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    Okay so I'm joining the national guard. Right now I have a lot going on in my life and I want to join the National guard to help out my family and take a step to have more than a GED under my belt but if I don't want to be gone for 6 months between basic and AIT would it be dumb to pick an MOS with a short AIt ? I want be a police officer but a police recruiter told me just joining the guard would help a lot. Any advice mean or nice. Let know if this even makes sense.

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    Picking an MOS is a subjective matter; you have to look at what interests you and what will benefit your situation. If you are needing a shorter MOS, I would recommend picking one that interests you the most. Ultimately, keep in mind that you will likely be doing this "job" for 6 years with few opportunities to change. So, pick wisely!

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    • #3
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      This is an opportunity for an additional career. Pick an MOS that will enhance your civilian life by adding a new dimension (e.g., mechanic, medical), or do something wild and very different (e.g,. combat arms).

      If you're a cop during the week, do you really want to do it another two days per month? What's the thrill of that?

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        So if I'm, as of right now, not that well rounded of a person as far as basic life skills any MOS could really benefit me right? Especially since being in the national guard at least right now means its only part time?

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        • #5
          Re: Does my MOS matter?

          /agree with the others....but if you must....

          Infantry. Shorter AIT, physically demand and active MOS and still attractive to law enforcement.

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          • #6
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            Originally posted by SteveLord View Post
            /agree with the others....but if you must....

            Infantry. Shorter AIT, physically demand and active MOS and still attractive to law enforcement.
            True. If you're looking for a resume padder, pretty much any combat arms branch is good to go, but Infantry does look pretty on a resume.

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            • #7
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              If you want to be involved in dealing with people and see pain in their eyes and help them carry their burdens in life: GO 56M!

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              • #8
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                Originally posted by Dillon Rogers View Post
                Okay so I'm joining the national guard. Right now I have a lot going on in my life and I want to join the National guard to help out my family and take a step to have more than a GED under my belt but if I don't want to be gone for 6 months between basic and AIT would it be dumb to pick an MOS with a short AIt ? I want be a police officer but a police recruiter told me just joining the guard would help a lot. Any advice mean or nice. Let know if this even makes sense.
                Pick a job that you feel is a fit for you. Do not be persuaded by the opinions of others. When I first enlisted, I went combat engineer and I was very disappointed with the result but nevertheless, I worked hard and it built character but it was from from wild and different. Because I worked in back breaking jobs since I was a teenager.

                I do not knock people who serve in the Reserve components and work in jobs that are comparable to their civilian careers. I have seen construction workers who were a part of the US Army Corps of Engineers and cooks who were culinary specialists in their jobs. Even on active duty, I have two Soldiers in my section who switched careers. One is going from supply to linguist and one from cook to journalism that is doing OJT in PAO.

                In law enforcement, I have seen a whole gambit of military backgrounds who became cops. When I was Border Patrol, I met people who were in the Air Force and Navy who had non-combat arms MOS because in those branches there is no infantry or artillery, etc. A female Marine that I served with in Okinawa was in Food Service and got out as an E-3 Lance Corporal in 1992 and been on the NYPD since. Do not go 56M because I went to get my ashes yesterday at the base chapel and all they do is sit down and gossip in their offices .

                Originally posted by Dillon Rogers View Post
                So if I'm, as of right now, not that well rounded of a person as far as basic life skills any MOS could really benefit me right? Especially since being in the national guard at least right now means its only part time?
                Any job could help you become a well-rounded individual that provides leadership skills. You will gain that as you mature and gain experience.

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                • #9
                  Re: Does my MOS matter?

                  Please approve my post

                  And with law enforcement there is no specific MOS that law enforcement looks for because when I went Border Patrol, I had Navy and Air Force vets in my class and they had non-combat arms jobs because in those branches there is no infantry or artillery, etc. A female Marine that I served with in Okinawa was in Food Service and got out as an E-3 Lance Corporal in 1992 and been on the NYPD since. Do not go 56M because I went to get my ashes yesterday at the base chapel and all they do is sit down and gossip in their offices .

                  Originally posted by Dillon Rogers View Post
                  So if I'm, as of right now, not that well rounded of a person as far as basic life skills any MOS could really benefit me right? Especially since being in the national guard at least right now means its only part time?
                  Any job could help you become a well-rounded individual that provides leadership skills. You will gain that as you mature and gain experience.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Does my MOS matter?

                    Originally posted by Chief Kemosabe View Post
                    Please approve my post

                    And with law enforcement there is no specific MOS that law enforcement looks for because when I went Border Patrol, I had Navy and Air Force vets in my class and they had non-combat arms jobs because in those branches there is no infantry or artillery, etc. A female Marine that I served with in Okinawa was in Food Service and got out as an E-3 Lance Corporal in 1992 and been on the NYPD since. Do not go 56M because I went to get my ashes yesterday at the base chapel and all they do is sit down and gossip in their offices .



