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Old 03-15-2009, 05:28 PM
LHS09 LHS09 is offline
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I am a 17 year old senior planning to enlist soon. I've been talking to a recruiter and took a practice ASVAB recently and got an 86. I am in good shape and know i could score 90+ on all aspects of the PFT. Ideally i would want want 18 bravo as my mos but i know that training for 18x is the most intense i could choose and the drop rate is VERY high. My question is would it be wiser to enlist as 11x with contract 40 and volunteer later for spec ops training or should i just choose 18x right off the bat? Another question i have is what MOS would i have if i chose 18x and didnt make it through training?
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Old 03-15-2009, 06:01 PM
shorty32 shorty32 is offline
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That i am not sure about but they have special forces recuiter's all over the place if you go infantry and like it and all you can talk to a recuiter to go special forces later on
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Old 03-15-2009, 08:51 PM
snowboarder1001 snowboarder1001 is offline
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im also interested in this. I read in Chosen Soldiers to be an 18 x ray u go in as infantry man im also interested in the x ray program ive read in places that most x-rays have prior service and the youngest x-ray so far has been 20 years old and the oldest being 29. Would it be better off in the long run to go for my ranger tab and then after a while go to sf training ? more experience?

also i would want to enlist as a 68w is that possible to be combined with 18 x ray
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Old 03-15-2009, 09:30 PM
LHS09 LHS09 is offline
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so i could not choose 18x as my mos because of my age?
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Old 03-16-2009, 06:28 AM
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I would try to get the option 40 contract either as 11X or 68W in both of your cases. For one thing you don't get to choose which 18-series MOS you get in most cases. You also don't get to choose which language you take. Figure on over a year of training for SF with many ways to get dropped.

There is much cross-breeding between Rangers & SF. You can put in for SFAS after you've been in the 75th a while. My son went in with the thought that he would put in for SF after being in the Rangers but he liked it so much he stayed in the 3rd Batt for his whole enlistment.

Either way each of you go make double-damn sure you don't waste that Option 40 or 18X contract. Get yourself in excellent physical condition. You'll need to score 70% on the APFT for the 17-21 age group just to get into RIP & once in the 75th Ranger Regt. You have to maintain a score of 80% to stay there.

Don't let the Recruiter tell you that you can volunteer for the 75th when the Recruiters come around to OSUT or AIT. GET IT IN YOUR CONTRACT! The Ranger Recruiters won't come if they have a full RIP class. Make sure you're one of those that makes a full class. That is the only way of guaranteeing a slot in RIP. If you have to wait a few months then so be it. Don't sign a contract unless you get everything you want.
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Old 03-16-2009, 09:20 PM
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Wow thank you MSG Glenn with the information and the way u explained it put my options in a new perspective. I appreciate it
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