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    I know I haven't been to OSUT yet. But this weekend was my first RSP drill and I'm hooked. I've cleared it with my family and we've agreed that if I am going to be deployed we should do it as close to my terms as I can (volunteering.) When I get back from my IET and I volunteer to be deployed what is the likelihood of my request going through and where would I likely go...? Thanks!

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    You may find it difficult to get on a deployment, because the need for troops overseas has decreased dramatically in the past few years.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by matthew.ritchie View Post
      You may find it difficult to get on a deployment, because the need for troops overseas has decreased dramatically in the past few years.
      I realize that. In fact, one of my NCOs told me as much. But hypothetically, colonel, where would I be headed?

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        You would have to clear it with your chain of command first if you could augment but I highly doubt it since you are new to the unit. If your unit is not going, then pray some conflict surfaces that you may have a chance after 2014. I was supposed to do my fourth deployment in three months but the Gods spoke and I am not. My family is happy for that. Just because you are hooked, does not mean you should deploy. Learn your craft first.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Chief Kemosabe View Post
          You would have to clear it with your chain of command first if you could augment but I highly doubt it since you are new to the unit. If your unit is not going, then pray some conflict surfaces that you may have a chance after 2014. I was supposed to do my fourth deployment in three months but the Gods spoke and I am not. My family is happy for that. Just because you are hooked, does not mean you should deploy. Learn your craft first.
          I agree completely. I am 1000% new. I don't plan on being foolhardy but I do plan on living my military career to its fullest. Once I'm an actual soldier I look forward to using my skills and serving my country to the fullest. That's all I meant. Didn't mean to come across as anything but that. Thanks.

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          • matthew.ritchie
            matthew.ritchie commented
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            Ensure that you remind your chain of command periodically about your volunteerism. Additionally, enquire about short-term security cooperation missions (i.e., State Partnership Program) missions for which you may qualify. It's a start.
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