Life after USMA

Discussion in 'Life After the Academy' started by gridironkid, Jun 2, 2013.

  1. gridironkid

    gridironkid Member

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    USMA is my goal right now, I look forward to commissioning as an officer as well, however I know that USMA has a history of commissioning scholars and these students would go off to post graduate schools upon completing USMA and then get into the army (if that is how it works)

    apart from the military I would like to be involved in bio-security essentially working internationally or with homeland security in preventing the use of biological weapons (research oriented field) or the spread of infectious diseases. Also, is there anything in the military that is related to international security?

    Thanks
     
  2. MemberLG

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    Typically about 30+/- of cadets attend graduate schools after graduation (up to 2% of graduating class can attend medical school and whatever # of cadets that win certain gradudate scholarships, such as Rhodes, Hertz, Marshall, and etc.)

    This is too broad.

    Working for USDA to prevent spreading of animal diseases can be consider as a bio-security.

    What do you mean by internationally - location wise or something like World Health Organization?

    Military falls under the Department of Defense, not Homeland Security.

    You could become a Special Forces officer, take out a terrorist cell that's planning to use a biological weapon. Or become an Military Intelligence Officer that come up with intelligence to prevent a terrorist cell from using a biological weapon.

    Eventually you could end up working in biologial weapons related area in the military, but not early stage in your military career Simply, attending a service academy is about becoming a front line leader (in most cases) first. Later in your military career, you can specailize in some special technical field and be a leader in that field.

    Simple advice from me is to focus on short term things - getting into a SA, graduating, serving as 2LT, than think about 5 to 10 years down the line.
     
  3. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Most of the military falls under the Department of Defense. One branch falls under the Department of Homeland Security.

    The way you can think of homeland defense v. homeland security. Homeland defense starts at the boarder and looks outward. Homeland security starts at the boarder and looks inward. There is some overlap and exceptions, but that's a very general, easy way to think of it.
     
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    My apolgoizes. Another reason why I don't like the Department of Homeland Security.
     
  5. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Don't worry, many DHS employees also don't like DHS.
     
  6. gridironkid

    gridironkid Member

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    When I meant internationally I meant working for the United Nations in matters where preventing biological weapons is a big deal in countries other than the United States.

    and just out of curiosity is 25 years old to old for a 2nd LT?
     
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    No
     
  8. GoArmyBeatNavy

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    I was one. :thumb:
    The other two platoon leaders in my company when I was a 2LT were 29 and 27. The XO was 24.
     

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