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Melvinator2k0  [Team Member]
10/9/2011 3:56:44 PM EST
I am graduating from college this coming May. Instead of jumping straight into graduate school (my goal is to become a CPA, so I need to go), I want to enlist in Marine Reserves. Rather than go talk to a recruiter without any prior knowledge, I'm trying to do as much research as possible. I'm a little confused about how the process of selecting a unit and MOS works though. I would prefer something in combat arms. I live near DFW and would prefer to stay here, but I don't mind a drive. I also have color deficient vision, which is probably a factor in my eligibility. So what can you all tell me about the process? Are combat arms openings hard to find? Experiences with "colorblindness"?

Also, does anyone here work a full time job while in the reserves? Tell me your experience.
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die-tryin  [Team Member]
10/9/2011 4:37:34 PM EST
First you need to decide if your going Officer or Enlisted, This determines everything and who you talk to.

Melvinator2k0  [Team Member]
10/9/2011 5:21:04 PM EST

Originally Posted By die-tryin:
First you need to decide if your going Officer or Enlisted, This determines everything and who you talk to.


Enlisted
ATACORION  [Team Member]
10/10/2011 2:40:41 AM EST
I believe 23rd Marines have a weapons company down at Camp Mabry in Austin. You could look into them if you wanted. Remember if you are serious don;t fuck around and waste time slots into all services are drying up fast with the drawdown and budget cuts. Get the ball rolling and make sure you are above PT minimum standards.
Bonk2029  [Member]
10/10/2011 4:04:22 AM EST
You enlist for a specific MOS and line spot. 1/23 is based in Houston so there should be 0311 slots, but as ATAC noted above, they will dry up quick.
R0N  [Team Member]
10/10/2011 4:30:11 AM EST
Originally Posted By Melvinator2k0:

Originally Posted By die-tryin:
First you need to decide if your going Officer or Enlisted, This determines everything and who you talk to.


Enlisted


There is actually a program right now to go through the officer pipe line and right into the reserves, vice the old way of having to serve 3 years on active duty prior to going into the reserves.
Screechjet1  [Team Member]
10/10/2011 5:20:32 AM EST

Remember, in the Reserves you're joining the unit, and not just the Service.

Get fit, get a physical and get moving.
ATACORION  [Team Member]
10/10/2011 7:10:59 AM EST
Originally Posted By Screechjet1:

Remember, in the Reserves you're joining the unit, and not just the Service.

Get fit, get a physical and get moving.


I work with a guy in the unit (hes a Gunnery Sgt.) been there for like 10 years. hurry up
ElPresidenteAnRK  [Team Member]
10/10/2011 7:42:42 AM EST
Is there a reason you are going enlisted vs officer? I know if I had my bachelours I do OCS, I am going to wait a few months and see if I can get my bachelours when I hit the fleet.

But Luckily for you in reserves if you are enlisted you get to pick the exact MOS you want. If you want to be a 2171 then you can be a 2171 instead of signing a general MOS contract where its needs of the Corps. Not sure what happens though if they dont have a need to fill that billet near you what you would have to do. Obviously my time to go to parris island is coming shortly so I only have limited knowledge.

ETA:Is there a reason you are doing reserves as well? Sure you are stil serving your country but unless you are deployed it will be only 1 weekend a month 2 weeks a year. You still have to juggle a civillian life as well as a military life.
Melvinator2k0  [Team Member]
10/10/2011 10:35:20 AM EST
I was thinking about enlisting because I heard it was nearly impossible to OCS for an officer slot when I researched this 3 years ago.

I want to be in the reserves because I also want to develop a professional career. Also, if I end up liking military life, I would have the option of going active duty, I assume.

As far as my fitness level, there is a lot of room for improvement. My PFT score is 200. I'd like get that to around 300.
ElPresidenteAnRK  [Team Member]
10/10/2011 10:43:28 AM EST

Originally Posted By Melvinator2k0:
I was thinking about enlisting because I heard it was nearly impossible to OCS for an officer slot when I researched this 3 years ago.

I want to be in the reserves because I also want to develop a professional career. Also, if I end up liking military life, I would have the option of going active duty, I assume.

