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Seeking Advice on Military Careers for AA

've been trying to search the internet for awhile now and haven't found anything about this issue of asian-americans in the US military. it affects me because it's a big decision for me to decide if this is the career route that i want to take after graduation from college very shortly now. in particular, i'm wondering what support networks are out there because there're simply very few asians in the military? can the site editors start an advice or issues discussion thread on this topic or are there others out there that can share their experience? in particular, there are two options for me, either to get a high profile officer position or to go with my more prefered medic who's sworn to help save lives. i guess i'm worried about discrimination if anybody has any insights? thanks.
asians in the military?
   Sunday, April 21, 2002 at 13:28:33 (PDT)

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I've been gettin more information on the military lately and let me tell you one thing: Marine recruiter will annoying the living crap out of you. im still not clear on if i wasnt to join or not. so far two of my friends have also decided to join. they're planning to leave as soon as possiable.

one thing that scares me is what if i join and dont like it. the other thing is what if i am force/ordered to do something that im going to regret for the rest of my life. has anything like this ever happen to anyone?

and what about the people stationed over-sea like in japan or korea? are there guys who try to push or act superior to the locals? how did u guys handle that?
Mr. Hann    Tuesday, December 17, 2002 at 22:55:07 (PST)    []
I'm a Japanses American serving in the US ARMY, and will be glad to answer any questions you have. I have started out in the Reserves and National Guard before recieving my commission and going active duty. As for my experience I served as a Air Defense Artilleryman in the National Guard, and am currently a Armor Officer. I have served with both Cavalry and Armor (tank) units, and can say this much if you do join do it because you want to not just for personal gain. But to give you a little insight there will always be some discrimination, it exisits everywhere. But in the military you work with people from all types of backgrounds, as a Lieutenant, my Gunner was white, my platoon sergeant black, my wingman was hispanic, my commander was Korean and the First Sergeant Puerto Rican. We all worked together and got along. If you have any questions feel free to email me.
CPT K Sunday, September 29, 2002 at 18:16:50 (PDT)    []
Here's a little background about myself: I was born and raised in NYC, enlisted in the nuclear Navy right out of high school. I wasn't too clear on what I wanted to do with my life. I went through 2 years of training before operating in the engine room of an aircraft carrier for 4 years. I recently left about 2 months ago. My experience through the extensive 2 years of training dealt with little discrimination due to the intensive mental and physical torture. That, results with little time to goof off let alone sleep. From my time onboard the ship (a whopping 5000 people), coming from a big city boy, I saw alot of stereotypes come alive (especially on the mess decks). Considering only having been to places of rather diverse areas of the country with military installations and coming from a metropolis, I saw the reality of things. There's a reason stereotypes are what they are and they really have some truth to them. Keep in mind, I was enlisted. You can trust me on this one: enlisted folks don't usually come from upper class or even middle class families. They're usually the ones who come through college and come in as officers. Usually. I myself, didn't have to deal with too much of it. My chief was a mexican from Wisconsin, the chief in the other plant was filipino the Reactor Officer was african american, and such. Alot of it depends on who you know and how much people like you and stand up for you. Unfortunate, but true, is how far you succeed is based on that and how you fit in. That's been my experience anyway. But whether to join the armed forces is dependent on what you want to do with your life and where you want to go. You're going to see discrimination everywhere in one form or another. I use it as an icebreaker for new folks. There are actions that can be taken by yourself if a member of the armed forces when dealt upon. There's an equal opportunity program that exists thoughout the system. How much you see it depends on where you're sent and how large the company is. I requested a sub out of Pearl Harbour and I got an aircraft carrier out of Norfolk, VA. Go figure.
homersimpsonischinese Saturday, September 21, 2002 at 21:57:29 (PDT)    []

hi, i was wondering if any asian on goldsea was, or still in the Marines. i'm thinknin about trying out for it next year but i want to get information first.
my first questions is on boot camp. since i live in houston, where would they send me, parris island or the one Cali? what are the MAIN work out? right now im working on pull-ups, sit up and push up. im also tryin to run 3 miles in around 18 minutes. so far i can get 2.5 in 21 min. CRAP!

