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Old 01-04-2013, 09:07 PM   #21 (permalink)
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I'm currently DEP for the Marines because the Navy was not promising jobs. Not sure whether that would be the case with you and your qualifications (you could probably team the course at MOS school lol) but with your papers I bet there is a way into what you want.
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Old 01-05-2013, 09:21 AM   #22 (permalink)
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As to the MR rating, while it is closer to what you do currently most MRs do not do a lot of travelling [though they my have some on Carriers I'm really not sure as I never served on surface ships]. MRs are most commonly found in shipyards, repair yards, tenders and shore support facilities. So being an MR would limit your opportunities to "be haze grey and underway"

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With a sea shore rotation of 48-36-36-36 there is a good chance that you are going to go somewhere during that first 48 months. Even if you are attached to a tender they spend some time at sea as well.
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Old 01-05-2013, 10:13 AM   #23 (permalink)
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I'm currently DEP for the Marines because the Navy was not promising jobs. Not sure whether that would be the case with you and your qualifications (you could probably team the course at MOS school lol) but with your papers I bet there is a way into what you want.
I really hope you dont think that the Marine Corps promised a job......

I signed up to be a helicopter crew chief and ended up as EOD lol
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Old 01-05-2013, 10:16 AM   #24 (permalink)
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Also OP, I didnt read all the responses, but just know that they can not promise you a particular job. They can promise you a certain basic job field. If you want to be a hmmwv mechanic for instance, you might end up fixing small generators for a living because they share the same basic field, just go to different specialized schools
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You may want to rethink this...

One way to be a troubled soldier is to go into training "knowing what you're doing".

Besides, if you're getting free schooling, why wouldn't you want to diversify??
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Old 01-05-2013, 12:37 PM   #27 (permalink)
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With a sea shore rotation of 48-36-36-36 there is a good chance that you are going to go somewhere during that first 48 months. Even if you are attached to a tender they spend some time at sea as well.
Yeah some time in Australia, Guam, Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, Japan, Guam, some more Guam, maybe a little more Australia. That's if you get the Frank Cable which is stationed in Guam. They go out but always to pull in somewhere else.



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....I've been out since '95 so antiquated knowledge here but sea shore rotations at that time were iffy at best especially if you got attached to a support facility. They had some creative definitions of sea going and shore duties. Like for me going to a Submarine tender was considered shore duty. Granted Submarine tenders rarely go to sea and if they do it is never for long but that never sounded like shore duty to me. I ran a calibration lab during one of my shore duties and I had 3 POs working there who had been in for ~5years but had never been attached to a sea going command and conversely I spent over 5 years on one submarine before getting my first shore duty.
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When I was stationed in Guam, it was home to two different tenders, The Ho-lland and the Frank-Cable. Both were pier queens described as the world's largest maternity ward.
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Old 01-08-2013, 07:27 AM   #30 (permalink)
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Sorry for the bump, but I didn't want to let this thread fade away without saying "thanks" again. I am actually quite surprised at how many were able to answer this question. You guys rock. The answers, however, don't really surprise me. I was figuring service would be a gamble, but I had to ask. I will definitely be weighing the options quite heavily. I don't mind the commitment or service, but I do mind getting burned and led on. We'll see.

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