combat medic

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hoss
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I am sixteen right now if i wanted to join when i turned 18 would i be able to be a combat medic. And my cousin is in the airforce and he went to college and they paid for him to go to college to learn what he was doing. Is there anything like that i could do for the army to be a combat medic??? I also have to brothers in the army right now would that help me to get in???

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I report to be a combat medic at the beginning of the new year. First of all dont flunk out on your ASVB. That test counts heavily. Its a good job though, easy to travel because youre needed anywhere. You go thru basic and then have 17 weeks of tech school where they crame tons of medical info into you. Taking medical classes at your high school will help but nothing to what youre thinking. Your brothers being in wont do much for you except knowing someone at a duty station. You can specialize after your tech school which all is paid for by the way. Prepare as best you can though before you go in is the best way to go. Its a great job, if thats what you want go for it. Good luck PVT Jones

MSG Glenn
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When it comes time to enlist...

...it all depends on whether MOS 68W, Health Care Specialist, is available. I was talking to another potential recruit on another site that said he couldn't get 68W despite having a high ASVAB score & an associates degree in nursing plus being a Paramedic for his local fire department. No slots available. As it turns out he's willing to wait until it opens again. It could be next week or a year from now. There's no telling. Meanwhile he's thinking of going for MOS 68X or 68V.

Having brothers in the Army is of no use to you at all. You have to do it on your own merit. It'll help you in finding out a little what the Army is like, though. BUT - no two Soldiers will have the same experiences. My son was a Ranger & I was Airborne Infantry. Our experiences were altogether different. What I told him about my 27 years in the Army was nothing like what he found except for certain similarities. Things are done differently in different units.

Once you're in the Army you'll get all of the education paid for by the Army if the Army needs you to have it.

Being a 68W doesn't necessarily mean you'll be a Combat Medic. You could just as easily be assigned to a hospital or clinic. The needs of the Army will dictate that. In other words you'll go where the Army needs you. Probably getting to Airborne School after 68W AIT will help get you in a combat unit like the 82nd Airborne Division, 173rd Airborne Brigade or one of the Airborne units in Infantry Divisions. Providing MOS 68W has openings when you're ready to enlist try your hardest to get a 68W Option 4 contract. That guarantees Airborne training after AIT. Go super hardcore & try for a 68W Option 40 contract. That guarantees Ranger Assessment & Selection after Airborne School & assignment to the 75th Ranger Regiment. You'll certainly be a Combat Medic then but you'll have to be in super shape to pass the course. There's only about a 30% pass rate there.

First & foremost get your high school diploma & then go from there. A lot can happen between now & your 18th birthday or 17th with parent's permission & a high school diploma.

armymedicm6
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talking to another potential recruit.(MSG ffirst post in thread)

Did you ever consider advising this other potential recruit to take his Associate in nursing to the National Guard where he could have received a commission and became an officer with is R.N in Nursing? I am sure the answer is no. A lesson to all here. See a Recuiter, but find someone in the field you are looking to go into to answer your questions. Whomever,that recruit was could not only have joined the military in the profession he wanted. He would have also been able to join as a respected officer after transferring to full time army.

hoss
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thanks I am doing k12 homeschooling does that make a difference and what kind of grades will i have to have??? Also is there any way i can study for the test????
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Lone wolf

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RE: Homeschooling

You might be required to get 15 college credits along with your home school certificate to make that count as a high school diploma.

If I were you I'd check with a Recruiter. I've heard of some who have had trouble getting their homeschool diploma recognized by the Army. A phone call should set you straight. If you're required to get those 15 college credits they must be level 100 (English 101 for instance) & from an accredited college. (no "diploma mills)

ASVAB practice tests can be found online as well as study guides. There are two practice tests & further info available at

http://army.com/info/asvab/general

hoss
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Grades

What kind of grades will i have to have??? And would i be able to be a ranger or have any chance at being special forces or sniper??? Also is there a specific asvab test i would need to take??? Also is there any specific test i would be taking i heard there was four different kinds???

MSG Glenn
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@ Redman

You just need to have a high school diploma. I never heard of anything about your H.S. GPA. I think you need a C average just to graduate.

To be a Ranger you would need to get an Option 40 contract. To be Special Forces you need to get an 18X contract. You also have to have a qualifying score on the ASVAB. Sniper is not an enlistment option. For either Ranger or SF you must be in superb physical condition.

You'll take the ASVAB at MEPS & it'll be whatever type they offer there.

I suggest studying for the ASVAB. As of last week the qualifying score went from 31 to 50 just to qualify for enlistment for many MOSs & more to follow. To get an 18X Special Forces contract you must score 110 in the ASVAB section "General Technical(GT)" & 100 in the section "Combat(CO)". Those of course are minimum scores.

hoss
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medic

........is there many places open for combat medics or would i be better off to try going for infintry??

MSG Glenn
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RE: Medic

Actually MOS 68W is called Health Care Specialist. You might not be assigned as a Combat Medic.

68Ws can be stationed at any Army post. If you're assigned to a Combat Arms unit then you'll probably be a Combat Medic.

