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Posted: 9/25/2001 5:13:07 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/25/2001 5:13:10 PM EDT by X--Kill]
Seriously. So don't make fun of me or anything. Right now I just want some more info than I alread have. Background: I gave up a career in the Navy because of the nearsightedness of a 19 year old idiot kid. I tossed 60k and a chance at retiring in a couple of years had I stayed in. I am of a military mindset....have always been. Many of my friends have been or still are in the guard. My local unit is an area support group and was formerly an MP unit. I am approching cut-off age of 35 so I only have about 5 months to finalize. I am in extremely good physical shape and feel for certain that I can make it through basic....I know I would be an "Old Man" but It is something I need to do. I want to do this for me....for the challenge. I also want to be part of something that is useful...........I do not want to throw away any more opportunities. So, give me some advice if you can..........don't flame me cause again, I am serious about this. I can probably begin as PFC due to some college experience and may even seek to go to OCS and pursue the guard as a career.
Link Posted: 9/25/2001 5:16:12 PM EDT
X--Kill, I have no suggestions for you, just a heart felt "Go for it!"
Link Posted: 9/25/2001 5:18:51 PM EDT
If it is something you want to do, you should do it.
Link Posted: 9/25/2001 5:24:54 PM EDT
I got out of the Air National guard after nine years of service behind me. It took a few years but I regretted it once I realized I COULD HAVE RETIRED THREE YEARS AGO!!! Time has a way of slipping by faster each year. [>(] I met a great bunch of guys and gals that were all loyal and dedicated to their jobs and mission. Not the goofballs I expected to find when I got out of the regulars and joined up. I miss them and the duty. Go for it! GN30 out-
Link Posted: 9/25/2001 5:26:38 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/25/2001 5:28:41 PM EDT
Try for a Warrant Officers position. I was offered on a few weeks ago. I am in a similar position as you & have no military experience. Just smart & good skills. Scott
Link Posted: 9/25/2001 5:55:02 PM EDT
If you really want to do it , go for it! When I went through basic there was a guy in my company that was 33 years old. He was in good shape when he got there and probably had fewer problems than mosy simply because of mindset and maturity. It is a noble thing to do, just don't do it for the wrong reasons. Good luck whatever your decision.
Link Posted: 9/25/2001 6:35:06 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/25/2001 6:41:55 PM EDT by MP906]
Why would anyone make fun of you? The NG, especially the MPs, is serious buisness. I'm an MP in the MO guard. The other company in my battalion is deploying to Kosovo in November(unless that changes to Afgan). My platoon got activated at 12 noon on Sep. 11. It freaked me out to get called from my college apartment while watching the events unfold on TV. We ended up pulling base security at the state NG headquarters. We were armed and thoroughly searched every car that went into the place for 3 days. One squad did the same thing at the Airport. Anyway, the Guard is not the force it used to be. The "new guard" is one that is more serious and will likely see much more action. If you go MP, you can expect to go overseas for 6-9 months at least once. If you have college, go officer. You won't regret it once you research how much money they make each weekend. Besides, it is a GREAT gun fund! Godd luck and God bless the National Guard!
Link Posted: 9/25/2001 6:57:05 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/25/2001 7:28:10 PM EDT
If you join the guard and have prior service such as yourself being in the Navy. You will not have to go through Basic Training, you will just need to find you an MOS that you can get trained in. The guard is notorious for lack of proper training. So find what you want to do and don't sign any paperwork unless you can guarnteed training. I'm our medical section supervisor. Getting schools, not just medic schools, is a pain, they want the man power but seem to loose enthusiasm once you are in. Being in the Guard is much differant than it once was. You have a greater chance of being called up and it does carry some prestige with it. My suggestion, and I am biased, go 91B Medical Specialist (Medic) we don't have enough of them and can't seem to get any in. I am begging for good medics! For my battalion, I have five medics, maybe loosing one. That is four plus myself for heavy engineer battalion - with no g9**%##@509^%$##)_)_*448798**^^%* ambulance either! Now, ain't that something. Sometimes the goverments mind set just really bug the crap out of me actually it sometimes really just pisses me off............... Jumping off soap box to return to the thread. Seriously, we need medics and we need them bad. Give it a shot, no pun intended, it's a great job, your soldiers will take care of you and your commnand won't screw with you. You help one soldier and it will go a long ways to people watching and covering your back! IMO - the best job there is.
Link Posted: 9/26/2001 4:09:10 PM EDT
Thanks for the info and well wishes guys. I have decided today that I will join. My time line is doable...........I have to wait until around Dec 6th before I can sign up due to current job demands and constraints. I do not turn 35 until Feb so looks like I will be okay. I just want to do something.....for me.....for my country and for my family.
Link Posted: 9/26/2001 5:51:04 PM EDT
Originally Posted By pakrat: If you join the guard and have prior service such as yourself being in the Navy. You will not have to go through Basic Training, you will just need to find you an MOS that you can get trained in. The guard is notorious for lack of proper training. So find what you want to do and don't sign any paperwork unless you can guarnteed training. I'm our medical section supervisor. Getting schools, not just medic schools, is a pain, they want the man power but seem to loose enthusiasm once you are in. Being in the Guard is much differant than it once was. You have a greater chance of being called up and it does carry some prestige with it. My suggestion, and I am biased, go 91B Medical Specialist (Medic) we don't have enough of them and can't seem to get any in. I am begging for good medics! For my battalion, I have five medics, maybe loosing one. That is four plus myself for heavy engineer battalion - with no g9**%##@509^%$##)_)_*448798**^^%* ambulance either! Now, ain't that something. Sometimes the goverments mind set just really bug the crap out of me actually it sometimes really just pisses me off............... Jumping off soap box to return to the thread. Seriously, we need medics and we need them bad. Give it a shot, no pun intended, it's a great job, your soldiers will take care of you and your commnand won't screw with you. You help one soldier and it will go a long ways to people watching and covering your back! IMO - the best job there is.
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Is it guarnteed that differant goverments are loosing commnand? Man!,they ARE desperate!
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