Hi all...I'm a newbie here and I've been perusing the forums for some answers but still can't quite nail down a few questions. It's possible that I might not be using the best terms to search, but I did give it my best. My son Jonathan is currently a junior in high school and he is 17 y/o. He will be 18 when he graduates high school. He recently informed us that he wants to join the Navy. He told us that he thought it would be a good decision because he can't really figure out what he wants to do in the future. He is an exceptional student and is also in the school's award winning Marching Band and is currently enrolled in 4 AP courses in Physics, Calculus, English and US History and he will be taking 4 AP courses in Psychology, English, US Govt, and Music Theory next year along with a Dual Credit Calculus course at the local University.
My son and I recently paid a visit to the Navy recruiter and talked to him for a short bit. He was actually the assistant recruiter, but he was pretty knowledgeable. My son already took the ASVAB before we went to visit with the recruiter and he got a 93 on the test. He performed very well in the Math, Science, and English fields but not so well in the Electrical/Mechanical fields. The recruiter told us Jonathan could pick anything he wanted and suggested the Nuclear Field. He talked about the STA-21 program and NROTC and joining the DEP. He also suggested that Jonathan join the DEP this summer so that he will be ready to go to bootcamp after he graduates next summer. There were a couple questions he couldn't answer either, so I thought I'd ask here.
We are supposed to meet again with the main recruiter in the next couple of weeks so that my husband can also meet with him. I have more questions now than I thought I did when we first visited with the recruiter. Here are a few:
Since my son has taken so many AP courses and will technically be a student at the University next year, how does that translate if he decides to join the Navy DEP program? Is it wise for him to have all of these credits under his belt and enlist or should he take a different path like holding off signing up until he completes his sophomore year in college (which would be sooner than a two years) and join the NUPOC program at that point?
If we decide to enlist and since Jonathan doesn't quite know what he wants to do in life except that he wants to maybe make components or things that are technical. What kind of path should he take in the Navy? Jonathan tried to take the test that helps you decide what you like, he said it was TOTALLY lame and didn't help at all. He said that most of the questions didn't line up properly, especially because he is so influenced by being in marching band. Nuclear seems amazing but are there other options that may be related to math and science? I've done some checking on the Navy COOL site that the recruiter suggested to us. However, it still seems difficult to decide on a pathway. So...any suggestions for jobs would be so helpful.
That's probably more questions than can easily be answered...sorry :( I will admit I am usually long-winded. LOL
True Lemon.... not 100%, but if I was betting, I'd lay all my money on ship-2. But he needs to tell them he was in the marching band....