As far as my fitness level, there is a lot of room for improvement. My PFT score is 200. I'd like get that to around 300.


Nothing is impossible if you want it enough if you want to be a Marine that should be your out look on life from now on.

Also from what i hear it is very very difficult to go from reserve to AD they are scaling down the military so less boat spaces available.

For your fitness level not sure of your age but under 27 years of age a first lass PFT is over 225 and for OCS to be competetive I hear you want to be close to 285. This is just what I have heard maybe someone who has actual experience or is a recruiter can help. I know there was a few USMC recruiters here. Andrewphillip was on recruiter duty or just got off of it. you could also contact your local OSO.
USMCTanker  [Team Member]
10/11/2011 7:52:37 PM EST
Originally Posted By R0N:
Originally Posted By Melvinator2k0:

Originally Posted By die-tryin:
First you need to decide if your going Officer or Enlisted, This determines everything and who you talk to.


Enlisted


There is actually a program right now to go through the officer pipe line and right into the reserves, vice the old way of having to serve 3 years on active duty prior to going into the reserves.


He could, but he'd be better off getting the experiences of being AD.

lariatdrvr  [Member]
10/12/2011 1:16:42 PM EST
It has been along while since my time in the Corps but there used to be 14th Marines at NAS Dallas when I was there with MAG41, but I think they might have moved to JRB Carswell there in Ft. Worth.
There is also MAG41 there as well flying F18's and C130's. So you should have options of ground (14th Marines was a cannon cocker outfit) or aviation.
So depends on what you want to do you have choices.
We shared the hanger with the sucknblows and made some good friends. I would go aviation but if you like grunt crap then 14th will be the way to go.
I started out as a reservist in 4th FSSG in Abilene. We did some fun stuff but working on trucks was not my cup of tea.

Hope this helps.
Stac
DTIguy  [Member]
10/12/2011 3:33:14 PM EST
Potential Marine OCS candidate here. I was rejected for the October class with a 2.8 GPA and a 275 PFT. Spots are pretty competitive however the reserves are supposedly hurting for junior officers. This could all change however due to the drawdown and budget cuts. Let me put it this way, I went to MEPS in September of 2010 and still really haven't gotten anywhere. If I could go back a year, I would have enlisted into the reserves. I keep thinking that I could be out of MOS school right now and in Afghanistan with the reserve unit I am applying for through OCS, instead I'm training and *hoping* I get selected for the January class. I've put a lot of career goals on hold in order to pursue OCS but hopefully it will be worth it in the end.
Jarhead08  [Team Member]
10/13/2011 3:51:25 AM EST
HQ Btry 2/14 is in the area. Were it me I'd see if they had any 0861 spaces open.

KimberTLE45  [Team Member]
10/13/2011 4:11:24 AM EST
Originally Posted By DTIguy:
Potential Marine OCS candidate here. I was rejected for the October class with a 2.8 GPA and a 275 PFT. Spots are pretty competitive however the reserves are supposedly hurting for junior officers. This could all change however due to the drawdown and budget cuts. Let me put it this way, I went to MEPS in September of 2010 and still really haven't gotten anywhere. If I could go back a year, I would have enlisted into the reserves. I keep thinking that I could be out of MOS school right now and in Afghanistan with the reserve unit I am applying for through OCS, instead I'm training and *hoping* I get selected for the January class. I've put a lot of career goals on hold in order to pursue OCS but hopefully it will be worth it in the end.


Same here, except I went to MEPs in 09. Graduated with a 3.8 and have a 285 PFT. I'm enlisting as a reservist because my OSO office doesn't have any ground slots available until next June or next October. I want to be a Marine first, I'll worry about becoming an Officer later. Also, if you have a good OSO like mine, you can enlist as a reservist and they can process your paperwork through so that when you return from MOS training you'll be up for the next OCS class.
KimberTLE45  [Team Member]
10/13/2011 4:13:13 AM EST
Originally Posted By R0N:
Originally Posted By Melvinator2k0:

Originally Posted By die-tryin:
First you need to decide if your going Officer or Enlisted, This determines everything and who you talk to.


Enlisted


There is actually a program right now to go through the officer pipe line and right into the reserves, vice the old way of having to serve 3 years on active duty prior to going into the reserves.


