Skip to comments.Which Branch of Service is Best for an 18 YO Female to Join
Posted on 10/09/2010 2:10:47 PM PDT by TnGOP
Hi everyone. My daughter is a senior in high school, 18 years old, and will be graduating next May. She has decided to join the military after high school.
Her goal in life is to be an MD, and needs to go into the branch of service that will help her the most toward that goal. She has spoken with a Navy recruiter and a Marine Corp recruiter at school, but is still undecided.
I work with a bunch of retired military folks from all branches. Most of them are recommending Air Force or National Guard.
What we are looking for is the branch that will help her with college expenses, and further her goals of becoming a doctor. I'm going to turn this over to her for this thread so she can respond directly to you. Thanks for your help in this most important matter.
As an Air Force veteran, I’m a bit biased to my group as a choice for women.
The Marines? Please, no.
The Army? You want your daughter to be a grunt?
The Navy? The two happiest men in the navy are John Fitzpatrick and Patrick Fitzjohn, if you know what I mean (wink, wink.)
In all the branches, she’ll get to travel, but it’s quicker getting back and forth with the Fly Boy’s. Also, since most of the Air Force jobs are technical in nature, for the most part, she’ll be hanging with a smarter group of people.
Ok, as I said, I’m a bit biased.
Air Force... I am an Army veteran but for daughters I would recommend the Air Force. When my daughters get to be of age I would also recommend they join the Air Force.
While my service was in the Navy in the Submarine service.
I’d recommend either the Coast Guard, or the Merchant Marines. The MM have an excellent education system without the military commitment of the other services.
Wish her good luck. My daughter graduated from HS this year and entered college.
Boy, I’d suggest the Air Force, from my own knowledge, as well.
Air Force...i was a Navy veteran...wouldn’t recommend it for female.
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Make sure you research the MOS (specific job specialty) before signing any enlistment papers. I take it that going the ROTC scholarship route is not an option?
Another Army guy who would recommend the Air Force due to her life objective of becoming an MD.
The ROTC program is kind of out unless I get my ACT math score up. I have a 17 in math and need a 21 to do the ROTC program, that is actually what I would like to do but my ACT scores will not allow it.
Air Force or Air National Guard.
Air Force. She will fit right in, most guys in the Air Force are kind of girly too.
Why does she want to join the armed forces in the first place?
I know a woman who joined the Air Force and resigned after 11 years when they wanted to send her back to back to Saudi Arabia, where you cannot leave the base except in a burka. One year was her duty and she did it, but two was too much to ask. She was an officer and a professional. I say pffft to the Air Force. Our country is less safe without her.
Air Force; without any doubt. This comes from an Army veteran.
I should have read the rest of the post. Still, if she mainly wants in to finance her education, I’m not convinced that is the best motivation. For one thing, it sounds like she doesn’t know what she will be in for. She should find out before committing to that approach.
Air Force. My granddaughter joined right out of high school. She loved it. When she got out she completed her college and is now in graduate school at George Washington University on the G.I. bill.
She says joining was the best thing that ever happened to her. She says it changed her life.
Air Force. Navy a very distant 2nd.
I want my education and can not pay for it is part. Also I feel it is the right thing for me to do I think the military will help me a lot, and I also feel I can serve the military well. All in all the main reason is I want something more I want to know that what I do could possibly make difference and help people.
With your Math ACT score, You are going to need lots of remedial math courses in preparation for pursuing a MD degree. The Navy has an excellent Corpman program but your test scores will determine whether you are in a program that would assist you in your MD quest or you could be a bed pan technician. I would check with the recruiter, I believe they have some pre-tests that will let you know what programs you qualify for. The Navy is a seagoing service so the opportunity for study could be limited during deployment. Some commands are pro-education while others will not provide much in the way of assistance.
The Marines and Army mission preparation (field exercises) will make college attendance difficult in many cases.
The Air Force would probably be your best option.
The Air Force would be the best way to go but remember that they now tell most people enlisting that they will get at least a tour to the sandbox.
My daughter has been in the Coast Guard for a little over a year, but she doesn’t have any detailed educational goals.
I worked with an actuary whose wife was a physician (a psychiatrist) in the Air Force. They also have excellent opportunities for nurse practicioners and physician assistants.
I'm a Navy vet, have been under their medical care and I was pleased with the care I received during my eight years of active duty.
Here's what I know that is the only advice you need. Go with the branch that is willing to put in writing what they promise! My daughter did not go with the Armed Forces option because no branch was willing to put in writing that they would allow her to become one of three specialities. They would all promise everything else, but when the time came to say ' what kind of doctor?" it was 'Whatever the (Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, etc) needs at the time."
She had to say no for now, but will go back and apply at medical school again.
I can’t say I’ve regretted choosing the Army one bit. But then, I was already a doctor (PhD type) when I joined.
She should check out the AMEDD (Army Medical) at www.armymedicine.army.mil (sorry I don’t know how to make a link).
