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  • #16
    I apologize for the delayed response. I thank you all for the informative posts that have helped clear up many things. You have all been very, very helpful. I do not want to join the military solely to help me receive preference from Federal Agencies. I want to join for many reasons and I am still feeling strongly towards enlisting somewhere down the road. Initially, I wanted to enlist as soon as I finished high school, but like I said, things have changed. My college offers a Minor in Computer Science, which I'm considering. After 2 years, I'd want to get an MOS in the Intelligence field (PFC's can be MOS 0231, Intel Specialist, which is what I'd aim for). I am concerned that I will not receive the MOS that I want, which would be really disappointing. After serving, I'd like to declare my major either International Relations or finish up Computer Science, depending on the circumstances. I'm not too familiar with the way degrees are given so I need to do my research. I know that I should probably just be taking one thing at a time right now, with college being my top priority and worry about employment with a Federal agency when the time comes.

    But I will keep in mind all the advice that you've given me.

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    • #17
      US Border Patrol is hiring right now...apply to them, minimum age is 18, it might take a couple of years for you to get in anyways, so might as well start the hiring process now!

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      • #18
        I figured I'd post in this thread rather than open up another.

        Since I've last posted on this thread, I've been accepted to City College of New York, which is a pretty good CUNY college. I'm looking to study International Studies which entails learning a foreign language and possibly studying abroad.

        I have been back and forth between attending college and enlisting in the Marines. Based on my ASVAB scores, my recruiter said getting an 02xx MOS would be no problem. However, I don't know how truthful he is being and I do not want to end up getting an MOS that will not benefit me in the long run, despite my desire the join the Marines for various other reasons. My thinking is joining the Marines enables me to gain intelligence experience, possibly learning a foreign language, and also have veteran's preference. Although, I've heard that Intel jobs available to PFCs are not that in depth and the real deal is when you're eligible for different MOS's following promotion.

        Another plan that I have is applying to PLC (Platoon Leaders Class) in order to eventually become a commissioned officer in the Marine Corps. This would be after my freshman year of college. Of course, I know that it is very competitive and despite the fact that I know that I'm physically and academically capable of being successful, I can't bet on it.

        The problem is that I really want to join the military for many reasons sometime in my life; whether it be now or in the future. It's just that it's down to the wire and the decision needs to be made.

        What route would make me more competitive for positions in the Intelligence field?

        Thank you for your time.
        Last edited by TMiller556; 05-24-2013, 07:06 PM.

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        • #19
          Anyone please?

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          • #20
            Originally posted by 4GodnCntry View Post
            US Border Patrol is hiring right now...apply to them, minimum age is 18, it might take a couple of years for you to get in anyways, so might as well start the hiring process now!
            When could you be 18 and apply for BP? Or any FLEO position for that matter?

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            • #21
              seeing as youre a new yorker I would recommend an auxiliary pd job. NYPD, NCPD, SCPD and a few smaller agencies such as long beach all have those types of programs. Looks favorable in the background and can get you some experience in LE at a young age. Also will let you see the ins and outs of your department and decide if its somewhere you want to work full time. You may even make some connections with other agencies. You can do it while in school without it taxing your time too much, and since you have to do an academy, although it is abridged compared to a full time academy it can be viewed favorably when you apply for full time.

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