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Hi everyone!
I'm new to this community but I have been reading a LOT about joining the national guard.

Soo... I am meeting a recruiter this following week, and there are some MOS I have my mind on, already, however, I don't want to ignore some MOS I may have missed.
Since there are hundreds of MOS, if anyone knows of a way I can find out what MOS I can have (since I am only a permanent resident), that would be great!

Also, I'm interested in knowing what the top MOS in Maine are.

Some things about me:
I'm a First Year Computer Science major and I know 4 foreign languages (currently learning Japanese and Russian, in addition to those (English, Portuguese, Spanish and French).
Oh right. I'm a girl.

Might change my major to Engineering or Foreign languages...

Another question.
I don't know whether or not this kind of thing is fixed every year, or if there's a way to find out, but when does boot camp start for the Summer? I'd really like to start boot camp this Summer but I fear it's too late. If that is so, can I still enlist and attend boot camp later? (DEP?)
Arg, I wish I could start right now!! I've wanted to join the army since I was a kid! Now I am 18 years old and can finally do it.

Oooh.. I have suuuuch a long list of questions for my recruiter, but I want to get every one's experience into account.

Any comments you may have will be extremely appreciated! Thank you!

~ ルイーサ。

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Another question.
I don't know whether or not this kind of thing is fixed every year, or if there's a way to find out, but when does boot camp start for the Summer? I'd really like to start boot camp this Summer but I fear it's too late. If that is so, can I still enlist and attend boot camp later? (DEP?)
Arg, I wish I could start right now!! I've wanted to join the army since I was a kid! Now I am 18 years old and can finally do it.


~ ルイーサ。


Hey, I'm a girl too. Wink

I'm 17 and swore into the Army April 7th, 2006. I leave for Ft.Jackson SC July 31. I'm a DEP "soldier" till then. If you want to go DEP, you have to provide a letter of some sort saying your still in school or something that won't allow you to leave till whatever time.

You can leave any time during the year for BCT (Basic Combat Training). Smiler Never too late to join.

I'm not sure about the NG...But if you find an MOS that you like, it's based on how many slots are open in that field. No matter where your from, as long as one of thoes slots is open you can get the MOS (depending on your GT and linescores from the ASVAB).

Just a few things i know


The real hero is the man who fights even though he is scared. General Patton
 
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Hey, thank you for your reply!

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I'm 17 and swore into the Army April 7th, 2006. I leave for Ft.Jackson SC July 31. I'm a DEP "soldier" till then. If you want to go DEP, you have to provide a letter of some sort saying your still in school or something that won't allow you to leave till whatever time.

The only reason I wanted to be in the DEP is because I thought it was too late for me to go to BCT this Summer, but if I can still do it, I would love to do so!

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You can leave any time during the year for BCT (Basic Combat Training). Smiler Never too late to join.

Arg, I hope I can still make it to the Summer BCT...


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Just a few things i know

You seem to know a lot for your age. Keep it up!
 
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Um...I didn't think I was that much younger then you. My age?? I'm not understanding that. I turn 18 shortly. Try wording what you say, a bit better please next time.


The real hero is the man who fights even though he is scared. General Patton
 
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Um...I didn't think I was that much younger then you. My age?? I'm not understanding that. I turn 18 shortly. Try wording what you say, a bit better please next time.


I know you're just a year younger than me, but most American teenagers (atleast those that I have met) that are your/our age have no clue what they are doing, or what is expected from them.

So you are like a light, for me, that is, the way you are makes me think "Wow, there are some American 'kids' who have a brain!".

I meant to say exactly what you thought I was saying Wink I will not re-word that line.
 
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Huh...Okay, I understand now. Just kind of put me off there when I read it. Sadly but true enough, most teens in my age group are well...Pathetic. I guess it's just a mature matter though. I grew up in a big family, so there was no such thing as "lazy" or "selfish" going on.

Sorry for the misunderstanding!


The real hero is the man who fights even though he is scared. General Patton
 
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Some things about me:
I'm a First Year Computer Science major and I know 4 foreign languages (currently learning Japanese and Russian, in addition to those (English, Portuguese, Spanish and French).
Oh right. I'm a girl.

~ ルイーサ。


Squares,

If you know 4 languages well I'd recommend you go in as a linguist for the active Army.

R.B.
 
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Squares,

If you know 4 languages well I'd recommend you go in as a linguist for the active Army.

R.B.


Yes, I thought so, but I have to be a US. Citizen for that, right? However, I am not one.
Plus, none of the languages I know are critical languages right now.


For everyone who replied so far, thank you!
 
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I'm not sure of the rules and regs either BUT I'd say 4 languages would be a bad talent to waste.

You can always hold out for a linguist job.

If I was in your shoes I'd google the school that the military sends linguists to and give them a phone call marketing your talents.

