: results from my ASVAB
04-09-2012, 04:43 PM
well I got the results from my ASVAB.
fairly happy with them considering I'm a TERRIBLE test taker. haha the whole test took me just less than 90 minutes which I was pleasantly surprised with (I've heard horror stories about a 4hr test).
although I don't need a high ASVAB score for it, I'm planning on enlisting as an Army 11x, and try to get option 4 (airborne infantry). But since I qualify for it, I might try to get 18x (special forces) if it pops up. I know they have a super high washout rate, and it's an insanely tough course to get through, but I figure even if I wash out, it still defaults back to airborne infantry which is cool, but if I make it, I'd be one BAMF. haha
anyone have any experience with either MOS's? any tips? I'm currently just waiting for my livescan (fingerprints) to come back so I can start the waiting game of snagging my MOS and going to MEPS to get sworn in.
04-09-2012, 05:02 PM
I have no experience with either MOS. But I do have some thoughts for you.
What do you want to be when you grow up? I don't mean this in a bad way. What are your goals, interests, skills, etc? Does 11x or 18x translate well to any civilian position other then police/security?
I'll use my own case as an example. My AFQT was 99. I had recruiters calling my house. I joined the Navy, went into the nuclear power program. I never gave one thought to what I really wanted to do with my life. I got out 8 years later, after really enjoying the technical aspects of my job, but hating the military aspects of my job. I used my GI Bill to train for a different career(commercial pilot/flight instructor). I was instructing on 9/11, and watched my career prospects literally go up in smoke. There was no hiring. I moved back home, got a decent state job, was bored out of my mind. Got back into flying in 2007, got laid off from the airline I was flying for when the economy went south in 2008. Guess where I work now? In a power plant. 20+ years later, I am falling back on my military training and making a living. I don't think I would have that option if I didn't have the breadth of technical training that I received in the service.
Find the most technical discipline for which you qualify and have an interest for. If infantry is really your interest, great. If there is anything else in the MOS book that piques your interest, give it some serious thought. Serving our country is something I'll never regret, and I'm downright thankful that my training and skills were able to pay dividends many years down the road.
Good luck in whatever you choose, and thank you for your future service!
BTW, I entered at the Oakland MEPS in September, 1990.
04-09-2012, 06:08 PM
only advice i have is do research and make sure its the mos you want. also try and think about what you can do if you dont stay in your 20 yrs. i went avation after many days of thinking. i wanted to be a combat medic or combat something. but thanx to my wife she talked me out of it. and i have a damn good avation job now. so just think long and hard.
04-11-2012, 12:57 AM
Like others had said, make sure your thinking about the future, not just short term. I know kicking down doors and kicking ass is cool, but the way the Army is now transitioning to peacetime, infantry might not be the way to go. If I had a choice, I'd do a support MOS in order to learn technology or management or something along those lines and get certificates I can use out in the real world. Being a "lifer" in the military is going to get tougher with harder and harder standards being inplaced, so also think about that. If you have any questions about the army or infantry, feel free to PM me
04-11-2012, 11:32 PM
11x or 18x, unless your looking at the military as a career there is very little that you can use your experience outside the military.
04-12-2012, 09:02 PM
This is very serious choice in your life. The future is in the unmanned aviation field. Already T. Boone Pickens is using unmanned drones to inspect his wind farm equipment along with tall building owners using them as well. Just think about cattle ranches in the west using them to manage herds. Okay I am getting a little off the subject, but this is one example of the future uses of your skill. I went in the USAF as a Combat Controller, got burned out due to the tempo, and now work in the auto business. Not a lot of call for a guy with terminal attack skills that can blow stuff up. Just think hard about this. Good luck.
04-12-2012, 10:14 PM
Whatever job you pick.. I recommend making sure it's something you can use in the outside world. Like helicopter mechanics.. those dudes come out and make BANK in the civilian world. I want to say upwards or over $100k a year. Or even MP.. even though the Army is phasing out L&O MP's and handing those jobs to the horrid DoD Police. That's something you can use in the civilian world to become a cop, or US Marshall, or whatever.
Just think about that, even if you plan to make the military a career. In 8 years, you may have a change of heart.
Other than that, looks like you did about the same as me on your ASVAB. And I got into the MP Corps. But I also want to be a police officer.
04-26-2012, 06:51 PM
so after much deliberation, a lot of chatting with friends from different branches, different military jobs, etc I made my decision. I wanted 11x option 4, or 11x option 40 (I know this is a longshot). I don't see anything stopping me from making a career out of the military, or possibly changing MOS's down the road. On Monday, I told my recruiter to look for 11x jobs when they popped up. Sure enough, my phone rings this morning and he tells me there's a few 11x option 40 positions available! I told him I'd take it. Now I go to MEPS on Tuesday to draw up my contracts and get sworn in. Projected ship date is 11/6/12. Besides the post 9/11 bill and G.I. Bill, any other perks I could get added to my contract?
04-26-2012, 07:52 PM
well congrats! and thank you for making a huge decision like this not amny people are brave enough to join any service. not sure about any bonus i would ask if there are any you qualify for.
04-27-2012, 05:35 PM
Ask for duty station of your choice.
When I went in I got the GI Bill, ,20k bonus, Airborne school, and RIP. After Airborne school I took the opportunity to go to Bragg instead of Ranger Battalion so I could stay for sure on the east coast.
04-27-2012, 06:19 PM
which bases are better than the others? I'm from California, and I know they don't have any bases near me.
04-27-2012, 07:04 PM
which bases are better than the others? I'm from California, and I know they don't have any bases near me.
