The good and bad of 46Q/46R

Hey. I am actually about to reclass to 46q here in a few weeks. Everything has been approved and my class starts on the 18th of May. I have chatted with a few people about it and I have heard nothing but great things about both of these MOS's. If you check under branch specific posts, under adjutant general, there is a few posts from me and someone else about 46q. I can honestly say I have never actually met anyone who actually is in either MOS. Keep in touch if you want, and I will share anything I can.
I'm currently a 46R assigned to an MPAD (Mobile Public Affairs Detachment) that is comprised of 46Q and 46R only by MTOE.

There's a lot to be said about both MOSs really. One common misconception about these MOSs is that they are office jobs. At senior levels, just like most MOSs they can be, but junior enlisted and junior NCOs can still expect to be out in the field a lot covering stories. I will say one interesting plus to this job is you get to see and/or experience pretty much every other job in the Army. Since I've been in, I've covered stories on everything from PATRIOT missile launches and infantry patrols to the Army band JAG lawyers and everything in between. Sometimes the stories are fun, and sometimes boring (no matter where you go you'll still end up writing stories on changes of command and promotions which are really hard to make sound cool.) In the end, both jobs can be fun and allow you some creativity in what you do and write.

There are also lots of assignment opportunities. Every BCT and division has a public affairs shop, plus there are PADs (Public Affairs Detachment), MPADs (Mobile Public Affairs Detachment), and PCHs (Press Camp Headquarters). Plus then there are other assignments for 46Rs like AFN, Pentagon Channel, Soldier's Radio and Television, etc. I know there are some interesting specific jobs for 46Qs, I just don't happen to know of any off the top of my head. I will say with either MOS, you can go virtually anywhere.

A downside can be that lots of commanders don't understand what you do. I've had people ask me to everything from take photos of their unit (yeah, I carry a video camera) to video blogs home to their families. I also have done stories on units where they were really gunshy about media. I feel like I spend a lot of time trying to explain that I wear the same uniform they do, but they still don't want to be interviewed. I guess it just comes with the territory of being a journalist, but there are times when the military makes it awkward. It's really awkward to try to explain to a colonel why you're there and why you're trying to make them look good.

Also, a lot of people tend to leave the "public affairs" out of "public affairs broadcast journalist." My unit's mission in Afghanistan not only includes producing stories, but also involves facilitating civilian media: in short, babysitting. I help pick them up from the airport, arrange travel for them, make sure they have a place to eat, sleep and shower and do my best to keep them out of trouble. You could also be tasked to do things like write public affairs guidance, press releases, set up press conferences, etc. It's the public relations side of this job, which sometimes also involves a lot of brown-nosing. If you aren't a sociable person, if you're really shy, or you're not good at stroking egos, it may not be the best job for you.

Anyway, that's my job in a nutshell. I've got a lot of stories (both good and bad) of stuff I've gotten to see or do (or been made to see and do) and I'm always willing to answer any other questions.
It really seems like it. I am not really sure what I will be doing when I get to my unit, but I am really looking forward to a whole different world. I just found out that my BDE that I am going to does have a PAD, so maybe I will end up there and be able to get some good on the job training.
My class date is 25 Nov. I was trying to reclass to something else through the BEAR and that fell through, so I was looking at the other MOSs and saw the physical demands rating: light and I was sold. I've been infantry for too long and carrying heavy things for miles upon miles is getting to me.

I went to the PAO office at my BDE to ask about the job before I made a move on it. Two guys sitting in there with CIBs and one female. One of the guys said something along the lines of, "As soon as I reclassed, I was told welcome to the big boys club."
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My class date is 25 Nov. I was trying to reclass to something else through the BEAR and that fell through, so I was looking at the other MOSs and saw the physical demands rating: light and I was sold. I've been infantry for too long and carrying heavy things for miles upon miles is getting to me.


