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Old 03-12-2018, 07:03 PM   #1
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Default If ever any of you Naval Aircrewmen trainees consider a DOR... (motivational)

Donít. Do it.

As a lifelong civilian, Iím not sure how much my opinionís going to count for around here, but Iím going to put it out there anyway.

Several years ago, I learned of the Naval Aircrewman rate and attempted to enlist in the Navy. I was turned down due to my vision, which was very poor from an early age. Over the years, I had made numerous attempts to join each branch of service and was denied entry every time. I even made it to the waiver process for the Navy and the Air Force; itís a cruel reminder that just because thereís a will, doesnít mean thereís a way.

Serving in the military, particularly the Navy, was a dream of mine for as long as I can remember. Suffice it to say, being unable to serve was unspeakably disappointing and I languished for many years because I couldnít achieve my dreams, enduring much failure along the way. That said, it wasnít until I came across this thread here on NavyDEP last year and a similar one on Reddit that I realized what an incredible opportunity I missed out on.

Entitled as this might sound, I feel as though I was deprived of a chance to do what amounts to a dream job for me. I, too, eat, sleep, and breathe the interests and passions that motivated people like Haasino to enlist and become Naval Aircrewmen. I read Tom Clancy novels and played Harpoon as a kid and one day hoped Iíd be in such an incredible line of work as well. It hurts tremendously to know such a career exists and I could never be a part of it. I know in my mind joining the military was never really an option considering my vision, but my heart believes otherwise. I spend a lot of time wondering if things couldíve worked out differently had I tried earlier and directed the energy and time pursuing other fruitless endeavors towards joining the Navy. You get what you give, after all.

This isnít an attempt to elicit sympathy, thought it does serve as good therapy to lay out these thoughts and feelings. My point is to give yourself a moment of pause and think long and hard if you, at any point in your training, contemplate a DOR. I know the military doesnít love everyone back; some people are downright miserable in the service, often because theyíre doing a job they find unfulfilling in some way. And, as folks like Haasino point out, some simply donít have what it takes to be successful and they often donít find out until after theyíve enlisted and begun training. Itís a tough place to be in, one that I can relate to because Iíve had similar experiences in other careers.

On the topic of other careers, I donít think I have to be a Naval Aircrewman to know there isnít anything quite like it in the civilian world. Moreover, I donít think the civilian world offers anything close to the sense of community, purpose, and rewards the military provides. Iím in a better place now than I was years ago, but itís still well far off the mark from where I once thought Iíd be. Every day, I grind my body, mind, and soul down to perform deeply unsatisfying work in an industry of mediocrity, wondering what couldíve been had my refractive error had been better by just two diopters or if Iíd simply tried harder to join the military instead of wasting time trying to be a part of things I had no business being a part of. Living with regret and meditating on the ďwhat-ifsĒ is a no-win proposition, but Iíd be dishonest if I said it didnít weigh on my mind on a regular basis. Youíve likely chosen to be Naval Aircrewmen because you seek to live your lives to your fullest potential. In return, Life has afforded you an incredible, priceless opportunity and itís your duty to make something out of it. I donít think Iím far off the mark in saying youíre never going to attain the sense of fulfillment youíll come to possess in the military anywhere in civilian life.

If ever you consider a DOR, stop and think about exactly why youíre considering a DOR and try to remember why you chose this path in the first place. I know from reading threads like these that the training pipeline is incredibly tough and requires nothing less than your A-game every day. But also remember that the training pipeline to become a fully-qualified AW lasts only two to three years. It may seem like a while, but life passes by pretty quickly. More importantly, remember the pay-off that awaits you at the end of that road. The best things in life really are worth sticking around for, so donít let the challenges and grind break you down. Unless you want to go down the road I did, working unfulfilling jobs that take so much from you, yet offer so little in return, all the while haunted daily by memories of bad choices and thoughts of what couldíve been, suck it up and suffer in silence. Youíll be better off for it, because thatís the price you pay for doing remarkable things.

They say itís never too late, but the fact is, some things in life only permit a brief window of opportunity to accomplish. Donít let it close on you, especially when youíre partway through that window. Whatever comes to pass, I wish you all the best and hope it rewards you in every way imaginable.
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i suck at swimming tho
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i suck at swimming tho
Sorry to hear. Are you in the pipeline, currently?
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my recruiter told me i could volunteer for that after bootcamp but idk if thats how it works honestly hes kinda lazy
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my recruiter told me i could volunteer for that after bootcamp but idk if thats how it works honestly hes kinda lazy
Plennty of people here who could answer that. What rating are you, currently?
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im AV, its my understanding that when i get to my first aviation command, they will ask for volunteers for NACCS.
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im AV, its my understanding that when i get to my first aviation command, they will ask for volunteers for NACCS.
I say go for it. Swimming isn't as hard as you think. Besides, as Haasino says, it's more about being comfortable in the water.
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