I'm enlisting at the end of the month under MOS 68whiskey (formerly 98w) as an Army health care specialist. Unfortunately for me there is a lot of confusion about this MOS due to the # change so finding good info is difficult at best. This MOS also branches off in many many different actual jobs from combat medic to xray tech, so I'm having a hard time defining a definitive training path to request. so here come the many questions... 1. There are two specific roles I would like to fill within this MOS, either a Combat Medic (or line medic) or a Air Assault Medic (I believe that's the current term for dust-off) does anyone know anything about either specialty? who you talk too? how you apply? if I can have it in my contract? 2. The army also offers a PA program to 68w's but it appears to be something you can get into later on, I'm having trouble getting definitive information about that as well. do we have any army PAs on the boards? 3. I'm already a VA state certified EMT-Basic , and I'm well into my NREMT-I class. The first 2 months of AIT for 68w is a NREMT-B class, but If I take my NREMT-B test before I leave for basic I can skip the first two months of AIT, giving me just under 5 months of training instead. Would you recommend skipping part of AIT or not, and why? 4. Housing. When exactly can I have my wife come join me? Can she come after AIT? or does it have to wait until I'm done with all training? Can I take my first leave after AIT? It's hard to get answers to this as well. 5. Airborne. I dont really understand the airborne option... It seems like a kicker anyone can add to their training. Is that the case. Are there any benefits to going airborne, or any drawbacks? It seems like it would be exciting, and I'll probably do it for the hell of it. 6. Sign on bonuses. How are they distributed? How can you make sure you get the largest bonus that you're entitled to for your MOS? How much can you expect? thanks for your time, this is a huge decision and I want to make sure I go into it informed.