You mean there are more of Me out there?
What a relief...
I went to college for 2 years. Aside from the girls, I couldnt stand it one fuckin bit. Liberal teachers, geek students debating who's the best etc etc...
I also knew theres no way in hell Im going to be working a minimum wage job that I hate.
I knew I loved a few things:
1.Travel - Italy, Australia, England, Florida, Brazil, Hawaii, Azores, Spain, Germany...
2.Airplanes - I love flying and I love aircraft. Whatever I do for a career will either involve aircraft or be SWAT.
I also knew I didnt want to spend 4 years in college working a crappy job. And I knew I LOVE working out, martial arts, fighting.
Id met a few Marines and National Guards after 9/11, and I thought thats some real neat stuff.
So I put all these pieces together. Travel, Aircraft (not just any aircraft but the best in the world), girls, girls and more girls, intense physical training, and it was obvious what I want to do is join the Marines.
With the high scores on my ASVAB I can join as a crew chief - the guy in charge of the whole aircraft, knows its systems inside out and repairs them. If you're a crew chief for a CH-46 , or a huey, you fly when the aircraft goes out on missions and you are the door gunner.
I can also choose to be a navigator on an f-15.
Or Military Police. If you're doing a good job they'll offer you SWAT training which is not only challenging and neat, and its extremely valuable as most P.D.'s would love to have you on board.
I could join as a Nuclear and Chemical warfare specialist (I think thats the title). I'd be the guy responsible for goin over to Iraq and determining if they have WMD on suspiciious areas or not. 80 grand/year once you carry that skill over to the civilian side.
I cant be a pilot, but to state the obvious, any airline would hire you on the spot if you have military experience flying high tech aircraft, under the discipline and commitment of the military - and under stressful conditions. It's called grace under pressure, and it's what makes Marines with a skill that much more desireable than someone else with a skill.
If you have a college graduate with a B.S. in Aeronautics, and he applies for a job as a jet engine specialist with only light experience from a 6 month internship at Pratt & Whitney; and another one who just came out of the Air Force, did 4 years active duty under the rigors of military life, who did his job wether it was in Germany , Spain, or Kuwait, and worked as a Jet engine specialist on a C-5 (the biggest plane in he US military, 2nd biggets in the world, 6 inches short of the antonov), which would you hire. Honestly?
Same thing if you'd like to be on a SWAT team for a P.D. Or if you worked as a counter-intelligence specialist in the Air Force, or the Marines.
Obviously the Marines arent for everybody, but I encourage you to check out the 5 military branches: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard. If you're not big on getting deployed to the front lines or for prolonged periods of time I would consider the Air Force or the National Guard only. In the Air Force reserve youll have a short boot camp, get sent to a couple months training on a very valuable, highly marketable skill working with aircraft, building bombs, as military police (which comes with the possibility of going through Ranger training and wearing those cool ranger tabs), cryptologic linguist (the toughest job youll ever get, learn all sorts of languages and decode stuff), intelligence... Then come back and serve only 1 weekend a month, 2 weeks a year. Youll be able to volunteer for special missions which are mostly humanitarian, and most deployments last a few weeks in Germany, Spain, Azores, any AF base in the US, Japan...You could make a living from volunteering for deployments until youve seen the whole world, had chicks from every corner of the world, and said 'Its time to settle down'. Then you can find a high-paying job, settle down, and just stop volunteering for missions (which means youll be called only when needed - you wont be gone for nearly as long as the army and Marines, you wont be in the front lines or near them, eat better food, and be among the first to come back)
Looooooooong post! Hope this helps!