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I am thinking of enlisting into the infantry and would like to know what I can expect on a day to day basis. I wouldn't be worried about it except that I'm married and would like to know what to tell my wife to expect once we arrive at my first duty assignment.

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Posts: 2 | Location: Daytona Beach, FL | Registered: 16 February 2008Reply With QuoteReport This Post

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I am SGT in the US Army Infantry stationed in Germany. I joined the Army at 27 and married. First let me say no two Army stories are ever the same. The Army is all who you get stuck working for and what you make of it. That being said there is nothing more rewarding than being a REAL soldier. The pride and relationships are worth all the hard work and suffering. Yes you will work your ass off and suffer as a private. But after the first two years life gets much better. Don't forget you can pick your duty station (most times) when signing your contract.
 
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IAm..... i would recommend that you re-think infantry as a career field. There are lots of reasons and if you want to private message me i'll be glad to let you know about them. On the positive side i would recommend enlisting as a 19D cavalry scout ... you will proabily get the same size bonus and will end up in a much better unit. And after its all said and done ... you will have to go in to work every day and you want to be in a good unit or you will hate it.
 
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I would like to add a caveat to the previous comment.

MOS selection all comes down to choosing what's right for you. Everyone has their stories about their branch and about other branches. I had had some strong influences around me to choose armor or engineers, but in the end, when the time came to choose, I chose infantry. Why? I looked at what each does, made comparisons, spoke with individuals who had come before me, and chose what was right for me. Infantry ended up being that. For others people, it's a different MOS.

Take advice from everyone, but in the end, the decision is yours. It's all the same fight, it's just a matter of where you fit into it and who you're with.
 
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Thanks for the advice. I have been trying like hell to decide between 11B and 19D. Both sound like they will live up to the reasons I want to become a soldier... Hard work, brotherhood, being in the fight instead of watching it, that sort of thing. I haven't been to MEPS yet to take my physical and one of the things that makes this a difficult decision to make is color vision. As i understand it normal color vision is required for 19D and I'm not sure I'll pass that test, so I have been considering 11B as well.
 
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I'm color blind as well. Though I don't know off hand about the 19D requirements, I can tell you this about the color blindness tests: the one that matters most for the Army and for DODMERB is the Farnsworth Lantern (FALANT) Test. What it is is a test that consists of three lights: 1 red, 1 green, and 1 white. They turn this cylinder, re-arrange/switch which lights are showing, and ask you which ones you see. The dot tests are nice and all, and do tell you how severe your color deficiency is, but the FALANT test is the one that matters to the Army.

The troublesome part with the FALANT test is that not every eye doctor has it. You probably will have to go to a military medical center for the test. You might be able to get it taken care of at MEPS. I'm not sure on that though. Your recruiter should be able to find that out for you or possibly arrange it.
 
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iam...

I am currently not assigned as an Infantryman. I am working at US Army Europe HQ on a 2 year special duty. My co-worker and partner is a Cav Scout. It is true that sometimes scouts to conduct patrols or help clear houses. But keep this in mind.

The primary mission of the scout (light) is to find the enemy then tell the Infantry where they are. A mechanized scout makes sure bridges and roads can support tank and Bradley traffic.

The mission of the Infantry is it engage and destroy the enemy at close range. If you go into battle would you rather have an Infantryman next to you or a scout? That is what made me pick Infantry over Armor. I took was unsure before joining. I have NEVER regretted it.
 
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Im going to make a statement to u and theres going to be some 11b's thats not going to like what im going to say but im a 19d and im in baghdad now and we do the samething as 11b's, we kick doors and patrol so that part is pretty much the same. We go to school longer then they do, we go to basic then 7 weeks of school they only got 2 weeks after basic. We see ourselves as advanced infantry men because we do there job and ALOT more. I mean they teach us more then "heres a gun and this is how u kill" we get taught alot more so 19d is more techical but really its up to what u think is best for u and we go in front of the 11bs and tell them whats going on . Scouts Out
 
Posts: 24 | Location: Baghdad, Iraq | Registered: 02 February 2008Reply With QuoteReport This Post

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Im going to make a statement to u and theres going to be some 11b's thats not going to like what im going to say but im a 19d and im in baghdad now and we do the samething as 11b's, we kick doors and patrol so that part is pretty much the same. We go to school longer then they do, we go to basic then 7 weeks of school they only got 2 weeks after basic. We see ourselves as advanced infantry men because we do there job and ALOT more. I mean they teach us more then "heres a gun and this is how u kill" we get taught alot more so 19d is more techical but really its up to what u think is best for u and we go in front of the 11bs and tell them whats going on . Scouts Out


