How long does it take to enlist?

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I'm 26. With the help of my much more intelligent wife, I have come to the conclusion that the army is just what I need. How long does it typically take from the time you meet with a recruiter till the time you head off to boot camp?

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MSG Glenn
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How long?

The time you first see your Recruiter to the time you actually ship to BCT can vary. You'll first need to go to MEPS for the ASVAB & again for the physical exam. After those are passed successfully you'll meet with a Counsellor & get your contract worked out. That's the time you decide on an MOS according to availability & your qualifications. From the time you sign your contract to actually shipping it takes about 4- 8 months. That can depend on how full BCT & MOS school is. If you want a partuclar MOS & it's a popular one you might have to wait longer due to classes being filled. For instance - Infantry is very popular but classes are conducted constanly. Some technical MOSs might only have a few classes a year. If it doesn't matter to you which MOS you get the time might be shorter. Your Recruiter can help you decide which route you should take. Beware of MOSs that have a fast ship date. That probably means that it's underpopulated & there might be a reason for that. It could be undesireable or it could mean that thewre were a lot more retiremnts or more people left the Army than was anticipated. Normally anything in the Combat Arms is much sought after but Field Artillery isn't being used very much these days so that might take a while to get into. I think Infantry & Cavalry Scout is in much demand by the Army as well as desireable to recruits with an edge toward Infantry.

Cwynn (not verified)
What ever happened to...

"so you want to enlist? Here's your gun. Stand in that line for the train."? The mos is not a big concern. Fight, fix, shoot, doesn't matter. I might also have a package deal with the wife, who takes the bar exam in a week, remember I said much smarter than I. I heard they need tax attorneys in fort worth. Any chance they would keep a married couple stationed together?

MSG Glenn
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A good chance

The Army will try to keep you together but since you'll be in different jobs & your wife will more than likely be an officer where you'll be enlisted it might not be possible. Let's just say "perhaps", but a good chance to be at the same Army post but not the same unit. The needs of the Army trumps everything.

When your wife gets her bar exam finished why not the two of you contact a Recruiter? He can give you a better idea of the probablities of being stationed together at least initially & he can more than likely figure out which MOS you should choose to help make that happen. Meanwhile I'll try to do some research & come back with some possible links that I can give you that might help. No promises, though, but I'll try. I still say that a simple call to a Recruiter & an appointment to see him will answer your questions & take most of the doubt away.

Good luck to your wife in her bar exam. Don't forget to come back here to let us know what your Recruiter told you two. Many come here to ask questions & that's the last we hear from them.

Cwynn (not verified)
Followup

Will do

MSG Glenn
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I'll hold you to your word

Your updates can help a lot of people. I notice so may listed as to being online & so few posting so you know they're reading.

Those that actually post & ask questions very seldom even acknowledge the answers. Falling on deaf ears? Lost interest? Forgot what site they posted on? Fell over dead? I sure would like some dialog.

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Amen to that, MSG Glenn!

It sure would be great to get feedback from every person that gets a question answered here, but I guess it's a sign of the times that less than half the people ever come back and let us know if they were helped or not!

Attention spans seem to run shorter these days, as does common courtesy. Ah well, thankless jobs are everywhere these days!

MSG Glenn
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If it's one thing...

...that I'm very well used to it's thankless jobs. I don't require a pat on the back or a handshake or a thank you. I don't expect them.

Just send money, LOL.

Cwynn (not verified)
So it took a while, but

Once the JAG recruiter returned from deployment, we got a couple answers. There are 2 times in the year that they accept officer applications for JAG, the next being in November. Couples enlisting can stagger their basic training to maintain availability for their children ( we have an 8 yr old son). The party line remains the same, " the needs of the army take priority". we have found that a combination of her applying to JAG and me pursuing the national guard will better accommodate our logistics situation. Apparently, they are in need of MPs. I will be meeting with them tomorrow to discuss options, but for the time being, we still don't have all the info for decision time.

MSG Glenn
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I'm glad...

...that you found some information & that you were thoughtful enough to share it.