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Thanks Sgt McGeorge, thats good info! I'm not airborne qualified so I guess it's up in the air to where I'm going. I have my ASK updated but I know that means next to nothing on where you end up. Talk to you later!
 
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TM46r - When do you go to school? I had my assignment 9-10 months before I was supposed to report. I didn't even finish school yet. All I did was call SFC. Beach and ask him what my options were and he was able to get me an assignment.
 
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I have a school date for May 4th, 2012. Funny you mention that as I just emailed SFC Beach my assignment preferences yesterday. How long ago did you finish school?

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TM46r - When do you go to school? I had my assignment 9-10 months before I was supposed to report. I didn't even finish school yet. All I did was call SFC. Beach and ask him what my options were and he was able to get me an assignment.
 
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I have a school date for May 4th, 2012. Funny you mention that as I just emailed SFC Beach my assignment preferences yesterday. How long ago did you finish school?


I havent even started school yet, I start next month.
 
Posts: 88 | Location: ft. campbell | Registered: 05 March 2004Reply With QuoteReport This Post

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Also, another few notes for you guys. If you go on the DINFOS website, and click on the Army link, you will see links for policy letters, packing list, etc. Like I said, I would suggest looking at the packing list. Also, on the packing list, it is suggested to bring either a camelbak, or a canteen. You actually need one of these two items. In the mornings, you have to have water with you at PT. It's your choice which one you use. When you in-process, if you do not have one, you can either buy a camelbak, or sign out a canteen from the cadre. Who knows who had the canteen before you, or what they did with it. Your choice entirely.
If you are going through the 46Q course, there is a small practice English diagnostic exam you can take on the DINFOS website. Go to the DINFOS website (http://www.dinfos.dma.mil/). Scroll all the way to the bottom of the page. On the bottom left hand corner there is a link that says Skills Enhancement. That takes you to another page. That page has two links: English Diagnostic quiz, and Answer Key. The quiz opens up in Microsoft word. There are only 25 questions on this quiz (there are 100 on the actual test), and it is set up in sort of the same was as the actual test. There are 5 sections: grammar, sentence structure, word usage, capitalization and punctuation. You are given sentences and you must find the error, if there are any, in each sentence. Hopefully everyone does good on this. But it would have been nice to know before I went.
 
Posts: 85 | Location: Fort Bliss, TX | Registered: 12 March 2011Reply With QuoteReport This Post

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mcgeorge36,
You appear to be the SME so far! I appreciate all your posts! I am currently working on deciding my career path and I am leaning hard towards 46R. Your info is awesome! Thanks for all your time and updates! It paints a great picture!
 
Posts: 4 | Location: Fort Campbell, KY | Registered: 17 July 2011Reply With QuoteReport This Post

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No problem, just trying to help out if I can. I really don't know too much about the 46R class. I know a few people in the classes that are going on, but really trying to concentrate on what I can to help out anyone who wants to come here. So far I love the job, but still have to see what I will actually be doing when I get to my unit. Any other questions you have, feel free to ask.
 
Posts: 85 | Location: Fort Bliss, TX | Registered: 12 March 2011Reply With QuoteReport This Post

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Thanks also SSG McGeorge.

I will be starting the 46R course next month! I will also try to do what SSG McGeorge has been doing for the 46R side of the house.

Stay Tuned.
 
Posts: 88 | Location: ft. campbell | Registered: 05 March 2004Reply With QuoteReport This Post

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Well everyone, I'm back for another update. Things are still going pretty good. I just finished testing out of one of the functional areas (Public Affairs). Only 5 or 6 more to go. The writing is getting a little bit easier, but it's still kind of tricky trying to write a certain way after you have been either doing military writing for awards, counseling and ncoers for a long time, or writing papers for school. It may take a little bit for some people, but most should be able to get through it. We are supposed to learn how to write headlines and learn interviewing techniques next week.
While you are here, I would definitely say take advantage of the area. I missed out on it, but the local Hooters girls were here a few weeks back giving away tickets to a Nationals game. I was able to get free tickets to an Orioles game on Friday night, and had a blast. MWR also has trips to NYC every month or so, plus there is all kinds of other stuff in the Baltimore/D.C. area. Let me know if anyone has any questions at all.
 
