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Go to school and major in accounting and become a forensic accountant for the FBI. OR, do "computers" and become a forensic IT person for the FBI. Those two areas are highly sought after (or at least they were) and you can go to school for 4+ and earn an ACTUAL degree in something you can make money in if the FBI thing falls through (you'll make your parents happy too). who know, maybe you'll catch terrorists through bank account numbers? Not fighting but important work, national defense calls for thinking people as well as fighting people. There is also a job in the FBI (or was) on the line of survailance specialist? You get paid to spy on bad guys BUT I don't think you are an actual agent.
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Old 07-30-2010, 04:15 PM
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Skate, I have spent a bit of time looking around into similar career fields. Though I may have some medical issues that might possibly get me DQ'd from the military, I don't think it's for me anyway. So I did some looking around into LE, but, for reasons Red mentioned, paperwork, DV calls and drunk stops, I'm not really into local LE. I looked into the Border Patrol and liked what I saw: a lot of outdoors patrolling, a fairly small amount of legal/paperwork stuff etc, plus they weren't necessarily looking for prior MIL/LE. I'm in the middle of the loooong app process (started last May), got all of the steps out of the way, and am now waiting on the background check. But I am friggin excited.

Unfortunately, the open app period is (I think) closed, but poke around on the CBP's website, and other agencies to see what you might find and get your app in. Even if you never go anywhere with a particular job, it never hurts to have you name in the system.

Also, look around on usajobs.gov. They've got lots of postings to look at.
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Old 07-31-2010, 08:32 AM
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I am in very similar shoes Skate, though maybe a step ahead. I, too, was looking into joining the Marines and with my academics was heart set on applying to Naval Academy. Then freshmen year I had a seizure and was diagnosed with epilepsy, JME if you care to know. I turned my world upside down. While I am very fortunate in that I am stable on medicine unlike many, after talking to my neurologist and several recruiters it still prohibits me from any type of military service. I did much of the research you have and came up with nothing that appealed to me and gave up on my plans for the future for much of High School.

Past midway through senior year I gave in to my insistant parents and applied to a school with a rolling deadline for admission, and now I'm attenind MSU in the fall. To be honest I'm not very excited because it's not what I wanted, but hey that's life I suppose. The point is that it's good that your doing this research now and lemme know if you come up with something! I wish you the best of luck, and if I stumble upon something that works I will let you know.

Yeah, like you said most and all reputable PMCs I found required an honorable discharge from the armed forces to join. The best option I found was lying and joining the FFL, and I don't reccomend that haha. Perhaps you can talk to your doctor about some way of over comming your allergies? I used to be allergic to dust, cats, dogs, and slightly to grass but after 3 years of shots in elementary school I can finally breath and they don't bother me. I know environmental allergies aren't exactly the same as food but I'd look into it if I were you. Again man, good luck.
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If your allergy is not incredibly life threatening you could always join the French Foreign Legion. The entire point of the Legion is that you take on a new identity when you enlist, meaning you never technically had the allergy. I "had" asthma meaning I couldn't join the armed forces in America so I heavily looked into the Legion. It actually sounds pretty cool. It is considered a "special force", so security contractors recruit straight from them in a lot of cases. It pays better than USA's armed forces, you are able to get either a permanently new ID, or dual citizenship with France and USA after 3 years. The only real issue I had with it is they are currently is middle/SE Africa doing peace keeping missions for the UN and it is apparently not very action packed. If you have 5 years to blow and wont keel over from touching a nut, I would seriously look into it.

Turns out I never took the Pulmonary Functions Test, so I legally never had asthma. I am now enlisted under a UZ contract to hopefully become a Recon Marine. Maybe there is some test that you didn't take? My recruiter and his CO both told me that If I were to put Asthma on my record, I would not be able to enlist. Not because I have/had it, but because without the Pulmonary Functions Test, it would be impossible to prove either way. Turns out I never had asthma to begin with, it was HVS caused by stress and according to my doc, I grew out of it. I would make sure there is not something like that in your case. Hard to say with a bona-fide allergy, but For 14 years I was 100% that I had asthma. Just something to think about I guess.

Good luck with finding something.
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I'm not comfortable with the idea of a PMC. My allergy is very real and all too life threatening.

I figure that I might as well give the Corps. a try. The worst they can do is say no, and I may get lucky, maybe some extremely recent development makes me eligible for service. Anyway, I am 16 right now (yes, it's young, but I can technically join up next year), so would it be too early for me to call and have a recruiter way in on this, or should I wait until next year to even talk to one?
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Hey, word to the wise, I would get a good education before joining the military. I know I'm only 13, but an education would benefit greatly in the armed forces. For one, the higher education will get you a better pay (always a plus), and if you further in school you can do better jobs and I think start you at a higher rank and rank up faster.
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The idea is that I would graduate high school, enlist, then have college paid for by the GI bill.
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I either wanted MOS 91F (Small Arms/Artillery Repair) or MOS 0311 (Rifleman). They are pretty different, but I'm really mostly interested in firearms. It might seem a simple choice to try to get a job at a gun repair shop, but again, I'm interested in getting a higher education, and I don't really see there being many options in college for "guns".
You can take engineering classes and become a gun designer, there are also many gunsmithing schools out there. From there there are a few options, either working for a company, producing your own patents, or some other small things.
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The idea is that I would graduate high school, enlist, then have college paid for by the GI bill.
Very good idea, lots of teens just drop out and run off to the closest recruiter. little does he know he gets a dime an hour and works loading cargo in the Air Force because that's all he's qualified to do.
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Hey, word to the wise, I would get a good education before joining the military. I know I'm only 13, but an education would benefit greatly in the armed forces. For one, the higher education will get you a better pay (always a plus), and if you further in school you can do better jobs and I think start you at a higher rank and rank up faster.
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Very good idea, lots of teens just drop out and run off to the closest recruiter. little does he know he gets a dime an hour and works loading cargo in the Air Force because that's all he's qualified to do.
Where do you get your info X-Ray? The military doesnít pay by the hour. We get paid based off of a Pay Grade which relates to rank. Yes a GED or diploma is required to enlist but your grades donít really mean much to the military. The score you get on your ASVAB is what dictates what job designations you can or can't obtain. Again this all pertains to enlistment. An officer is commissioned and a degree is required to be.
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My Uncle signed up right after he turned 18. He said if he went further into college he could have gotten a better job. He says that the smart idea is to get into college so if I (or anyone) was to join it would be possible to go higher in the military and if I (or anyone) was to find out the military was not for me (""), that I ("") could fall back on something. And yes, I know how the military pays. I put it in more obvious terms.

Sorry for any confusion/offense.
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No offense. There's enough false info floating around that we should do what we can to stem the flow. Regardless, I've derailed. Apoligies all around.
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I talked to a few recruiters from every branch over the last few days. This is what I have discovered, for anyone who may be in the same boat as me.

It is possible to enlist. When you go to the MEPS, you will be disqualified because of a peanut allergy. However, you then will be told to apply for a waiver with a medical bureau. They decide your fate, and if they deem it appropriate, they will give you a waiver. However, the success rate of this waiver passing through is slightly under 20%.
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