My son recently enlisted with an 11X MOS, which we feel is a solid entry point for him. He will be shipping out for BCT/AIT in Feb 2010.
We have also been told that after he has been on active duty for 6 months that he can change his MOS by reenlisting. His primary reason for reenlisting would be to pick an MOS in a career that interests him, probably in Field 14, 15, 21, 25, etc.
We have several questions about how to navigate this process. We have heard that we should "start the paper work now" even though its an event that is probably more than a year away from now. We also would like to know how easy or difficult it is to make the switch, what are the pitfalls to watch out for, how competitive are the openings, what is the best way to research the MOS that is best for him, etc.
Any information you can give me is most appreciated.
I think you should start off by letting go of your son. Its time for him to experience life and make choices without his "mommy". What you seem to not understand is that it is his career. Not yours. Just let him go.
Posts: 131 | Location: Fort Huachuca, AZ | Registered: 12 March 2009
If he is in his re-enlistment window, he can re-enlist for Option 3 Army Training.
You have to look at the in/out calls for his MOS to make sure he is Balanced N/N or Over N/Y for his rank.
It is easier to change mos earlier in your Army career than to change later, like myself. There is also a program called BEAR where you extend for the school then when you complete the school you re-enlist an get a bonus on top of that.
Your son, needs to ask his squad leader to see the "Retention NCO". His squad leader will set him up a time or take himself.
Another you must look at is how fast you can make rank. Being in the infantry you can make rank quickly 20 months he can be an E-5 4 Years an E-6.
But it is all up to him, let him make the decisions he is the one that has to put up with all the bullcrap the Army can place on a new solider.
Posts: 9 | Location: Fort Hood | Registered: 20 October 2009