MIL Army Branches

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  1. Morton

    Morton New Member

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    I am currently a cadet in ROTC and am trying to rank my branch preferences. Anyone here recently been a 2Lt or know one and have any advice on a branch(s)?
     
  2. MrRyan

    MrRyan Gary Johnson 2016 OT Supporter

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    Can you be a little more specific?

    MI for tactical analysis...
    SC for Network Engineering
    IN for sheer grunt work & career progression
    AR for big expensive toys
    AV for flying...

    etc etc ...what do you want to know? Easiest? Hardest?
     
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    RaginBajin Have you punched a donkey today?

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    Plus, what do you want to do in the military. That will probably help determine what branch you want to apply for.
     
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    Drunk Bastard Audio New Member

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    Transpo!!!

    Seriously, read the site Immortal posted and follow Ragin's advice.
     
  6. Morton

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    I'm looking for people's opinions on branches. Pros, cons, what's done in a typical day, etc. I've been to branchorientation and it has nothing but the positives. I think it says the most exciting/rewarding job in the army for each branch.

    I will graduate with a degree in Aerospace Engineering and my original wish was to go Aviation. But my eyes have disqualified me for that. Right now I am thinking about Air Defense, but that's just based on the fact that I'm an AE major. I don't necesarilly need to use my degree in the army, but it's what I'm good at.
     
  7. Immortal1

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    People from each branch will often spoonfeed you bullshit you want to hear. I've never heard any officers gripe to me about their branch and its shortcomings. It is up to you to sort it all out.
     
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    Stay as far away from Air Defense as you can - It's a dead branch.

    The big branches you need to keep your eye on:

    - Infantry
    - Armor

    - MI
    - Signal
    - Engineer

    - Logistics (Ord / Trans / Qtr Mstr)

    Any of the other branches and you'll probably be thrown to the wolves.
     
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    I don't think ADA is a dead branch. It is in a metamorphisis stage right now. I know alot of LT's who were branched ADA.

    Armor, MI, infantry, signal are the hardest to get. Mainly because WP take a lot of slots (especially infantry).

    Logistics is the branch that is getting money thrown to it right now. Plus the civilian market after getting out is gonna make you alot.

    It's up to what you like. Just realize that the branch you get comes with it's own pro's and con's.

    You have to realize that even though we are an "army of one", each branch has a very distict mentality of officers and soliders.
     
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    ADA, MI, AG, and a few other branches are getting detailed into Infantry and other Combat related branches. (At least the majority of the males in my OCS class were) Logistics, hooah! ;)
     
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    That's because they are "inverted pyramids" and infantry is a regular pyramid.

    Basically, inverted pyramids are heavy up top from major and above. While regular pyramids like infantry as you move up the ranks there are less ranking people there.
     
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    no FA? :wtc:
    I hear infantry and armor are sorta merging. Isn't the Armor Center moving to Ft Benning? Thats got to be an exciting branch to get into right now. If I had known a little more I may have put that as my branch detail, but it doesnt matter since i'll be MI after a few years anyways.


    Any FA officers here? Or MI for that matter?
    Im really curious to know what the fuck an MI officer will be doing. If im gonna go sit in some S2 job for 2 years then its probably not for me. Im looking at doing something a little different than sitting in a battalion staff somewhere.
     
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    MI you will probably get detailed out to Infantry. FA officers are still doing their FA stuff. But soon a merger with ADA is expected. FA BOLC III is no joke though, i've heard it is one of the hardest.
     
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    im detailed to FA. im MI branch detailed FA.
    and im definately looking forward to the challege on BOLC III. Thats one of the reasons I didnt complain about getting this branch.
     
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    As branch detailed in FA, do you do exactly what other FA LTs do, or do you do your own MI thing?
     
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    the raging enigma If at first you don't succeed, destroy all evidenc

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    Go Engineer, you will do more and get to see cool shit
     
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    well in just about any branch detail, your gonna start off doing exactly what every other LT does. You will have the same opportunities i think. They may also put you in charge of intel-related slots to begin your training and provide you with experience as well. But you will be working as a Field Artillery officer.
     