how is life in the marines for asian? do u get to choose where to be stationed? do u get to go out on weekends?

i have other questions, but i guess this will do for now. thanks for any help.
Mr. Hann needs info.    Saturday, August 24, 2002 at 13:11:40 (PDT)
This is my 10th year in federal service. I am now a Captain in the Army, selected for Special Forces.
I made a homepage for my platoon when I was an Air Assault Infantry Platoon Leader in Korea two years ago as a Lieutenant. Check it out for a glimpse at Army life.

Or you can write me with your questions. I am an ROTC grad from Georgetown, masters in nat'l security studies, SF selectee, Korean-American, out to help serious AA military considerations. NOT for free riders, and others out to USE the US ARMY for their own personal benefit.
Krusader    Sunday, August 18, 2002 at 00:31:23 (PDT)
To Jay:
I agree...also maintain or aquire TOP physical Ranger selection.
If anybody decides to join the military {and especially "elite" units} I recommend a pre-physical conditioning routine. All military enlistment information usually lists minimal PT [physical training] requirements ,DO NOT believe this data, push yourself two or three{four times if possible} times that requirement. Basic or GMT [ general military training] is demanding enough.. aquire the skills, you need excellent conditioning.
This is of paramount importance.
Usually, you are numbered where you are placed in your "class" ie. first, second,...last etc. Get the picture?
This is usually placed in your record...a important factor in requesting for specialized selection.
Also, being fit you absorb and learn your skills better allowing for superior scores in basic ie. marksmanship, field craft.etc. your basic soldiering skills. Unless, you lived in the woods all your life these new skill sets are difficult to aquire ...your physical condition {good or bad } will determine your grade.
latina loving korean hombre
   Monday, August 12, 2002 at 23:51:12 (PDT)
I have been in the Army a long time. 13 years to be exact. I have been enlisted, making it to the mid grade of SSG (Staff Sergeant) and now I am an officer. I worked mstly in the medical field and have acquired 4 MOS's or job specialties. I have been through paratrooper school, air assault school, master fitness, and have the coveted EFMB badge. I have been pretty successful and I have gone through most of my career without discrimination, but not 100%. I was shoved unto the floor and kicked by a drunken higher ranking NCO when I was younger. A young officer saw this and didn't do anything to stop the incident... until another soldier recognized me. This was hopefully an isolated case. Overall I have loved working in the military. They have helped me complete my degree's and I have had oppertunities to travel around the globe. I have been to numerous countries and seen many wonderful things... due to the army I was able to work and learn about my own heritage. I am adopted Korean and I went there and found my biological family. I know I have made a difference in many other lives, been placed in positions of greater responsibilitiy and have influenced my juniors to persue college and work out personnal issues and become more constructive with their life. You can find anything here in the military life... Maybe you'll hate it and can't stand how everything seemed to be pre thought out and have people breathing down your back over what seems to be little things. Or you ma love it and find out that repelling down a hundred foot rope off a 2 million dollar helicopter exciting. You must weigh the choices and consider if this is a worth while persuit. You will be challenged and I find that many Asians do extremely well in the military service because the valus instilled by their parents and nagging placed by parents to pay attention to detail and striving to do better all the time gives us an advantage. In fact, the highest ranking officer is Asian. Realize that not everyone kills people in the army. The Army is rcreated to defend and promote peace, we go to third world countries and build schools, assist hospitals, and other humanitarian things. The army has every job imaginable from nurses, doctors, lawyers, news anchors, vehicle repair, to pilots... cooks, administrative, and so much more... You can succeed and become anything you want. It's all up to you... Well if you want any more advice feel free to contact me.
2LT Jayme K. Hansen    Monday, August 12, 2002 at 20:21:25 (PDT)