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Peace Corps vs. Military
User: Debating
Date: 1/31/2013 3:33 am
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I've always wanted to join the Peace Corps up until recently. For my B.S. in International Affairs I have completed a lot of training for Emergency Management and I have found that the military is a great place get experience in EM. I am interested in EM, intelligence analyzing, and diplomacy. I am fluent in French.
So the idea of joining the Air Force has crawled into my psyche and it's really hard to get it out. My end goal is to be a Foreign Service Officer, but I either want to be in the Peace Corps or in the Air Force first.
Which gains more respect in the Dept. of State? Peace Corps or AF? Which would offer the best training to be an FSO?
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Re: Peace Corps vs. Military
User: Visitor
Date: 1/31/2013 4:16 am
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Neither would make you a better or worse candidate for the FS. You are admitted based on your performance on the written and oral exams.

I know many FSOs who are former mililary and many others who are RPCVs. Do whatever interests you most.
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Re: Peace Corps vs. Military
User: Visitor
Date: 1/31/2013 8:45 am
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However, veterans do get extra points on the register if and when you get to that point. How much extra points you get depends on a variety of circumstances.
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Re: Peace Corps vs. Military
User: RPCV
Date: 1/31/2013 9:27 am
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"Training" might be an operative word.

With Peace Corps, service is a crapshoot. At many sites, you form your own job and even if you have the best of intentions you could be chasing windmills and accomplish very little. A lot depends on the cooperation you have at your site as well as the PC staff.

The job-related training I received in Peace Corps was pretty much laughable, too. So much depends on factors that are out of your control there is only so much that can be taught formally.

You will gain experience and write your own description of service so even if you do wind up failing through no fault of your own you can still write around it.

But if training is a big factor for you, pretend it won't happen in Peace Corps because there aren't any guarantees.
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Re: Peace Corps vs. Military
User: Visitor
Date: 1/31/2013 11:31 am
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You mention that you're interested in intelligence, so you should be aware that joining the Peace Corps will disqualify you from certain positions in the Intelligence Community for I think 10 years.

As others have mentioned, if you join the military, you'll get veterans preference. On top of that, military pay is higher, and you will usually be eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill after 3 years on active duty, which is helpful if you decide to go to grad school (it covers in-state tuition or private school tuition up to an annual limit, as well as a fairly generous housing allowance).

That said, the Peace Corps experience sounds really awesome and will definitely get you overseas (which is no guarantee in the military).
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Re: Peace Corps vs. Military
User: FSOhopefull
Date: 1/31/2013 11:36 am
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The reverse is also true.ervice in military intelligence will bar you from future service in the Peace Corps. Then again the PC and the AF are about the same...
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Re: Peace Corps vs. Military
User: IMS_Subject_Matter_Expert
Date: 1/31/2013 2:09 pm
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You can consider doing both. I have collegues that served both in the Peace Corps and in the U.S. Military. For example, a recent collegue was both a Peace Corps alumni and a former U.S. Marine.
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Re: Peace Corps vs. Military
User: HP
Date: 2/2/2013 9:47 pm
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I just completed Peace Corps in North Africa. What enabled me to retire early at 55 and join Peace Corps was my Air Force service back in the 1970s. The technical training I received in the Air Force, along with the experience made me a great candidate for employment -- I have never lacked opportunity and never have been unemployed as a result of the Air Force. Hands down, lock in your specialty area and join Air Force. It will give you more options - plus, you make money and can start your retirement savings NOW. No Brainer
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