2xHarvard wrote:The military is a great career - really, at this point for OP, choosing a particular field, enlisting in that field, getting trained, and benefitting from loan repayment schemes might not be a bad idea. OCS could work too.
Even the military is doing layoffs. They have too many people that are staying in (retention) to avoid the civilian job market. None of them want to leave now on the expected schedule because they know jobs are tough to find. So they might as well stay in the military an extra 4 years to wait for a better job market.
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/07 ... r-surplus/
Navy is overstaffed in 31 different job categories: jet engine mechanics, avionics technicians, electricians.
The Navy plans to let go of 3,000 sailors with between seven and 14 years of experience after economic uncertainty put the service in the unusual position of having a manpower surplus.
Rep. Mike Coffman, who sits on the House Armed Services Committee and served in the Marine Corps, says it's not a good situation for those young sailors.
"There's no retirement for them and... there's no severance for them," Coffman said. "So essentially they're with so many other Americans on unemployment."
Coffman told Fox News it's not unusual for the military's retention rates to go up during bad economic times, but he called this particular case "unprecedented."
"It's never gone up to this level where so many people, the vast majority of people want to stay in the United States Navy."
The Air Force retention rates are also up to a 6-year high, causing it to convene a similar reduction-in -force board. The Air Force will review the records of more than 9,000 officers, mostly majors, and roughly 400 are expected to be let go.