Another help me choose an MOS thread!
I've decided to leave my dead end job(comm. hvac) and do the thing I've wanted to do since I was a freshman in middle school, join the armed forces! I feel as if I have wasted away a good part of my life,and doing nothing worth a damn. I have just said "good-bye" to my best friend, he is going over seas to do mail runs.
I am 21 years old, and I have done some preliminary paper work for my recruiter. I have also started preparing for the PT part of BASIC. Any help with this is also greatly appreciated!:)
Any ways, I am interested and also have skills in computers, electronics, weaponry, mechanics and shooting. I respect those who sit behind a desk and do their military duty, but I feel it isn't for me. I want action!:supergrin:
Reserve or no?
My friend was a 13Bravo, tank crewman I think. I like the idea, but don't like being confined. Maybe something along the lines of infantry, or maybe something close. Aargh, I have so many ideas running through my head!
I'm so excited! An Army of ONE!!
Don't go reserves. If you're gonna join active duty is where it's at. There are alot of great choices that won't have you behind a desk. All depends on what you are interested in.
I was a 12B(Combat Engineer) I believe now they are called 21B. There are generally two types, light and mechanized. I was in an airborne unit so I was light. The mechanized guys use armored vehicles and support mechanized infantry. Combat Engineers generally work closely with the infantry and cross train on infantry tasks often because if you are not doing a combat engineer mission you are doing infatry especially since you're right there with them.
In a nutshell 21B's are trained in explosives(tnt,c4, etc), land mines, booby traps, wire obstacles, etc etc. We clear mine fields, emplace mine and mine fields, destroy things with demo, emplace wire obstacles and stuff like that.
It was a lot of fun and I do miss it. I've been out about three years now and if this police stuff doesn't happen I keep thinking of going back. Good luck.
National Guard or Active will see action. Go 11B Infantry or 19D Scout if you like action. 13B is Arty and 19K is Tanks they are dead end jobs IMHO.
My Guard unit has deployed and seen more action that the Active duty units stationed near by at Ft Hood.
Can't say whether Guard or Active would be best for YOU.
The Army Reserve only has one infantry unit, located in Hawaii. The rest are all combat support or combat service support units. From what you posted, I don't think Reserve is for you.
All the Guard units in the four state area around me have deployed and seen combat. Most are artillery or infantry units. A few of them have done three rotations already.
If you're joining for combat arms, good for you. I see lots of people joining for bonuses and not wanting to work (support types). Thank you.
I would say 19D cavalry scout, but I'm bit biased :cool:
Chorus: (Sung after each verse)
We are, we are, we are, we are, the Combat ENGINEER'S
we can, we can, we can, we can, demolish forty beers
Drink up, drink up, drink up, drink up and come along with us
For we don’t give a damn, for any Old Man, who don’t give a damn for us - Hey
Now Venus is a statue made entirely out of stone,
She hasn't a fig leaf on her – she is naked to the bone.
On seeing that her arms we gone, two ENGINEERS discoursed,
Of course the darn thing's broken and should be reinforced!
An ENGINEER and a tanker once found a gallon can
Said the tanker to the ENGINEER "Out drink me if you can!"
The tanker took three drinks and died, his face was turning green.
But the ENGINEER kept drinking, it was only gasoline.
Godiva was a lady who through Coventry did ride,
Showing all the villagers her lovely, lily hide
The most observant fellow was an ENGINEER of course,
Was the only one to notice that Godiva rode a horse!
I've come a long, long way she said and I'll go as long and far
with the man who'll help me off my horse and lead me to a bar
The men who helped her off her horse and stood her to a beer,
Were a bleary-eyed surveyor and a drunken ENGINEER!
My father was a miner on the upper Malamute,
My mother was a hostess in a house of ill repute.
When I was only sixteen years, she shouted loud and clear
Get out of the house, become a man, and join the ENGINEERS!
Julius Caesar went to Egypt at the age of 53
Cleopatra’s blood was warm, her heart was young and free
But every night when Julie left her house at 3 o’clock
There was a Roman Engineer awaiting just around the block
Sir Francis Drake and all his men put out for Misery Bay
They heard the Spanish Rum Fleet was heading out that way
But the Engineers had beat them by a night and half a day
And though as drunk as hooligans you still could hear them say
The Air Force and the Navy came to town to have some fun
Down to the taverns where the fiery liquors run
But all they found was broken glass, the Engineers had come
And traded junk filled demo bags for gallon kegs of rum
We lay down all their rolling roads and cut down all their trees
And if the order ever comes, we’d forge the raging seas
When ever they want to sleep awhile, we put them up a town
And we build the blasted bridges so the Infantry won’t drown
We put them over rivers and across the mountain streams
Do everything but tuck them in and wish them pleasant dreams
And when the going’s really tough, and shells do burst our ears
The whole Division’s apt to say, GOD, SEND THE ENGINEERS
We build and blow your bridges and fix your roads up too,
There aren't too many things in life an ENGINEER can't do.
You never seem to need us 'til your minds are filled with fear,
Then the first thing that you call for are the Combat ENGINEERS.
We plan and guard your barriers, and we build your bunkers too,
And each and every war we prove what the ENGINEERS can do.
For in the thick of every fight, the cry has been for years
Come clear the pass, and save our ass, you Combat ENGINEERS.
Well how well did you score on your ASVAB? Do you have any law violations? Nothing wrong with, going Infantry , thats what I am.
