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As far as finding work in America, the military, if qualified, is a good place to try. Both in the Guard, part time, and active duty, full time. It worked out great for my Filipino wife and our whole family. She did both. First the Air National Guard as a permanent resident, then as an officer in the U.S. Air Force on active duty as a naturalized U.S. citizen. Currently we live in Germany, near an air base, where she is an Air Force nurse. The Guard was a good part time job, and she also worked in health care at an assisted living, while going to nursing school. After working a couple of years as a civilian nurse then, she applied to be an Air Force nurse on active duty. I dont know about the other branches of service, but in the Air Force, if you are a nurse, they waive the age restriction and allow you to still enter up to 47 years old. And the pay is pretty good. We rent out our house in Tennessee for $700 a month, and the military pays for our rent and utilities in Germany. With all the benefits factored in, she earns about $95,000 (including rent, utilities, cost of living allowance, and base pay) per year. And promotions come nicely, with no limit to what you can achieve and become. There is travel and excitement. My son who is 10 enjoys it too. He wants to go to the Air Force Academy and become a pilot. 

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I'll never work for somebody who forces me to work out at 0600 and judges my weight twice a year 😉

 

Besides that, the military is something that not everybody is made for. Yes, I do live a pretty comfortable life bc my husband is in the Navy but being separated for deployments is not really one of the perks. Depending on the branch and your job, advancing isn't that easy and you might get stuck in a pay grade for longer than you thought. 

Also depending on branch and job you might not end up in Germany, Greece or Spain for a PCS but in warzones for deployment. 

 

What I want to say, yes the military can be an awesome opportunity. If somebody truly wants to do it that's great. But it's not always as much fun and excitment as described above. 😉

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They also changed the rules today I believe due to a court ruling so if you finish basic training, you are automatically entitled to naturalization. This applies for the Guard and Reserves too. So anyone who wants naturalization and to become a citizen quickly + is struggling with health insurance, school or you just need extra income. The Guard and Reserves are a great way to achieve this.

 

I am most likely going to enlist as soon as I arrive in the US. I've spoken to companies already in the US and my trade qualifications are pretty much useless unless I want to work for a wage much below what I deserve + my father-in-law is retired Navy and seems to enjoy his life a lot lol. The GI Bill will come very much in handy alongside tricare for someone like me who is going to have to transition from free healthcare and cheap schooling.

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