Is it worth it to commission into the US Military (I'm thinking Navy) as an officer after graduation?

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Air Force has better quality of life.

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Okay, thank you for your perspective. May I ask what you did in the Marine Corps?

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“Your experience may vary” applies here. One thing you missed OP is GI Bill-if you commission through ROTC, you don’t get full GI bill until 7 years (4 years initial obligation +3 year accrual).

If your goal is to come out of a 4 year contract in a position to be a “logistics manager” of some sort, it should work out just fine. Would you be able to do that without the stress and angst of the military, probably.

I would also second going AF, but those programs can be hard to get into. Navy would be second, not sure where space force lands given how new they are.

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As an officer, there are various career fields that are in demand at different times. You may just have to talk to a recruiter for the various Services (including the new Space Force) to figure out the best path for you.

There are also several programs, once you are in, that pay expenses for tuition, professional certifications etc. Also, many schools have a reduced tuition fee for veterans, for various reasons. If you wish to use the military as a stepping stone for your next career, just remember to find a mentor and do your research on benefits.

This one is important - just like in the commercial/civilian side, do not tell anyone in your chain that you are thinking about punching after your contract is done. Always tell them you are looking to do your full time till retirement. Fake it till you make it (out).

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if only you could swap citizenship with an afghan refugee

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Depends on the job. My husband commissioned in the navy before medical school. He’s an intern now (physician for the navy) and makes almost triple what civilian interns make. He applying for residency and again will be getting paid a lot more than his civilian counterparts. That being said, after he specializes, it would be stupid of him to stay in because the pay gap is huge…even though the military does give hefty “stay-on” bonuses.

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Thank you for responding. Congrats to your husband for his many years in the service. I would definitely appreciate hearing his experience interacting with Supply.

What has his career progression looked like? Like where is he in the ranks? An apprehension I have about service is the length of service requirements for promotions. I understand it's near necessity in the military, and I don't plan to have a military career, but it doesn't sit the best with me.

What kind of cool experiences has your husband had? I understand we would be following different paths and have different opportunities, but it would interesting to maybe hear where he's been and people he's gotten to meet.

I have a bit of a more personal question if you are willing to answer. How has his deployments impacted yalls relationship? I don't want to put undue stress on my future significant other by being away. And I certainly don't want a good gal to pass through my fingertips because I wasn't able to properly appreciate her.

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Not usually.

I'm a veteran and my default answer is no. It makes sense for some people, but not most.

What are you hoping to get out of it?

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I was on submarines, one tour and out.

I learned a lot. I learned that you can get along with and work with just about anybody who isn't deliberately trying to be evil. I learned that it can always get worse. Sure, I learned a lot of technical stuff about nuclear reactors, weapons systems, etc., but I learned that while we can persevere through a lot, it comes at a cost. It took me years to recover from stress I didn't know I was still carrying, and I was never in combat. In the military, I learned that my best isn't enough. In consulting, I learned that that's ok (and it was always ok, even though I didn't know it). I really couldn't begin to list the things I learned.

First job out of the Navy was a pretty unremarkable office job. It introduced me to business and sparked my interest in an MBA and consulting. It was slow / relaxed by comparison. I did a top 20 (not top 10) MBA program and recruited into a top strategy consulting firm. In consulting, I was surrounded by very smart people who worked just as hard and were just as focused and professional as the best people I met in the military. There's no way I could have recruited into consulting from undergrad, so Navy+MBA opened that door. I've worked in a few roles since and strategy consulting experience has been much more valuable than military experience in terms of opening doors, getting interviews, networking, etc.

The part about wanting to break out of the mold of your family / community really resonates with me. My siblings and friends haven't done much and they can't really even picture the life I live. And as hard as my time on submarines was, it was the beginning of my journey. If I'd known that I enjoyed consulting and the path to get there coming out of high school, I'd have gone to a top undergrad and just done that. But I didn't know hardly anything about the world back then and the Navy definitely opened some doors and led to an MBA which led to consulting.

If you know what you want to do now, go straight for it. If you don't, you could do a whole lot worse than collecting military experience and the GI Bill to get a top MBA.

I'd say go for it. Have the experience. Get out. Get your MBA. Experience the business world. Choose your future.

Good luck!

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I don't think so. But the real question is, "what do you want to do after?". I knew some people who thought of the same. So it is a case to case basis.

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Would depend on your goals. If you’re more interested in the exit opportunities there are more direct paths to take.

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It looks like you got lots of great answers above. But to echo what everyone already said, it really just depends. Typically I would say no though.

That depends on your career goals. What kind of career path do you want to take after that?

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