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Old 12-04-2012, 05:30 PM
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At a Crossroad...

I'm at a crossroad in my life. In 2 years I will be graduating high school. I have 2 passions: 1. to be a game warden/K-9 officer, 2. Owning a small construction company. One part of me says join the Marines and serve my country and get my college degree while I'm in, and then strive to be a game warden/Cop. The other I see myself working on my own and digging in the dirt. I'm the kind of guy that no matter what I do I'm going to do it right. It might take me longer than others. If your not going to do it right then whats it worth doing.

I know getting into the business is not should I say a walk in the park. There's going to be complications of course. I just have 2 passions and I want to make the right choice. I dont want to look back 15 years down the road and say I should of done that that or this.

Any advice would be strongly appreciated.

Thanks, Noah
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Old 12-04-2012, 05:44 PM
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Who could afford to be a cop ? lol
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Old 12-04-2012, 05:56 PM
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Who could afford to be a cop ? lol
Ha yep that's one of the set backs to that one cops start here around $30,000-$35,000
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Old 12-04-2012, 06:06 PM
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I was where you are at. Luckily getting into the Marines didnt fully work out . IMO as I matured and once I was able to see that whole thing for what it was I am really happy that I didn't go that route.

I did the police explorer program as a kid, dabbled with the reserve and also kinda saw out that whole thing a bit. Low pay, really owned by the job, so much politics and to boot alot of stuff you wont unsee in that line of work.

That stuff just wasn't for me. I don't second guess taking the contractor route.

Best of luck to you.
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Old 12-04-2012, 06:31 PM
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I was where you are at. Luckily getting into the Marines didnt fully work out . IMO as I matured and once I was able to see that whole thing for what it was I am really happy that I didn't go that route.

I did the police explorer program as a kid, dabbled with the reserve and also kinda saw out that whole thing a bit. Low pay, really owned by the job, so much politics and to boot alot of stuff you wont unsee in that line of work.

That stuff just wasn't for me. I don't second guess taking the contractor route.

Best of luck to you.
Thanks for the advice!
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Old 12-04-2012, 06:45 PM
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If I were you I would travel to some foreign countries for at least a year, Europe and or south america, dont be in any rush to get the career going before you see the world... Best education you will ever get
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Old 12-06-2012, 12:35 AM
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I was where you are at. Luckily getting into the Marines didnt fully work out . IMO as I matured and once I was able to see that whole thing for what it was I am really happy that I didn't go that route. Best of luck to you.
"Didn't fully work out"? I am sure there is a story here, which ended in failure. Once you "matured"? Really? How about you once you realized you didn't have the intestinal fortitude to wear the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor. Somehow I bet the Marine Corps is the one that is lucky (and anyone who would have been unfortunate enough to had to have served with your broke dik asss).

I respect anyone's decision to not join the military. I dont respect someone who's personal failure is justified by disparging a military organization with a history as storied as the United States Marine Corps. "Seeing that whole thing for what it was"? What it "was", is what it is. An elite fighting organization that tolerates neither weakness or failure.
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Old 12-06-2012, 08:58 AM
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"Didn't fully work out"? I am sure there is a story here, which ended in failure. Once you "matured"? Really? How about you once you realized you didn't have the intestinal fortitude to wear the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor. Somehow I bet the Marine Corps is the one that is lucky (and anyone who would have been unfortunate enough to had to have served with your broke dik asss).

I respect anyone's decision to not join the military. I dont respect someone who's personal failure is justified by disparging a military organization with a history as storied as the United States Marine Corps. "Seeing that whole thing for what it was"? What it "was", is what it is. An elite fighting organization that tolerates neither weakness or failure.

Wow.....haha I knew this would grab the attention of a jarhead
I would happy to counter your question (if there is one in there) but sounds like you have it and me figured out.
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Old 12-06-2012, 10:49 AM
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Ummm....you're a sophomore or junior in HS....what about not worrying about careers and start doing the thing every HS boy should be doing...GIRLS. Chasing tail and having fun should be top on your priority list right now. Here is the best advice I could give any HS boy (and this refers to chicks): Lower your standards and up your average.

You are pretty young to be worried about starting a business or becoming a game warden.
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Old 12-06-2012, 12:13 PM
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I was in similar shoes about ten years ago I wanted to work in the dirt but enjoyed Public Service work too. I couldn't find anyone willing to give a 22 year old kid keys to a machine so I went into law enforcement and have been here ten years. I also now own my own small excavating company, which is growing slowly but steadily. I only work 14 days a month in my law enforcement job, and about 10 days a month for myself. My days in the dirt keep me sane enough to deal with the "interesting" people I see the rest of the month.

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