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Women in the National Guard?

I am 19 years old and I have already attended college for 2 years. I have not been able to quite figure out just what I want to do for the rest of my life so I was thinking about joining the National Guard. I've talked to an online recruiter about how I can pick a job in the medical field and never have to step onto the field and shoot a gun at someone. So I think that medical would be my best option. I was thinking about picking the dental program along with some others. I would want to be inactive so I can continue going to school and work. I know there is a risk of being deployed, which I'm fine with. Some of my questions are: **Does anyone have any advice about joining the National Guard? **What is it like being a woman in the National Guard? **Is it difficult being a female and going through BASIC training? **Is picking a medical job in the National Guard beneficial? **If you pick a medical job in the National Guard can you use it in the civilian world?? **Do a lot of people go inactive and then end up being deployed overseas? Also any additional information that you may think would be helpful would be really appreciated. I am supposed to meet with a recruiter in person and I would like to have as much information as possible before I make a final decision. Thank you so much for your help!!

Asked By: - 3/25/2009
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You will train on a variety of weapon systems. You will qualify annually at least on an M-16/M-4 rifle. You will have to be prepared to defend yourself if you are ever on a ground convoy mission. This could happen if your medical unit is going to do an operation to render medical aid to locals. You will deploy, it... More
Answered By: Ray - 3/25/2009
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Unless you have a BSN, you will be required to spend time on the firing range. I think that recruiter was misleading you.
Answered By: Ed J - 3/25/2009
 
I am sure that you will have to do some basic familiarization with a weapon. You never know when you need to defend yourself.
Answered By: DietrichVonQuint - 3/25/2009
 
First off if you join the military you are a warrior first - every soldier is trained first in the warrior tasks and battle drills. There may well be a time when you have to use these skills. Can't answer about the Guard - I am active duty but have served with many Reserve and Guard units. Going through basic sucks... More
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Answered By: Billy11B - 3/25/2009
 
Yes, I was in the National Guard when I first started out at 17 years of age after high school. I used it to pay for my college degree and I became an officer graduate from VMI... More
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Answered By: De Oppresso Liber - 3/25/2009
 
I'm an 18 year old female and just went to my first RSP drill over the weekend. I'm generally very shy and quiet, so I was very nervous going into it. But I can already tell it's one of the best decisions I'll ever make. Yea, we did PT and a road march and got smoked, but we had a blast. I have not been to basic yet... More
Answered By: nazchik - 3/25/2009
 
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