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Military: Would you rather?

Would you rather be Enlisted or Commissioned?



Asked by hillary819 at 4:41 PM on Jan. 18, 2012 in Military

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  • What benefit would there be as an enlisted person over an officer?

    commissioned = officer, right?


    Answer by Anonymous at 4:47 PM on Jan. 18, 2012

  • Honestly, enlisted...I found officers to be the most ridiculous people. Most could not wear their uniforms correctly, didn't understand a sense of urgency among much much, their jobs could be paid more outside the military. I was enlisted, and would of stayed enlisted. My husband however, plans on going commissioned but at least he was enlisted first.

    Answer by ZanderandBella at 4:52 PM on Jan. 18, 2012

  • They both have different functions.
    Some people's personalities or career goals are better suited for each one.
    Certain specialities can be more enjoyable as either one.

    So...I ask you, anon, What benefit would ther ebe to being an officer over enlisted?

    Comment by hillary819 (original poster) at 4:53 PM on Jan. 18, 2012

  • It depends if you go to college or not?
    Officers have to have a college education. Enlisted do not.

    Answer by louise2 at 4:53 PM on Jan. 18, 2012

  • My husband preferred to be enlisted. He said he basically didn't want the responsibility of an officer.
    I would have preferred he be commissioned just because of the pay difference lol

    Answer by My_3_Babies at 4:54 PM on Jan. 18, 2012

  • Enlisted don't HAVE to have a college education, but when a senior NCO is going up for a promotion against other candidiates, it would certainly help if they had a Bachelors and the other's didn't...or it could hurt if they didn't have a BAchelors and the others did. It isn't required for enlisted to be educated, but every single E-7 or above that I've ever met had at least a Bachelors.

    Comment by hillary819 (original poster) at 4:55 PM on Jan. 18, 2012

  • My DH is retired enlisted. Forgot to add.

    Answer by louise2 at 4:57 PM on Jan. 18, 2012

  • Well I grew up a navy brat so my point of view is from a child's point of view watching my father go up in rank, attending college, attending graduate school, and retiring as a lieutenant commander.... having enlisted because he didnt have the high school grades to be any better than a gas attendant.  And through the navy got his masters in nuclear engineering at MIT.  On a slide rule none the less.

    So I can not see choosing enlistment over being an officer. To me an officer means that you have earned the promotion and have traveled through the ranks... or have come out of college. I would view someone who chose to stay enlisted as someone with out motivation, with out goals, with out direction... simply settling.

    that view being from my personal experiance


    Answer by Anonymous at 5:01 PM on Jan. 18, 2012

  • Officers Have to have college. Enlisted not a requirement.

    Answer by louise2 at 5:02 PM on Jan. 18, 2012

  • My dh is enlisted. It's his career choice and I support him in that. He works hard at what he does and he's an E-7 and does not have a degree.

    Answer by MrsMWF at 5:16 PM on Jan. 18, 2012

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