Just as a heads up, you may not go out on patrol as often as a typical infantryman, but I've been on a fair number of patrols in Afghanistan. It's part of doing this job. If you're going to write or produce stories on soldiers, you've got to get out there and actually film or photograph them being "two scoops of hooah." So fair warning: you'll wear and carry everything an infantryman does, plus your camera equipment.

A physical demands rating of light is correct when you don't factor in the actual news gathering you do.
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Originally posted by JGWest:
My class date is 25 Nov. I was trying to reclass to something else through the BEAR and that fell through, so I was looking at the other MOSs and saw the physical demands rating: light and I was sold. I've been infantry for too long and carrying heavy things for miles upon miles is getting to me.

I went to the PAO office at my BDE to ask about the job before I made a move on it. Two guys sitting in there with CIBs and one female. One of the guys said something along the lines of, "As soon as I reclassed, I was told welcome to the big boys club."


Hey, who are you with at bliss? That is my follow on assignment, to 15 cs sustainment brigade. Keep in touch, and I will make sure to give you whatever info and notes I can when I get there in either august or September.
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Originally posted by mcgeorge36:
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Originally posted by JGWest:
My class date is 25 Nov. I was trying to reclass to something else through the BEAR and that fell through, so I was looking at the other MOSs and saw the physical demands rating: light and I was sold. I've been infantry for too long and carrying heavy things for miles upon miles is getting to me.

I went to the PAO office at my BDE to ask about the job before I made a move on it. Two guys sitting in there with CIBs and one female. One of the guys said something along the lines of, "As soon as I reclassed, I was told welcome to the big boys club."


Hey, who are you with at bliss? That is my follow on assignment, to 15 cs sustainment brigade. Keep in touch, and I will make sure to give you whatever info and notes I can when I get there in either august or September.


I know this wasn't exactly directed at me, but I'm in a public affairs unit that falls under the 15th CSSB. There is the 16th MPAD, the 24th PCH, and I believe they are standing up 3 additional PADs at Fort Bliss that will fall under the 15th CSSB as well. My unit is coming to the end of our tour in Afghanistan, but I'd be happy to answer any specific questions you have. Again, sorry to sort of "steal" the thread.
No problem stealing the question at all, I believe that's what the threads are for, to have everyone help each other out. I just have my brigade assignment right now, which is 15cssb, that's all I know. I am due to report September 30, but have early reporting authorized, and more than likely will be reporting early. Igrqduate school August 16, and will more than likely head straight there from meade. I may take a few days for household goods and transportation stuff, but that's about it. Have a separation and divorce pending, so no reason to hang around for all that drama or to take it with me I guess. I have never been in a sustainment brigade before, just armor, cavalry and infantry units, so this will definitely be something new and different for me. I loved el paso when I was there before, but wasn't to big on bliss, but at the time, 4/1 was the only major unit on post, other than some transportation units,the Ada school and the sergeants major academy. What can you tell me about 15cssb or any of the units I might be part of there?
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Originally posted by Corvette1140:
So if this position is as tactical as some say it is, then why are combat documentation specialists even needed?


MOS 25V primarily will take photographs/video for internal release.

MOSs 46Q/46R take photos and video primarily for external release. They frequently write accompanying stories for external release. It's really two different missions, but sometimes the lines will get blurred.

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Originally posted by Corvette1140:
I was completely under the impression that this position was NOT Joker from Full Metal Jacket.

And all the 46Q/R's I have met have handled administrative roles not combatant ones.