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Ok Im deployed and I just reenlisted and I got the option to reclass I have my school date so this is the questions I have. 1. When I get to 19d school will I be able to sign up for airborne and ranger(rip) because with my current mos 92w"

HOW CAN A NON-INFANTRYMAN and a NON-CAV SCOUT MAKE STATEMENTS ABOUT EITHER WHEN ALL THEY ARE ARE WATER TREATMENT SPECIALISTS I
 
Posts: 12 | Location: Ft. Benning, GA | Registered: 21 October 2007Reply With QuoteReport This Post

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I'm a medic, but I've spent a good amount of time with the Airborne infantry. You'll be in the field alot, you'll train hard and fast, and probably have the most fun in your entire Army career. Don't get me wrong, the whole time I was in the 82nd, my commrades and I, whined and complained about how much it sucked and God forbid we had a jump that week! Oh man we used to hate everything about being airborne and having to do what the infantry does. At the sametime we didn't realize who strong we had become, how much more stamina we had, and much harder and kick ass we were than your average Garrison Soldier, all that knowledge came in retrospect. It's a rewarding career path, but I don't know about the career opportunities when it's time to be a civilian, other than law enforcement. If you intend on continuing your education, I can tell you know it won't be easy and you won't have much time for school, but it's not impossible, just very difficult. Remember I'm not 11b, but I've lived and worked along side some of the best in the Army, and was considered a "trigger puller, till somebody gets shot", according to 1SG, gotta love that. If you want to be 11b, go for it, it's gonna take alot of hard work, but if you think about it the entire Army is geared to help 11b's.
 
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Im going to make a statement to u and theres going to be some 11b's thats not going to like what im going to say but im a 19d and im in baghdad now and we do the samething as 11b's, we kick doors and patrol so that part is pretty much the same. We go to school longer then they do, we go to basic then 7 weeks of school they only got 2 weeks after basic. We see ourselves as advanced infantry men because we do there job and ALOT more. I mean they teach us more then "heres a gun and this is how u kill" we get taught alot more so 19d is more techical but really its up to what u think is best for u and we go in front of the 11bs and tell them whats going on . Scouts Out


Just curious--have you ever been an MOS 11B? I have never been an 11B so I did not know that all they get taught in AIT was "heres a gun and this is how u kill". Also, was this post of yours intended to help out with the original poster or was it for you to toot your own horn from Baghdad? If you would like to provide helpful input, then do so, but if you want to brag or flaunt, then save it for another site, please.
 
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im a 19d and im in baghdad now and we do the samething as 11b's, we kick doors and patrol so that part is pretty much the same. ... Scouts Out


You say you are a 19D, but on the 7th of Feb 08, you stated that you had just reenlisted for Army Training to be a 19D. Since the 7th of last month, did you attend training and come back to Baghdad? It totally boggles my brain that a Soldier would make such bold statements about an MOS that he does not possess and also downplay another MOS--that he does not have either. This is completely useless on this site. C'mon now.
 
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I am on special duty and work everyday with a scout NCO. He will be the first to tell you that the PRIMARY job of a scout is to find the enemy then run and tell the Infantry where they are. It's important work but it is what it is. Everyone in Baghdad is Infantry EXCEPT the Infantry. They are MP's babysitting MSR's

But when Fallujah or Ramadi go nuts the Infantry goes to work and I never saw water purification specialists or cooks or admin clerks or any of the other "everybody is Infantry in Iraq" types to my left or right.
 
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My secondary MOS is 11B and Ive been assigned to the 25th and THE DIVISION(82ND). Infantryman learn alot more than using an gun and killing. With experience they are the quickest thinkers on the battlefield. They know how to read terrain both geographic and human in order to outwit and oustsmart the enemy. Mastering the battle drills and tweaking them in order to accomplish the mission.

You will also find that they hold the toughest MOS out there(physically) and know it. Whenever I see a young soldier from a 82nd BCT there is this cockiness in their walk...

Back on subject, sometimes all we did was sit in the barracks and play Halo. Sometimes we were in the field practicing patrol bases or doing airfield seizures. Other times we were on a detail doing something that was a waste of time....
 
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