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Problem- I cannot fit into the ASUs that were issued to me at basic training anymore. My supply sergeant has no female ASUs in stock. My sergeant and platoon sergeant have told me since I can no longer fit into the ones issued me, it's on me to find a new pair out of pocket. Funds are really tight right now. Any ideas how to get ASUs on the cheap? I'm hoping to get them tailored to be bigger, but idk if that's possible. Could I go to a cleaners near base and see if they have some left over that people never picked up and if they fit? Suggestions?
I have two children from a previous marriage and neither of us are sure if my two kids can receive any benefits from him unless he adopts them, does anyone know anything about step children being able to receive benefits?
Okay I've been on this app for a while and have seen this question pop up time and time again:
"I want to join the military. What branch should I join? Should I join?"
Answer: none of us here can tell you what branch is the best for YOU or if you should join. That is between you and your spouse (yes because it affects them too).
Are you married? If you are a single mom you will have to temporarily sign over your rights for training. Is your spouse a civilian? His job might get pushed to the side to make way for yours. Is he in the military? How will you deal with your spouse being in if you go in? My DH and I are dual reserves/NG and even that is hard-juggling civilian jobs, our training, drills, which relative to send our kid to when our training overlaps and doing pt on our own time every day.
Yes, you will miss your kid. You will miss your kids birthdays, you will miss your anniversary, you will miss holidays. I've pulled CQ on thanksgiving, Ive spent my 21st birthday in a freaking foxhole.
Why do you want to join? To pay for college? For a career? For the experience? For the security clearance? To serve your country? Because you don't know what else to do (hey there's nothing wrong with that)? There are many reasons to join. Probably the worst reason that I've heard is to impress a girlfriend. Girlfriend dumped him during basic and he purposely flunked out of AIT.
Do you want to be active, reserves or national guard?
What kind of job do you want? One that will translate to the civilian world? Some of the jobs SUCK so you need to ask any friends you have in the military and really research the job. Have you been arrested? That can hinder things. Do you have a college degree? Do you want to go the officer route and do OCS or ROTC? If you are going reserves and have a job or in college-how military friendly are they? Legally they CANNOT hold you missing work for drill against you but they can cop an attitude about it.
All in all, you need to meet with a recruiter. THEY WILL LIE/LEAVE INFO OUT. This is inevitable. If they told you the truth hardly anyone would join initially hah. BUT you need to meet with them before coming on here and asking vague questions such as, "should I join the military?"
Not everyone in the Air Force flies planes, not everyone in the navy ends up on a ship, if you join to "see the world" you might end up stationed in the same state you are from. It's a toss up.
It's a volunteer force so only YOU can decide.