From what I was told by my OSO, the USMC is in dire need of reserve Officers, I think I even heard discussion of a bonus?? Don't know much about it because it doesn't interest me at this point in time.
0PSEC  [Member]
10/13/2011 3:04:46 PM EST
Reserves are definitely hurting for officers. It's a long process though. If you can go school-to-school-to-school with no injuries, hiccups, leave, or additional schools, it is a straight year of training to check in as an 0302. Not sure about enlisted. Color vision shouldn't be a problem unless you are spectacularly colorblind - I'm 03 and can't read those fucking stupid numbers in the circles at all, and I barely passed the "lantern" test.
Melvinator2k0  [Team Member]
10/13/2011 3:16:23 PM EST
Thanks for your input everyone.

Originally Posted By 0PSEC:
Reserves are definitely hurting for officers. It's a long process though. If you can go school-to-school-to-school with no injuries, hiccups, leave, or additional schools, it is a straight year of training to check in as an 0302. Not sure about enlisted. Color vision shouldn't be a problem unless you are spectacularly colorblind - I'm 03 and can't read those fucking stupid numbers in the circles at all, and I barely passed the "lantern" test.

That definitely makes me feel better. I know my colors, but I cant read those stupid dot tests to save my life.

Can anyone tell me the general training time for a reserve officer recruit, OCS through TBS and MOS school? I guess this is mostly dependent on the MOS, I just need a general timeline. I guess the advantage of enlisting for me is that the training time isn't as long, which would allow to get started on my career sooner.
10NOV  [Team Member]
10/13/2011 8:11:22 PM EST
Originally Posted By Melvinator2k0:
I was thinking about enlisting because I heard it was nearly impossible to OCS for an officer slot when I researched this 3 years ago.

I want to be in the reserves because I also want to develop a professional career. Also, if I end up liking military life, I would have the option of going active duty, I assume.

As far as my fitness level, there is a lot of room for improvement. My PFT score is 200. I'd like get that to around 300.


I will take a mediocre Marine that gives a fuck as opposed to the jaded lance corporal any day of the week. If you adopt the mindset of just doing what's attainable, then the Corps really isn't your best option for a multitude of reasons.

If you want to develop your professional career, go officer route. What you will learn through OCS/TBS/the fleet in command will set you apart from any of your civilian peers.

As others have said, Reserves are hurting for officers. So much that they're offering early-out on active contracts with a $10,000 bonus.

Don't try to game the game with timing unit deployments. Do your best, let your preferences be known, and always be prepared to be bent over. There are 0302's who hit the fleet in 2008 and did back to back MEU's. Needs of the Corps, not needs of the Melvinator2k0.
10NOV  [Team Member]
10/13/2011 8:13:53 PM EST
Originally Posted By Melvinator2k0:
Thanks for your input everyone.

Originally Posted By 0PSEC:
Reserves are definitely hurting for officers. It's a long process though. If you can go school-to-school-to-school with no injuries, hiccups, leave, or additional schools, it is a straight year of training to check in as an 0302. Not sure about enlisted. Color vision shouldn't be a problem unless you are spectacularly colorblind - I'm 03 and can't read those fucking stupid numbers in the circles at all, and I barely passed the "lantern" test.

That definitely makes me feel better. I know my colors, but I cant read those stupid dot tests to save my life.

Can anyone tell me the general training time for a reserve officer recruit, OCS through TBS and MOS school? I guess this is mostly dependent on the MOS, I just need a general timeline. I guess the advantage of enlisting for me is that the training time isn't as long, which would allow to get started on my career sooner.


Timeline: 2.5 months OCS, 6 months TBS, X months MOS school. Infantry, 2.5 months. Artillery, 5 months. Comm, 6 months. It varies, average being around 2.5 months.
DTIguy  [Member]
10/14/2011 2:07:10 PM EST

Originally Posted By KimberTLE45:
Originally Posted By DTIguy:
Potential Marine OCS candidate here. I was rejected for the October class with a 2.8 GPA and a 275 PFT. Spots are pretty competitive however the reserves are supposedly hurting for junior officers. This could all change however due to the drawdown and budget cuts. Let me put it this way, I went to MEPS in September of 2010 and still really haven't gotten anywhere. If I could go back a year, I would have enlisted into the reserves. I keep thinking that I could be out of MOS school right now and in Afghanistan with the reserve unit I am applying for through OCS, instead I'm training and *hoping* I get selected for the January class. I've put a lot of career goals on hold in order to pursue OCS but hopefully it will be worth it in the end.


