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Posted: 4/25/2002 3:48:05 PM EDT
Finally..............all this has come together. Has taken 6 months to get medical waiver [hearing code 3 in left ear....WTF?] approved. Review board would not give me a code 2 [as requested by CMO], which would have allowed me to choose any MOS I wanted as my ASVAB scores were high, but does allow me entrance just the same. Funny part is that there was only one position within a 3 hr drive of me that allowed a code 3 hearing.....and get this......92G.......Food Specialist! But, unit is 6 miles up the road, I go in as an E3, come out as a Specialist 4 and take an E5 slot. I hear AIT is also a snap. Lame, IMO, that I could not specialize in what I wanted [MP or Chemical Warfare Specialist] due to a slight [but slight enough] hearing loss at 4000hz. Oh well............"In" was my main concern and I will take what comes. Basic at Fort Jackson, SC and AIT at Fort Lee, VA. Back to back approx 20 weeks. Shipping 20020820. I am really looking forward to this. Still gonna make the [b]BRC[/b]
Link Posted: 4/25/2002 3:50:10 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/25/2002 3:52:14 PM EDT by shooter69]
Nice!
Link Posted: 4/25/2002 4:44:03 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 4/25/2002 5:04:06 PM EDT
Congratulations and welcome to the party![USA]
Link Posted: 4/25/2002 5:14:59 PM EDT
Having spent many months on mess duty should entitle me to say those are some of the hardest working and under appreciated SOB's in uniform. At work by 0400, might get to go home around 2100, and get to listen to every swing'n dick and bounce'n boob complain about the food. Go get'em hard charger!
Link Posted: 4/25/2002 5:15:59 PM EDT
X-Kill, Great job, I remember when you and I first talked about this (sept 11th maybe?) I am too old, but congrats for getting in, and thanks for doing it also! Go make us proud.
Link Posted: 4/25/2002 5:42:46 PM EDT
Yeah Hielo, it was around 11 SEP when you and I first had this conversation. Although my entire adult life thus far has been spent [b][i][u]knowing[/b][/i][/u] that military service [in some capacity] was something that I was just supposed to do, the attack on 11 SEP was the actual catalyst that woke me up, gave me a shot of reality and made me see that it was now or never. A few people don't understand why a 35 year old would do something like this.....service is for the younger kids I have been told. In reality I am mentally and physically capable of doing this. It is one thing to do something out of arrogance and vanity and quite another to follow what one feels to be a tangible calling that will yeild incomparable training, a well defined and very viable career path and the opportunity to serve our country. Sacrifice, hard, unforgiving and even harsh?.....yeah probably so, but everything worth serving in and for has a price. To me.......and to my life.....it is a price that I will gladly accept the honor of being required to pay. I appreciate the kind words guys..............if any of you are in the Fort Lee area I would be glad to look you up during AIT on some of those "interesting" week-end passes I'll get. Guess that makes me an Army of one huh?........... Well anyhow, I like the old slogan better........... Go Army!
Link Posted: 4/25/2002 8:48:04 PM EDT
Congrats - best of luck - thank you! Tate
Link Posted: 4/25/2002 8:50:45 PM EDT
Many thanks in advance for your upcoming service to our country! Bravo Zulu!
Link Posted: 4/25/2002 9:08:35 PM EDT
X-Kill, congrats and welcome! I took the oath the week before last and start 19K M1A1 Armor Crewman school this coming Wednesday. At the age of 37, I really admire what you're doing at 35. I was lucky to have gone through Basic when I was 19 (18 years ago...ugh!). Have fun at Basic and try to keep a straight face when the Drill Sgts are screaming at you, otherwise you'll be doing pushups long into the night. :) btw, I too was motivated to get back in because of 9/11. -kill-9
Link Posted: 4/25/2002 9:16:28 PM EDT
Make us proud!!! [usa]
Link Posted: 4/25/2002 9:28:17 PM EDT
I'm stopping by the local office of the NG 109th Field Arty up in here in PA tomorrow in a vain attempt to try to avoid DOD eye sight regs. Good luck man. Thanks for fighting for those of us who apparently can't.
Link Posted: 4/26/2002 9:09:40 AM EDT
Good Luck and Godspeed!!!!
Link Posted: 4/26/2002 9:24:57 PM EDT
WOW, enlisting at 35, i went to parris island at 25 and it almost did me in. you have "el grande cajones" my friend. food service is a bitch. everyone makes fun of the cooks but those guys work HARD. hardest job in military if you ask me. always hot, long hours, no one appreciates you. i dontknow about the amry guard but in the Corps you can "scumbag" your reserve unit out of an MOS. for instance. i enlisted in the Marine reserve and i needed a waiver (i was 30lbs too heavy but i passed the IST and the body fat measurement) the only way i could go in was as a truck driver for a reserve unit. i said "ok" well at MCT (kinda like AIT) they said "anyone who changed their mind and wants to be a grunt let us know and we can pencil-fuck your paperwork and send you across the road" (to the school of infantry)and thats what i did. ended up 03 active. im sure you will have many opportunites as you go through the pipeline to choose a different path if you wish but whatever you decide...good luck. there should be more like you
Link Posted: 4/26/2002 9:45:04 PM EDT
Congrats! Good luck in your training. medcop
Link Posted: 4/27/2002 4:57:06 AM EDT
Congratulations Brad! You'll do great, I'm sure. You'll do yourself a big favor if you start training now. You [b]are[/b] doing your push ups, situps & running, right? See you at the BRC. We're staying at the Ice House too!
Link Posted: 4/27/2002 5:10:48 AM EDT
Congrats and good luck. The toughest jobs in the military are MP, Medic and Cooks.... Joining the Guard opens a lot of opportunities for shooting. I happen to be in the Reserves and have a great job as an Instructor, but the Guardsmen get to shoot a hell of a lot more than I do!
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