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  • Returning for more questions, Can't shake the itch to join.

    Hello All... I posted last year when I was thinking of joining ([http://www.nationalguard.com/forums/...ions-answered]). As I stated in my first thread, I owned a company and really could not leave so I sort of hung up the idea best I could. Well over the last year I decided to dump the company I owned, go to work for a large ag/implement dealer and started a small company that I can do with as I please. I still can't shake the urge to do something in the military. I am now 27, out of shape and have three kids. Now that my life is a little more settled I am starting to work on the out of shape part. I am a mechanic by trade( auto,diesel and marine experiance) and good with computers/ electronics.

    Does anyone have any advice, job suggestions etc to steer me a little bit? As I said I really cant shake the itch to join and still have many questions about an MOS, family, upping ranks, etc. I still cant get my wife 100% on board but Im working on it. Thans for the reples and to the guys tat may read this and not respond, please do, I am looing for a s much info as possible. Thanks Again Also if anyone is from Ohio in the Sandusky, Norwalk, Cleveland areas I would like to talk to you as well. Thanks AGAIN. Ryan

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    Re: Returning for more questions, Can't shake the itch to join.

    Hi Greeneman,

    I was an older enlistee when I joined at the age of 35. I was a desk jockey with 3 kids and didn't really have a set workout schedule. I walked a lot, but I have never been a really good runner. Basic training really helped me get my run times where they needed to be as well as loose the weight that I wanted (and they didn't starve me to do it).

    I am fairly technically savvy so that helped me choose my MOS, I love working with computers and networks, so something in Signal was the way I wanted to go. I chose something I was interested in and had a lot of experience with, but many of my friends in Basic and OCS chose an MOS that they had no prior experience in because they wanted to do something completely different on a drill weekend from their regular jobs.

    Getting the wife on board 100% is something to work on. I could not have done it all without her support throughout the whole process (enlistment, basic, OCS and drill weekends). My kids are probably a little older and while they understand it isn't always easy, having her support makes it better for the kids. The Guard has been a huge blessing for us, when I got laid off after 15 years with a big company, my friends in the guard helped me find a new job fairly quickly (lots of connections because so many outside companies are represented).

    That is my experience with the Guard. If you have any questions feel free to post and we will answer as best we can.

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      Re: Returning for more questions, Can't shake the itch to join.

      Greeneman

      I also enlisted 'later in life' at 37 and as a single mom of 2 teens. A year before I enlisted I started walking, walking to jogging, & jogging to running (had to drop 35 lbs). I now run minimum 15 miles a week on top of full time work and full time school. It CAN be done.

      I enlisted 09S because it's always been in my heart to lead and to be an officer; I begin OCS in May.

      Support from your family will be huge in the process. Mine stopped speaking to me when I enlisted (even at my age) and if it wasn't for my kids' and boyfriend's support, some days would have been pretty tough to get through.

      If you have more specific questions, fire away; the people on this forum are great.

      Good Luck!

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        Re: Returning for more questions, Can't shake the itch to join.

        Thanks for the replies you two. Well many day my wife says to go but most she just rolls her eyes at me when I bring it up. I know I am beating up the topic at home. I get anxious thinking about it and the fear comes out and That is part of the reason I want to go to face my fear of the unknown and just do it. I was trying to look inot some benefits for her, such as the family collage thing< but did not find much out. Just something to sweeten it up for her a little. I have talked to a couple local guys but not a recruiter yet since I know his MO is to get me to sign up. Does anyone know about the OSUT typ ejobs? Is that where youre AIT is rolled inot your BCT, Sorta? am also looking ot be gone for AIT the shortest amount of time possible, since I do have family counting on me and I dont watnt to mis out on too much if I do not have too. I am leaning toward a new path rahter than wrenching to make drill weekends different than my regular job. However there are a few mechaninc jobs open in close proximity to me(not that I can aply for them tomorrow/they could not be an option when i sign up).

        So far I have looked into a few MOS': Here they are
        89b- Ammunition specialist(out of my norm) -10 week AIT- Opening in Port Clinton Ohio(25 miles away)
        91B- Light whel vehicle mechanic -10 week AIT - Opening in Lorain Ohio(15 miles away)
        91H- Track vehicle mechanic -14 week AIT - Opening in Lorain Ohio(15 miles away)
        91L- Construction Vehicle repairer -8-29 week AIT-Opening in Norwalk Ohio(20 Miles away)(know someone in this unit)
        13F- Fire support specialist(not my norm) -7 week AIT(++)-Opening in Hamilton Ohio(4 hours away) like th job info though)
        Does anyone have any experiance with these jobs? Again my background is in auto mechanincs and I now work on tractors, combines, implements, diesels, hydraulics etc.
        Thanks

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          Re: Returning for more questions, Can't shake the itch to join.

          I'm a FISTer (13F) and attached to an infantry unit. One of the best MOS's you could choose in my opinion. If you like watching stuff explode and doing land nav this is the mos for you, though you will most likely become a radio savvy infantryman once you get to your unit lol. I have friends who were mechanics who choose a 91 series mos and she was extremely bored during her ait.

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            Re: Returning for more questions, Can't shake the itch to join.

            Ok, so is 13F more of an infantry tpe position? I am looking into somethng computer based, as stated I may be bored being a mechanic, but Id like the infantry type trainng but not just an infantry type job. No disrespect if that sounds wrong. Thanks for the reply!

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              Re: Returning for more questions, Can't shake the itch to join.

              Originally posted by Greeneman View Post
              Ok, so is 13F more of an infantry tpe position? I am looking into somethng computer based, as stated I may be bored being a mechanic, but Id like the infantry type trainng but not just an infantry type job. No disrespect if that sounds wrong. Thanks for the reply!
              Go Signal; communication is key.

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              • #8
                Re: Returning for more questions, Can't shake the itch to join.

                If you LOVE math and LOVE computers and LOVE graphs, go 13D.

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