Well, I don't know how many you've met, how well you know them, or the ranks of the people you've had contact with, but I can tell you that public affairs while deployed is a very "out in the field" type of job for anyone SGT and below (and very often SSGs freshly out of DINFOS). Well, unless you get some kind of rare, freak assignment at the Pentagon or TRADOC. So if you hung out with a lot of SPCs that sat at a desk all day on Facebook, they may have had crappy leadership that never pushed them to do stories. I happen to know a lot of people in this career field (surprisingly huh?) and I have yet to meet public affairs soldiers from BCTs, PADs, MPADs, AFNs, or BODs that sit around in an entirely administrative role. Officers and senior NCOs, sure, joes, not so much. Lastly, I'll direct you to the following site:
http://www.dvidshub.net/news/afghanistan/page/1
The Defense Video and Imagery Distribution System is the primary outlet for 46Q and 46R soldiers to market their products to various military and civilian publications. Some of the stuff on there comes from a few 25Vs, but the overwhelming bulk of it comes from public affairs troops from all services.
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Originally posted by mcgeorge36:
I loved el paso when I was there before, but wasn't to big on bliss, but at the time, 4/1 was the only major unit on post, other than some transportation units,the Ada school and the sergeants major academy. What can you tell me about 15cssb or any of the units I might be part of there?


The 15th CSSB just got to Bliss from Fort Hood and has adopted a lot of smaller companies and detachments under its wing. Currently the 16th MPAD and the 24th PCH fall under the 15th CSSB. The 15th CSSB itself actually has a slot for a 46Q so it could be possible you've actually been assigned to the brigade and not a detachment that falls underneath it.

Fort Bliss itself has grown by leaps and bounds, or at least it was before I left and I'm made to understand it's only gotten bigger since. It's now the home of the entire 1st AD (or at least will be very shortly when the headquarters moves over from Germany). The PX area is huge, the housing waitlist is ridiculously long and it's becoming more difficult to find off-post living accommodations based on the large influx of personnel moving in. I'm currently frantically trying to find an apartment from Afghanistan and while it hasn't been impossible, it hasn't been entirely easy either. Personally I like Bliss. The post has really transformed in the 3 years I've been there and I'm curious to see how far it's come. My unit is due back late summer so I guess we'll both be finding out around the same time.
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Originally posted by mcgeorge36:
I will be actually leaving and graduating from DINFOS on august 16.


What is the daily life like over at ft meade for prior service? I'm really curious so dont leave out any details.

Do you know what kind of barracks prior service live in (1 or 2 man rooms) I'd like to bring my wife down for a weekend, is that even possible?

Thanks
First of all, I would like to thank all of people who have posted on this thread, it has helped me out tremendously.

I, like most of you am awaiting a school date in July and have a pluthera of questions to go along with it. Just seems that there isn't a wealth of knowledge out there that seems of value or seemingly lacks accuratacy.

First, has anyone had any success with contacting branch? I have sent a couple of emails seeking any advise on what to expect with assignments for a SSG in the timeframe that I am looking at. I have yet to get a response from anyone, and I'm starting to wonder if they even will talk to anyone until they're MOSQ. I was hoping someone here would have some insight on what I can or could do to to gain an idea of where I may end up, or if I have any chance of gaining an assignment OCONUS?

Secondly, what can I expect as a SSG in being a 46Q? I love to write, however I am hoping to get some knowledge and background on the PR side of the field. Is PR a common practice, or should I say, does a soldier commonly do much PR? I am eager to experience this field in all of it's different aspects, I am just curious as to what I can expect from it being a SSG.

Lastly, anyone have any advise on school? What to expect? Work load? Cadre? Tips for success?

I truly appreciate ANY and ALL responses concerning this post....
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Originally posted by Tumbler's Escort:
First, has anyone had any success with contacting branch?


SFC Bryan Beach is the only branch manager for public affairs. Though it's a small field, it's a growing field, so it may take a little while on a response. Not sure if you've already tried him already but if not you can try contacting him directly at:
SFC Bryan W. Beach
Army Public Affairs Center
Force Developer
bryan.w.beach@us.army.mil
Wk: (301) 677-7281
DSN: 622-7281
Cell: (202) 413-2307

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Originally posted by Tumbler's Escort:
I was hoping someone here would have some insight on what I can or could do to to gain an idea of where I may end up, or if I have any chance of gaining an assignment OCONUS?


Really, as a 30 level 46Q you can feasibly end up a lot of places. I know a lot less about 46Q than I do 46R so I don't want to steer you down the wrong path when it comes to OCONUS assignments, but they are out there.

