Would the Army be a place for me?

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eoklouse
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Joined: 03/22/2017

I'm strongly considering the Army but what I would really like is some inside opinions. My Mom has been in the Army for 20 years and counting so I'm familiar with the Army lifestyle. Of course, being in the Army is much different from being an Army brat. I am 26 years old female, I have senior level college credit but I took time off because of finances. I am fairly fit and pretty intelligent with a wide range of knowledge. I love a good challenge and I always strive to be the best. I am a know it all but when I don't know something I am ALWAYS willing to learn. I have management experience so I'm comfortable with leading others but I also feel as if I'm missing some assertiveness. I'm great with change and I am extremely loyal. I know my life story isn't required but I need to give a good idea of who I am. Would the Army be a good fit for me? I'm terrified of failure so I don't like to do anything I'm not 100% sure about but I need a change.

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MSG Glenn
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Joined: 08/31/2010
@eoklouse

Since the Army is a very diverse organization I'd say yes, there is a place for you in the Army. There's a place for almost everyone.

Don't worry about your assertiveness. You won't need it at first. That can be acquired as you go through the ranks. When you get to the NCO status you'll be sent to various NCO leadership courses. Long before that you'll get to see firsthand various leadership styles & you'll probably wind up with a little of each as you assume leadership positions.

I can't stress this enough - contact a Recruiter very soon. This week isn't too early. It won't be very much longer when schools will graduate & Recruiters will be very busy. They stay busy throughout summer & it gradually quiets down by Thanksgiving when then until about the middle of January being their slowest. During the busy season good jobs are very competitive & hard to get.

Start thinking about what you want to do in the Army. Study for the ASVAB. Get into physical shape by running, doing pushups & situps. You recruiter should be able to arrange PT sessions for the group of recruits that are going through enlistment with you. He'll also tell you about the Future Soldier Training Program done online. when you complete the course & pass the APFT you'll go in one grade higher. Depending on how much college you have you should be able to go in with some rank higher than E1. A bachelors will get you SPC, E4. That's the highest you can get as a recruit.

Keep me updated on your progress & what you Recruiter tells you or if you decide the Army just isn't for you.

Good luck!

eoklouse
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@MSG Glenn

I have recently talked to a recruiter and I will go see her again in a week or so, I just wanted time to finalize my decision. She set me up with a practice test and I scored a 57. I genuinely appreciate the advice and anything else you can recommend will always be helpful. Thank you.

MSG Glenn
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Joined: 08/31/2010
Great!

You can at least analyze the info your Recruiter gives. Now the hard part is ahead of you - deciding to join or not. It's a life changing decision. If you get out after you've serve your enlistment you'll still be a Soldier. I still use the old adage after being retired for a number of years " I was a Soldier. I am a Soldier. I will always be a Soldier." And by the way, the Army is not that bad of a permanent profession & after retirement you'll still have a lot of life ahead of you. A life full of memories.

Have you given any thought to MOSs? You might want one that is available right away but if you're willing to wait until the one you really want has openings then by all means do so. I wouldn't be able to help there because I was in Combat Arms (Airborne Infantry) most of the time with side trips as a Photographer & in Communications (all Airborne)plus most of the time I was an Army Instructor so that gave me many classes in many various subject from NCO schools to Airborne School.

The best of luck to you & keep the updates coming!