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    hi my name is Chris. i am 22 years old and have wanted to join the military for years. i found out about the guard about two years ago and have been tossing around the idea of joining ever since.

    i am currently a mechanic by trade and am considering becoming a 91b-wheeled vehical mechanic.

    my biggest concer is getting deployed over seas. this has been the main reason i have waited this long to inlist. my family is terriried that i am going to get deployed into a warzone and get shot. my mother and grand mother both have actually threatened to shoot me them selfs if i tried to join. haha

    my question is: as a 91b, is there much chance of seeing action?

    i want to get as much information as possible before i talk to a recruiter so that there are no surprises. any help would be greatly appretiated

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    Re: deployment questions

    Originally posted by chrisjordan90 View Post
    hi my name is Chris. i am 22 years old and have wanted to join the military for years. i found out about the guard about two years ago and have been tossing around the idea of joining ever since.

    i am currently a mechanic by trade and am considering becoming a 91b-wheeled vehical mechanic.

    my biggest concer is getting deployed over seas. this has been the main reason i have waited this long to inlist. my family is terriried that i am going to get deployed into a warzone and get shot. my mother and grand mother both have actually threatened to shoot me them selfs if i tried to join. haha

    my question is: as a 91b, is there much chance of seeing action?

    i want to get as much information as possible before i talk to a recruiter so that there are no surprises. any help would be greatly appretiated
    Sometimes words fail me.....this is one of those times.

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    • #3
      Re: deployment questions

      Originally posted by Wobbly Emu View Post
      Sometimes words fail me.....this is one of those times.
      haha that's the truth..

      To answer your question though, you always have a chance to see "combat". I am not necessarily saying you will be in an 11B position kicking down doors and actively being engaged by the enemy, but you could be on a convoy and one of your trucks gets hit with an IED.. Technically that is combat, even though it is not your specific truck, and there are no bullets. At the same time though, it could be your truck, and their could be bullets. It all depends on the day/needs of the army and where they send you on any given day. As a mechanic, I would say your chances are higher than say.. a finance worker of being shot at, however it is still unlikely. Not to undermine the numbers of the American troops that have died, but in the last decade of active combat, there has been what, a few thousand? More people than that die in a day just driving down the highway and getting hit by a semi truck. there is the danger aspect to the military, but being a mechanic will largely keep you on base, where you will only see the occasional mortar strikes and small arms at the gate. I doubt at this point in the war that you would be out assisting the infantry in convoy ops... One last thing, you are an adult. if you are old enough to sign up for the military, you are old enough to (respectfully) tell your family members that it is your choice to do something that you want to do. Don't let your grandmother control your life, thats just not cool

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      • #4
        Re: deployment questions

        Originally posted by iambrian90 View Post
        One last thing, you are an adult. if you are old enough to sign up for the military, you are old enough to (respectfully) tell your family members that it is your choice to do something that you want to do. Don't let your grandmother control your life, thats just not cool
        you shouldnt say that brian. although im not in the military and maybe you get more respect than i do. but still gotta respect the deep concerns families have on their children. of course all family members are worried that their kid might get killed at war. and some families see it differently than others, some think it's a rightful duty towards your country, some think its not worth risking their kids life. but anyways.... yea maybe hes 'scared', and i should say that i kinda am just thinking about bullets flying around and IEDs. scared or not, still should respect those that wants to join.

        i too am in the same situation(sort of) as chrisjordan. let me just straighten things out first by saying that my goal was not to join the military, just so happens that the national guard have a job that i really want. and thats being a medic helping others when natural disasters or other disasters strike. so ive been looking into 68W for a short while now. i dont want to get deployed overseas, but honestly i wouldnt mind if it was no more than 1 year and also doesnt require me to engage in big battles like an active marine/army. so i really wanna talk to someone thats been through 68W. some call 68w as a combat medic, but some call it a health care specialist. so its kinda confusing. is there a difference or are those people just misnaming them?

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        • #5
          Re: deployment questions

          68W is Health Care Specialist. You have to earn the title of Combat Medic. So, as a 68W you could be assigned to a hospital, clinic, field hospital OR attached to a platoon or squad where you would be a Combat Medic.

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          • #6
            Re: deployment questions

            Originally posted by iambrian90 View Post
            haha that's the truth..

            where you will only see the occasional mortar strikes and small arms at the gate.
            Curious if your comments are based on actual deployment experience.

