MrLions wrote: BlendedUnicorn wrote: Wipfelder wrote: KPUSN07 wrote:
MrLions wrote:I'm interested in enlisting in the Army after graduation in May 2018 for a 2-yr active duty contract, and then using the post 9/11 GI bill to help pay for law school. Would I be able to do that by only taking off two academic years, or would the 2-yr active duty, plus basic and AIT, extend a bit beyond August 2020?
DO NOT JUST ENLIST IN THE ARMY TO ATTEND LAW SCHOOL - Ensure you know what you're getting yourself into.
I disagree with this. Its an excellent way to pay for law school (and then some) and is pretty easy. The vast majority of people who join either have no idea what they are getting into, or are doing it for money (I.e. health insurance and stable income). Worst case, you kinda just hate it for a while.
That is definitely not the worst case. Also, don’t you need 3 years to get 100% GI bill?
Yeah, I guess it's 36 months for 100% GI Bill. Anyone have experience as a 27D - paralegal specialist? Seems like solid paralegal work, non-combat role. People take 2-3 years off to paralegal anyway. Might as well, at the same time, do the following: serve your country, bank ~20k/ year, make yourself more employable for after law school, get full tuition and fees at most top schools, and qualify for BAH payments during law school (4K/month in NYC)
All fair points. I think everyone gets caught up in the whole "don't enlist just to pay for law school", but I would bet 80% of people join the military to pay for something (pay bills, pay off debt, or to just have a job with benefits). No offense though, but I don't think employers are going to be going crazy over a dude who was an Army paralegal. Of course you're going to get the "bump" of being a veteran, but from what I hear that bump varies significantly based off of your experiences within the Army. If serving your country is a big reason you're doing this, I don't think you'll find that satisfaction as a paralegal.
Here's my advice....so take it for what it's worth...do something cool. You're going to join the Army. It is a once in a lifetime experience. Take a good look at all the MOS's available to you. I'd imagine you're going to have a GT score that should qualify you for any job. Now, I'm not saying go sign up for an 18X contract or an Option 40 (although airborne rangers are pretty badass..), but seriously look and see what is out there.
If you do decide to go the 27D route, you will be in the best position possible if you are at all interested in the Army's FLEP program. With all that said, just make sure you weigh the pros and cons of joining. Your life is very much controlled while you're in, and you have the chance to deploy. You could deploy and die/become disabled and never go to law school. Is that worth the risk? That is for you to decide. However, deployments do vary. Within five months of arriving to my unit, I was in Helmand Province (granted, I went full retard and chose infantry). I've done multiple deployments while my peers who I went through a lot of Army training with haven't done any. Overall, the deployment tempo is down, but if you follow current events it seems that we are going to potentially increase our involvement in certain regions of the world.
If you have any questions, feel free to PM me. I went through OCS after graduating, so if that is anything you're interested in, I'd be happy to let you know my experiences.