My youngest is thinking of applying for OCS, a little help...

Discussion in 'OTS/OCS/PLC' started by DevilDog, Sep 21, 2018.

  1. Jcleppe

    Jcleppe 5-Year Member

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    You're right of course, with two son's in the Army my mind made a misstep. Makes me even more embarrassed since I was in the CG, I should be flogged.
     
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  2. DevilDog

    DevilDog 10-Year Member

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    Just a follow up. He is talking to an ANG and Air Force Recruiter, he is also considering SWO with the Navy. In the meantime, he is driving for Uber in Denver and actually making pretty good money. The other day he made $ 230 in a 6 hour shift. Not bad. He does not want to do that long term, so he is exploring his options.
     
  3. Day-Tripper

    Day-Tripper 5-Year Member

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    Uber sounds great to a lot of folks until they get a Form 1099-MISC for $30K, $40K or $50K, with no taxes withheld. They end up owing $10K-$20K in state and federal taxes and, living payday-to-payday, have no way of paying their tax bill.

    IRS gets angry. Files a tax lien. Bad credit rating (at a minimum) ensues.

    This gets flagged when Uber driver tries to enlist or become an officer. Bye bye military career. Bye bye any hope for reasonable car loan interest rats, mortgages, better material life (which rocks unless you're a communist).

    A lot of 20-somethings scoff at corporate jobs & cubicles, but they have higher income, benefits, health insurance, 401Ks, etc.

    So does the military, for that matter, even if you're an officer in charge of the motor pool.
     
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  4. OldRetSWO

    OldRetSWO USNA 78/parent 11/BGO for >25yrs 5-Year Member

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    The absolute example of an indoor/office job. The Space Force is NOT going to be making its new members into astronauts for the forseeable future. Their basic mission set will be managing, controlling, defending, tasking,etc our satellites. When (if) we have actual military spacecraft, this might change but that is far in the future.
     
  5. greentrees

    greentrees 10-Year Member

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    What about AF special ops -- STO or CRO (Special Tactics Officer / Combat Rescue Officer). Christcorp's son is a STO
     
  6. DevilDog

    DevilDog 10-Year Member

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    I will mention it to him. Thank you,
     
  7. cb7893

    cb7893 5-Year Member

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    @DevilDog ,

    Please keep us posted about your DS's decision.

    One of the reasons many of us emptynester/old timers keep coming back to SAF is to hear updates about those cadets/mids who have commissioned and are out in the world. Somewhere out there in the ether is a "what are they doing now" thread.

    Best of luck to your DS!