Posts: 85 | Location: Fort Bliss, TX | Registered: 12 March 2011Reply With QuoteReport This Post

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i know this is probably a ridiculous question and i most likely already know the answer, but if anyone has any input other than the obvious "your screwed" answer, feel free to chime in. so i thought i was reclassing to 46Q but signed papers for 46R, i know, you dont have to tell me. but i am wondering if there is any loophole or possible way to switch my mos before i go to school. i kno the 2 jobs are not far off from each other but i am getting a degree in website publishing and design and was being told that 46R was the paper/web side of PA, obviously the wires got crossed somewhere and i am now finding out that im going into the voice/video broadcasting area. if my options were to get out or keep this mos, i would keep it. but i am desperate to find a way to switch to 46Q if there is a way. sry for the long post and thx for any guidance.


RedLeg to 46R
 
Posts: 7 | Location: Oahu | Registered: 28 July 2011Reply With QuoteReport This Post

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While I am not 100% sure on this, but if you signed a contract for 46R, you might be stuck. I would say maybe take it to your career counselor. I will say that if you went through the BEAR program, and you try to back out of it, you may not be able to get back into it again by trying a different MOS. I am not totally sure on the regulation on that. Plus, that might depend on whether or not (if you did go through BEAR), if 46Q is taking that rank at the current moment. You never know, you may love it when you get here though. Plus, their cutoff scores are at rock-bottom 14 right now for SSG.
 
Posts: 85 | Location: Fort Bliss, TX | Registered: 12 March 2011Reply With QuoteReport This Post

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DINFOS

Hey i am coming to the end of my tour in Iraq and getting closer to my first reenlistment and I just have a few questions on reclassing from MP to 46Q.

-How is DINFOS as far are materials covered (easy or Hard)

-How would this field be for someone who is married
• Will I be away from my wife a lot

-How often do you deploy and what are the durations of ur deployment. I really d ont want to deploy again anytime soon.

I am not to worried about the non job related task give because being an MP now hell I do everything ive not been trained to do.

Just looking for some Pros and Cons for 46Q as far as being with my family more because MOS now never home.

Please if you can't help please refrain from posting.

Thanks
 
Posts: 1 | Registered: 25 July 2011Reply With QuoteReport This Post

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@Midtown

It really just comes down to the assignment you pull. I hate to say that, but PAO is still somewhat highly deployed. This may or may not be slowing down some, but both 46Q and 46R were so understrength for several years, deployments came quite often. I myself am coming to the end of an Afghan tour. Most deployments are the standard 12 months, yet I know soldiers assigned to AFNs usually only do 6 month tours, but if you're looking into 46Q that's more or less irrelevant.

As for being home versus being gone, again, it's an assignment thing. Specialized assignments within the MOS could expect some TDYs, and if you get assigned to a brigade that loves to go to the field, well, PAO still goes to the field just like everyone else usually. I think all Army experience has really taught me are there really are no "family friendly" MOSs, only family friendly units, and PAO isn't really an exception.

@SgtHoover:

I'm a 46R and it's not all that bad. I've done a lot of 46Q work. Regardless, neither MOS is really into web-design, unless you count managing your unit's Facebook page, Twitter feed, and Flickr accounts as web design.
 
Posts: 26 | Location: Fort Bliss | Registered: 06 May 2011Reply With QuoteReport This Post

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Just stopping by to give everyone a quick update. Things are going pretty well for me so far. We have moved onto Photojournalism, and feature writing. Features is the part for 46Q's that pretty much eliminate most people from the course who don't make it. Kind of nervous, but I have confidence and feel I should be good. Basically, it is putting everything together that we have learned so far in new writing and writing an entire article. Also, getting interviews, taking notes, things like that. If you have an issue with talkting to random people that you may not know, then I guess this MOS would not really be for you. I am actually kind of excited to see how I do in this portion.
I also have some links for grammar excersises that you can to help you brush up on your skills, prior to coming. I hope they help you out. I was able to get the links from one of the instructors here.
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/section/1/4/ (Mechanics)
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/section/1/5/ (Grammar)
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/section/1/6/ (Puncuation)
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/exercises/ (Exercises)
Hope this helps in any way. As usual, if anybody has any questions, feel free to ask.
 
Posts: 85 | Location: Fort Bliss, TX | Registered: 12 March 2011Reply With QuoteReport This Post

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I'll be reporting to DINFOS this Tuesday, how are the living situations for MOS-T (prior service) soldiers being worked out. Any info is appreciated.

Thanks
 
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