The Army has many training opportunities. Furthermore, they also offer loan assistance programs for professionals who join after receiving their advanced training. Since my PhD was paid through various programs, I did not have any loans to pay back, but for MDs who often incur tens of thousands in debt, this can be very attractive. Many of the students at the USUHS are Army.
LOL! How true!
If she wants to be an MD, she may want to choose a service that will offer her the chance to be a medical corpsman. The Marines use the Navy to supply their medics. The Army has them as well, and I don’t know about the Air Force.
Choosing the Army, considering its combat commitment now, will afford the chance to practice emergency medicine in the field, under fire, but the learning curve will be high. If that isn’t to her liking, the Navy is an excellent choice.
Aside from that, look for signing bonuses, or college fund incentives, and compare.
My son is a grunt, with the 2nd one going grunt after graduation.
However, if I had a daughter, Air Force all the way.
I did love my Army years as an avionics mechanic, but I joined the Army alongside my husband of three years—we were on the buddy plan—and they kept us together, as promised. I would never have selected avionics, but I wanted to insure that I went to school with my husband. My scores allowed me to choose my MOS.
For a young woman, I recommend the Air Force. Admittedly, you don’t make rank as quickly as in the Army, but the overall conditions and situations are superior in the Air Force.
I used my (VietNam Era) GI Bill for college, but two babies prevented me from taking many courses while enlisted. Keep your goal in sight, and understand that it will be tough to be an Air Force member and a student. It will be difficult to isolate yourself in studies; but your goal looks to be worth it.
As far as a career in medicine: Are you considering becoming a Physician’s Assistant first? Since your looking for a means of financing your education, this might be a good interim goal.
BEST OF LUCK! What an adventure!!!
Starfleet, of course.
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First, thank you for your service to our country, young lady. It is a noble thing. Plus being a doctor in the new ObamaCare nightmare that is coming is also heroic and you may hate it someday.
I’ve not been in any of the services but I would think Navy might be best if you don’t get seasick, that or the Air Force.
Have you looked at studying at the service academies? Essentially, you trade a commitment to serve for x years for the branch you’ve chosen in return for a free ride through college. It’s very strict and you are advised to get the support of your local congressman to gain admittance but it might accomplishes both your goals at the same time.
In any case, good luck and I wish you success. If you are a prayerful person, seek God’s direction and He’ll lead you the right way.
US Public Health Service.
She can work with native americans
1 yr. in Saudi Arabia over 11 yrs. as opposed to multiple tours in Kandahar that last for 14 mos?
Bless her for serving but you go where they tell you. That is the nature of the beast.
I liked the Navy. Wide range of jobs, big ships, lots of billets in pleasant places like Norfolk and San Diego... I’d do it again.
A little more:
Consider the Service Academies. She’ll be on active duty for the entire four years, and will have a commitment obligation of five to six years after, but:
1. They offer a bachelor’s degree, so she’s partway to the MD, and;
2. If she does well academically, she may have the opportunity to attend med school while on active duty. This will incur an additional obligation - usually of two years service for each year of school - but it leads to an MD, and a guaranteed practice for the time she’s in the service.
Again, check it out. The Naval Academy - my alma mater - has what they call “Blue and Gold Representatives” in all states, and can answer questions and provide suggestions, maybe even help in finding a source for appointments to the Academy. I’m sure the other Academies have similar services.
Good luck to your daughter.
I was USN but believe strongly that USAF would be the best for a woman.
Do what you have to to get your test scores up. Colleges have “learning support” classes for students who are weak in math or English. See if you can audit or take one of these classes locally.
The more course work you can test out of, the better off you will be in the long run. The higher you test pre enlistment, the more choices you will have.
My understanding is some of the services want to see a semester or more of post HS study before enlistment, is that the case in your area?
I’d say it sort of depends on how smart your daughter is.
NOt meaning any trouble, if she is REALLY smart, go in the Air Force.
Then the Coast Guard, Navy, Army, Marines.
Course if you are just trying to marry her off,,,,
Send her to the Army.
I had a live-in girlfriend in the 80’s who had been in the Air Force. She said most of her basic was learning how to properly dress and apply make-up. Then I worked as a civilian contractor at Fort Hood in the mid-90s. The male soldiers (pickle suiters) would be hoofing with 60 pound packs and the ladies had fanny packs. When people started complaining, they all started carrying fanny packs. Just my observations.
I would say the Air Force is a better career choice for a young woman.
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My wife, a former Navy nurse, suggested this.
Air Force-Air traffic controller.
As a benefit, USAF food is the best in the services. Navy isn't far behind.
I believe all branches have pretty much the same tuition assistance programs, so that's a wash.
If she really wants to be a doctor, she should go ROTC and get her degree before her active service. It's very difficult to handle school and an enlisted job.
Best wishes to her, and thank her for considering service to our nation.