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Just because you go into the navy doesn't mean you'll be on a ship or travel the world. I've been in for 6 years now and I have never been anywhere close to a ship and have only been on the east coast.
 

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Just because you go into the navy doesn't mean you'll be on a ship or travel the world. ...
For sure.

My brother spent four years in the Navy and learned to be an aircraft structural mechanic. The only time he got near the ocean was during basic training in San Diego. Tech training was in Meridian Mississippi (culture shock in the early '60s for a kid who grew up in California), then the rest of his enlistment at a Naval Air Station in Central California -- no ocean in sight. At least he was not too far from home and could visit occasionally.

Spent a long time working as a fireman because that is what they needed at the time. Good training, but dangerous duty. Luckily he eventually got experience in his MOS repairing planes damaged in Vietnam and flown in from carriers off the coast. Eventually he got a pretty good job with United Air Lines after he got out.
 

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Consider where you want to live afterwards along with what you'd like to do for a job/career.
Of the many kids I've worked with, only 1 Navy and the rest have been Army/reserve, I can't say that any of them have put their military skills to use in the civilian world. The navy kid was a fireman and from his stories he must have been the laziest MF'er on the ship. talking about how many hours he played video games and shit. Was not a good worker in the least. Weak, lazy and not motivated at all. Frankly none of the army kids have been better.
I feel it's something with the Afghanistan (early) and later recruits that have this laziness. Before that I don't see problems as much.

The kid we have now did something with missiles in the reserves. Dumb as a brick he is (my apologizes to bricks everywhere). I think they've kept him simply from a pity factor. He's not much of a worker and can't think for himself, at all.
 

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Marine, two tours in Iraq. Fallujah in 04-05 (2nd recon) Baghdad all of 06. Take the asvab and weigh your options. Find something you want and please find someone you can use after you get out if you don't stay in. Not much out there for someone who knows how to kick in doors. Be smart about it.
 

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I know far more people who came out of the military without a "real world" usable skill than who came out with one.

I know you said you don't really want to go to school, but the military will give you schooling anyway. Why not just pick what you want to learn and not leave it to the what the military needs of you?

If you want to see the world, you can do that without joining the military. Being a cook, you can very easily see the United States, for sure, and its a big country to see. That is one of my regrets from the 10 years I was a waiter and bartender, that I spent it in one small city when I could have traveled the entire country.

If I were going to join the military, it would be as an officer. Of course, you'd have to go to school for that.

Just a contrarian's thoughts...

In the end, do what brings you joy. That is my philosophy.
 

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I can't stress enough the need to get a job you will do in the civilian world. I'd look into something you like doing and see if there is a related job in one of the branches. 22 is pretty late to join but I've seen older enlist.
 

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All of these people that have so many friends that came out with no real-world experience must be in some weird MOS. Pretty much all of my friends came out with enough experience to start in a decent-paying job and most started off making significantly more. Obviously that is dependent on the job you accept, but take your time and weigh your options and you should be fine. As stated, a lot is dependent on your test scores.

Worst-case scenario, simply invest some of your nights taking college classes on the government dime towards whatever floats your boat while you're serving your time.
 

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Holy crap lol. i haven't been on here in a while. Thanks for all the replies and advice guys. I had some family stuff happening the last couple months but i am now officially talking to the recruiter. I go to take my asvab next week. I've been mostly doing paperwork and getting med documents for a few things. Honestly I have thought and thought about it and it's really what i want to do. I know plenty who have gotten civilian jobs pertaining to their former rating or mos. As far as my current job goes, it is a great out of high school job, but it doesn't pay shit, no benefits, and no room for moving up. Not where i want to be the rest of my life. Food industry sucks majorly.
 

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Hey guys how's it going. I'm 22 years old right now. Haven't done a day of college since high school and currently working in a steakhouse as a cook. Lately I've realized I need more than what my current job gives me, one being a better skill set, two I really just wanna see the world and other places and serve the nation. Any advice from current active duty or former military? By the way Im interested in the navy
Great on ya man. I just got out of the army. I am 22. Stationed at fort bliss.(PRAY YOU NEVER GET BLISS).
 

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Navy vet here. Ten years in the Seabees, traveling, shooting, chasing women, learning a skillset, and being a general nuisance. Loved it and wouldn't change a damned thing about it. Chose your job wisely. Do some research on military.com and narrow down what it is you want to do. The Navy is the place to go for travel, education, cultural experience and the ability to move around in a job, i.e. SEALs, Seabees, EOD, SWICC, Fleet, Subs, Aviation, Logisitcs etc..................Lots of stuff to choose from.
 

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Best of luck - it's not a bad choice.

My son is active duty in the Army. He initially said he wanted to be infantry and I talked him out of it by reasoning that if he were infantry, he would need a couple years of trade school when he got out. He chose "wheeled vehicle mechanic". In the Navy, a pipe fitter or welder would be great if you have interest in that. Around here, welders are in high demand.

Does the Navy let you sign a contract for a certain MOS? Army does. If I remember correctly, Marines do not, it's just a request.

You start out making peanuts - maybe less than a fast food job, but your pay grade ramps up as time goes by. If you're active duty, your expenses are lower than a civilian, though. Our son was deployed and putting 60% of his pay in a Roth account. No way I could have done that at his age.
 

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I signed up the day I turned 18 for the Army I only got to do 1 year though. Unfortunately I got stress fractures in both legs and they would not let me stay in, I did try though I didn't want to leave the service. I still would have done it all over again. I was a 25U signal support systems specialist. I actually wanted to be a mechanic but based on my scores everything offered to me was electronics of some sort. Unfortunately the way your are trained in the military for your job most things do not relate back to civilian life. The equipment that is used is very unique.

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I signed up the day I turned 18 for the Army I only got to do 1 year though. Unfortunately I got stress fractures in both legs and they would not let me stay in, I did try though I didn't want to leave the service. I still would have done it all over again. I was a 25U signal support systems specialist. I actually wanted to be a mechanic but based on my scores everything offered to me was electronics of some sort. Unfortunately the way your are trained in the military for your job most things do not relate back to civilian life. The equipment that is used is very unique.

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