Originally Posted by marvin-martian
I am going into my 3rd year of college next fall (Im also behind on credits due to changing majors), and am currently on the path of majoring in International Relations/Global Affairs (to go into intel/counter intel). I would like to have a focus on Russia because it has a good mix of personal interest and current need. All my life I have toyed with the idea of doing something in the military or SWAT or something of the sort, but was never able to commit - mainly because i had no idea what i wanted to do with my life. Right now I'm thinking about it both because of my interest, and because i think it will be a nice resume booster.
The problem is that I have no idea what would be the most beneficial to me, or even what branch i should look at. I'm fairly sure I will enjoy whatever I do in the military, so how long I stay will be pending on how fast I get burned out. Any ideas I should take a look at?
Marv, sounds like you would be best suited to finish college and either go in as a Officer or go the enlisted/ OCS route. Don't waste your time as enlisted unless you really want to work and not get credit where credit is due. I say this because I was an IS2(SW) in the Navy. The Ship's Intelligence Officer takes all the glory while we're in the trenches.
On another note, I'm not sure which branch would best suit you. Chairforce and Navy have the best schooling, but if camaraderie is what you look for, Marines are your choice. We worked hand in hand with the Marine intel staff and they're extremely professional but have a great sense of morale as well.
I think you would be best suited for intelligence vice cryptology. Cryptologists in the Navy basically intercept/send messages and decrypt/encrypt them. I'm sure with an intelligence background you can get into the NSA/CIA if you work for it.