I am currently an E-3 11B in the VA Guard who just got out of AIT this summer. I will also be graduating with my BA in Strategic Intelligence as well as an AA in Criminal Justice in May. My original plan in enlisting was to do SMP and to commission MI through ROTC but of course, things never work out to their original plan. Long story short, I did OSUT in the summer of 2010, but got sick in week 12 of 16 (11C), so, rather than miss school going back to week 3 due to our backwards training schedule, I opted for the split-op option. PT was never my strong suit, and being out of it for almost 2 months in Basic messed up any chance I had at contracting when I got back. So, after doing AIT this summer, and starting my Senior year, it was completely unpractical to try to join our already overfilled ROTC program (I go to a very conservative, military friendly school). So, here I am, about to graduate as an E3 in something I don't really have a thing for. By no means am I not proud of what I have accomplished after sticking to it through medical problems and extra weeks of red-phase, but, the jock contest of the Infantry is not really where I feel the desire to be. In my civilian life, my career goal is to work in the government in Intelligence in some fashion, but due to budget constraints, there are no jobs unless you already have a clearance. That brings me to my problem.. I don't know if I should go AOCS and try to get Intel either in VA or PA (I live in DE, but they don't have much of anything), or if I should simply re-class, essentially to just get the clearance. I feel like I would be able to do the work of OCS, especially after doing 11B two times through, but I don't know if it would be the best choice for me in terms of furthering my careers, both military and civilian. How hard is it to get a branch that I would want if I were to go OCS? I know Active OCS is almost impossible to get MI these days, but I heard the guard was different. Any suggestions on options I could take would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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