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Originally posted by Tumbler's Escort:
Secondly, what can I expect as a SSG in being a 46Q? I love to write, however I am hoping to get some knowledge and background on the PR side of the field. Is PR a common practice, or should I say, does a soldier commonly do much PR? I am eager to experience this field in all of it's different aspects, I am just curious as to what I can expect from it being a SSG.


Expect to learn FAST! There were several newly minted 46Qs that came to my unit as SGT(P)s and picked up SSG within months of arriving to the unit. They really only got to do a few stories before getting tasked with other things such as editing, coordinating stories for junior soldiers, developing newsletters, etc. If you're assigned to a larger PAO element such as a PCH, MPAD, or PAD, you'll have a number of other soldiers in your unit to help you learn as you go. If you go to a BCT PAO shop, it could just be you, another soldier and a PAO officer (usually a MAJ) running the show and you could easily be expected to arrive and hit the ground running. One thing I will say is as with any MOS that you could potentially reclass into, you may have to be prepared to take advice and direction from someone junior to you, but that's really on you as an individual. If you're coming from the field in which a SPC would get murdered before being allowed to correct a SSG, you might want to learn to ease up a bit. That's honestly my own personal advice to you, because I was that SPC who was helping a SSG learn and grow at his job. When you reclass, rank obviously no longer equates to an actual skill level for that initial period, and the faster you can pick up your job, the faster you can start leading soldiers in the best way you can at this job, even if it means admitting to a SPC that you may need help if you don't have someone of an equal rank in your unit who has been in the career field a while. I know I got off the beaten path a little from what you had initially asked, but I have met a lot of NCOs who have reclassed into this MOS, and the most successful ones I've met are the ones who can humble themselves a little and admit they don't know everything about their new MOS while still being able to be great NCOs and lead troops in other areas while they gain experience at a job.

Anyway, as for PR, you really may not get to do this so much, but it does depend. If you go to a FORSCOM post for example, every post has their own public affairs office run by civilians (MAY have the occasional green suiter) that handle PR for the installation.

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Originally posted by Tumbler's Escort:
Lastly, anyone have any advise on school? What to expect? Work load? Cadre? Tips for success?

Well, I didn't go through the 46Q side of the house, I did the 46R thing, but since I've been out of DINFOS, I've been asked to cross-train and occasionally wear both hats. For a 46Q at DINFOS, the only thing I can say is pay attention to detail and above all, READ YOUR STYLEBOOK LIKE IT'S THE BIBLE. You'll be using the AP Stylebook for the rest of your career, so DINFOS is the best place to get used to it. That's really the only advice I have for 46Q school being a 46R.

Anyway, I wish you the very best of luck in school. If you don't enjoy your time there, there well could be something wrong with you! Maryland is pretty amazing, especially if you have a car. DC and Annapolis are close by and weekends are pretty awesome.
Well, I have arrived at DINFOS for school here at Ft. Meade. The barracks that you stay in (everyone has to stay in the barracks unless you are already stationed at Ft. Meade) are pretty decent. The newer style barracks, with separate rooms and sharing a common area and a common bathroom with a roomate. My actual class doesn't start until Monday, so I don't know too much about the course work. The post seems pretty small, but is actually a little bit bigger than it looks. All that we have done so far is some normal inprocessing, personal data sheets, stuff like that. The cadre seem pretty cool and down to earth, but like I said, class hasn't started yet, and we have not had any of the students start acting a fool yet (because you know sooner or later, they are going to). Some rules that you have to deal with. No alcohol in the rooms for re classing students at all. Don't get involved with or mess around with the AIT privates. Most of it should be pretty basic stuff. Will try to update this as I go along. Anyone have any questions, don't hesitate to hit me up.
Forgive me for the long post, I have several things I wish to comment on.

