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Old 05-01-2009, 06:00 PM
armyhooah armyhooah is offline
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Default Mos for the long hual?

I am enlisting in the next week or so... going to MEPS

I want to set myself up for retirement. With that said, there are many mos's that will be good and others would not. For example, 21B hard on the body. I am 27, not 18 anymore. Retiring at 38 would of been better than 48, but better late than never.

This is what I am looking for:

1)A blend of field experience and leadership skills.
2)The ability to perform the task into older age. What I can do know doesn't mean I will or will want to be doing the same task later on in life. There is no point in retiring if you are broke down and unable to enjoy it. Mean a short stay might be best, 8-12 years and out. Not my ideal situation!
3)A career field in the civilian market.
4)Advancement while enlisted, some MOS have very high standards on promotions and others are lower. The lower ones are Infantry and the likes and the higher ones are_____?

Any advice, experiences and comments (helpful ones of course) are welcome.

I was going to take the Loan Repayment program until I found out you have to give up your GI Bill!
The math doesn't add up they will pay 12,000 in loans and I will give up three years of full paid tuition....?

Thank you

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Old 05-01-2009, 06:37 PM
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Have you considered 31B(Military Police)? Then after a couple months working on getting 31D(Criminal Investigation Special Agent)?

info on Mos' here,

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Old 05-01-2009, 07:41 PM
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what mos's interest you, because you will have to do the job for sometime. it would be better to also be doing something that interests you. And your asvab score, is that going to limit any choices available to you?
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Old 05-02-2009, 05:46 AM
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I was fortunate to be in good enough health & condition to stay in Airborne Infantry from age 38 to retirement. I can't recommend that however.

Take a look at the MOS list & see which ones interest you. Then research each individal one. Then you have to find out which ones have openings at the time you want to enlist. You won't find that out until you sit down with the MEPS Counselor. Those openings can change daily so always have a plan B & C or be willing to wait.

I can recommend Signal or Medic. I feel that those would probably offer you the best chance of a civilian career. There are alos many Mechanical & Repair MOSs. Maybe you can tie an MOS in to what you do right now.

Don't think that you're stuck with the same MOS for your whole career. You could start off in Combat Arms for your first enlistment, get it out of your system & then reclassify at your reenlistment.

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Old 05-02-2009, 11:36 AM
armyhooah armyhooah is offline
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Originally Posted by MSG Glenn View Post
You could start off in Combat Arms for your first enlistment, get it out of your system & then reclassify at your reenlistment.

MSG Glenn
I was thinking 11X Airborne contract, three years. Then go technical. I got a 78 on the asvab, with a low line score in CL of 118, a high of 133 in MM, GT was 125.
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Old 05-02-2009, 01:53 PM
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If you have an interest in medical look into 68W Health Care Specialist. It will definately get you the credentials needed for civilian jobs and there is alot of room for advancement. It can be physically demanding at times, however, once you have your foot in the door you can always change your MOS.
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Old 05-03-2009, 03:35 AM
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there are many depending on your line scores.

I was combat engineer, admin, MP and now I do Signal (computers). Much easier on the body.

You can do military intelligence as well. MI and Signal do go to the field alot.

Admin, Cook, Supply, Maintenance, Medics, or X-Ray technician which makes alot of money on the outside.

Also, take the military in small steps. You think retirement and doing twenty off the back; you might not make it.
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