Discussion in 'On Topic' started by staticflo, Jan 26, 2006.
Whats the minimum amount of time you have to enlist for the Navy, Air force, and coast guard.
i don't think you can enlist for anything under 2 years
for active duty
The shortest amount of time that you can enlist for on active duty is 2 years through the National Call to Service initiative. You enlist for 2 years of active duty and at the end of those 2 years, you have the option to either extend for another 2 years of active duty or to go into the reserves for 2 years. This is a new initiative that was designed to help full MOS' that have been deemed *critical* and the NCS initiative is available to all branches.
I don't know how it works for the other branches, but for the Marine Corps there is a list of about a dozen or so MOS' ranging from 0311 Rifleman to 01xx admin clerk, the catch is you cannot choose your MOS. You may end up in the Infantry, or you may end up behind a desk, you have no control over it other than your ASVAB scores and the needs of the Corps. If you go regular active duty, at least you can be guaranteed a specific job field, but if you go NCS you have no control over anything. It may be different for the other branches though where they will actually guarantee you an MOS through the NCS initiative.
No matter what branch you join and no matter which method you join under regardless of contract stipulations or anything else, you will have an 8 year obligation. You serve out your active duty time and then go into the IRR (inactive ready reserves), if you do 4 years active duty then you'll spend 4 years in IRR after that where basically you just go back to your regular life, but you can still be called back up if they need you.
It depends on your MOS.
Minimum contracts for linguists is 5 years, I believe MP's and intel are 5 years, and there are a few other MOS' and job fields which require 5 years contracts as well.
In the army, linguists are 5 minimum, and computer specialists are 6 years. I haven't heard of anything longer than 6 as a minimum before, but I've also never heard of anything shorter than 4.
but I've only been in the army for 3 and a half years.
I've heard the army is now doing 18 month contracts
That is the NCS that Accord is talking about, it is technically 18 months but that is after initial training so it ends up being about 2 years give or take a couple weeks due to training lengths. There is a pretty short list of jobs available for it because it is limited to the jobs with the shortest AIT times. The Army has initial enlistments ranging from that one to six years, 4 years is the most common with a few jobs requiring 6 years due to length/cost of training.
I know of 2 year contracts, 4 year, 6 year, and 8 years
So when I go in as a marine reserve I have to do 8 years (i'm choosing the 4/4). Former navy told me marines reserve was a min. of 4 years?
I was under the impression that Marine Reserves was 6 years minimum, always.
You'll have an 8 year total obligation and you'll have 2 contract choices... 4 years active drilling reserve and 4 years IRR -or- 6 years active drilling reserve and 2 years IRR. But no matter what, it's an 8 year obligation. If you do 6/2, you'll get more benefits than if you do 4/4.
Yeah. I know the 6/2 will get me more benefits like the GI Bill. But I'm done with college. So I'm kinda weighing in on the 6/2 - 4/4. Plus hearing you guys talk about regreting the 6/2 makes me not want to do it.
**BTW, Socrates & whomever else is a marine reserve. What was your choice? How are you liking it so far? Any regrets on chosing your length of term?
Already having a degree gives you an advantage with the GI Bill. The GI bill isn't limited to just regular 4 year colleges, it can be used for any type of education so long as it's progressive. If you want to get your private pilots license, the GI Bill will pay for it. If you want to get your Masters degree or a PHD, the GI Bill will pay for it. If you want to pursue a certain career, like becoming a firefighter, the GI Bill will pay for all your certifications and training.
There is really no limit, most people think it's only good for a 4 year degree and nothing else but that's not true.
Myself, StudLei, Insdav3, and bigfodee are the Marine reservists on here that I can think of. Sorry if i'm missing anyone.
I chose 6/2 --- but I didn't know 4/4 was an option at the time of enlistment. If I would have known about 4/4, I would have taken it at the time, BUT, i'm glad I didn't know about 4/4 because I would have got fucked out of benefits.
If I didn't want to go to college, I think 4/4 would have been the better choice. Since i'm going to school, 6/2 is the best thing for me.
As far as liking it, I love it. The extra $200 a month from drill is really nice, and all of the Marines in my unit are really cool.
I have a 5 year
*Sorry if I kinda hijacked yer thread staticflo*
Anyways, thanks Socrates. I guess I should stick w/ 6/2 just in case I may change my mind down the line.