Same here, except I went to MEPs in 09. Graduated with a 3.8 and have a 285 PFT. I'm enlisting as a reservist because my OSO office doesn't have any ground slots available until next June or next October. I want to be a Marine first, I'll worry about becoming an Officer later. Also, if you have a good OSO like mine, you can enlist as a reservist and they can process your paperwork through so that when you return from MOS training you'll be up for the next OCS class.

What OSO are you working with? I contract on the 18th for OCC-R ground.
KimberTLE45  [Team Member]
10/14/2011 4:36:54 PM EST
Originally Posted By DTIguy:

Originally Posted By KimberTLE45:
Originally Posted By DTIguy:
Potential Marine OCS candidate here. I was rejected for the October class with a 2.8 GPA and a 275 PFT. Spots are pretty competitive however the reserves are supposedly hurting for junior officers. This could all change however due to the drawdown and budget cuts. Let me put it this way, I went to MEPS in September of 2010 and still really haven't gotten anywhere. If I could go back a year, I would have enlisted into the reserves. I keep thinking that I could be out of MOS school right now and in Afghanistan with the reserve unit I am applying for through OCS, instead I'm training and *hoping* I get selected for the January class. I've put a lot of career goals on hold in order to pursue OCS but hopefully it will be worth it in the end.


Same here, except I went to MEPs in 09. Graduated with a 3.8 and have a 285 PFT. I'm enlisting as a reservist because my OSO office doesn't have any ground slots available until next June or next October. I want to be a Marine first, I'll worry about becoming an Officer later. Also, if you have a good OSO like mine, you can enlist as a reservist and they can process your paperwork through so that when you return from MOS training you'll be up for the next OCS class.

What OSO are you working with? I contract on the 18th for OCC-R ground.


Lansing. OCC-R slots aren't too hard to get, I just want to go active.
DTIguy  [Member]
10/16/2011 8:49:28 AM EST

Originally Posted By KimberTLE45:
Originally Posted By DTIguy:

Originally Posted By KimberTLE45:
Originally Posted By DTIguy:
Potential Marine OCS candidate here. I was rejected for the October class with a 2.8 GPA and a 275 PFT. Spots are pretty competitive however the reserves are supposedly hurting for junior officers. This could all change however due to the drawdown and budget cuts. Let me put it this way, I went to MEPS in September of 2010 and still really haven't gotten anywhere. If I could go back a year, I would have enlisted into the reserves. I keep thinking that I could be out of MOS school right now and in Afghanistan with the reserve unit I am applying for through OCS, instead I'm training and *hoping* I get selected for the January class. I've put a lot of career goals on hold in order to pursue OCS but hopefully it will be worth it in the end.


Same here, except I went to MEPs in 09. Graduated with a 3.8 and have a 285 PFT. I'm enlisting as a reservist because my OSO office doesn't have any ground slots available until next June or next October. I want to be a Marine first, I'll worry about becoming an Officer later. Also, if you have a good OSO like mine, you can enlist as a reservist and they can process your paperwork through so that when you return from MOS training you'll be up for the next OCS class.

What OSO are you working with? I contract on the 18th for OCC-R ground.


Lansing. OCC-R slots aren't too hard to get, I just want to go active.
I'm through Lansing as well.

