I decided to enlist for National Guard for 3 years (actual duty) with an IT job. When I went to the enlistment station?? they told me the IT jobs were all taken. Because of my age, (I was 2 days away from 35th birthday) I had to finish the whole enlistment process in 1 day, and they signed me up for 35F job (intelligence analysis) saying it;s a top secret security job that comes with bonus it's much better than an IT position. Their system changed so people can no longer switch back to a position they want unless they are qualified under super special circumstances.
Turns out the intelligence job is a 6 year post, while I could've taken a 3 year job and I wanted a 3 year position and I wasn't able to take that position because I didn't know the intelligence position is for 6 years.I spoke to various people and they couldn't understand why I couldn't switch to a 3 year post, and the sargeant said people told me those things because they're "stupid", and then he said he'll give it a try and talk to someone, the next drill he told me that he couldn't switch to 3 years- he couldn't reduce the years. I wonder if I can get a lawyer to reduce my service years to 3 from 6 because I never wanted an intelligence job for 6 years but ended up taking it because IT positions weren't available.
The Intel Analyst job is a great opportunity for you, I'll explain later. Grab it an hold on with both fists. Now, as to your question, I have a couple of comments. FIRST, all National Guard enlistments are for six years, unless you are prior service, in which case you can do a "try one" or enlist for a shorter term than six years. It sounds like you are non-prior service, so 6 years is it. SECOND, the switcheroo at MEPS was undoubtedly disappointing, but not the ARNG's fault. You fell victim to a comparatively new program the Army is running to maximize its fill of initial entry training seats. Basically the way it works is exactly as you described: You show up at MEPS, they project your ship date, and the they figure out what MOSs in the MDARNG have training seats available on that ship date, and you get one of those MOSs. It is a lot different than the traditional way where you picked an MOS, determined if you were qualified, and enlisted in that MOS. The old way posed the Army with management challenges in terms of trying to avoid shortages and overages in different MOSs. In this time of shrinking resources, the Army just can't waste resources. Under the new system, applicants can still get the MOS they want, but they have to kind of game the system with their recruiters by checking at MEPS and seeing what MOSs are available any given day, and completing their processing on a day when an MOS they want and are qualified for is available. In your case, they just could not do that because of your age. NOW, why is this intel job such a great opportunity for you? Because you live in Maryland, and fthere are lots of high-paying jobs in the DC area for folks with intel credentials and top secret security clearances. Being in the MDARNG, you could take one of those jobs in DC without even having to transfer States and therefore without putting your enlistment bonus at risk. LAST POINT: Even if you unconvinced by all the foregoing and you just absolutely feel like you want to be a 25-series IT person and not an intel analyst, follow through with your enlistment contract anyway. In the ARNG it is a lot easier to change MOSs than in the Active Army. Do your job well, make yourself an asset to your unit, make your desires known in a respectful and constructive way, and they odds are the organization will take care of you in the end. CAUTION, HOWEVER - if you change MOSs prior to the end of your enlistment you will likely put your bonus at risk. So my recommendation would be to complete your first full enlistment as an intel analyst, then change. CONCLUSION: This is a good thing. Don't screw it up!
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You will have to have a lawyer review the contract. But if you signed a six year contract, then you are obligated for six years.
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Sounds like they did you a favor accepting you just before the age cutoff. Also sounds like you should have reviewed the contract and obligation before signing. You can't generally break military contracts without serious negative side effects. You may have legal arguments such as coercion or fraud. It will cost you hundreds, probably thousands of dollars with a lawyer to fight these issues. You might check with a JAG legal assistance lawyer, initially, and see if they can help for free. You might see if you can change MOS later, in a year or two. Military needs often change, so don't lose hope. Do your best in whatever job you're given - this happens to many people in the military. Learn and live by the "selfless service" and "duty" codes of honor.
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I have have never seen a three year contract in the Guard. Maybe they exist but I have never seen it. if you are looking for a six figure job after you have been to basic and AIT, you have mislead yourself. I work with guard IT guys all the time. Warrant Officers with substantial training make that kind of money, not junior enlisted people with AIT. Now that being said. I have worked military intelligence ( my original MI MOS was intelligence Analyst) since 1982. I am now the Senior CI warrant Officer in the ARNG... And one of two MI CW5s in the ARNG. I would not trade my career in Mi for any branch in the Army. ....as my unit says our job is to "outsmart the bad guys" and that's what we do... I have known lots of people in the MDARNG they are one of the leaders in the ARNG MI... Guys from my unit work Intell for nearly every intelligence agency and we are not on the East Coast. Take a look at the MI soldiers creed...
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