Prior Service Questioning the process

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henry92
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I am a 34 year old prior service guy trying to re-enlist. I don't have any major medical issue the only thing that I can think of was I experienced anxiety after the last deployment and I got some sessions to talk to a counselor about it which after putting that on my packet the recruiter told me to take it off since the army would immediately disqualify me from re-enlisting.

I have been communicating with a recruiter since May 31st, this was the day that I brought him all my paperwork from my previous term and everything else that he asked for. Since then I have had to visit the recruiters 3 separate times to sign/provide other forms or ID and talk to the recruiter in person about a potential issue on my goarmy information packet (See above). Even after signing a 2807-2 (Medical prescreening form) I found myself back at the recruiters to further complete my packet that was checked for completion prior.

It seems to me that the process is a lot more complex now and taking longer than it did the first time I joined up. Also it feels strange that I have to withhold information or edit information to join up being that the army values integrity as one of its tenants.

Is this the way it usually is for prior service or is it just my case.

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MSG Glenn
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@henry92

I've heard in the past that there are times when Prior Service has a hard time joining. I have no idea why. Then again I've heard that even 1st time enlistments have difficulty. It's possible that your Recruiter is new to the job & you might be his 1st PS. I had absolutely no problems coming into the Army as PS Navy all those many years ago. Some few years back PS had a real hard time getting in. At that time Special Forces was the only way they could enlist. I have no idea what happened to them if they washed out & the washout rate is very high.

Just keep going through the hoops.

I don't know what prior service enlistments do for a Recruiter. When I was coming back in & the last I heard prior services were not credited to the Recruiter or the station as an enlistment. That might have changed by now. I was fortunate that at the time I wanted back in I worked next door to a Recruiting Station & all the Recruiters were my friends. They didn't care if they didn't receive any credit for enlisting me.

Good luck! Keep me updated please.

henry92
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Update: I have been to MEPS

Update: I have been to MEPS now 4 times had the physical, needed a consultation for my eye the second time, had that cleared, had to retake the ASVAB (got an 89 up from the 74 the first time) since they lost a certain part of my first scores, and finally took my DLAB and got a 93 (I needed a 110 to get any linguist position in the army so apparently I'm a ditz as far as the army is concerned).

I would already have a contract signed as of Tuesday had I not been going out of town this month but now it seems MEPS needs detailed information about the trip I'm taking before I begin my duty. Once I provide the details it will take a week to get to MEPS again and finally get a contract signed and take the oath.

I have another question: It seems that the recruiter is saying that because I am prior service I will not be able to get my dream MOS (25D Cyber Network Defender) but I will have the likely option of reclassing after about a year in. Is this true? Will there be opportunities (job training, language classes, activities, etc.) aplenty once I get my foot in the door and put up with whatever oddjob they put me in initially?

MSG Glenn
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re: Reclassification

Yes, it's possible you can reclass after a year. A lot depends on whether you get a bonus for the MOS you choose. Then you'll have to serve a certain amount of time in that MOS if not the entire enlistment or pay the bonus off.

Each MOS has an In & OUT specified for it. What that means is a MOS is not allowing people in or not allowing people out. That can vary from month to month. Of course you'll have to qualify for your new MOS. I held 3 until I retired - Photographer, Infantry, Commo & Infantry again - all Airborne. I went where I was useful & where the stripes were.

To be on the safe side choose an MOS that you're pretty sure you'll like for the term of your enlistment. They all count for 20, LOL.

Many schools or special skills that you want to attend are determined by the needs of the unit you're assigned to. That's the entity that has to pay for it. If they have no need or slots for a Soldier to go to that training then it will probably be a no-go. Some units will send their Soldiers to as many schools as they can even if there's is no present need for those skills. As far as I can tell those units are generally in the SpecOps community. When my son was in Ranger Rgt he went to a few schools that taught skills a Ranger would have a possibility of using. Had he stayed on active duty he could have gone to Pathfinder School, Special Operations Diver School, Jumpmaster & a few more. As it was he went to Air Assault School, Breacher & Master Breacher Schools, Stryker School & of course all the NCO schools. It was automatic for him to go to Airborne School & Ranger Indoc before he got to Regiment & Pre-Ranger & Ranger School once he was in a Batt for awhile. (Ranger School is NOT a path to the 75th Regt but it's a requirement once you're in a Batt. All 75th Rangers are tabbed eventually or released from Regt.)

Again I want to wish you the best of luck in getting if not the MOS you want then one that you can live with.

Keep me updated!