Finding my MOS

I am 19 years old. I started college this year and realized this is not what I want to be doing right now and I wanted to enlist in the army. I have been debating joining for awhile but have come to the conclusion that this is what I want to do I am in the process of enlisting and this thursday im meeting with my recruiter to discuss and reserve my job. I want a job meaningful I dont want to be stuck with an everyday job. Combat jobs cross my mind but just like everybody who considers a combat job im stuck with the question do I want to directly put myself in danger? Not only the thought of dying at a young age is running through my mind but more importantly, I would hate to put my family through that. I want to make a difference and acheive great things, i know this for sure. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Originally posted by cme92:
Obviously... I'm not afraid of the risk of being in danger I want to join no matter what. What I am debating is whether or not to choose a combat job.

If you don't want combat, what do you want to do?

No matter which job you choose, the possibility is there. Also, remember no matter which job you choose, you'll spend a lot of time NOT doing it- everything from sweeping floors and cutting grass (Army doesn't pay janitors or lawncare!) to every monday checking the oil in the humvees down at the "motor pool".

There are jobs in the Army in almost any field- availability depends on your test scores, and how long you're willing to wait for a training date.

PS- the below is just my signature. Smiler
Thank you and what I have heard is that people with the same jobs can have completely different views depending on where they are stationed. My brother just left Korea he is signal also but he makes it seem as it is boring and I want something challenging and exciting.
The army life: large amounts of boredom filled with small bursts of excitement. Every job is boring, every job can also be exciting. Like you said your experience will vary based on where you go, what you want to do, and your own expectations. What it sounds like is that you want a combat MOS but you don't want your family to worry. Decide which is more important to you and do some research on MOS's.
Originally posted by cme92:
Thank you and what I have heard is that people with the same jobs can have completely different views depending on where they are stationed. My brother just left Korea he is signal also but he makes it seem as it is boring and I want something challenging and exciting.

You will find from the first day at basic training you're going to have times of boring no matter which MOS you pick.

A lot of it is attitude- there are a myriad of happy and sad people in every MOS under the sun.

(and my sig USED to say "Go Signal!" Smiler
Originally posted by 11BIN3ID:
If you want 0 danger, stay in college
Have you seen what's happening on campus these days?

If you really want danger, join the Coast Guard.

Used to hear that the most dangerous job in the Army was truck driver. I've met mechanics who were kicking in doors with the infantry. Danger is a in the situation, not the MOS.
This question really depends on what you want from the military. If you want a career and would like to be a Command Sergeant Major, the numbers favor combat arms.

If you just want to do 3 or 4 years, I'd say consider what "field" you want to work in as a civilian for the next 20 years and choose a job that corresponds as closely as possible. By fiels, I'm not talking a specific job. A field would be like communications, medical, law enforcement, transportation, logistics etc.....From there, you can better narrow down the MOS you want. Understand however, that many MOS' at your level are over strength so you may have to be flexible. Good Luck and let us know what you decide.
Thanks everyone for the advice I am going to talk to my recruiter Thursday and get it straightened out. I will find out exactly what I qualify for, but I am starting to lean towards a military officer. If anyone who has experience and would like to share a little bit, I'd love to hear what you have to say.
Hi sir,
based on what I have read in the above discussions you said that it's a must to have a degree to become an officer... I am currently processing my papers enlisting as active duty in the army, I have graduated in college year 2004 with a degree in bachelor of secondary education it's a 4 year's course but in Philippines I also took up vocational course of basic computer and caregiver.... but when I took the asvab exam (2 days after going to the recruitment office, I studied a little but not enough I only scored 31... my recruiter said that possible job I can get with my score is a laundry specialist I don't mind doing the job if that's a noble job but in the future is there a chance for me to get into other position, I'm good with computer and have lots of work experience, I'm 30 years old already and hoping to start my training January but my green card is expiring on April 2014 I can't renew my card if it's not 90 days before April 11... is there any faster way for me to do to process my papers that's all I need so they can schedule me for meps. ..the earlier I can start the better I'm planning of being in the service for at least 20 yrs... if God permits

thank you
Choose a job in the Army that you would want to do in the civilian sector. After 3-4 years if you do not want to stay in the Army, at least you have something to fall back on, training you didn't have to pay for or make student loans for, and is sought after by many companies. If you don't know what you want to do, take some time to think about it and research options. Your recruiter will only offer you a few options but it's always better to go in there knowing what you want.

If you don't want combat, stay in school.

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