To Minerva46R;

Yes, SFC Beach is who I have tried contacting on several occasions, and have yet to hear from. I am under the assumption that he isn't going to acknowledge me until I am in school and or MOSQ. I have only emailed him, I would rather not call and be "that guy", next thing you know I find myself on orders to Korea or something! haha

Also, thank you for the pointers as well as the info about the field. Trust me, I am more than humble about coming into an MOS where I will have to ask for advise and guidence from someone whom may have more time in the job but less time in the Army. I actually look forward to having the time with soldiers teaching me about the ins and outs of the field, I feel it provides a great oppurtunity for me to get to know them as well as build relations within our team / shop / unit. I have spent the last 4 years in Recruiting, so I am anxious to get back out and be around junior soldiers again. Also, in Recruiting you have to look past rank and seek guidence from your fellow soldiers for adivse and assistance with many different aspects of Recruiting. I feel it has set me up for success in my future assignments within Public Affairs. ~fingers crossed~

A HUGE thank you for the heads up on the AP Stylebook. A brand new issue is currently in route to my door step from Amazon! I know my grammer is in need of some cleaning up.

I look forward to returning to the DC area where I was stationed for 4 years at the "Old Guard". I can already taste the crab cakes, see all the traffic, and smell the fish markets! Never thought I would be excited to return to that city, but after 4 years in rural Indiana, I couldn't happier about coming back!

With school, how are our weekends? Do we pull CQ or anything like that, or are we pretty free and clear during the weekends?

TO SGT McGeorge, THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH for wanting to post updates on school. I feel that your posts are a huge help, and perhaps the best source of info about school that will be found on the web today. If you graduate in August, we will be at DINFOS at the same time and I would like to personally thank you. Your insight on the barracks was extremely helpful!! That is one thing I was very curious about and couldn't find anything anywhere about.

Thank you again!!


Wish all of you the best of luck in all that you do....

Anyone deployed right now? What is your take on being deployed in the 46 series? I know someone posted earlier in this thread about putting on a ruck and going out with the Infantry from time to time, but what else do you do?
Tumbler's Escort,
No problem for the help. That's what the forum here is form. I will say this as well. For anyone looking into either 46Q, or 46R, we are being told that allot (around 50%) do not make it through the voice auditions for 46R. Not trying to scare anyone at all, just letting you know what we are being told at the schoolhouse here.
You should have your weekends free here at Ft. Meade. You are allowed to travel up to 150 miles without any paperwork. Anything between that and 300, you need to put in paperwork for a pass. Anything over that, you will need leave to be approved. Also, you will have a recall formation on Sunday evenings around 2000 to account for everyone. There are a few duties. One of them is duty driver. I believe that those are pulled only for a few hours a day, or are pulled for maybe 12 hour shifts on off days. Not really sure about that, still trying to get info on that as we go along. We have already been told the same thing that Minerva46R told us, that we may find ourselves getting to a shop or a section, and even though we are the senior person there, we may have to take advice and guidance from someone junior to us. That we cannot let it hurt our feelings, we have to do what is best for the Army overall. This seems like a really great job so far, and everyone that works here at the schoolhouse is telling us that we have picked the best MOS in the army and it is the army's best kept secret.
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Originally posted by mcgeorge36:
Tumbler's Escort,
No problem for the help. That's what the forum here is form. I will say this as well. For anyone looking into either 46Q, or 46R, we are being told that allot (around 50%) do not make it through the voice auditions for 46R. Not trying to scare anyone at all, just letting you know what we are being told at the schoolhouse here.


Yeah, BWAS (Basic Writing and Announcing Skills) is a beast. The quality of your voice is also not something you can easily change either. If you talk like Elmer Fudd you're not going to be able to study your way into having an Edward R. Murrow voice, even with extensive training. A voice for broadcasting voice is either something you have or you haven't got so if you sound like you could be an extra on Gone with the Wind or Fargo and are offered the choice between 46R and 46Q, take 46Q and never look back. BWAS is also extremely subjective and depending on the instructor you get, they can tell you that you either rock or suck.
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Originally posted by Minerva46R:
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Originally posted by mcgeorge36:
Tumbler's Escort,
No problem for the help. That's what the forum here is form. I will say this as well. For anyone looking into either 46Q, or 46R, we are being told that allot (around 50%) do not make it through the voice auditions for 46R. Not trying to scare anyone at all, just letting you know what we are being told at the schoolhouse here.


