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    Hello everyone, I am looking at enlisting, I've talked to the Marine recruiter and Air Force recruiter. I'm trying to go towards Crash Fire Rescue. I know it is hard to get that position in both branches and you have to have good scores on your ASVAB for that as well and the recruiters told me after I took the practice ASVAB that I would score very well on the actual one, but my question is which branch would be best for Fire Rescue if I would get that position. I would like to know the pros and cons of both and things like that. I've done a lot of research on my own already and so now I'm just looking for first hand experience answers and such. Thanks everyone

  • #2
    air force only,,


    but!!!!!!!!! only if you have a guaranted firefighter slot!!!!!

    air force does it full time

    some reason you do not want to work for a city dept???


    are you planing to do career military and retire from it??

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    • #3
      Get it in writing. Perhaps spend some of your own money and run the written promise by a cilivian contracts lawyer versed in military law. Reason is that they can promise pretty much the moon and even give it to you in writing ... only to have the orders changed five minutes later. Protect yourself. The recruiter certainly will not. This sounds harse and perhaps it is. Military law is most not certainly cilivian contract law. Respectfully. HB of CJ (old coot)

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      • #4
        If you have your heart set on Firefighting, STAY AWAY FROM THE USMC. Go USAF. They have, by far the best firefighting program of all the branches of the Military, and as a previous poster stated, you will be doing firefighting full time. You will get a well-rounded education (and certifications that are good on the outside) for crash and structural as well as haz mat and EMS. The firefighters in the USMC only do crash and bash, but also mingle with other duties such as infantry (convoy escorts, etc.....) You will spend more time with a rifle in your hand than you will a nozzle.
        "Loyalty Above all Else. Except Honor."

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        • #5
          If you are aiming for something on the Reserve side, The Army has quite a few 12M (Firefighter) mos openings. I know that my unit has some openings. There are several others across the country, you just have to know where to find them, I suppose. I recently signed my second contract with the Army Reserves as a 12M. You'll see training alongside of the Airforce when you're going through your schools. I found that the training that I receive from the Reserves really gives me a healthy boost on the civilian firefighting side. ARFF, Hazmat Tech, Tech Rescue, and whatnot.
          Last edited by pbbanks; 07-05-2015, 11:27 AM.
          p e t i m u s u t s a c r i f i c e t

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          • #6
            Getting a lawyer to review a military contract? I wouldn't do that. If you can't get fire protection in the USAF don't join. The "needs of the service" trump all else.

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            • #7
              Completely correct. Having a cilivian lawyer look over the enlistment papers does several things. First you will better understand what the military can and can not do with you ... after you sign up. Also if some cilivian lawyer tells you the enlistment promise is worthless, then you can present that to the recruiter and maybe (perhaps) get some better language protecting you after you sign on that line and take the oath. But maybe not either. Yep ... the needs of the service trumps everything all of the time. Also my attempt was also to let the gentleman understand that once in ... "you belong to us now". HB

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