This is Murica, land of the free, home of the brave, remember? Tell some guy who just came over from another country with nothing but the clothes on his back and a dream of being FREE that there is no opportunity in this country. Immigrants, illegal and legal alike, all come here because it's the best country to live in the world, and offers the most opporunity, the American Dream still exists, but you won't find it thinking that way.
As much as the economy has sucked lately, it's still better than the alternative. Plenty of jobs out there, just gotta open your mind some and see what's available. Trying to follow in your Father's footsteps is too cliche bro, don't fall into that trap and limit yourself. Some would turn their noses up at a McDougal's job, but I could walk down the street right now and find 10 people in an hour who probably would be happy to have that job (better than panhandling), so keep that in mind when you're out in the world and don't see anything opportunties.
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Jun 28, 2013, 04:33 PM #61
Jun 28, 2013, 04:34 PM #62Member
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Jun 28, 2013, 04:51 PM #63
A military officer is managing the enlisted. This is our national defense system here. "Leading the troops", you know? So they're supposed to roll a red carpet out to a kid that may have never got up at 4am once ever when he's supposed to lead PT or formation 30-60 minutes from that time each day?
Have you looked into OCS and filed any initial paperwork with MEPS? Have you researched what boot camp entails, let alone the schools that follow it specific to OCS and A-school if you're an exceptional performer out of the exceptional population? Why do you consider a military officer career? Because its sounds valiant or your father did it? Or because declining all the pleasures and benefits of civilian life (that are protected by the military) are a small exchange to you for the desired life of duty towards man and country?
If you do happen to have a core of integrity somewhere inside of you, look into the process. There are many, many DQ factors but saying it's not available to you because of GPA or anything on merit is a false statement. If that's your DQ, it WAS available to you before you decided not to earn elite marks. If it's truly for you, and I'm betting it's not (only you know that), go talk to the right recruiter (not just any when it comes to OCS), take your ASVAB, and see how it goes.
Yes, much of the world was very different when your father went OCS. War was far differently executed, we had presidents that consistently supported military spending, we had a higher need of troops, and the pool of applicants was not the product of a soft society. You're also talking about USCG which has next to no spots for OCS as well as Navy OCS which has several entry routes but is very selective. Have you read up on Army National Guard? You can even enter on your state's level. Much simpler route of entry than the others and still plenty to be proud of and serve your fellow man. Who do you think was called in by the tens of thousands to assist with Sandy last October? ANG.
Jun 28, 2013, 04:55 PM #64
Jun 28, 2013, 04:56 PM #65
Jun 28, 2013, 05:04 PM #66
Emass, is it true when they say that first hit of meth in the morning is the best?
Jun 28, 2013, 05:12 PM #67
Your "generation in general" sucks. Partly due to improper rearing by nuclear home and society (improper meaning suppression and inhibiting personal growth), and partly due to a rampant void or resilience, ambition, autonomy, and relentlessness pursuit of goal achievement in the face of adversity. Focus less on the consortium of peers that are crying victim like you and just go make it happen no matter what stands in your way.
Our parents "were set" not because of handouts. They were set because they were more likely to have core values that most lack today. Their moral code told them it was right to have loyalty, duty, commitment, and perseverance. Was it a perfect place? Far from it. But very accountable as a whole and one that proliferated itself successfully despite having major societal barriers (Civil Rights, counterculture, Vietnam, etc.) in the way. A nation still finding itself and most people got er done.
Speaking of...go talk to an elderly African-American about what segregation was like. You might have a new definition of "lack of opportunity" after that.
Bet you're pissed that NASA won't let you be an astronaut or that Major League Baseball won't let you forgo the minor leagues so you can go straight to big league ball player like many a kid grows up dreaming of.
Get your own pot to piss in, with your name on it. Piss in that pot for an extended time period. Learn something (anything) about life, then we can talk.
Jun 28, 2013, 05:14 PM #68Senior Member
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Will you PLEASE answer the man's question?
Jun 28, 2013, 05:16 PM #69
For me though, the first sight of the Atlantic when I look out my window in the morning IS the best. Just like the first wave of the day.
Jun 28, 2013, 05:16 PM #70