I don't blame you for wanting to go active. The Michigan job market sucks and it would dumb to commit 4 years as a reservist in a state that has no jobs. If I don't get selected for the next class, I'll probably enlist active.
KimberTLE45  [Team Member]
10/16/2011 9:17:58 AM EST
Originally Posted By DTIguy:

Originally Posted By KimberTLE45:
Originally Posted By DTIguy:

Originally Posted By KimberTLE45:
Originally Posted By DTIguy:
Potential Marine OCS candidate here. I was rejected for the October class with a 2.8 GPA and a 275 PFT. Spots are pretty competitive however the reserves are supposedly hurting for junior officers. This could all change however due to the drawdown and budget cuts. Let me put it this way, I went to MEPS in September of 2010 and still really haven't gotten anywhere. If I could go back a year, I would have enlisted into the reserves. I keep thinking that I could be out of MOS school right now and in Afghanistan with the reserve unit I am applying for through OCS, instead I'm training and *hoping* I get selected for the January class. I've put a lot of career goals on hold in order to pursue OCS but hopefully it will be worth it in the end.


Same here, except I went to MEPs in 09. Graduated with a 3.8 and have a 285 PFT. I'm enlisting as a reservist because my OSO office doesn't have any ground slots available until next June or next October. I want to be a Marine first, I'll worry about becoming an Officer later. Also, if you have a good OSO like mine, you can enlist as a reservist and they can process your paperwork through so that when you return from MOS training you'll be up for the next OCS class.

What OSO are you working with? I contract on the 18th for OCC-R ground.


Lansing. OCC-R slots aren't too hard to get, I just want to go active.
I'm through Lansing as well.

I don't blame you for wanting to go active. The Michigan job market sucks and it would dumb to commit 4 years as a reservist in a state that has no jobs. If I don't get selected for the next class, I'll probably enlist active.


I thought about enlisting active but to go through ECP you need to be a CPL. and in the current state of the USMC, that could take some time. I'm most likely going enlisted reserve and competing for an active ground slot when I get back, from what the OSA's have told me that should make me a bit more competitive.
d5griffin  [Member]
10/18/2011 9:39:29 AM EST
Originally Posted By Melvinator2k0:
I was thinking about enlisting because I heard it was nearly impossible to OCS for an officer slot when I researched this 3 years ago.

I want to be in the reserves because I also want to develop a professional career. Also, if I end up liking military life, I would have the option of going active duty, I assume.

As far as my fitness level, there is a lot of room for improvement. My PFT score is 200. I'd like get that to around 300.


OCS isn't impossible to get into. Although I'm not accepted, my OSO is optimistic about the November PLC 14 board.

From my becoming extensive experience with applying to OCS, for ground––get a 290+ PFT, decent grades at a decent school, and you've got a solid chance.

So its simple. Start running every day.

Enlisting does come with student debt repayment, while officer doesnt. There are tons of pros and cons. I've got a surplus of application knowledge. IM me if you want.

Apply early and re-apply often. With the number of recession dodgers around knowing that someone actually wants it is all the difference IMO.
KimberTLE45  [Team Member]
10/18/2011 10:05:56 AM EST
Originally Posted By d5griffin:
Originally Posted By Melvinator2k0:
I was thinking about enlisting because I heard it was nearly impossible to OCS for an officer slot when I researched this 3 years ago.

I want to be in the reserves because I also want to develop a professional career. Also, if I end up liking military life, I would have the option of going active duty, I assume.

As far as my fitness level, there is a lot of room for improvement. My PFT score is 200. I'd like get that to around 300.


OCS isn't impossible to get into. Although I'm not accepted, my OSO is optimistic about the November PLC 14 board.

From my becoming extensive experience with applying to OCS, for ground––get a 290+ PFT, decent grades at a decent school, and you've got a solid chance.

So its simple. Start running every day.

Enlisting does come with student debt repayment, while officer doesnt. There are tons of pros and cons. I've got a surplus of application knowledge. IM me if you want.

Apply early and re-apply often. With the number of recession dodgers around knowing that someone actually wants it is all the difference IMO.


PLC and OCC are different worlds as far as competition goes... I really wish that I would've worked harder to be accepted for PLC as OCC is insanely competitive.
0PSEC  [Member]
10/18/2011 12:04:36 PM EST

Originally Posted By Melvinator2k0:

I want to be in the reserves because I also want to develop a professional career. Also, if I end up liking military life, I would have the option of going active duty, I assume.


