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  1. If you are planning on living off base, make sure you visit the area before you lease a place. One mile one way or the other can make a big difference. Be aware that traffic simply sucks around JBLM during commute times so don't pick a place that is far away from base.
  2. Not sure if this helps at all but, my son is stationed with and good friends with a married couple that are both flying 60's. They are both commissioned officers and both graduated from Rucker together. They were both stationed in Hawaii. They seem to be doing fine, they just had a baby not long ago and have had no issues. Training schedules are different but they have been able to work out the schedules pretty well.
  3. Yes, you can share a house on base and you split the rent and keep the extra BAH, or as stated above you can find your own housing off base and split that rent as well. Best bet is to check with others going through WOCS to see if you can find a roommate. I believe the on base housing may have some resources for roommates as well.
  4. If you're looking for a big change in scenery, JBLM will have a lot of opportunities.
  5. No disrespect taken, I missed that you already have a degree. I have absolutely nothing against the Infantry, and you're right, the MOS's you mentioned can have "cool stuff" training. You shouldn't have trouble finding a Guard unit with openings in Infantry and Armor, Aviation shouldn't be an big issue since you're willing to relocate. With a 4 year degree you'll be able to enlist as an E-4.
  6. I forgot to mention, since you are willing to relocate you'll have a better chance of getting the MOS you want. Having the ability to look at different NG units, you can see what MOS slots they need or have available. You can apply to WOFT from any MOS, one tip though would be to try and find a unit that has Aviation, this way you will have better access to those you will want LOR's from. Working within an aviation MOS will give you closer contacts but it isn't a requirement. Just make sure you choose something that interests you in case you are unable to move to WOFT. Don't just look at the MOS title, research what type of follow up training it offers, will that training help you in your civilian job while you're in the NG and after you get out. Some MOS may not seem all that glamorous but the training you receive can really help outside the Army, look at the total picture.
  7. The best thing you can do is really think about what interests you have, then pick a MOS that match those interests. Do you enjoy a more Tech environment, if so look at the Signal Corps or Cyber. Mechanics interest you, then there are plenty of options, Logistics?, there is Transportation and Quartermaster. Once you have taken your ASVAB you'll have a better idea of what is available to you, not all MOS are available all the time and you may have to wait longer for the one you want. I'm not really sure where the comment comes from that nobody wants to "pick up a gun". At least among Commissioned Officers, Infantry is the most sought after branch of the Army, I'm sure that runs true for enlisted as well. You just have to decide if that's the job you want, while it has the Hooah factor, other MOS may give you more practical training for civilian employment since you would be in the Guard. Just as a side note, I don't think anyone would want someone to "Solute" them.....whatever that is.
  8. So I'm just curious......Did Shindig change his name to Pluto?
  9. I think the biggest issue is that the DUI was so recent, while he'll be off probation in 2019 doesn't help either. Add to that the "Significant Aftercare" for 3 to 5 years, I would imagine his chances of even getting to the board would be close to Lottery odds.
  10. Both of my sons were sent to Hawaii out of flight school, 5 went from my older son's class and 3 from my younger son's.
  11. I guess since the OH58 is gone they don't feel a need for that training, too bad.
  12. Dual engines don't help much with pilot error, case in point the the last incident in Hawaii, although dunker training may not helped in that case.
  13. You will need to be in uniform, ACU's. Do you have housing set either on base or off, if on base then you'll go to the housing office for ther area you will be living and get everything settled, your wife can start getting the house ready while you're inprocessing. I would allow for a lot more time then just 3 hours and it will take place over a few days. Do you have you household goods scheduled for delivery or are you bringing everything with you.
  14. Is it considered rude to Laugh for a prolonged period of time.
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