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Should I ship right now, or wait?

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Hi, I'm a 21 year old from Georgia, and am currently a college sophomore . I've been in the talks with a recruiter for a while, but haven't signed the dotted line just yet. I'm headed off to Alaska this summer for about 2 months for a fishing job, and won't have a lot of time to train as most work days will be about 16 hours long. So the question is, should I try and ship off to OSUT right after I get back from Alaska, or should I go to school for another semester and train back up to recover from the time off of my training routine? I'd be grateful for any advice from someone who's been there and done that, as I'm not exactly familiar with the physical conditioning that goes on during OSUT and Pre-RASP.
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Why not finish your degree? Unless it is PoliSci you will likely regret it in the future.
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This question has been asked many times, both here on this board and elsewhere.

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Rangers, It is not a matter of finishing my degree. I am currently at a community college and was planning on transferring to UGA for my last two years. I would prefer to use the G.I. bill for the remainder of my education and for an MBA so that I can be debt free. So basically what I'm asking is, should I take an extra semester to train back up from the training time that I will lose while in Alaska, or would that just be a waste of time?

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Brenms wrote:Rangers, It is not a matter of finishing my degree. I am currently at a community college and was planning on transferring to UGA for my last two years. I would prefer to use the G.I. bill for the remainder of my education and for an MBA so that I can be debt free. So basically what I'm asking is, should I take an extra semester to train back up from the training time that I will lose while in Alaska, or would that just be a waste of time?

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Assuming you live in GA, what community college do you attend?

No matter what, I would strongly recommend you finish out your bachelors. And don't expect the MBA to be a golden ticket anymore, it's not the differentiator it used to be. Keep in mind they aren't cheap so you will need as much of that GI Bill as possible there.

So a solid plan to spend less money on college in GA. Determine exactly what courses you need for the degree you are pursuing now. Finish out ALL of the courses required that are available at your community college. If it's actually possible to finish your bachelors at the CC, then burn down everything but about 1-2 semesters there, then transfer to UGA. If the CC doesn't have everything, move up to Georgia State and repeat - burn down everything you can toward the BA you are trying to achieve. Again, if it's possible to complete it, keep some stuff you need to take at UGA for 1-2 semesters.

The thing is, your degree will reflect the school you graduate from, not all the ones you attended up until that point. In the long run you'll save many thousands of dollars.

Starting back up mid-stream on your BA after taking a break is a LOT harder than you can realize. Especially a break like the one you are proposing. As stated before, wrap up your degree then pursue the Army. It will still be there in a couple years and at the rate things are going in the world, it will be just as "exciting" as it is today.
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I'm an assed backwards kind of guy, had a chance to go to school several times at a young age, I went and sowed some oats first! I'm still sowing my oats, abeit it takes me a little longer and I'm still a dummy! But I'm a dummy with a shit load of experience, none of which is currently putting food on the table! Ha!
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RangerX wrote:Assuming you live in GA, what community college do you attend?
Thanks a lot for the Response RangerX and Ranger Schibbs. RangerX, I'm currently attending Georgia Highlands in Cartersville. The highest degree I can get here is an associates, then I have to transfer to a four year institution. Right now I have about 50 credits, and 60 will get me my associates. I was going to transfer to UGA, finish up my degree there, and then try to get into Columbia University for my MBA. My goal is to work in finance (i.e. banking, private equity), and a few people I know on Wall Street told me to enlist before I finish the last two years of undergrad, so that I don't forget all of the accounting and finance subjects. Plus, I don't really have the funds available to go to UGA at the moment. HOPE scholarship only pays for tuition (fees and books make up most of the cost nowadays), and housing is super expensive up there in Athens.

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Have you made contact with an Army recruiter?
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Jim wrote:Have you made contact with an Army recruiter?
Ranger Jim, I have been talking with a recruiter for quite a while now. I have already taken the ASVAB and finished most of the paperwork.
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Do the Alaska gig, go back to school, finish the Associate's, train up in the process, enlist, go Ranger, use GI Bill, get Bachelors, get Masters, profit.
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PocketKings wrote:Do the Alaska gig, go back to school, finish the Associate's, train up in the process, enlist, go Ranger, use GI Bill, get Bachelors, get Masters, profit.
This is what I was thinking. Thanks for your input Ranger PocketKings.
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