Posted on Jan 7, 2014
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My kid Is going in, and I'm saying Air Force. What do you say? And some Pro's and Con's on this would be great. She holds a good GPA 3.8 and Made PO1 in the Navy Sea Cadets. So there telling me she can inter as a E-3. Help on this would be great.  
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CMC Robert Young
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Tell her to consider (particularly since she has been a Sea Cadet) talking with a Coast Guard recruiter depending on what she wants to do. It is a little known fact that the USCG was the first military service to allow women into all job specialties (more than 30 years ago). I realize we have no traditional combat arms rate/MOS but off shore drug or migrant interdiction or the surf community are as challenging as anything done any where.


With her grades, the USCG Academy might be an option if she wants to go to the dark side.


The Coast Guard also gives (or rather requires) junior people more responsibilities earlier in their careers. We have no reservations about giving a 20 year E4 a half million dollar motor lifeboat and sending them and their crew into a gale in the middle of the night for search & rescue; or asking 24 year H60 pilots to fly into a hurricane. these things tend to make them grow up quickly, and get really good at what they do in hurry!


Also advancements depending on her rate/MOS may be significantly faster than other services simply because Coast Guard members compete for promotion against everybody in their rate/MOS at their pay grade service wide; not just people at their unit. The consequence is that there are no local quotas for promotion. 


I know it sounds bias, but I grew up in a military family. Dad (God rest him) was Army; two uncles in the Air Force, and one in the Navy; and my step son just finished four years in the Marine Corps. I've seen them all, and they all have their advantages. It may just depend on what she wants to do.


Best of luck to her!!

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SA Harold Hansmann
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We have a coast guard station 45 min away is South Haven Mi
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SSgt Christopher Brose
SSgt Christopher Brose
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My dad was a commercial fisherman for a while, and I was on a boat for a few summers. Coasties are no joke. I have seen them head out in unbelievable weather when they get a Mayday from some unlucky boat. They guys who man those rescue boats are cut from the same cloth as firemen, Marines, etc.
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PO2 Robert Cuminale
PO2 Robert Cuminale
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During the Viet Nam war it was nearly impossible to get into the "Wading Navy". I grew up in Miami and still couldn't get in because of the huge waiting list of people wanting to avoid service in Viet Nam. I'll admit to the same motivation for joining the Navy. The Joke was on me when I ended up in the SEABEES and got orders for a battalion there.
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SGM Mikel Dawson
SGM Mikel Dawson
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I think it's a great service. If I was her, I'd give it a serious thought
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MSG Martin C.
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I was an Army recruiter for a few years and this seems to be a difficult decision for applicants that have a parent in the service or some sort of attachment to a branch. My two cents of advice to your daughter is the following.
1. Do your research what branch guarantees the career opportunities that you are seeking?
2. Is this only to give you a step in stone for something else i.e. money for college or are you interested in making it a career.
3. What do you know about each branch and their role on the big picture? What do you think your function will be or what do you want it to be?
4. Bottom line who will give you the best deal for your service.
5. Have you take a moment by yourself and picture yourself in any other branches? Do you have an inclination to any particular branch and why?
6. How is your personality? Are you very technical? Outdoorsy and rugged? All of the branches have a different style and certain personalities fit better in a specific branch.
7. Have you research the promotion systems? They are different some branches require test taking other are strictly performance. This will make a huge difference when it’s time to advance I personally always hated test and school environments so Air force and Navy were out of the question solely based on their promotion system.
8. What branch provides the most avenues for career change within their branch? Like in the army you can begin enlisted change jobs attend OCS or Warrant officer training a lot easier than other branches because of how large we are we have more vacancies.
I wish you luck and remember it’s your life and career you need to make a decision that you and only you can live with gather as much information as you can possibly can and follow your dreams.
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CPT Jacob Swartout
CPT Jacob Swartout
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I agree
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SGT William Howell
SGT William Howell
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Best advice yet! Well done MSG Martin C.
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SGT Dave Preston
SGT Dave Preston
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Good advice. I would add that most of the individual branches test to achieve a higher tank.
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SGT Dave Preston
SGT Dave Preston
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SGT Dave Preston - rank, not tank
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Possible Academy Candidate? What interests her other than just military -- command, combat, weapons systems, flight school, accounting, personnel, supply, math, science, engineering?

She has an outstanding GPA. A few years ago a Navy CPO or a Senator would recommend a few deserving military kids to the service academy.

Has she considered officer education? This gets her a well respected degree and commissioning as an officer.
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1LT Medical-Surgical Nurse
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With her outstanding high school GPA, plus good SAT/ACT test scores, may be worth discussing the possibility of attending one of the better civilian colleges or universities w/ ROTC scholarship.  This might give her broader perspective and relationships within the civilian world while earning first rate academic credentials in an outstanding school with broader course offerings than might be available at the service academies.  The ROTC programs also offer interesting opportunities for summer training and service.
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1LT Medical-Surgical Nurse
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I personally would prefer her to have a little more maturity and life experience gained in a four year college program where she would maintain contact with the military life through ROTC; but, rather than enlisting at 18 she would be commissioned at 22.

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CH (CPT) Heather Davis
CH (CPT) Heather Davis
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I concur those are many options that she can negotiate for with her GPA.


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LTC Paul Labrador
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1LT Annala, for AD nurses (regardless of branch) a BSN is required. Also, direct commissions are becoming MUCH harder to get nowadays for nurses, due to the drawdown. ROTC, and internal programs (i.e. AECP for Army) is the major comissioning source for Nurse Corps officers.
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