                    Any job could help you become a well-rounded individual that provides leadership skills. You will gain that as you mature and gain experience.
                    Thank you. Ummm why do people put down infantry? I also just don't want to miss something before meps. But you guys did definitely answered my original question.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Does my MOS matter?

                      Originally posted by Dillon Rogers View Post
                      Thank you. Ummm why do people put down infantry? I also just don't want to miss something before meps. But you guys did definitely answered my original question.
                      I do not put down infantry. That is a crucial backbone of our Army and Marine Corps. Without them, we could not win our nation's wars. I believe from an infantry perspective, due to their role and pride, that no other job will exist without them; when its a collective thing. Also, due to people's own ambitious and goals, you do not have to feel compelled (referring currently to men) to serve in a combat arms MOS and serve in another field that suits your interest. Families with a history of serving has formed those opinions. I came from a predominately Black and Hispanic neighborhood in the Bronx and our Fathers and Uncles served as infantryman in Vietnam and Korea. Due to those experiences, many have told us to pursue other fields; so statistics will show more minorities than whites in non-combat arms jobs. And now more whites from rural and farms have gone to serve in the infantry. You figure the tough guys from the hood to go into those jobs but that has not been the case in these times.

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                      • #12
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                        Maybe he was asking why we mentioned it earlier? I didn't see anyone "dis" infantry.

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                        • #13
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                          If infantry isn't one of your top 3 choices going solely on the criteria of "I would love to do that" then find a different MOS. Combat Arms (especially infantry) take a specific type of person and everyone else will be miserable; I did 8 years USMC infantry.

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                            Originally posted by Chaplain4me View Post
                            If you want to be involved in dealing with people and see pain in their eyes and help them carry their burdens in life: GO 56M!
                            Originally posted by Lance13A View Post
                            True. If you're looking for a resume padder, pretty much any combat arms branch is good to go, but Infantry does look pretty on a resume.
                            Originally posted by SteveLord View Post
                            /agree with the others....but if you must....

                            Infantry. Shorter AIT, physically demand and active MOS and still attractive to law enforcement.
                            Originally posted by Dillon Rogers View Post
                            So if I'm, as of right now, not that well rounded of a person as far as basic life skills any MOS could really benefit me right? Especially since being in the national guard at least right now means its only part time?
                            Originally posted by matthew.ritchie View Post
                            This is an opportunity for an additional career. Pick an MOS that will enhance your civilian life by adding a new dimension (e.g., mechanic, medical), or do something wild and very different (e.g,. combat arms).

                            If you're a cop during the week, do you really want to do it another two days per month? What's the thrill of that?
                            Originally posted by RyCass View Post
                            Picking an MOS is a subjective matter; you have to look at what interests you and what will benefit your situation. If you are needing a shorter MOS, I would recommend picking one that interests you the most. Ultimately, keep in mind that you will likely be doing this "job" for 6 years with few opportunities to change. So, pick wisely!
                            Originally posted by Dillon Rogers View Post
                            Okay so I'm joining the national guard. Right now I have a lot going on in my life and I want to join the National guard to help out my family and take a step to have more than a GED under my belt but if I don't want to be gone for 6 months between basic and AIT would it be dumb to pick an MOS with a short AIt ? I want be a police officer but a police recruiter told me just joining the guard would help a lot. Any advice mean or nice. Let know if this even makes sense.
                            No I know no one here dissed on infantry but in other forums it seems like people don't always have a good opinions about them. Does anyone here know what infantry AIT is like say vs mp or something seemingly way different intelligence

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                            • #15
                              Re: Does my MOS matter?

                              Something you want to think about is what your training will be like from month to month. If I had to choose between infantry and MP, I would choose infantry (in fact I did enlist for the infantry, but became a chaplain candidate shortly after enlisting and without completing training). Infantry gets a lot of street credit: from the blue cord on their dress uniform to the combat infantry badge...plus they are probably more likely to attend further training such as air assault and airborne schools. And plus the equipment they get to routinely train with is pretty cool....plus you could get the EIB. You'll love it, it will be miserable....imagine your self out in the field....so hot that your uniform is chaffing your body, carrying your equipment that's crushing your shoulders...the pain on Monday when you have to go back to your civilian job. What did you do this weekend, "Ah I spent some time at the range firing the Ma Deuce, or did some explosives training, perhaps some urban combat training, then road marched back to the barracks, just to wake up at 0400 to do PT".....yeah you'll love it.

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