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should I bother? interest in joining a branch

This is a discussion on should I bother? interest in joining a branch within the U.S. Military Services & Veterans forums, part of the Protect & Serve category; Ever since I was a little kid I knew at 18 I was joining the USAF with dreams of becoming a fighter pilot........THEN........i grew up ...


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Old 02-16-2011, 11:07 PM   #1
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should I bother? interest in joining a branch

Ever since I was a little kid I knew at 18 I was joining the USAF with dreams of becoming a fighter pilot........THEN........i grew up to be 6'6 and a half and was told I was too tall to be a fighter pilot.

Fast foward, im now 29yrs old, still 6'6 and a half, and 265lbs (still a little overweight)......I work out regular and am getting in real good shape however my knees are somewhat messed up a little from a car accident.....they only affect me if im constantly running full speed on pavement for long periods of time

Im working a regular dead end job in a call center and really cant take having no direction in life anymore........I really dont know what I want to do the rest of my life or how to begin to get there..........everytime I think about what I can see myself doing, my brain basically "shuts down" and I cant get anywhere or it seems like a field / position thats impossible to get into................I think if I was to join some sort of branch of the armed forces, this would help me get on the right path and figure out what I will do with the rest of my life. Question is, at my age, condition, height, etc, should I bother?

because of my size, and love of tactical training with guns, one day I would really like to somehow get into the executive protection / personal protection field doing security detail work
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Old 02-16-2011, 11:16 PM   #2
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First things first, get your fat you know what in shape. No branch of the military wants a fat@**. Have some respect for yourself. Second, the military CAN be a great avenue for finding yourself or even making a career out of it. And you can die knowing you served your country. There are age limits, and be prepared to be one of the older guys.
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First things first, get your fat you know what in shape. No branch of the military wants a fat@**. Have some respect for yourself. Second, the military CAN be a great avenue for finding yourself or even making a career out of it. And you can die knowing you served your country. There are age limits, and be prepared to be one of the older guys.
lol.........bro, 6'6 and 265 isnt all that fat,......I need to loose like 15lbs which will take another 2 months max...........at 230 I looked anorexic like a coke head
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Ever since I was a little kid I knew at 18 I was joining the USAF with dreams of becoming a fighter pilot........THEN........i grew up to be 6'6 and a half and was told I was too tall to be a fighter pilot.

Fast foward, im now 29yrs old, still 6'6 and a half, and 265lbs (still a little overweight)......I work out regular and am getting in real good shape however my knees are somewhat messed up a little from a car accident.....they only affect me if im constantly running full speed on pavement for long periods of time

Im working a regular dead end job in a call center and really cant take having no direction in life anymore........I really dont know what I want to do the rest of my life or how to begin to get there..........everytime I think about what I can see myself doing, my brain basically "shuts down" and I cant get anywhere or it seems like a field / position thats impossible to get into................I think if I was to join some sort of branch of the armed forces, this would help me get on the right path and figure out what I will do with the rest of my life. Question is, at my age, condition, height, etc, should I bother?

because of my size, and love of tactical training with guns, one day I would really like to somehow get into the executive protection / personal protection field doing security detail work
Go for it.

Since you have bad knees and live in Florida, maybe you should consider the Coast Guard. Being 6'6" might be a real asset in Maritime Enforcement or you might enjoy being a Gunner's Mate.

Odds are that either of those jobs will be easier on your knees than the Army or Marines.

Of course, if you want technical skills, the Air Force might be a good option.
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Go for it.

Since you have bad knees and live in Florida, maybe you should consider the Coast Guard. Being 6'6" might be a real asset in Maritime Enforcement or you might enjoy being a Gunner's Mate.

Odds are that either of those jobs will be easier on your knees than the Army or Marines.

Of course, if you want technical skills, the Air Force might be a good option.
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lol.........bro, 6'6 and 265 isnt all that fat,......I need to loose like 15lbs which will take another 2 months max...........at 230 I looked anorexic like a coke head
I didn't see the 6'6 part lol my bad man. What I said still stands if you (or anyone) is overweight. I would have been much less harsh about it if I had seen your height. You are right, you aren't that far off.
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I would really be interested in Gunners Mate or Maritime Enforcement, or anything on a boat / helicopter. I was pretty much thinking coast guard when I made this thread, however I heard the coast guard in general is pretty hard to get into, nevertheless those (2) roles
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I didn't see the 6'6 part lol my bad man. What I said still stands if you (or anyone) is overweight. I would have been much less harsh about it if I had seen your height. You are right, you aren't that far off.
lol, its all good my man
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Go for it bro! I joined the army when I was 28. Check out all the different branches and see what they have to offer. It is good to have options and be able to pick and choose from what they all have.
It was a good decision for me, I was kind of lost and not really going anywhere. Being in the service has really opened up doors for me and given me the discipline and focus I lacked before joining up.
It is not for everyone but I am glad I did it. I am now a for real college graduate, looking forward to a great career, and most importantly I have a wonderful family that makes it all worthwhile.
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Joining the ANG was the best decision I ever made!! Just wish I would have joined at 18 instead of 22 so I could hit my 20 sooner. Just make sure when you do your research of all the branches Check out the GUARD/RESERVE as well as Active duty. You can be traditional (one weekend a month/two weeks a year) or possibly get a full time job and wear the uniform everyday.

No matter what branch or route you pick it will be an eye opening/life changing decision.
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