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    So ADA is not a good branch to get?
     
  19. Gaunt

    Gaunt blood for the blood god OT Supporter

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    god no i did ctlt with an ada unit that was a horrible time and i wouldnt want anybody else to go through that, although they deploy to qatar and have a 3 beer maximum per day


    oh and go quartermaster. branches come out next week i hope i get my #1
     
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    If you want a certain branch badly and there is no way you can get it with your ROTC standing, Go guard. Find a unit that needs an officer of that certain branch to submit a by name request for you and you are pretty much guaranteed the branch choice. plus you get a 10k bonus once you commission. You can work on transferring over to active duty once you complete OBC.
     
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    I know some MI butter bars and all they do is copy maps all day. They let enlisted do more than they let the 01's do.
     
  22. brackac

    brackac Fuck all of this. OT Supporter

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    That's the way it should be.
     
  23. Phionoxx

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    As has been brought up in the thread, branchorientation.com really doesn't do that great of a job at giving out specific information regarding each of the branches. It does have possible duty stations, unit types to be attached to, and some info about possible career progression.

    I'm an MSIII cadet right now, came in through LTC this last summer, hopefully going to jump school in Jan, then LDAC and maybe CTLT afterwards this summer if I'm lucky enough to get the slots (not a lot available at my school). As of now, I plan on shooting for Active Duty with the following for my top 3:

    1) MI - with option to branch detail to FA in order to secure the branch.
    2) SC - with option to branch detail to FA in order to secure the branch.
    3) FA

    So, pretty much the exact same situation that MumblingJoe169 is in right now. Could someone briefly touch upon what it is that MI,SC, and FA officers do on a day to day basis, whether during garrison time training up to deployment, or while deployed and out in the field? And Drunk Bastard Audio, is Transportation actually heavily geared towards logistics in planning out air and sea travel routes for supplies? I've heard that the type of skills and training you guys learn there are in very high demand in the civilian world, going to work for UPS or FEDEX afterwards, something along those lines?

    TurboManiacal mentioned a little bit about some of them... some more info. along those lines would be really nice to have. I'm waiting on my AKO account to get sponsored by my cadre, otherwise I could look up some of this stuff myself. I do plan on talking to my PMS about Signal, he is an LTC in the SC, I have to come up with some good questions to ask him first.

    I know this is a lot, so cliffs:

    -MSIII looking for more specific information about job duties and responsibilities unique to MI,SC, FA, TC, maybe OD.
    -If anyone has experience with the branch detaling process, especially in trying to get MI or SC, and opting to be detailed into FA, the likeliness of that actually happening, etc.

    edit: just realized how old the thread is, but there are a few of us with some Q's now about the same issues.
     
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  24. Drunk Bastard Audio

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    Speaking on the TC/Logistics side of the house... I plan movements....ranging from all classes of supply, HME and concrete barriers. I'm also responsible for battlespace damaged vehicles that can't be recover internally w/in their specific convoys (I have HET's in my platoon). TC's also can work at Airports and Seaports covering specific operations dealing with the aviation and seaport operations side of the house. Ever since I completed TC OBC, I get the random headhunter email from various groups/llc/corps looking to place me within the Logistic/Transportation career field in the civilian sector. As a platoon leader, not only do I plan out my convoys, but in my unit...only the LT's are Convoy/Mission Commanders....so i'm on the road 2-3x/week. My life in Iraq is pretty much: plan/prep for mission, Brief BC on mission, PCC/PCI's/Convoy brief to Soldiers, hit the road, drop supplies or emplace barriers all over the AO, come home safe, AAR, get new frago for next mission and repeat rinse cycle. TC is a small branch, and the majority of TC officers wind up getting out after they pin on CPT...as they can step into various Logistic Managerial level jobs, usually starting in the low 6 figure range.

    In short, I'm making the best of what was the #10 MOS on my list of top 10 MOS's.
     
  25. I have heard good things about logistics getting you the big bucks in the civilian sector.
     

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