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Can you go into the armed forces as a trade’s man (not fighting but working like a welder)?

I am 20 years old, and I have many certifications in the welding department and I have recently completed the Flour Daniel Pipe welding program. I am having a hard time finding a job because I have such little experience. I have held one welding job as a stainless steel tig welder but that was in 2008. So I was wondering if I could enroll in the armed forces as a welder and work not fight.

Asked By: steve 123 - 1/12/2010
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Yes you can. You can join as a tradesman under a civilian contractor. You wont be military, or be allowed to fight, unless your contracted to do so. If you want to weld, you can find some contractors for working on Aircraft in the Air Force. Doing so would require a background check and security clearance depending on... More
Answered By: Carlos - 1/12/2010
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well my father served in the RAF as a mechanic, my father in law was a sparky in the Royal Engineers.
Answered By: auriflamme - 1/12/2010
 
You can enter the Armed Forces as a welder but you would still have to go through boot camp training.
Answered By: openabout it - 1/12/2010
 
Well, most of the armed forces actually do not have "fighting" MOSes/ratings. The Navy might have some opportunities for having a support role in welding, but truthfully all of our ships are created by outside contractors, so your best bet would be with a ship making company.
Answered By: Tyler - 1/12/2010
 
For starters every branch of the military has welders... More
Answered By: redleg - 1/12/2010
 
Yes.
Answered By: jhharris54 - 1/12/2010
 
There are a lot of mechanic jobs in the military so go find a recruiter and ask. They can't guaranty no combat though. Air Force or Navy might be your best bet. Check out the official web sites for the AF and Navy. Good luck. http://www.af.mil/ http://www.navy.mil/swf/index.asp
Answered By: AFmom2009 - 1/12/2010
 
beware! just because you sign up for a job doesnt mean youre gonna do it right away. yes, they will train you for it, but after that training you go to a unit. once youre at that unit they might not need you to weld. they may need you to handle the mail. This happened to my friend who joined the Army to be a... More
Answered By: Harvinson - 1/12/2010
 
yes you can. not everyone in the military fights.
Answered By: rayray - 1/12/2010
 
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