FYI that is an inaccurate assumption. The Corps is looking to shrink it's active side. A lot of Lt's are expected to go home after their initial contract is up. The reserves are hurting for officers, but active contracts are getting a lot harder to come by and keep. Augmenting from reserve to active is not a possibility to rely on in the near term.
R0N  [Team Member]
10/18/2011 1:57:57 PM EST
I sat on a recent OCAN selection board, competition is very high right now. We are turning away a ton of quality enlisted guys.
KimberTLE45  [Team Member]
10/18/2011 5:14:34 PM EST
Originally Posted By R0N:
I sat on a recent OCAN selection board, competition is very high right now. We are turning away a ton of quality enlisted guys.


I am a bit surprised to hear this. Are these all ECP guys?
R0N  [Team Member]
10/18/2011 11:38:17 PM EST
ECP and MECEP, well under half of the guys who qualified for ECP were selected.
KimberTLE45  [Team Member]
10/19/2011 2:40:17 AM EST
Originally Posted By R0N:
ECP and MECEP, well under half of the guys who qualified for ECP were selected.


Wow. If I may ask, what were the characteristics of those who were at the top of the list? What played the biggest role?

I'm actually in the process of enlisting active duty (Changed my mind from Reservist) with the intention of pursuing ECP. I typically run around a 280 - 285 PFT, a 3.8 GPA in college and no major waivers. I also have letters of recommendation from two federal agents, former instructors, police officers, several Marines (including my former OSO and a retired scout sniper), and a few of the executives where I am currently employed. Do you have any advice to make my package more competitive when I do come in front of the ECP board?
BuckeyeRifleman  [Team Member]
10/23/2011 4:22:35 PM EST
Originally Posted By R0N:
Originally Posted By Melvinator2k0:

Originally Posted By die-tryin:
First you need to decide if your going Officer or Enlisted, This determines everything and who you talk to.


Enlisted


There is actually a program right now to go through the officer pipe line and right into the reserves, vice the old way of having to serve 3 years on active duty prior to going into the reserves.


If you have any questions about this route (OCC-Reserve) IM me. I would highly recommend the officer route.

FIELDSofFIRE  [Member]
10/29/2011 11:35:51 AM EST
I dont know about officers, but the enlisted reserve unit in my area is hurting, most slots are for 03's. The recruiters ask for reservist volunteers every poolee function. I got lucky enough to get a UH Active Infantry contract and leave this Monday for MCRD San Diego.
KimberTLE45  [Team Member]
10/29/2011 4:48:39 PM EST
Originally Posted By FIELDSofFIRE:
I dont know about officers, but the enlisted reserve unit in my area is hurting, most slots are for 03's. The recruiters ask for reservist volunteers every poolee function. I got lucky enough to get a UH Active Infantry contract and leave this Monday for MCRD San Diego.


Congrats! They disbanded all of the infantry reserve units in my area. I just swore in for active duty infantry yesterday. Ship date as of now is 20120611 though...
FIELDSofFIRE  [Member]
10/30/2011 11:13:33 AM EST
Originally Posted By KimberTLE45:
Originally Posted By FIELDSofFIRE:
I dont know about officers, but the enlisted reserve unit in my area is hurting, most slots are for 03's. The recruiters ask for reservist volunteers every poolee function. I got lucky enough to get a UH Active Infantry contract and leave this Monday for MCRD San Diego.


Congrats! They disbanded all of the infantry reserve units in my area. I just swore in for active duty infantry yesterday. Ship date as of now is 20120611 though...


Congratulations to you as well, I should be one of the new guys in my unit when your going to MCRD. See you out there, I'm getting pretty nervous about boot tomorrow.
pevrs114  [Member]
10/30/2011 4:25:36 PM EST
Originally Posted By Jarhead08:
HQ Btry 2/14 is in the area. Were it me I'd see if they had any 0861 spaces open.



This would be a really fun job. More fun if it were in an infantry battalion, though. Our 13F's when I was in an artillery battalion didn't do nearly as much cool stuff as the 13F's when I was in an infantry battalion. I'm sure that Army and Marines aren't so doctrinally different as to change that dynamic.

I've always thought that an ANGLICO slot would be loads of fun... Not sure where they all are though.
TylerM_8  [Team Member]
10/30/2011 9:42:35 PM EST
I just enlisted this past June in the USMC Reserve and I'm shipping out in March. I'd recommend you enlist as soon as you are ready because it will be a while before you actually ship. For me, it will be 9 months from enlistment to ship date.