If you definitely want to be in combat then Infantry would be the MOS you want. Cavalry Scout is another MOS that goes in combat but not as much as the Infantry does. Infantry actually goes in to meet the enemy whereas Cav Scout does scouting for Armor & Cavalry units & doesn't actively seek combat.

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im leaving for basic training april 10. i signed up as 68w healthcare specialist (combat medic). i was wondering because you said to be a special forces you have to score really high on asvab. cant you join it after youre already in the army? just wondering...

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To apply for SF...

...while you're in the Army is very possible. Many times Special Forces recruiters will come to the various posts looking for volunteers. All of the requirements remain the same for new recruits signing up for an SF 18X contract as those who are already Soldiers. The training remains the same - Infantry School, Airborne School, SF Prep,Special Forces Assessment & Selection, SF Qualification Course, Language Course, 18-series MOS course. Depending on how long your original enlistment contract is you'll probably have to extend that by a few years. All of that training takes about a year & a half. The language school & SF MOS course is assigned to you according to the needs of Special Forces.

hoss
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option 40 contract

What is an option 40 contract and what is the language school ??
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RE: Option 40 contract & Language School

To get a chance of getting into the 75th Ranger Regiment you'll need to get an Option 40 contract. In your case that would be "68W/Option 40". That gives you basic training, MOS school, Airborne School & Ranger Assessment & Selection Course. If you pass all of those you'll be assigned to a Ranger Battalion. The Option 40 is only a guarantee of the training. It's up to you to pass it all.

If you're able to get an 18X Special Forces contract you'll have to go through the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA. after selection & qualification. All Special Forces Soldiers are required to speak a foreign language. They choose the language they want you to learn. Even if you already speak Spanish for instance, you'll still have to a take a language they need.

jscout21 (not verified)
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I see MSG Glenn makes alot of comments about 19D' and obviously you don't know shit about a 19D's. Enough said!

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RE:19D

Having been an Infantry Scout at one time & working with 19Ds as well I know a lot about that MOS. Our job was to scout NOT to get purposely involved with meeting with the enemy in combat. The enemy isn't supposed to know you're there otherwise there's a chance he'll change his plans before the unit you're scouting for gets into position. That doesn't mean that a Scout never fights! If fighting is the reason your unit put you there then that's what you'll do & you're trained to do it just as efficiently as any other proactive fighting force. Our mission was to scout & let the main force know what the enemy was up to. Once the main force engaged then we of course went into the fight as well.

I have nothing but respect for scouts, 19D or 11B. It's a damn hard job. The only time I ever recommend that a young man stays away from the MOS is when he wants to get an Option 40 Ranger contract. The 75th Ranger Regiment has no 19 - series MOSs.

I have 2 neighbors that just got back from Afghanistan & they each had been in Iraq, too. Both are 19Ds. One is an SFC, the other a SGT(P). They've spoken a lot about what they did. They did everything from guarding gates to actually meeting the enemy in a firefight on purpose & everything in between just like any other Combat Arms job.

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jscout21,

If you want to disagree with anyone here, that's fine - but do so respectfully.

Name calling or generic insults (especially when they are misspelled) doesn't really advance your case.

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I agree with the Admins post.

I just signed up here after running across this post on google.Criticizing a poster does nothing to help anyone learn what they are seeking.
I do find it unfortunate that no one with a medical background felt the need
to chime in and answer some of these questions. The MSG did a valiant job of trying. Unfortunately much of this information given was severely lacking.

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Armymedicm6

If you'd like to stick around here and help us answer questions (especially in your area of expertise)that would be a great help.

We don't have any insight into the Army medical field, and MSG Glenn (although extremely knowledgeable and helpful here) will freely admit that he doesn't have any special insight into the Army medical field.

armymedicm6
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Sticking around...

I understand and plan to keep this sight bookmarked and check in at least every other day or so to see if I can help answer a question or two. MSG Glenn has done an admirable job. It is easy to see has worked diligently to provide as much guidance as possible.

MSG Glenn
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I've been away for awhile...

...and when I came back online this weekend I found that I couldn't log in again. My Hotmail account was "Reserved" whatever that means. After trying to log in several times a day I decided to take this site out of my favorites list. Tried it once more & here I am finally able to log in again. My name & password were still on the log-in panel but when I pushed the button to sign in I was banned. Had me scared there for awhile. Believe it or not I've been banned on several sites for the simple reason of standing up for my country & my beliefs. I was actually trying to get banned & wanted to push it as far as it would go. Reasonable dissent from the established norm of the administrators of those sites was evidently not allowed, lol.

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Sorry, MSG Glenn

One of the Army.com Admins here...

Just wanted to pass along that the site was hit pretty hard by spammers a couple of weeks ago. Since they were all registering with Hotmail.com addresses, I decided to put a temporary block on allowing new users to register on Army.com using a Hotmail address. Unfortunately, it seems I screwed something up and ALL users with Hotmail addresses were effectively banned from the site for a week or two. That block was removed this morning after discovering the inadvertent banning of legit users like yourself.

My bad...sorry!