If you want adventure, and playing with guns, and explosives, look at 11x, infantry recruit, or 21b, or 19d.
I'm actually taking the new ASVAB test this afternoon, but I took the old one from highschool to the recruiter, and he said I did excellent.
I have no felonies, mistameaners, or drug charges. I do have a few:upeyes: speeding tickets though.;)
On my list is 11x, 19d, and 13b among others. I'm talking with the recruiter again after the test. I'll report back later.:supergrin:
And Thankyou for all the helpful replies!:)
Scored a 77 on my asvab.:shocked:
I've narrowed it down to 11x, 19d, to a lesser degree 13b. Alot changed huh?;) Any ways, how do I deal with "crotch rot", when at work, my junk itches(my gf soon to be wife likes it kinda bald:)) after the sweat dries and I cool off.:freak: I can only guess how bad it will be at basic.:shocked:
77th percentile? Or 77 General Technical?
77th percentile is very good and will let you do just about any job in the military (110-115 GT). 77 General Technical would be around the bottom cutoff for scores (25-30th percentile)
I'm assuming that you mean 77th percentile.
Change your underwear often, at least once a day. Even if you can't change your uniform, change your socks and underwear (and always bring extra if you will be out in the field).
Clean that region often; use babywipes or at least a washcloth if you don't have access to showers.
Buy a bottle of antifungal cream. Some are labelled as being for jock itch, others for athlete's foot. They all have the same ingredients. Keep using it for the prescribed period, even if symptoms go away.
If you start getting a bad rash, you may want to consider using baby powder (not foot powder - it burns) before going on long ruck marches. Otherwise, you could be in a lot of pain.
Ugh, now I feel unclean... But, honestly, a LOT of guys get this problem at BASIC. The primary culprit is improper sanitation.
I was in for 9 years. I did the best of both worlds. I was 11B for the first 5 and then reclassed to EOD (89D) for the last 4. I won't tell you which MOS to choose. It's all about what you want. It's all about what you can do, handle and take. I can say this... as EOD I have operated with some of the best troops in the world. I have worked Secret Service missions. I have operated with SOF, both US, Lithuanian, Polish, British, German, Austalian. I have had more combat patrols with the 82nd than I can count. And the best of it all... What job let's you go roaming around looking for stuff to blow up? Not too mention, if you are a risk taker, what better risk is there than to sit on top of an IED trying to RSP it while someone's shooting at you???
Okay that last part did sound a little over-zealous. I just liked the EOD work that I did.
Good luck in what ever you do!!!
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Thank you all for your answers and support. I think it has come down to 11Bravo.
Went today to finalize my papers. The list that came up had alot of good jobs (technical), but in the end, he had to call up "the rock"(?), and 11x was added. I am now getting ready to leave. I go at the end of this month. God bless, and please, please pray for me.
PS I will try to get pics and stuff from graduation.
Good choice. Congrats, and good luck!
Great to see a motivated prospective Soldier. All the combat arms jobs mentioned so far are great MOS's, where you'll have oppurtunities to learn and advance.
13B is Artillery, Cannon Crewmember. You'll be on either a M119 105 mm towed howitzer, a M198 or M777 155mm towed howitzer, or a M109A6 self propelled howitzer. It's a great MOS.
If you're interested in Infantry and Artillery, look into 13F, Fire Support Specialist. You'll work with Infantry and Armor units, coordinating fires (artillery, mortars, and fighters). These are typically some of the best Soldiers in the combat arms. I can't recommend it enough.
Finally, remember two things.
1. Chose a Combat Arms MOS.
2. Join the Army to be a Soldier. Your MOS will define your primary duties, but these days we need smart and adaptable Soldiers who can excel in all duties a Soldier is called upon to perform.
you didn’t say weather 77 % or 77GT
stay away from 13B
best job ever 13F with an option 40( Ranger contract)
Fire support Specialist
My asvab was 77%, the highest I heard while there today. If I told you the mos's I turned down, you guys would stand in line with my recruiters to kick my ass.:shocked: :rollsmiley:
EDIT- I leave out 20060829
Note-I'm not Infantry, I'm just a dumb-ass Artilleryman :cool:
Go active duty EOD. They will pay a good signing bonus. They are a shortage MOS. You will learn alot and have fun!
Infantry is a good choice.
You will hate much of the job, hate the waiting, hate the people in charge of you, but will make great friends.
Work on your running. The rest of it will improve eventually. If you can run you'll get left alone for the most part unless you have a big mouth.
Hit up military.com and read some of their stuff, it will help you.
Familiarize yourself with army ranks, you'll need to know them. Work on your running. If you are a fast runner, practice slow runs. 5 miles at 8-9 minute mile pace.
If you are fast runner make sure you can do 2 miles in <13:00
These guys are all wrong... You need to go 19Kilo... M1 Abrams Tank crewmen. (Why carry your weapon , when your weapon can carry you)
It's a known scientific fact that Chicks dig Tankers....;)
You'll look cool and get laid more...
But seriously, pick one of the 3 Combat Arm MOS's. Armor or Infantry... Artillery .. well, there kinda Combat Arms......;)
Well, I have one week left until I leave and I still can't run a 8min 30sec mile. When I take the first apft test, and I can't get a 8:30, is that a garenteed ticket to fat boy camp? Can the DS let me slide when I show I'll give it my damndest try? I'm not too far off(lol), my last run was a 9:22.:frown: :treadmill: (Guess all that beer really got me in the end:freak: :) )
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