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I am a 68K with a research identifier P9. You should make sure that you really want to be a medical lab. specialist. School is long with lots of studying, and if you later decide that is not for you and quit, then you will have your contract set for the needs of the Army. You can be reclass to any Army job for the entire period of your contract, and lose your bonus/GI bill, etc.
The deployment varies, and I know people in research that barely deploy (P9 identifier), and I know some people that deployed once in the last 3-4 years. It basically depends on what kind of unit you are send after AIT. Promotion is difficult after the Sergeant rank.
I'm not trying to take over this thread, but I had a question about the P9. I have a BS and very much want to do research. Was the P9 hard to get? How do you ask for it? What should I bring to AIT? Sorry about all the questions, but my recruiter doesn't know anything and any info would be wonderful.
My BS was in biology with an emphasis on microbiology and molecular. I asked my recruiter about OCS, but he said that the chances of me actually seeing a lab are nil without a master's degree. I figured the 68KP9 was the next best thing, but my recruiter keeps getting that blank stare every time I ask. Thanks for the reply!
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Originally posted by SGT Diesel:
Is your BS in Medical Technology or Clinical Lab Science? You can get a direct commission to the Army Medical Corps. Have you alredy enlisted?

SGT Diesel, I have a bachelors in CLS as well as MT(ASCP) and CLS(NCA) certifications. I enlisted under 68K (knowing that i am qualified for direct commision) because of the Student Loan Repayent Program available to enlistees and not to commissioned officers (i have about 65K in student loans). Will AIT taining be a little different for me since I have been working as an Medical Technologist for a couple years already?
yep!! it sure will! I'm just taking a wild guess that it will be easier for you, academically speaking, seeing as how you know all or most of the information already. You can spend some time helping you battle buddies in AIT learn what you already know, if you find that you have extra time on your hands because you know the info already.
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Originally posted by SPC N.D.BAKER:
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Originally posted by SGT Diesel:
Is your BS in Medical Technology or Clinical Lab Science? You can get a direct commission to the Army Medical Corps. Have you alredy enlisted?

SGT Diesel, I have a bachelors in CLS as well as MT(ASCP) and CLS(NCA) certifications. I enlisted under 68K (knowing that i am qualified for direct commision) because of the Student Loan Repayent Program available to enlistees and not to commissioned officers (i have about 65K in student loans). Will AIT taining be a little different for me since I have been working as an Medical Technologist for a couple years already?

SPC Baker,
you will not have to go to the didatic phase at Ft Sam. Since you already have your MT you will get frowarded directly on to Phase II. The kicker about that is you will learn all the methods and equipment at your Phase II site and they might be using something completely different at your duty station. When you inprocess at the school house make sure you have a copy of your ASCP cert.
I have a BS in biology as well. I am considering enlisting as a 68K as long as i can get the MOS. I did get 97% on ASVAB so I hope that helps the availability of the MOS.


I am wondering if the training and experience through the army along with my B.S. in biology will allow me to become a medical technologist. I know i can become a technician, but i want the MT certification.

Does anyone know if this is possible?
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Originally posted by jonesy1990:
Im shipping off to basic in fort sill Oklahoma in July. I'm doing AIT in fort Sam houston for 68K. I will be entering the army with the rank of E-3. i was wondering why its hard to be promoted in this MOS and what you can do to make promotion easier.


hi, I think we might ship out to the same basic. I ship out end of July to fort sill. Smiler i know that didn't answer your question, but it would be nice to know somebody in basic, if we end up in the same group,...
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Originally posted by jonesy1990:
Im shipping off to basic in fort sill Oklahoma in July. I'm doing AIT in fort Sam houston for 68K. I will be entering the army with the rank of E-3. i was wondering why its hard to be promoted in this MOS and what you can do to make promotion easier.


The promotion system is pretty straight-forward until you hit working on promotion to E5 (Sergeant). For ranks E1-E4 you are generally promoted at increments of 6 months time in service.

In example, if you enter as an E1 and have 6 months that pass without getting in trouble or remaining invisible to your command, you should find yourself being promoted to E2. So long as your time in Service (the Army) is greater than your time in Grade (pay grade, the number that comes after the E like E1, E2, E3, etc.) you are doing well and can expect that in 6 months from getting E2 you should be E3.

Once you are E4 hopefully you will already have been working to make sure your transition to E5 goes smoothly. At this juncture you have a Promotion Point Worksheet that you calculate all you have done in terms of civilian education (college classes and certificate programs), military education (schools outside of your job), physical fitness, weapons qualification, deployments and such that all add together to give you a total numeric value. Every month there is a list that comes out telling how badly each job (MOS) needs E5's and E6's and give a point value that you must meet/exceed to be picked up for promotion. If you don't make it then you should re-evaluate what you have done and what you can do to make your points higher.

Good luck and have fun with training!
Hello I am currently in 68K AIT at this moment. I've been in for a little over a month now. The course is fast paced. My class was the first class they made changes in the way lesson was taught so we are going through some growing pains. Tomorrow I take my final for Chemistry 101 Thursday we go into Chemistry 201 for a week then body fluids. The next two weeks are usually when people start to fail out. The enviroment of our company is really relaxed and we have awesome instructors and platoon sgts. No need to worry. My biggest tip of advice is to find out what works best for you when studying. You will receive a lot of information in lectures in a short amount of time.

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