College Major and Branching

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  1. Freedom125

    Freedom125 Member

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    I have to give a presentation for my ROTC class on how my college major prepares me for my desired branch. I am wondering what branch would most likely use Geography...Human/Cultural and GIS.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Aglahad

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    Well considering 99% of majors don't prep for any branch I really don't know what to say.

    GIS/Geography? Maybe you won't be a lost LT? I have a couple family members who majored in geography and never used it. Besides land navigation, route planning or battle terrain analysis I don't know what other use it would have in the military.

    What branch were you looking at?
     
  3. Freedom125

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    I my top three branches are Military Intelligence, Field Artillery, and Infantry.
     
  4. Strength and Honor

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    I know a lot of Cadets wants MI, and even if you do major in Geography, if a cadet that majored in history is better on the OML he'll get it and you won't. So don't major in it because you want Intel, there's no guarantee.
     
  5. clarksonarmy

    clarksonarmy Recruiting Operations Officer at Clarkson Army

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    Corps of Engineers, Transportation Corps, Military Police...All Officers should have an appreciation of the ground they fight on, so your major is useful in almost every branch. In the Signal Corps many of the radio systems we use are line of sight. Being able to understand how the contour of the ground may effect communications is an application.

    This seems like a really weird requirement for an ROTC class, since major and branch don't always correspond. I would suspect this exercise is more a way to get you to use effective briefing skills than a right/wrong answer on branch and major relationship.
     
  6. NewCollegeParent

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    For what it is worth, I was a contractor at a Corp of Engineers research facility when I was in college. We Geographically tracked fuel for DOD power plants down to the chemical compounds of the coal type in a mine and maintained multiple logistics paths to get to each DOD power plant. Point is, the DOD needs to keep track of all assets and consider the unique geography of the assets manufacture, storage and use. Just one idea, good luck.
     
  7. txpotato

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    The one assignment everyone wishes he was branching Nursing....

    *No flames: my son is a Nursing major. He just gets sh*t every day from those who plan to branch Infantry, MI, etc.
     
  8. Freedom125

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    Yeah it is more of this but I still want a strong topic.
     
  9. Freedom125

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    I would never want to be a nurse. Nursing major is time consuming and very difficult. That is too bad people give him crap (if they are serious about it). All branches are of equal importance imo.
     
  10. Jcleppe

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    Well that's just plain stupid.
     
  11. Aglahad

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    Odd, I never received any crap from my fellow cadets regarding my major (nursing as well). Just shrug it off and remind them who gets the specialty pay :yllol:

    But for the OP I think Clarkson got it right, the topic isn't really important just a project to improve your informational briefing skills. Just plan a nice agenda/flow and get your points across, content isn't the main thing.
     
  12. kinnem

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    +1 to Jcleppe. And I'm sure they'll be singing a different tune should they, God forbid, get wounded or seriously injured.
     
  13. JMS

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    I'm having trouble thinking of a branch that would not need someone with geography skills.
    Regards nursing, both my parents were nurses. Dad enlisted (yes, back then male nurses were enlisted; females were officers) in the Army 3 mos before Pearl Harbor. He had an all expense paid trip to the sunny Philippines and later Okinawa. He went on to spend another 30 years with the VA finally retiring after heading up a drug detox unit for returning Vietnam vets. Many regarded him and nurses in general as war heroes as much as any trigger puller. I doubt your son will get flamed by anyone who has at least half a brain.
     
  14. kinnem

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    Yeah. My brother, now deceased, was an Army nurse for 8 years. And a damned good one too. I guess the only thing I can say about people who bad-mouth going nursing is that they are just ignorant kids. And that's being kind.
     

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