Get as much training(mechanical) as you can within the 4 years and then GET OUT!
Make what you will of the “gay issue,” the biggest problem for me (not that I'm happy about the recent changes in DADT) is that we have one political party that will deliberately and knowingly undermine it's own men and women in uniform after sending them to the battlefield.
It's bad enough to be asked to fight the enemy abroad. But it's a national disgrace for our bravest men and women to be sent into Harm's Way only to have one of our two major political parties attack them and their mission on the home front.
Quite frankly, I blame GWBush for not responding forcefully and repeatedly as the Left/Democrats repeatedly attacked and undermined our effort in Iraq and Afghanistan. I think this was one of Bush's greatest failures...probably THE greatest.
We find ourselves in a position, now, where the war on terror has been so politicized that the liberal media sees absolutely no reason to even bother reporting on the fact that the rules of engagement in Afghanistan have more than quadrupled the average annual combat death tolls under Obama (as compared to Bush).
If we were going to surrender the battlefield in Afghanistan, why wait until election time to bring the forces home, and instead leave them there for over aother year, each of them doing nothing but watching the clock spin while they wait to see if they'll be the next American to catch a bullet.
Why would we hope that the US could ever again be able to go to war under a Republican president without seeing an immediate and concerted effort to undermine that effort for the sake of political gain? Why would any loving parent advise their son or daughter to step into that position?
If my son had been old enough to ask me about getting a commission in the late 1980s or early 1990s I would have celebrated the request and wished him well in that pursuit. But a young man or woman considering taking the oath, today, is stepping into a cesspool of political correctness and party politics, where the uniformed soldier, sailor, airman, and marine, are nothing but fodder for political arguments by craven politicians who care nothing about the sacrifice of these patriots and their families...but only for themselves and their own gain.
With all my heart I wish this wasn't the case. But after 30 years in and working for the military I've lost friends, and sat with friends who lost friends. And while I could always credit the soldier with great praise for their patriotism and sacrifice, I could never tell myself or anyone I spoke to that they died for a noble purpose, and did it with the full support of the American people and the politicians who sent them to the battlefield.
And being sent to war without the support of your nation's leadership it too much to ask of anyone else. If someone must die to simply keep count on the ammunition and the MREs while our President waits for the best political moment to bring the troops home from Afghanistan, send me and old mossbacks like me to suffer and die so our politicians can manipulate the news for their own gain. We've lived our lives. We've raised our children. We have more too look back on than forward to. If lives are to be sacrificed needlessly, as they are in Afghanistan today, don't let it be our best and brightest...our most promising young men and women. We can take a bullet in the back from our "allies" just as well as some young kid who has his/her whole life to live.
If we must allow innocent American lives to be wasted for partisan party politics, waste the old...not the young. I'm tired of walking through airports watching some young man or woman be wheeled off an airplane, missing arms or legs, knowing they were wounded long after American stopped seriously fighting the war, when party politics trumped the mission, and the lives of our young.