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Old 03-18-2012, 11:27 PM   #1
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Army recruiters: need some advice regarding DEP

hi, hoping i can get some non-biased advice in here regarding my situation. i went to see air national guard recruiter initially, due to having a GED and was under the impression they were the only service that did not require the 15 college credits with a GED. but i called an Army recruiter to talk about reserves, just in case. long story short, i went in, and ended up signing an active duty contract for 68W. i have already been to MEPS, passed the physical (minus being colorblind, apparently), and scored a 79 on my ASVAB. i had always wanted to go active duty, but family and home situations prohibited it. and it seems they may again, due to my mothers health deteriorating further. i understand thats i can apply to have her as a dependant, EFMP, etc, but those all take a good bit of time, which i am not sure that i have the luxury of. so i am considering becoming a RA DEP loss, and re-signing with the reserves or NG. my main issue is the fact that i have a GED, and do not have the 15 credits. i have spoken to a NG recruiter, and was told that would not be an issue. i would rather go back through my recruiter and the reserves, but not sure if that will be an option.

i do not take this decision lightly, and have been torn about it. i know that on the active side, i will in the long run gain more respect, get better training, and the OJT will be much better. but im just not sure if its the best time. my initial plan was to go reserves, then go active later if it was still what i wanted to do (also having a few years of college under my belt and pursuing a warrant), but was talked into doing active first, by the recruiter and myself partially. so any and all advice is appreciated, thank you!

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