I am not sure if this is the right forum to put it in, but i figured it would work.
Well, some of you may have seen me throwing around some suggestions about me joining the Navy in the near future. Well, that has changed. Basically, to make a long story short, the Navy kinda dropped the ball. That is all I will say, as I dont want to tick anyone off wink.gif
As a result, I went and talked with the Army, and as of this afternoon, I am sworn into the United States Army, pending completion of Basic Training (BCT) and Advanced Individual Training (AIT). Technically, I am in the Delayed Entry Program, or as the call it, DEP. They call me a “Depper”. My MOS will be 15U CH-47 Chinook Helicopter Repairer. So the old CH-47 will be my bird for the next 3 years and 30 weeks minimum. I will know the thing inside and out. And for those of you wondering, yes I plan on working towards flying eventually. After I am in for some time, most likely AFTER I re-up after the 3 years, I plan on applying for the Warrant Officer Program. Once accepted and enrolled in the program, I then apply for the WO Flight Program. It is a 50/50 pass/fail program, so it wont be easy, but nothing in life you really really want tends to be easy to get. We will see how that all pans out. But for now, I am happy to be working on the big birds.
I will back to the MEPS office in Raleigh to do my final medical processing, sometime in January, I will ship off to the first portion of BCT, called the Reception phase. There I get issued all of my military gear, including all uniforms, ruck sacks, etc. I will get all my shots, do some more paperwork, and do LOTS and LOTS of just sitting around. That is the first week.
After Reception, I then move on to the real 9 weeks of BCT. Not sure exactly what will happen here, other than the obvious. I have heard some stories, but I think I will let it play out as it will. It is Basic Training. Plain and simple. It is NOT going to be easy. It will not be a lot of fun. BUT it will have fun components, and will be a rich learning environment. I am excited to get going on this road.
After BCT is over and I have graduate, I then head to my AIT school, which just so happens to be Fort Eustis, in Virginia Beach. I will be there for about 4 months, learning everything there is to know about the Chinook and its systems. At some point early in AIT I will find out where I get stationed when I am done.
Once I graduate from AIT, I move on to my station. From there, who knows.
I am very excited for this opportunity, especially for it to come up so quickly. A week ago I first talked with the Army recruiter. Now I am in the Army DEP, waiting less than a month before Basic. This is a huge change for me and my family, but at 22, I am ready to get moving in life, and the military was the best choice for me.
Any input is welcome.
If anyone was curious, I will be getting $8,000 for my job, $6,000 for my previous college credits, all my school loans paid off (about $15,000) and money each year to finish out getting my degree while still in the Army.
Also, unless not already obvious, I will not be on here for quite a while. When I can in AIT, I will give updates on how things are going, most likely in this thread. But once I am at my station, I will be back on here regularly.
So yeah that is that…again, any input is welcome.