Yeah, BWAS (Basic Writing and Announcing Skills) is a beast. The quality of your voice is also not something you can easily change either. If you talk like Elmer Fudd you're not going to be able to study your way into having an Edward R. Murrow voice, even with extensive training. A voice for broadcasting voice is either something you have or you haven't got so if you sound like you could be an extra on Gone with the Wind or Fargo and are offered the choice between 46R and 46Q, take 46Q and never look back. BWAS is also extremely subjective and depending on the instructor you get, they can tell you that you either rock or suck.


Thanks for the great info, I'd also like to echo what tumbler said, I've scoured the internet and there are few sites that talk about DINFOS and what really goes on there. So thank you for doing this Mcgeorge.

What happens if you fail the voice audition, do you go home or get retrained to a 46q?

@Tumbler
I reenlisted for 46r in October last year, I called SFC Beach in February to talk about assignments. He said he couldn't project an assignment since I was due to graduate in the end of November, so he told me to call him in April.

One day in March I notice I have an "on assingment" email in my AKO mail, I check it. Im on orders to Honduras with a report date of January 2012!! Honduras I hear is a very rare and great assignment, but I had just gotten married and was returning from a deloyment. I could not leave my wife again for another year so soon.

I call SFC. Beach and apparently my ERB had not updated my marital status to married and was still showing single (thus the Honduras assignment). We work it out and he is able to assign me to an AFN unit in Germany!

What I'm getting at is that you can call SFC. Beach right now, He is an awesome guy and will not send you to some craphole place (he also offered me Old Guard and Vicenza, Italy) so just give him a call, he is very busy so even if you leave a message on his machine he might not get to you.
This is a GREAT thread and I will be visiting here a lot. Especially since I JUST secured a seat TODAY for 46R AIT. =) I will be heading there a few months into 2012 after we return from our deployment.

Those wondering about SFC Beach, he is awesome person and NCO. He will do everything in his power to help you out. I have kept in contact him via email since I joined the Army a couple years ago and he has given me great guidance.

Also, for those wondering, I have worked with the PA department here in Afghan and before we deployed and they are a great bunch. They all love their job and are very down to earth people. I've turned in several photos that they used in different stories they were working on. They even encouraged me to send them a story with pics if I felt like getting my feet wet before I reclassed, so that is something I plan on doing.

Cheers!
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What happens if you fail the voice audition, do you go home or get retrained to a 46q?


When I went through DINFOS in 2008 as an IET soldier, a lot of people that failed out of BWAS were in different situations. IET soldiers were given a list (usually the BEAR list) and told to pick a new MOS, which at the time also included 46Q so many did take that option. There were no Army MOS-Q soldiers that failed out of my class, so to tell you the truth I'm not sure how it works for reclass soldiers and I don't want to give you a wrong answer.

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Originally posted by TMort:
Quick question for the 46r's...are there any programs that you would recommend studying up on? IE: adobe premiere, after effects etc.?


