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  • Adjutant General Officer - Questions!

    Hi, I'm a new member to the forums. I've recently decided to join the Military as an Officer. I am currently working as an Assistant instructor at my local Head Start. I hold a Bachelor of Arts and Minor in Creative Studies and Leadership. I'm looking forward to serving my country and becoming an Officer in National Guard.

    Human Services is a career field that I believe I am well suited for and that's why I have chosen to join the Adjutant General Corps. But before I go to MEPS and join officially I was hoping that some of you could answer some of my questions about the AGC.

    Here are few of my questions and concerns:

    Overall what is it like being an AG officer? I've read some things online but I'd like to here from someone that is actually in AG.

    What sorts of responsibilities will be placed on me as an AG Officer?

    What parts of the ASVAB should I focus on to get myself into AG?

    Do AG Officers deploy often?

    I'll start off with those questions for now. Any insight and advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank You!

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    AG is a very small career field for commissioned officers, particularly for lieutenants. It is unlikely that you will serve in AG branch as a lieutenant, although more opportunities arise at higher ranks. Sure, ask for whatever you want, while preparing for your most likely scenario, which is 4-10 years in combat arms or logistics first.

    If HR is truly your all-consuming passion, then enlist as an HR specialist, spend 10 years doing that well, and become an HR warrant officer.

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      Thank you for the insight. The Major I am speaking to now says that he can slot me in AG. But you are saying it is very unlikely for me to serve as a AG Lieutenant and that I will most likely be doing Logistics first? Why would the Major tell me a slot was available? Just trying to clarify before I make any decisions.

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        Originally posted by Valei View Post
        Thank you for the insight. The Major I am speaking to now says that he can slot me in AG. But you are saying it is very unlikely for me to serve as a AG Lieutenant and that I will most likely be doing Logistics first? Why would the Major tell me a slot was available? Just trying to clarify before I make any decisions.
        I think most states you don't get to choose or slot your branch that you want, its generally based on availability.



        It seems in you case you will be slotted before IET. This is more commonly seen in the Army Reserve.

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        • #5
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          You may want to see if there are any openings for an S-1 position with a battalion in your state - you'd get to do all your AG stuff in that role, plus you'd be exposed to combat arms/support based on what that battalion does.

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          • #6
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            In the NG/USAR, you have to look at career progression as an officer. If your state doesn't have AG companies/battalions, career progression for you is going to be hard. Yeah you can fill an S-1 (personnel officer/Adjutant) but that'll be the top of your career. I've been an S-1 and it's not that exciting or rewarding.

            Pick a branch that you can be a platoon leader or company commander in. This is where you're going to have the most fun and have a rewarding experience in the military.

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            • #7
              Re: Adjutant General Officer - Questions!

              Originally posted by matthew.ritchie View Post
              AG is a very small career field for commissioned officers, particularly for lieutenants. It is unlikely that you will serve in AG branch as a lieutenant, although more opportunities arise at higher ranks. Sure, ask for whatever you want, while preparing for your most likely scenario, which is 4-10 years in combat arms or logistics first.

              If HR is truly your all-consuming passion, then enlist as an HR specialist, spend 10 years doing that well, and become an HR warrant officer.
              So true about the ten year wait.

              OP, officer staff positions that pulls your expertise as an action officer will require administrative tasks and duties. Don't limit yourself to the AG branch based on your degree and civilian experience. Good luck.

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                Originally posted by Mike. View Post
                I think most states you don't get to choose or slot your branch that you want, its generally based on availability.



                It seems in you case you will be slotted before IET.
                What is IET?

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                • #9
                  Re: Adjutant General Officer - Questions!

                  Originally posted by 2flywiththeNG View Post
                  What is IET?
                  initial entry training

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                  • #10
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                    Originally posted by Valei View Post
                    Thank you for the insight. The Major I am speaking to now says that he can slot me in AG. But you are saying it is very unlikely for me to serve as a AG Lieutenant and that I will most likely be doing Logistics first? Why would the Major tell me a slot was available? Just trying to clarify before I make any decisions.
                    If the OSM in Florida has already promised you an AG slot as a brand new lieutenant, then you've just won the lottery. Be advised that because this is a small career field, you may find promotions and assignments rather limited. That's why I would recommend starting in a larger career field, and then picking up a second, smaller career field later. It's your funeral, so you decide how to proceed, just know in advance the potential downsides.

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                    • #11
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                      Originally posted by matthew.ritchie View Post
                      If the OSM in Florida has already promised you an AG slot as a brand new lieutenant, then you've just won the lottery. Be advised that because this is a small career field, you may find promotions and assignments rather limited. That's why I would recommend starting in a larger career field, and then picking up a second, smaller career field later. It's your funeral, so you decide how to proceed, just know in advance the potential downsides.
                      Ok, now I see what are you saying. So it won't benefit me to be in a career field with no potential for growth. I'm very new to how this all works so bare with me. I chose AG because it sounded like a branch I would excel in because of degree and work history. The other options for my area (Western, NY) are Logistics, Infantry, and Engineer. The Major said it would be very hard for me to get the Engineer slot but he would have no problem getting me into Logistics or Infantry.

                      If AG is a dead end then what about Logistics? I honestly don't think I would be well suited for Infantry. At the end of the day I really want to feel like I'm an important member of the NG. I want to Excel.

                      Thank you for all the honest answers, please keep posting!

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                      • #12
                        Re: Adjutant General Officer - Questions!

                        LG (logistics) would be a good branch to get into. Lot of different type units, good promotion potential in the RC.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Adjutant General Officer - Questions!

                          Don't go overboard. AG isn't a "dead end," but it is a small career field, particularly for company grade officers (captain and below).

                          For most people, I recommend serving in a larger field as a lieutenant (both Logistics and Infantry are large fields), then picking up AG as a second branch after completing a company command (which would be somewhere in year 6-12 of your career).

                          This forum's purpose is to address issues such as yours, so that if you end up deciding to serve as an AG lieutenant, you aren't surprised by the situations you find once you get there.

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