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I've been out of the Army of 12 years now, and I'm wanting to enlist again. The MOS that looks the most attractive to me is 68V Respiratory Specialist.

However, I'm reading a lot of conflicting info online. I would really appreciate answers from someone who knows.

Do you have to be currently Active or Reserve E-5 or higher?

What ARE the requirements?

Do you really graduate 68V with an Associates Degree?

How long are Phase 1 and Phase 2 of training, and is Phase 2 also at Ft. Sam?

How difficult is it to get this MOS when you join - how often do these slots come available?

Thanks for your help.


Blessed be,
Smiler Michael Raphael
 
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Stop reading dated info on About.com Furthermore, I had to give up my promotable status as an E-5 to become eligible to attend the 68V school this 15th of Aug. The requirements are listed on the MOS book on www.armyreenlistment.com .......if you can not find then through your own search after I gave you that info...then...candidly you should not be on my team....(after all I am not CPT America and I found them). You do receive an Associates IF you had the previous credentials listed on the website, which are ENG . and Humanities, if you have to ask then you don't have them. I know total training is 10 months at Ft. Sam. I am here now with my family as it IS a PCS move. VERY DIFFICULT to get this MOS since I would not be eligible if I did not have an Associates prior to entering the Army. I Re-upped for it and had to wait 1.3 years for the school. There are routinely 2-3 classes a year for it, with a high wash out rate. If all criteria is met I look forward to having you on my team someday.

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Thanks, Corvette.

I had come across that AMEDD listing in my search, but it was difficult to know whether or not that information was current. It's a fairly crappy web site that doesn't appear too well maintained. In fact there are a lot of dead links on these Army sites I've been searching, so despite one's due diligence it can be difficult to trust these web sites, and we all know that it can be difficult to trust your own recruiter. That's why I'm asking here - not because I'm some incompetent boob.

So you were already Active and re-enlisted for this MOS? My situation is different - thus all the questions. Interesting that there is a high wash-out rate. Maybe their ASVAB standards aren't high enough? If that's the case, you'd think they'd train more often, unless the need isn't that great. Having been a 91B (now 68W) and a Licensed Massage Therapist, I've a very good grounding in A&P, and medical terminology already, so I'm sure I could pass this course by working hard to learn what I don't already know.

I'd still love to get more answers from those who have them. Has anyone enlisted for the first time and gotten the 68V MOS? What were the pre-requisites for you? I assume they may be different than they are for someone who is re-enlisting.


Blessed be,
Smiler Michael Raphael
 
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I am currently on recruiting duty, so I can answer your question. As a prior service applicant trying to get back in you will not be able to enlist as a 68V. Because you have been out for 12 years you'll come back in as an E-1. You will also be limited to certian MOS's, basically needs of the Army. Other factors to consider are your age and how much active duty time you already have. These days we're telling prior service applicants that unless they are just enlisting for benefits and a paycheck, we will not work with them.
 
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Thanks,68W2P. What are my MOS options? I don't mind being E-1 again. I'm just not sure if my wife will agree to this unless the MOS has a VERY low likelihood of putting me in harm's way.

My age is 36 about to turn 37 on 10/14. I was originally in for 2 years Active.

Thanks for your help.


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Smiler Michael Raphael
 
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They have a few Signal MOSes that could fit the bill if you meet the pre-quals. Good luck.
 
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I'm not sure where all this info came from. The 68V's that just started in August are all receiving their associates and will be CRT's when they complete this course. I am currently going through phase II of 68V school and we are the last class not to get an associates or CRT upon completion. So, from now on, the beginning of the 68V schooling will include all ENG and HUM's so that everyone will qualify for CRT upon completion.

The washout rate isn't as high as he made it out to be. We started phase I with 20 army and 7 navy. Two army soldiers failed out by failing more than 6 tests. One navy was kicked out for cheating. So we went from 27 down to 24. Don't get me wrong, the workload is tough and if you don't study you will not be successful. We were having a test every other day for a few weeks.

As far as re-enlisting, it all depends on what is available. I got out in 2004 and joined back in 2009 in this MOS. Just go to a recruiter and see if they have this option available. It is a great school and I'm enjoying all the training. Don't give up on the MOS just yet.
 
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If you are talking Active Duty forget about it. Reserves are possible.
 
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So I have a question. What can I do now to get myself ready for this class? I really want to start studying now. I'm sure you have to know the Anatomy of a human body and all that type stuff but what else? And am I going to be living in barracks or can I live in a house due to me having a family?
 
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You can google CRT sample questions to see what you are up against eventually.
 
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If you go to this website, it will show some of the classes you will be taking and a little introduction about each. When I went to the course Jan-09-Oct 09 we had7 soldiers fail out of the course, with two of them being from phase II. I did not recieve my degree at the school house, but I do know that they have changed that. Anybody looking ot get a heads up should get an Egan's Fundamentals of Respiratory Care, below are some other useful sites, about state licensing, requirements,

http://www.aarc.org/
http://www.nbrc.org/
http://www.ketteringseminars.com/
http://www.asthmaeducators.org/index.htm
http://www.rcjournal.com/
 
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I am thinking about reclassing to 68V. I meet all the prereqs except for having Chemistry. Can anyone tell me if CLEP is acceptable credit for Chemistry? Thank in advance.


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Yes CLEP'ing course will suffice for the 68V schoolhouse, I would recommend getting with your re-up NCO and seeing if anything has changed. I know the website has not been updated since I went though in 09, and they just changed the course.
 
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Let me clarify a few questions that I've read on this site. I am an instructor for the Interservice Respiratory Therapy Program (aka 68V course) as well as the Director of Clinical Education. I've been with the program as a civilian instructor since 2004 and prior to that I retired as a 91V after 22 years in the Army.
The only prerequisites for this program are English I (Composition) and a college Humanities course. CLEP is acceptable.
The length of the program is 44 weeks for the Army and 32 weeks for the Navy. Why the difference? The Navy must arrive with English I and II, Humanities, College Math, and a Social Science course. Therefore, they do not attend the first 8 weeks of college classes (Eng II, Psychology, and Math taught by faculty from Thomas Edison State College). The next 4 weeks are General Medical Orientation for Army students. Believe it or not, the vast majority of Army students are from non-medical MOS's and need to be brought up to speed on healthcare topics like A&P, Microbiology, Medical Terminology, Growth and Development, Health Communications, BLS, and Basic Patient Assessment. The Navy are all hospital corpsmen when they arrive, so they are exempt from this part. The next 16 weeks are didactic RT courses followed by 16 weeks of clinical. Before you graduate, you will take the NBRC certification exam (at our expense). In a nutshell, if you apply yourself and successfully meet all our evaluations, you will leave Fort Sam Houston with an Associate's Degree in Applied Science in Respiratory Therapy from Thomas Edison State College and be a Certified Respiratory Therapist. On top of that, you can take the Registered Respiratory Therapist exam right away, since we have been approved as an advanced level Respiratory Therapy Program by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). Not a bad deal, when you think about it.
If you have any other questions about the program, feel free to post it here and I will answer them as soon and as often as I can. That way, more people can benefit from the exchange of information. Best of luck!

Oscar Lopez-Martinez, MAEd, RRT, CPFT
Director of Clinical Education
Interservice Respiratory Therapy Program
oscar.lopez-martinez.civ@mail.mil
 
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