OK. Before you say anything, I have no problem with people joining the military. In fact, if I was able to, I probably would. I just think that my friend is joining for the wrong reasons. He called me yesterday and said that he was going to have to give me back a couple of things I was hiving him hold for me(No, they are not illegal). I ask him why, and he says it is because he is going to join the Army.
Imagine my surprise when he says this. For the last six months, all he has talked about was going to the police academy and being a police officer. I ask him why he is joining the military instead of going to the police academy and he says it is because his girlfriend broke up with him and he no longer sees any point in making $40,000 a year if it is just going to be him. And when I ask him why he is joining the Army, instead of one of the other branches, he says it is because he has a better chance of dying. So I ask him if he wants to die. His answer is that he just doesn’t care anymore.
He is my best and only friend that I talk to on a regular basis. Sure, we have fought a couple of times. One ended with us not speaking for a month. I’m just really scared that he is doing something really rash, and that he will regret it.
So, I am asking for your opinions. Like I said, I have no problem with anyone joining the armed forces, I just feel that he is joining for all of the wrong reasons.
If you really are worried, you can contact the recruitment office and warn them of his thoughts.
But you should talk to him. Tell him that even if he doesn’t want 40k for himself, he can give money to charity and after tax, it isn’t so much anyway.
He can support his family or whatever, but it’s still useful.
Then tell him that he should only go into the army determined to survive, even if only because that would stop him being a liability to others and because his wanton death is a very selfish thing to inflict upon those who are acquainted with his person.
Then slap him around the back of the head and tell him to stop being a whiney little bitch.
There is no Psyh test to join per say. They will do a background check on you and all…but right now the Army is so short for people they will take just about anything that walks in and can carry a gun. Going into the military to die isn’t exactly the best way to get about. For one…nobody needs you up front to die…they need you to live. So be sure to tell your friend that if he wants to join to die….then he’s putting the lives of others on the line that he serves with and does he want them dieing because of his actions.
But before any of that happens…yes…he will have to go through the recuriters office and fill out those forms, as well as MEPS and then off to Basic, AIT and any other school for his MOS. To be blunt…if you really don’t want to be there, and don’t know why you are there….things like basic tend to snap you pretty quickly. I can’t tell you how many young troops I saw get scared and want to go home withing the first week or two of there basic…even more during there techschool. Expecially if this person has never been away from home before…IE college or something else.
They do have you take a test…and it’s not so much a psyh test as it is a …can you do something under stress test. I remember taking my test in AF Basic many years ago. I hadn’t been asleep in nearly two days and they were like here…stop and take a break by taking this 100 question test. Oh…and dont you dare fall asleep! Needless to say a quiet room, with some simple and some hard questions will make you bored and sleepy even if you were awake when you started. But just the same…recuriters, MTI and such are all trained to watch out for certain “features” in a student and how to deal with that.
They’re gonna give you a military grade weapon with the training to use it any just about any other military item, then send you into a combat zone in the middle east where people commit suicide for their god and you’re telling me there’s no psych test for the army?
No offense, but I seriously hope your wrong. Nothing personal against you, but if it’s true it’s idiotic as hell.
If you’re right, god help them as I’m gonna keep my damn distance.
there is a psych and it will be able to tell if he is a nutjob or not.and if he is bonnker’s then they wont take him. i mean it’s not like the army is going to risk getting any more people killed than is necessary.