons why you feel you want/can do it. Also, I would meet with someone who was/is in the military and get their views.
• United States
29 Nov 06
I would say no due to my own personal beliefs. I don't think killing people is a good way to solve problems and the military is all about that. Also, the military trains you to lose your own point of view and be blindly obedient to authority. That is far too high a price for me to ever pay for anything.
@kgwat70 (13396)
• United States
28 Nov 06
I too would tell them to think it through carefully. My parents told me the same thing after I graduated high school and had thoughts about joining the navy. I changed my mind after thinking about. It is their choice to join or not but it should be thought through.
@melanie652 (2525)
• United States
20 Nov 06
Think it through very carefully. It's a long committment (usually 4-6 years) and you could be activated to go somewhere you don't want to. I think it's an honorable profession and teaches discipline, but it's not an easy path. For someone that wants to go to college and has no other way to pay for it, joining the military may be the way to go.