While at DINFOS I learned on AVID but during my time there they were moving to Premiere. It's likely you'll be using Premiere there and equally likely you'll be using it for much of the rest of your career. I believe AFN still uses AVID for the most part however, so it's kind of a toss up. You won't use After Effects in the schoolhouse or for story production outside of DINFOS. I've tinkered around with it a few times trying to make graphics for videos I was assigned to shoot that weren't stories though, so knowing any kind of video editing software won't hurt you in the long run.
Here's a quick update with what is going on. If you are going to try to go 46Q, I would definitely suggest trying to bone up on your English and grammar skills. The first morning of class, you will take an English assessment. If you don't pass, there are two choices. Either you can be sent back, or you can go through what is called JPREP. That is a journalism preparatory course. It basically helps you with your English and grammar skills. I unfortunately did not pass my assessment, so I will be going through the JPREP course that starts on June 7th, and will be starting the actual 46Q class (as long as I pass JPREP) on or around the 21st of June. If you can, start studying and get yourself prepared!
Here is some more info about my time here at Fort Meade. If you are coming to school here at DINFOS at all, ensure that you bring your class A uniform with you. The last monday of every month, that is the uniform that is to be worn. Not sure if there are any inspections or anything with it, but you will wear it all day, as well as for your graduation.
Also, this is a joint service school. You class will include initial entry soldiers, as well as others re-classing into your MOS. It will also include Navy, Air Force and Marines. Some initial entry, some re-classing. You will have instructors ranging from civilians, to those from other services as well.
You will have 2 separate chain of commands. One from the army detachment, and another academic one. They won't interfere with each other, but either one can cause you to be eliminated from either course. You will have to maintain a 70% academically to stay in the course. I believe (not sure, will find out for anyone who wants to know), that anything below a 75, and you are placed on academic probation.
As of right now, my JPREP class starts on the 7th of June, and I will be entering the 46Q class that starts at the end of June and graduates on the 22nd of September. From what I am seeing from those in the class that I was supposed to be in, the homework and assignments can be pretty brutal. There are 5 separate areas that you are tested on initially prior to starting the course, and should you not do well enough, you will have modules that you will have to complete and turn in within a certain amount of time. This is to include the homework and regular coursework that you will receive. While you may be able to enjoy your weekends here, during the week, it's pretty much just studying and catching up with the work that you are to do, not allot of partying and normal TDY things going on. Maybe the stuff calms down after a while, but not really sure yet.
You will only get about an hour for lunch, not the normal hour and a half. Lunch will be from 1130 to 1230. The instructors really do not look kindly on showing up late or not showing up at all to class. You are not marched to class at all or anything, you show up on your own.
I would definitely ensure that you are at least somewhat knowledgeable on the new PRT as well, as that is what is done here. They cycle through everyone to give PT, with just one of the cadre there supervising, ensuring everything goes ok. They really don't get involved to much at all, allot of it for us re-classing is student run and student led. Hope this helps, and if there are any other questions, let me know, and I will do my best to answer them for you guys.
Yes, the classes are all joint service classes. You will be in class with both prior service (called MOS-T's) and initial entry service members from all services (called MOS-I's). They do not put just prior service together for class purposes. They actually would like the NCO's to ensure that the service members in the class do the right things, stay awake, things like that.
My ETS isn't until October 2013, so my reenlistment window has yet to open. Since I'm an E-5 25U (understrength MOS), I was wondering if I could reclass to 46R now without reenlisting... Also, how long is the school for this MOS at Ft. Meade and after submitting the paperwork for reclass, how long would I have to wait for a class date? Thanks!
** Not an expert, but fairly confident with these answers **

1. You would probably have to "extend" so that you would have 2 years retainablility from the completion of training. Once you complete school, you would have to reenlist for a min 3 years. I would talk with your retention NCO about your options, first.

2. Not sure the length of the Romeo course.. look it up online.

3. It took me (first time) 2-3 months for a class date in the Quebec course, and 7 weeks (sencond time) this past winter to get a course date.
mcgeorge36- Just a few questions about the living arrangements...

Is there any type of internet and cable TV service in the MOS-T barracks rooms? Would you recommend bringing a laptop and small TV?(I have a little 22" LCD laying around.)

Are we issued linens or can we use our own sheets/blankets/pillows? Is the room required to be set-up "military style"?(Towels/PTs/Uniform hung a certain way, boots/shoes lined up under the bed, wall lockers micromanaged, etc...)

Finally, how is the DFAC? Do most MOS-Ts eat there? I'm all for sucking it up and eating at a DFAC 24/7 (especially since they're stealing my BAS...), but I'm hoping the food is at least somewhat edible...

Any other info you can provide would be great! Thanks!

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