Right now I'm just gathering info so I know what my options are if I don't get any of the full time teaching jobs I've applied for. I definitely won't be doing anything before May 2012, as I have civilian obligations at least until then.Regular Guy wrote:Jeriah, sssooooooo, what cha thinkin' bro.
There is a big part of me that really wants to do it, but there are also some major reasons against it, mainly it sidetracking my civilian career as an educator (taking four years off would mean when I came back I'd be rusty, etc.), and also some obstacles I'd have to overcome if I did want to go ahead with it (age, Steph's objections, and some juvenile troublemaking that, as I have learned, I'd have to disclose and have waivered).
Like I said in the original post, this isn't something I'm going to rush out and do. More like something I'm going to be bearing in mind as a possible back-up plan as I sit around waiting for rejection letters. (Not to sound negative, that's just what applying for teaching jobs is like, you send out tons of applications and get rejected until finally you don't.)
I have ruled out the Coast Guard (too old), and despite the better conditions, I don't think the Air Force is for me either. I don't have the math skills for the badass jobs (and I'm too tall to be a fighter pilot), and doing something like maintenance or something wouldn't really "scratch the itch". Kind of feeling the same way about the Navy; I don't want to spend a long time at sea so I can be a fancy electrician or something. And all of the part-time (Reserve and Guard) stuff is a different question for me, an "in addition to" a civilian job, not an alternative to one or a backup plan.
So the options that make sense to me are Army or Marines, officer or enlisted. Officer would be preferable for obvious reasons, unless my juvenile troublemaking can't be waivered, in which case it might not be an option. (I don't want to go into specifics online but suffice it to say, the troublemaking is mild enough that a waiver is possible, serious enough that one would be necessary, not something that affects my legal rights as far as voting or gun ownership, but definitely something I'd have to disclose and have waivered, if possible, to serve in the military. One thing I'm looking into is whether they're stingier with waivers for officers than enlisted.) Although the Marines have a hair more "bragging rights" I think the Army might be a better fit for me, in terms of attitude/culture, although I think I could adapt to either. I like the Marines "everybody's a rifleman" thing, I feel like the training might be a little more bad ass, and woo hoo free ACOG! (I know, I know, you have to give it back when you're done.) But then, Army gets to wear MultiCam, which looks sweet, if you go to Afghanistan, which weirdly (and to Steph's consternation) I'd really like to do. So I think my top choice would be Army Officer, then Marine Officer, then Army Enlisted, and then Marine Enlisted, in descending order of desirability.
So right now I'm continuing to look for full-time teaching jobs to start Fall 2012, and if I'm not getting any nibbles by about May 2012, I'll start re-examining my options and talking to recruiters about finding out the waiver situation.
Thanks for all your help, everybody.