Starting a Career
So Iím thinking about joining ROTC here at ASU. I would really like to get into intelligence. No I donít think itís like Jason Bourne and I know analyzing isnít the most fun thing to do in the world. I know there are several positions within intel but I donít want to end up doing logistics or something along those lines if I don't get my 1st, 2nd, or even 3rd choice. I see the AF as an opportunity to jump start a career with the fed; or, if I really like the service, staying in and making a career out of it. Iím not joining ROTC for the money, although the scholarship will be nice. I know Iím going to end up overseas at some point and that doesn't bother me. What does make me nervous would be getting stuck in a position that I hate for four years and then when my time is up being bitter towards the Air Force. That being said, how often do you actually get the job you want? That and what were your general experiences with the Air Force?
Whats your degree gonna be? Engineers don't usually get Intel, and English Majors don't get to be Engineers.
I used to teach Intel officers down at the schoolhouse at Goodfellow, and we had very few "hard" science types. Lots of the softer sciences and quite a few with Russian, Chinese, Arabic, etc majors.
Talk with your Officer recruiter, but don't listen to him. Have him give you the number of an Intel Recruiter and listen to that one.
If you want, I'll hook you up with some of the Intel guys I work with here at Robins.
Number one: I'm not in the military
Number two: This is only what I have found, not what may be the truth
That being said, the recruiter can't promise you a job, but after going through MEPS and taking the ASVAB and other tests, you can get a guaranteed apptitude area, and then get assigned a job after basic training.
So basically your abilities help you get the job. If your going ROTC then you'll most likely go commisioned after finishing your degree.
Here's some info on Intelligence as an officer
and some on Enlisted (if you decide that route)
On a second note, if you go enlisted I know that you'll be taking ASVAB. I found a few tips to increase your chances to get into one of the four fields that you want. If you scroll down on this page a little bit you'll find some info on the areas that are focused on for different career fields http://usmilitary.about.com/cs/joini...svababcs_4.htm. BY studying for and focusing on certain areas of the ASVAB you increase your chances of getting into the apptitude that your desired career is in.
There's quite a bit of info on this site and this is where I've gotten my answers from, so if there wrong, sorry for the misdirection. I'm waiting to see how a current job prospect pans out, if not, I will be joining the Air Force so I've been looking for some answers too. Hope some of this info helps you.
I'm Enlisted AF in Finance. I'll say that as far as being an Officer is concerned, the Air Force is the way to go. so far as Intel, you're right, its not all its cracked up to be, you'll work long office hrs sitting on your butt a lot of the time looking at tons of paperwork, but its a VERY important job. If you're doing it for the money, don't, to succeed in the Military, from what I've learned, you have to like what you're doing first. If Intel is what you think you're going to like, then jump in. ROTC is tough! From what I've heard talking to several Lts its compared to a "4 year job application." They have it tough, but it pays off.
Not sure if any of this is what you want to hear, but either way, you'll figure something out. Any questions feel free to contact me; I may not have the answer, but I'll get it for you.
Also on getting the job you want? I couldn't tell you on the Officer side of the bird, but I can say that Enlisted, you're SOL most of the time. I went for Avionics, after 96 credits worth of EE and several years in the automotive business, and I got "stuck" in finance. I know the Officers are fairly competitive, let me correct myself VERY competitive.
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