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            • #7
              Re: deployment questions

              Originally posted by T1ger8oi View Post
              you shouldnt say that brian. although im not in the military and maybe you get more respect than i do. but still gotta respect the deep concerns families have on their children. of course all family members are worried that their kid might get killed at war. and some families see it differently than others, some think it's a rightful duty towards your country, some think its not worth risking their kids life. but anyways.... yea maybe hes 'scared', and i should say that i kinda am just thinking about bullets flying around and IEDs. scared or not, still should respect those that wants to join.

              i too am in the same situation(sort of) as chrisjordan. let me just straighten things out first by saying that my goal was not to join the military, just so happens that the national guard have a job that i really want. and thats being a medic helping others when natural disasters or other disasters strike. so ive been looking into 68W for a short while now. i dont want to get deployed overseas, but honestly i wouldnt mind if it was no more than 1 year and also doesnt require me to engage in big battles like an active marine/army. so i really wanna talk to someone thats been through 68W. some call 68w as a combat medic, but some call it a health care specialist. so its kinda confusing. is there a difference or are those people just misnaming them?

              Honestly, it sounds like you this isn't the place for you. You may end up in battles if you are assigned to an infantry unit. And you may also be deployed more than 1 year. You can't put restrictions on what the Guard can do with you.

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              • #8
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                Originally posted by RSP NCO View Post
                Honestly, it sounds like you this isn't the place for you. You may end up in battles if you are assigned to an infantry unit. And you may also be deployed more than 1 year. You can't put restrictions on what the Guard can do with you.
                +1. Excellent response SSG.

                But hey, at least you have internet. I am at the MWR right now at an "austere fob" and I can still get to read these posts.

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                • #9
                  Re: deployment questions

                  Originally posted by RSP NCO View Post
                  Honestly, it sounds like you this isn't the place for you. You may end up in battles if you are assigned to an infantry unit. And you may also be deployed more than 1 year. You can't put restrictions on what the Guard can do with you.

                  Thanks for clarifying that up for me Solrider.

                  I know they can send any soldier to the warzone for however long they want, since the contract probably doesnt say anything about deployment length. but i read an article http://www.army.mil/article/63073/ , they say something about 9 month deployment. so maybe.. there is a restriction? unless the congress calls for national emergency. if not, then is there really a max deployment of 9 months?

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                  • #10
                    Re: deployment questions

                    Originally posted by fmcityslicker View Post
                    +1. Excellent response SSG.

                    But hey, at least you have internet. I am at the MWR right now at an "austere fob" and I can still get to read these posts.
                    I say you take/post a pic of yourself holding a sign saying "I love the Guard forums."

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                    • #11
                      Re: deployment questions

                      I am about to join as a 68W and trying to get anyones advice that is a 68W and have you been deployed recently only? How fast were you deployed I am joining for just 3 years initially????

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                      • #12
                        Re: deployment questions

                        Originally posted by chrisjordan90 View Post
                        hi my name is Chris. i am 22 years old and have wanted to join the military for years. i found out about the guard about two years ago and have been tossing around the idea of joining ever since.

                        i am currently a mechanic by trade and am considering becoming a 91b-wheeled vehical mechanic.

                        my biggest concer is getting deployed over seas. this has been the main reason i have waited this long to inlist. my family is terriried that i am going to get deployed into a warzone and get shot. my mother and grand mother both have actually threatened to shoot me them selfs if i tried to join. haha

                        my question is: as a 91b, is there much chance of seeing action?

                        i want to get as much information as possible before i talk to a recruiter so that there are no surprises. any help would be greatly appretiated
                        Originally posted by dwallen View Post
                        I am about to join as a 68W and trying to get anyones advice that is a 68W and have you been deployed recently only? How fast were you deployed I am joining for just 3 years initially????
                        These questions are difficult to answer by nature. Unfortunately nobody here will know when or if your assigned unit will be deployed.

                        Please listen to this next part: The National Guard is part of the Army and thus supplements the Army overseas. The whole purpose of drill is to train FOR deployments. We are in a drawdown at the moment, but various Generals and "higher ups" have been quoted saying reservists will be the next in line to maintain Iraq and Afghanistan. Besides that you can turn on any news channel right now and see that things aren't going well in the Middle-east in regards to Israel being bullied by Iran and the surrounding countries. The possibility of U.S. intervention is ever increasing.

                        I'll spare you the cliches, but ultimately you should be joining to serve first and foremost and be prepared to deploy as this falls within the realm of service. Imagine if you got deployed right now with all this unwillingness to go! It would be Hell.

                        I hope this helped, if there's anything else I can do for you guys PM me.

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                        • #13
                          Re: deployment questions

                          The likely hood of you deploying, barring significant changes in the geopolitical state of world affairs, is LOW. Afghanistan has a tentative end date of the summer of 2014. You hardly have enough time to enlist, complete your initial active duty training, and simultaneously be assigned to a sourced unit whose deployment timeline would have to meet up with your IADT timeline...all within the next 12 -14 months.

                          Unlikely.

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                          • #14
                            Re: deployment questions

                            Don't forget, there are other theaters beyond just Afghanistan and Iraq.

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