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Postby OldMan » Fri Sep 12, 2014 10:12 am

And there's nothing wrong with the Navy. Each has his or her own preference, as I said my family has done both, with brothers and sisters in both. My dad was Army, I've had cousins in the Marines, it's really a personal thing. One thing to keep in mind, you'll get out of it what you put into it. Use your spare time wisely, and you should be set when you are finished with your enlistment. Take advantage of everything that is available to you.
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Postby Snowman » Fri Sep 12, 2014 4:27 pm

Oldman,

Absolutely, I'm hoping to take advantage of whatever I can. I know they have the Tuition Assistance Program, Thrifts savings Plan...is there anything I'm forgetting other then the main benefits?. I have a question however. How do days off work? can I request a day off or does the chain of command set the schedule and leave periods? If you don't mind me asking, what drew you the AF as opposed to other branches. Like you said, it's a personal thing....and everyone is different. I respect the Marines and the Army but many of the MOS's are much more combat oriented..whereas the Navy is more geared IMO, away from combat and more towards support for the other branches.
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Postby OldMan » Mon Sep 15, 2014 5:01 am

Pretty much the MOS's is what drove me to the AF. Better translation to civilian jobs if you ask me. I did really good on the ASVAB test, so I pretty much qualified for any job in any of the services, I just wanted the Electrical training that the AF offered. One other thing to make sure you do while in, is make sure you get into school while you're still enlisted. Most Bases have college opportunities for you on base, and they have advisors on base to help you. Take advantage of that.

Days off are a little different from service to service and post to post. The recruiter for the Navy would be able to explain it all to you better than I could. (Been a long time for me)
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Postby Snowman » Mon Sep 15, 2014 8:03 pm

Oldman,

That makes sense. I did Ok on the Asvab (Got a 77)....but I'm hoping to be a HM, MC, or one of the aviation rates. I'm definitely going to take advantage of that...good to have credits knocked out of the way.

Ahh ok, I mean he wasn't too specific, he, like you said, depends on the command....that's why I'm wondering since you've served...how did it work at your command/base?
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Postby OldMan » Tue Sep 16, 2014 6:23 am

Each assignment was a little different. Some were pretty much M-F with one individual having to cover the weekends. Some were 12 hours a day with a 3-on, 2-off, 2-on, 3-off schedule. One was on 3 days, off 3 days, but deployments were almost always very long days without days off. Longest single shift I ever worked was 71 hours, then I was told not to report for 2 days.

If you were to be on ship deployment, I'm pretty sure, it's 12 hour shifts for 6 months, or however long the ship is out to sea. With shore leave granted while in port. The recruiter is right, it just really depends.
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Postby Snowman » Tue Sep 16, 2014 9:27 am

Oldman,

Makes sense. 71 hours? Jeez that 3 days non-stop...yeah it just really depends.
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