Igcv you changed your avatar I alost didn't recogize you. I've been think of chnging mine too.
now. I have been in the army for 8 years 1 active and 7 reserve and let me denounce the whole thing right now.
first don't ever belive anythin a recruiter tells you. they have finaciall insetives to recruit numbers. If a rcuriter or anyone tells you will get a bonus., remember that government bonuses are 40% taxable. and they don't pay a lump sum. so, If you are offered a 5000 dollar bonuse. first take away 40% = 3000 left then they pay you in equal payments over the life of your contract so even if you did have a two year which is inconcivable seeing as how you will be an offcier and your contract will be for a "volentary indefinate" term which is code for your ours until we don't want you any more. you would get 1500 dollars a year. Does that sound much like 5000 to anyone. its not.
oh what about the GI bill you say? the GI bill is aprox 300 maybe a little more now for each month you are in school for a max of 36 months. if you are going full time, which means > 12 credits per sem. during some sem in nursing school
and CRNA school you will feel like you are taking 30 credits whn infact its only 7. inorder to get the GI bill you would need to take extra bogus classes to get the full money.
The bottom line is this.... all nobility and patrotisim aside! have you seen black hawk down, we were soldiers, platoon. Is there any amout of money they can give you that makes those situations sound entising. oh whats that.. youll be in a hospital away from the bullets; (I am allergic to bullets) right. every solider is an infantryman when push comes to shove. every soldier will walk a thousand miles when they are taken prisoner. set up tents pull kitchen duty and stay up all night watchig for fires. not to mention the company. most of the people in the army are otherwise unemployable (okay maybe thats a little strong) but think about it. many are there because they don't want to serve prison terms.
ok thats eough if you want to know more just ask me wich you probably won't after this rant.