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I know I haven't been on the site as much as I have been in the past.As many of you know I'm doing my best to get into the NAVY and go active duty.well here's the good news way back in early July I took the ASVAB test.at the time due to the economy is now ALL branches of the services raised their Minimum scores to 50 out of a I believe 100.well all my studying and using a math tutor paid off,well at least that's what I thought.I took the test and I scored a 68 which was good enough to get me in.I because I'm labled a "Teir 2" which means I have a GED have to wait until a slot opens up for me to join the navy.Well the navy only takes 5% with GED's and the rest are High school diploma grads.Their "fiscal year" doesn't start until October 1st and I'm hoping they can get me in.I had stopped by my recuiter's office and he tells me that the Navy is ACTUALLY trying to kick people who've been in there a long time out,they've made it harder for a guy like me to get in.They've now upped the minimum to 70/100 which is a frustrating 2 pts higher than my score:angry:.

I'm currently hovering from 209-204lbs my body fat index which they also use is pretty much near where I'm suppost to be at.
It looks like the 6 months of studying is like the closer I get to my goal,the **** devil throws another roadblock in freakin path.
I'm considering going back to the tutor and "hit the books" again or join the ARMY if the Navy doesn't have any slots available.

I'm just frustrated like hell.I've never really went to church alot when I was young,but I found a Church not far from where I live at and I recently started going there.

Also about 2 months ago I found out my step grandfather has Colon Cancer and they removed a good chunk of the pollyps out him and He's been in ICU and from what my grandma told me he's not gettin better.I wanted to go to New Jersey with my head held up high knowing when I'm going to boot,I got my life ahead of me with a bright future.Now I might have to go down there for a Funeral.

So as you can see why I haven't been as active as I was before.I'm just dealing with these Issues as best as I can.Thanks for supporting me I appreciate it
 

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Lesseee........Army? I'll vote No. Navy? Yes. The Navy has more programs that you can actually USE when/if you ever decide to go back to civilian life. My nephew is whining he should have listened to me now since he scoffed at the Navy and joined the Army. After two tours in the sandbox, all he has been able to do is blow stuff up. Not much need for that in the civilian sector.

I was a nuclear-trained Machinist's Mate (mechanic) on a submarine in my Navy days. Crap wasn't easy. Anyway, when I got out, I had NUMEROUS opportunities for civilian employment. In fact, with my Navy Master Training Specialist and Instructor training, I got a job at a DOE nuclear waste disposal facility as an classroom/OJT instructor, and have worked at two commercial nuclear power plants in operations down in Florida. I got my current job at a animal pharmaceutical company because of my experience. And although it sucked at the time, the Navy gave me the best training/experience for transferable skills to the civilian sector I could ever hope for. Not to mention great paying jobs out of the deal.

This is not to knock the other services, because they have some good programs too, but the versatility and abundance of Naval training and job skill areas exceed most other military programs. And you can still blow stuff up in the Navy if that's your cup of tea. And if you really want to do some sneaky crap that's tough as hell, you can always volunteer to join the SEALS once your in the Navy.

Don't sell out to do the "easiest" thing. If the Navy is what you want, you got to get crackin' the books and do what you can to be ready when they are. It'll be the hardest skills you'll ever learn, but what you can take away from it AFTER you get out is so much more.
 

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GHOST SS:

Glad to hear you are trying to come aboard. I've been in for 19 years & 8 months. I'm going from enlisted to Officer next month & have signed on for 10more years - I may even do 15 more. I've gotten 1 Bachelor's & 2 Master's degrees FREE from the Navy & am starting another Master's program this spring. There is INCREDIBLE opportunity for job skills training & virtually all of your training will convert to college credits.

I got a total of 84 credits from converted Navy training - the degree I just finished was basically a refresher course for the job I've been doing in the Navy for the last 6 years. This tells me the quality of training in the Navy is extremely high - most of your basic jobs are at least equivalent to bachelor's degrees in terms of training, many of them are equivalent to Graduate level education.

Please - DON'T take the easy way & join the Army or Marines. I work with Army & Marine Corps personnel every day & they agree that Navy training is more intense & translates better on the outside.
Get used to striving for & reaching your true goals now - it will make everything easier when you make it into the Navy family - & I do mean FAMILY.

Good luck & if I can answer any other questions, e-mail me at [email protected].
 

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Go Navy! It is multi-functional force (not just ground pounders), Recently I understand USN and USAF forces have been placed into more ground forces slots (but this may be changing with the expansion of the USMC). Navy, does it all sea, air, ashore. The current policies are shrinking the USAF so much, it is getting to the point (retiring about 20% of our fighters jets in just one year!) it might as well be absorbed back into the US Army.
 

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thing is If I retake the asvab and get a lower score that's the score I'm stuck with not the higher one.Even If I do decide to go into the Army how hard is it to renlist/switch to a different branch?
 

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What if you take the ASVAB and get a higher score? Think positive. If you want it, you have to reach in and get it. Nobody can do that for you.

About going Navy after Army, then you'd probably be going with an OSVETS situation. (But then you'd miss out on all that great training) I'm not totally familiar with it, but I think you'd go to a mini-boot camp if it has been less that XX amount of time after getting out of the Army so you could familiarize yourself with Navy culture. I don't know the requirements for OSVETS or anything, or even if it still exists. It did in 1980 I know.
 

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to be truthfully honest scotty the way the political house of dc is divided,I think they need to help themselves(GET THEIR ACT STRAIGHT) before helping a guy like me.
but anyway I came to the conclusion that I'm switching to the ARMY.dispite the technical school I went to (Lincoln Tech) is giving both me and my recuiter the "run around" about getting the transcripts from when I attended.My Recuiter told me i need a Min of 15 Credits or 675 clock hours which isn't a problem since when I attended Lincoln tech I did a full 12 months.

I just came back from a LOOOOONG trip to NJ(19 HOURS Round trip) for a funeral my Step grandpa(Pop-pop) died this past sunday.He did 20 years in the Navy and worked as an accountant for a company for 20 years and collected two pensions.I knew him from when I was just a lil baby.I miss him,I miss him alot.
 
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