Anonymous asks “If you scored high enough in the ASVAB what occupation should I go into to learn the most?”
Getting a good score on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery may help you get a more technical job, but it won’t necessarily get you a “better” job. The only “good” job, both in the military and out, is the job you actually want to do. If you talk to people that are happy with their job it is usually because they are highly skilled in their field and spent many years becoming a subject matter expert, or they started their own business in a field they were passionate about. The rest of us are just slogging along trying to earn a decent paycheck while we figure out what we really want to do in life.
With that said, joining the military is about service to the nation, but it comes with some very valuable benefits. What job you do in the military makes little difference, but the experience that you will gain will be highly valuable to employers on the outside. It seems a little silly, but it is important to learn how to look and act like a professional, how to act in a work environment, how to receive instructions from your supervisor and accomplish them to the expected standard, and how to lead people yourself.
Here’s what you should do. Use military service as an opportunity to explore, learn, and grow. Choose a job that sounds interesting to you, and then put every piece of effort you have into it. Whatever your job, be the most motivated and hardest working troop in your section and, right from the first day, work towards getting promoted. Go to a college of your choice and get a degree. If you’re not sure what you want to get your degree in, start college anyway. You’ll have at least one year of general education courses before you get to your degree work anyway.
This will set you up for success. By exploring and working hard, you’ll figure out what it is you really want to do. These will be some of the most important years of your life to learn and grow, so use them that way.