Question about military colleges

Discussion in 'Publicly and Privately Funded Military Colleges' started by thelastpatriot1, May 15, 2013.

  1. thelastpatriot1

    thelastpatriot1 Member

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    I was just wondering is going through a strict military college and having no dating life or social worth it to become a officer in 2 years. Or would going to a reg 4 year college be just as good.

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    Right now I'm confused on what I should do. Im either going to new mexico state university or una. If I go to Nmmi It seems all you do is military 24/7 in college. I'm know I can put up with getting up at 6 and doing drills and pt everyday but the burning question in me is can I sacrifice a social and dating life for 2 years. I can but the question is, is becoming a officer 2 years early worth it facing 4 years. Anyway if you become a officer in 2 years all you do is national guard but is that good. Any thoughts about what I should do would be appreciated.

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  3. Art.Perea

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    Sounds like you need to do some soul searching. This is your life, people cant hold your hand and show you the path to go down. You need to make your own. I'm not going to tell you what to do, and no one else should. You need to decide for yourself. This is the one time in your life where you HAVE to be selfish and do whatever makes YOU happy. If you can't handle life in constant military structure, then don't do it. If you really can't handle not having a social life, then that is entirely understandable. No one is going to look down at you because you chose to attend a 4 year university. Military colleges aren't for everyone and if you don't think it is for you, then don't go. There is no shame in attending a normal 4 year university.

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    +1 to Art.Perea. You have to answer it for yourself.

    When my DS decided he wanted to be a Marine officer, he also decided not to apply to USNA because he wanted a "normal" college experience. So his route was (is?) NROTC. YMMV.
     
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    JMC

    I agree with the posts above. It is a decision only you can make.

    I don't understand your statement of "all you do is National Guard is it worth it".
     
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    What is your definition of "dating life" and "social life." I attended a college one year before West Point, so I can make some comparison.

    You might be too young to have wathched "Married with Childern." The main character Ted Bundy's - shoe salesman, married with two childern - claim to fame is scoring four touchdowns in a high school football game.

    Unless you are exceptional, you have to give up something in life to get what you want. Can you attend at a four year college with dating and social life and have a successful Army career? Yes. Can you do 2 years at SMC, with limited dating and social life and get comissioned early and have a successufl Army career? Yes.

    A question you need to answer is what do I gain from attending a SMC for 2 years instead of attending a 4 year college military career wise?
     
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    Maybe not technically...
     
  9. bruno

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    NMMI is not an SMC -it's a Junior college so perhaps the set of questions you should be asking are:
    1. Why go to a military college at all?
    2. If I'm going to a military college - why do I want to go and then be required to leave and go to a different school for the last two years as opposed to going to a Senior Military College and graduating from that school?


    I can tell you all kinds of reasons to go to an SMC- in fact I have repeated them almost ad-nauseum over the last 5 years on this forum and I won't rehash them again here. But the bottom line is that you have to want to go to an SMC. If you are going because someone else is telling you to do so but you aren't sure, then 99% chance that you will hate it. Social life and all of that is so much chaff in the wind- you do have a social life at those schools just like you do at any other school- it's just different. Plenty of my friends or my sons friends were married within a couple of months of graduation and (Cover your ears Moms:eek:) plenty more had lots of friends with benefits- you discover that desire is a very powerful motivator and you can be very inventive when faced with a challenge. But- if you haven't taken the time to go visit one of these colleges and asked cadets: "what do you do for fun?" "What do you like and hate about the place?", "Would you do this again?"- then you probably aren't really that interested. My suggestion: just go to a regular college because it seems pretty apparent from your questions that you haven't really thought much about this and are focusing on pretty macht nichts stuff
     
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    if I'm not mistaken you would still have to get a Bachelors Degree within a certain time frame to keep your NG commission, might as well bite the bullet and get it all done in 4 years. Well yeah, its a spartan lifestyle at a military college; if you want a 'real' college experience and are worried about your social life doesnt sound like they are for you.
     

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