As far as the enlistment process goes, give your local recruiter a call or visit the station and talk to him face to face. First things he is going to ask you will be your name, age, height, weight, if you have any tattoos or brandings, if you have any involvment with law, etc.....basic kind of questions. Then you will take a short test, I can't remember how long but probably about 15-30 minutes. You will be given a packet of Department of Defense forms that you will have to fill out asking more detailed information like address, where you went to school, employment, personal references, etc. Once this is filled out you will set a date up with your recruiter to take the ASVAB or go to MEPS and take the ASVAB there. My route was the latter. My recruiter took me to MEPS on a Wednesday at noon and I took the ASVAB when I got there. Then stayed in a hotel (paid for don't worry about expenses) overnight and went for a full physical the next morning. I swore in at about noon on Thursday and my recruiter picked me up and brought me back home. Congratulations and welcome aboard, you're enlisted!!!

That's how my enlistment went. It probably varies slightly but that is essentially the enlistment process.

Now regarding selecting a unit and MOS.....the day that I brought my DoD papers in, I was sitting there and just asked my recruiter "when do I pick my MOS?" He said, "now if you want to." So he called the Recruiting Sub-Station and had a list of the local MOS's available faxed in. There were very few back then as I'm sure there are now. I only had an list of maybe 10 MOS slots open. I was happy though as there was just one 0311 slot on there so I grabbed that up. Now your MOS will be tied to a "local" Reserve location. I don't think it can exceed a three-hour drive but I could be wrong on that. Mine for instance is 4th Light Armorred Reconnaissance Battalion, Bravo Company, out of Fort Detrick, Maryland. After you've enlisted, you will eventually go with you recruiter to the Reserve location for a "Reserve Interview". I had mine a month ago and basically all I did was go with two other guys and met the First Sergeant and he tells you about the unit, what he expects of you, and allows you to ask any questions. Then you come back home.

I can't comment on the color deficiency but I'm sure your recruiter would know.

As far as the availability of Combat Arms MOS's, I imagine they are difficult to get, but all MOS's are in short availability right now. However, on my list of MOS's available, there were three 03's and they were the majority as well as one Combat Engineer.

Good luck and feel free to PM me if you need to.
Bonk2029  [Member]
10/31/2011 4:24:14 AM EST
Originally Posted By pevrs114:
Originally Posted By Jarhead08:
HQ Btry 2/14 is in the area. Were it me I'd see if they had any 0861 spaces open.



This would be a really fun job. More fun if it were in an infantry battalion, though. Our 13F's when I was in an artillery battalion didn't do nearly as much cool stuff as the 13F's when I was in an infantry battalion. I'm sure that Army and Marines aren't so doctrinally different as to change that dynamic.

I've always thought that an ANGLICO slot would be loads of fun... Not sure where they all are though.


The two reserve side ANGLICO's are 3rd in Bell, CA (Los Angeles area) and 4th in West Palm Beach, FL. I went to a school (pre-9/11) with a Marine in the 4th, and he had nothing but good things to say about that unit. Lots of field time, and they had fire missions down to an art form.
DTIguy  [Member]
11/1/2011 1:26:25 PM EST

Originally Posted By KimberTLE45:
Originally Posted By FIELDSofFIRE:
I dont know about officers, but the enlisted reserve unit in my area is hurting, most slots are for 03's. The recruiters ask for reservist volunteers every poolee function. I got lucky enough to get a UH Active Infantry contract and leave this Monday for MCRD San Diego.


Congrats! They disbanded all of the infantry reserve units in my area. I just swore in for active duty infantry yesterday. Ship date as of now is 20120611 though...

Woahhh, do you have a link or a source? Which units?
Sharpest  [Member]
11/5/2011 12:54:07 PM EST
If you enlist with a specific reserve unit in one city, Dallas in this case, and then move, can you transfer to a unit in your new city? If so, I expect it depends on available slots? I ask because I currently live in Dallas but am hellbent on moving to Houston as soon as I find a job there. A 4 hour drive on drill weekends isnt the end of the world but I'd just as soon avoid it if possible. Thanks
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