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centermass556centermass556 Senior MemberPosts: 3,534 Senior Member
Seeing BigBore's post of his daughter coming home made me think about this. I know there are few of ya'll on here with kids in the reserve components of the Army. I am not knocking that, they are doing their part and it speaks highly of ya'll that you raised them so they want to serve in some capacity and do their part.....BUT,

If any of them want to go Active or have a remote interest in going Active, they need to talk to an in service recruiter NOW...LIKE MONDAY NOW....The Army retention goals are changing almost weekly. We were told Wednesday that anyone who is eligible to re-enlist this FY, has to do so by Jan 31. After Jan 31 it is "thanks for coming out, see ya around the VA." Some are being pushed into other Jobs. IE, the army is getting rid of the 25F MOS and the new 25N is full. But, we are short 35L. So if they want to stay in, they will have to Re-class to a completely unrelated field. That will put a SSG behind the power curve by two years if he/she is sharp, 3-5 years on the average.

It is tough job market right now. I am the only person in my family employed at the moment. The last few Soldiers I know that ETS'd with hopes of landing the dream contracts are having to go to school and use the post 9/11 so they can bring in money while they flip burgers. And I am talking about genuine IT/RF studs here...They just didn't have the certs or whatever contractors are looking for.

ALSO, anyone looking to go GS, the Army is now enforcing DoDD 8570 standards

PSA complete.
"To have really lived, you must have almost died. To those who have fought for it, freedom has a flavor the protected will never know."

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  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    They have already started on Fort Hood (Army wide) restricting re-ups for many ranks and MOSs and the are downsizing the TX Ntl Guard MATES on North FHTX.

    Next they will start going after the lard arses..................again

    I agree, if you can go active, they should do it now while they may need your skill sets.
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  • Medicine HatMedicine Hat Member Posts: 106 Member
    :agree:
    Agree completely. My grandson (just back from Afganistan this month with a wife and 2 kids to support) has to make that decision NOW. I think he will probably re-up.
    I got caught in that same scenario in 1984 after 16 years active. Just made E-7, good record, commendations etc., and it was just "good by". No bennies, no KMA, nada nothing. Sure changed my live overnight.
  • shotgunshooter3shotgunshooter3 Senior Member Posts: 5,906 Senior Member
    Thanks for the heads up. On the Officer side branch requirements for all 16 branches were way higher this year, quotas in some branches requiring way less new LT's (Aviation needed 164 this year v. 244 last year).

    I am seriously considering calling AMEDD (Army MEDical Department) to see about being transferred to Active Duty for my somewhat unique MOS series (67J series, MEDEVAC Officer). Looks like I need to do that sooner than later. Thank the Lord that USAR MEDEVAC units still have the mission in correlation with FEMA, and thus are deemed "important."
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    "Slow is smooth, smooth is fast, and speed is the economy of motion" - Scott Jedlinski
  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    FEMA :uhm: Ain't that a bone in our bidies :jester:

    You may may wanna give that some serious considerations to go on Active Duty while the getting is good. Just thunk of all the guns you can buy with a full-time paycheck as a single LT in the Army :guns:
    It's only true if it's on this forum where opinions are facts and facts are opinions
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  • shotgunshooter3shotgunshooter3 Senior Member Posts: 5,906 Senior Member
    Big Chief wrote: »
    FEMA :uhm: Ain't that a bone in our bidies :jester:

    To greatly over simplify the mission, here is how it was explained to me: After the Katrina cluster eff, FEMA and the Goobermint came crawling to the Army for a may to improve things.

    But yes, I'll see if I can pull some strings, but I may have to wait a bit.
    - I am a rifleman with a poorly chosen screen name. -
    "Slow is smooth, smooth is fast, and speed is the economy of motion" - Scott Jedlinski
  • joseph06joseph06 Member Posts: 133 Member
    I'm in the Air Force, and we've got a lot of traditional reservists assigned to my unit right now that are facing a strong chance that they are either going to have to become near full time, or find other units. I get the sense that across the DoD things are being streamlined, and I suspect our post-OEF military is going to look a lot different (as it probably should). I've got a good buddy who got out of the AF with about 8 years in, and is making good money as a contractor, but is also sweating bullets that after the bulk of forces are out of Afghanistan, there is going to be cuts all across his company.
  • TSchubTSchub Senior Member Posts: 783 Senior Member
    They started this about ten years ago with the Coast Guard under the DHS's new plan. At first, I was skeptical that it was the way to go. It seemed like things would be a bit more hectic For the air crews in the area, but actually worked out quite well. I've talked to people that have tried to join since then, and they say that it's kind of hard to get in. Sometimes even getting a recruiter to call you back is tough, or so they say.
  • centermass556centermass556 Senior Member Posts: 3,534 Senior Member
    BLUF : everything across the board will take a hit except SOCOM. Matt, FEMA is going to take a big one, because Katrina happened 6 years ago and no one has a memory that long.

    The way things are moving and the people that have been put in key positions will cut the big army and leave SOCOM to do its thing. Insurgency/COIN will be the fight of the future. It is cheap, effective, and demoralizes. Fighting that has always been SOCOM's forte. Oh, guess who the new man on the hill is...Panetta. Who has he always used to get his missions done...SOCOM. He sees no need for a big army. The new ARmy Chief of Staff couldn't spell Operational or define operational even if you left the dictionary open on his desk with the word highlighted. Hell that dude couldn't even fix TRADOC.

    FEMA will take a hit and do what it has done for years. Rely on the 18th ABN Corps to come through. They have done this through out their existence. They did it with Katrina, they did it with Ivan, they even did it with Andrew back in the 90's.

    Now I have been wrong once or twice before. But once again, I stress if you are going to make the move or your kids are thinking about switching over, they need to talk to someone about it today. I mean really..Today Monday the 28th. Friday may be too late.
    "To have really lived, you must have almost died. To those who have fought for it, freedom has a flavor the protected will never know."
  • shotgunshooter3shotgunshooter3 Senior Member Posts: 5,906 Senior Member
    Just sent an email to "those people higher up." Both SOCOM (160th) and AMEDD. Thanks for the advice BTW.
    - I am a rifleman with a poorly chosen screen name. -
    "Slow is smooth, smooth is fast, and speed is the economy of motion" - Scott Jedlinski
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