I have been interested in the military for as long as I can remember. I wanted to join the Army after high school but my only brother was already active Air Force. He & I talked it through and basically came to the conclusion it would be pretty hard on our Mom to have both her boys in the active military. So, instead, I went to college & got a degree but have never been able to shake my interest in the Army.
I am 25 y/o & am interested in joining the nat. guard. I have a bachelor's degree so I've been told I'll be an E-4. Is that correct?
I spoke with a local recruiter & he seemed reasonably straight forward regarding my questions. I go to meet with him face to face tomorrow night but I'd like to gather as much information as possible beforehand.
FWIW, I am not stupid so (meaning no disrespect) I don't really want to drive a truck or guard a gate. I took my ASVAB in 8-06 & scored a 95 with zero study time. Basically, I walked into the recruiter's office & told him I was interested but wanted to know what my options would be. He said "First step is to see what you're qualified for by taking the ASVAB. There's a bus leaving right now if you want to go." So, I went.
In the guard, can some of you give me an idea as to what MOS would be decent? I cannot go full-time, just as a weekend warrior because I can't leave my family's farm save for deployment. On that note, what is the standard length & interval of deployment for a guard unit?
Any input is appreciated.
Yes, with a college degree you would go in as an E-4. There also seems to be a shortage of company grade officers (at least there is in the USAR), so you would probably have a pretty easy time getting commissioned as an officer if you want.
As far as MOS, people don't necessarily pick them based on what "smart guys do." It's the Army - you are likely to find people doing computer stuff because the military is their best shot at ever doing it, while you may find some really high IQ/GT/QT types in the infantry for the adventure, since they aren't going to have a hard time doing the mental stuff in the civilian world later. Personally, I have a law degree and am a practicing attorney in civilian life - in the Army reserve I enlisted to be a drill sergeant and my primary MOS from active duty is field artillery cannon crewman. I have no interest or need for the career advancing options and would never consider a desk/office type of job. It just depnds on what you want out of it.
The main reason I can see for joining the guard, instead of reserves, is that you can choose a combat arms MOS (infantry, artillery, armor, etc.). However, you will be away from the farm for training for a few months and you are fairly likely to get deployed, which I believe is running about 15 months at a time.