Posted on Sep 23, 2017
1LT Platoon Leader
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I'm an FY15 Lieutenant and I'm trying decide between an Infantry VTIP, my original Signal Detail, or an ARSOF packet stuck between SF and CA. Anything helps. My main struggle is feeling selfish leaving the conventional Army. I truly believe every soldier is entitled to outstanding leadership and not everyone needs to go to Special Operations however, if not me then who?
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LTC Psychological Operations Officer
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Go with what you are most interested in. Don't worry about the conventional forces collapsing due to the absence of your personal leadership--they will manage somehow.
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Insightful and direct.
Spot on, LTC (Join to see) , sir.
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SSG Robert Webster
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My question back to you would be - What do YOU want to do?
Once you answer that question, that will be the top of the list choice and then order the rest of them from there, using the same question.
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LTC Bill Koski
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Do it! Best career move in my life after OCS.
SF or CA is your choice, both are needed by the Army. SF is supposed to be training foreign forces for fighting our wars. These days it is a lot of direct action, due to optempo. Someone may correct me if I am way off base on this.
CA will set you up for working with SF that are actually working SF missions, but you'd be working with the population not in the militant sense. CA can set you up for a State Department gig later on in life.
When I went to CAQC in 2007, Active Duty and Reserves went together. Many of the Active Duty Soldiers had tried SF but didn't pass selection and CA was their second choice. I wouldn't read into the fact they weren't selected, that can happen for many reasons, a lot of these guys were injured during selection, etc.
I loved CA, variety of training, missions, opportunity, advancement namely 2 majors in a company, rather than battalion in combat arms.
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1LT Platoon Leader
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Thank you sir, I think I need to attend an ARSOF briefing to figure out what would be the best fit for me. Currently deployed so it's on my list once I'm back.
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