Many recruiters only look for what there is a need for BUT someone with a grasp of 4 languages should be really desired.
 
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Thanks for all the help everyone!
I'm so excited! I'm seeing my recruiter tomorrow, and i have about 8 pages of paper with questions for him... :P
(My handwritting is very big haha.. and yes, I've done a lot of research to asnwer my own questions, for the past week. I haven't done much else other than that, aside from eating, sleeping and going to classes/work; and it's all I ever talk about. I'm going crazy!!)

Well, I better go get a good night's sleep.... I write about tomorrow's experience if anyone is interested... Smiler
 
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To be in a field that requires a clearance, like a linguist, you are required to become a citizen. If you are elligible to become a US citizen for longer than 1 year and do not try to become during that time frame; this inaction will hinder your ability to be granted a clearance.
As for MOS listings in the Maine NG... your recruiter should know that. It depends on the Units in the state.
By the way were are you going to college in Maine? I graduated from a little tiny college in Maine called Unity College, near Waterville, 6 years ago.


Live Life All The Time
 
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To be in a field that requires a clearance, like a linguist, you are required to become a citizen. If you are elligible to become a US citizen for longer than 1 year and do not try to become during that time frame; this inaction will hinder your ability to be granted a clearance.


Could you correct me if I'm wrong? Let's see, for example, I have 10 more years before my greencard expires. What you are saying is, I have to try to apply for citizenship or I might not get a chance to try again?

I figured as much. I still have to wait 2 more years though, before I can apply for citizenship (since I've been here for 3 already). If I do join the military, then I can apply for citizenship already.

Either way, the wait is worth it, if it means I can get my dream job in the military *yay!!*

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As for MOS listings in the Maine NG... your recruiter should know that. It depends on the Units in the state.

Oh, it's one of the questions I have for the recruiter. Unfortunately I didn't get to see him today... He called and canceled, and my roommate never told me... (she got the call for me)
Thursday. Thursday I might see him Whee!


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By the way were are you going to college in Maine? I graduated from a little tiny college in Maine called Unity College, near Waterville, 6 years ago.

University of Maine at Orono. More expensive than it's worth... Should have stayed in NJ ;P

But it's so nice up here! Waterville is a cute little town too...

What was your field of study?



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Question to everyone who cares to reply:

Would you say these are ok reasons to want to join the ARNG (other than enjoying being helpful to others, which I really do):

- Want to know I am needed, that I am worth something, that I can make a difference in someone's life;

- Want to know that "I can do it". That is, that I can take the challenge, and actually have people proud of my performance.

I wonder if I can do this without my family finding out... I know they'd kill me if I enlisted... They'd come up to Maine and kill me twice.
 
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Would you say these are ok reasons to want to join the ARNG (other than enjoying being helpful to others, which I really do):


I'm active duty so I can't speak for ARNG but I will say that you'll get a lot out of the Army good and bad just be prepared to not live an east life.

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- Want to know I am needed, that I am worth something, that I can make a difference in someone's life;


You sound like a true patriot there.

I can't speak for everyone BUT when I found myself in Iraq busting my ass in the JOB and seeing little 2-year-old Iraqi girls and boys smile I felt good and think maybe my nice gesture is preventing them from being manipulated or oppressed by some loony Muslim.

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- Want to know that "I can do it". That is, that I can take the challenge, and actually have people proud of my performance.


Well now with basic training so much easier you probably won't have too much of a challenge getting in but you might have a tough time at your first duty station.

As for proud, your average American is proud of the servicemembers serving because it's not an easy life to live with all that's expected of us these days.

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I wonder if I can do this without my family finding out... I know they'd kill me if I enlisted... They'd come up to Maine and kill me twice.


Exactly who's life is it we're talking about? Who cares about what they think it's your life and you should live it any way you choose.
 
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Hmmm sort of last minute...

I feel wierd asking the recruited to write down his answers.

How should I ask him to do this? How and when would he be writting things down? As we speak? Later?

Do I have him sign what he wrote down?

Anything else?
 
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That might make you both feel uncomfortable if you have him write down answers and sign anything.

Here's a decent suggestion though, show him a list of things on your mind (like questions, or concerns you have) and ask him how he can ensure those things are met before you sign any paperwork.

If all goes correctly, he should show you the requirements, answers, and guarantees to put your mind at ease.

Another good suggestion someone made me do is to have someone go with you and make sure you are not being duped in any way and to keep you level headed.

In my case, I took my mom with me and told her this, "Mom, I want to be a journalist in the Army. No matter what that's my number one thing I want."

My mom than steered me away from bogus offers the recruiter threw at me (like generator machanic) and ensured I got everything I wanted in my contract.

It's alot easier to get what you want when there are two of you fighting for the same thing.

Hope that helps,
R.B.
 
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