Air Force bases....[thumb]
04-27-2012, 07:51 PM
Only Army base I can say stay away from is Ft Polk.
Here's a little map to help you out.
If you make it through to Ranger Bat there's always Ft Lewis
04-29-2012, 12:42 AM
Well if you go Infantry don't even think about taking college courses, maybe online if you can find the time. 6 years I was in not one person got to take them, didn't fit in the training schedule. Now the guys who stayed in are getting the boot because they didn't move forward with schooling.
04-29-2012, 11:46 PM
Sometimes 11x or Special Forces can be beneficial. A friend of mine (who is now very well off) did 8 years in the Army as Special Forces. He got out in like 96 and started working Executive Protection. He did this for 2 yrs, in 98 he formed his own company, they became quite successful, a series of poor decisions resulted in the company going up in flames in 2003, in 2004 he went to work as a security contractor for the Military in Iraq. Because of his many years of experience (8 years in the army, 7 years in Executive Protection) he quickly was promoted up in ranks and was a program manager by 2007 he worked 2 more years in that position. Took a cushy job in Europe for 2 years and in late 2010 he got a crazy job offer to be program manager for protecting ships in the horn of Africa, he makes damn near half a million a year.
He went into Special Forces because his dad told him not to join the Army, and if he did get a desk job. He hated his dad so he went Special Forces in the Army.
Although I would add that I really don't think his success comes from his background but more so his personality, he is very smart, a great decision maker, and extremely good at net working.
04-30-2012, 10:12 PM
One thing to keep in mind when you hit your duty station... self improvement. take college courses which cost very little. you can also go on ako and order courses for other mos's, there are lots of different options for education.
The more you do for yourself, the better your record look come time for promotion and such. Most units will work with you so you can have the time to attend courses if needed. There are also tons of online courses which can be done from anywhere.
It also helps immensly when re enlistment time comes.
with the drawdown, some are being denied re-enlistment for various reasons including lack of self improvement.
Great Advice here. I am currently serving myself Active Duty Army as a 91E (Machinist). Been in for 3 years already and just re-enlisted in Afghanistan. Do as much College as you can, it's paid for as long as you are Active Duty through Tuition Assistance from the Ed Centers on Post. Don't think because you are a Infantry guy, that you are going deployed a lot. You will have the time to do college and your leadership should support you as well. I completed some college while I was deployed in Afghanistan. Now in December I am moving to Eglin AFB to reclass (change MOS) to 89D (Explosive Ordnance Disposal). Network as much as you can, including with the Contractors, if you deploy. If you get a good contact with one of the contractors at a private security firm, you could land on of those high speed high paying jobs when you decide to get out, if you do. When you go through Basic/AIT, be motivated, even if it is false motivation. Listening to the Drill Sergeant's and being motivated will make Basic and AIT much easier for yourself. If you decide to go Special Forces, you will go to Airborne and Air Assault School before you start SF school,the whole process is very long. I have a few friends that are SF, they say it is very hard, but worth it. But it requires you to have your whole heart in it. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. I will do my best to answer them or find you the right answer.
05-03-2012, 08:13 PM
well I was sworn in yesterday. Was a long day. Up at 4am, and dind't get sworn in until 3pm. so excited though. Got the 11x option 40 (ranger). I ship out for Basic November 6th at Fort Benning. I'll be attending OSUT, airborne school, and RASP there. here's a picture of the swear in.
05-03-2012, 08:40 PM
Good luck, I hope it turns out to be everything you expect. Keep your chin up, head down, powder dry.
05-22-2012, 05:22 PM
Ok here you go, you have made up your mind but there are still some things to think of; college, ranger, duty stations ect. Now take all this you hear on the internet with a grain of salt. All the advise is great but make sure its up to date. If someone is not currently in then their info may be a bit off. Hell, I am an E6 at Fort Campbell and been in since June 2002. I am 11B4P85WF7 (all that means is 11B, SSG, Airborne, Instructor, Jump Master, Pathfinder) and my info may not be up to date enough.
Now all that say you cant do college while being 11B is wrong! I do it all the time. Do online school. Pick a major after you get to your duty station. I am working toward a BA in Homeland Security and Emergency Management. I spend about 5 hours a week doing school work and get A's and B's. Don't go strait to the bar after work. Take some time to do school work and then go. there is plenty of time. Now while deployed you can still do it. Deployments are easier and easier every year. You will have down time. And if for what ever reason you don't there is plenty of time between cycles, my classes are only 5 weeks long. College is free and your dumb not to start knocking it out asap. Look how many other 11B's get out with out it. You will have a leg up.
Now ranger, I never went but should have. I always here about people who had orders for it and never did it. Most were sick of all the BS that is basic. Might as well get it all done at once. Promotion is much easier and re-enlistment bonuses are much bigger with a ranger tab. Going to Ranger Batt sounds great, I don't have much experience with that. I have worked with them in the sand box and it was great.
Lastly, volunteer for schools. Every dumb school you can get. No matter what the more schools you have the more likely you will get promoted. Every thing from Field Sanitation to jump master makes you more marketable then the next guy.
Good luck and if you have any questions PM me your number and I will give ya a call.
Remember never quit. That's what they want you to do.
05-24-2012, 07:13 AM
sure, Ill give my experiences but like with anything, I would not expect him to take what I say as gospel. Being in the military is like working for the biggest corp. in the world, experiences may very. I would hate for him to come back and say that he followed what was said here to the T and he still had a bad experience, weather the info comes from me or someone else.