Posted on Jul 20, 2019
SGT Intelligence Analyst
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Hello all. I'm an army reservist with previous active duty experience, airborne qualified, and in a regular reserve unit. We do mostly administrative tasks during drill. I am interested in transferring to an airborne reserve unit (I know most of them tend to be psyops/civil affairs) and am curious if any of you have first-hand experience or second-hand knowledge on how the reserve airborne units operate? Are there more field activities involved?

Separate question but related - I am considering going 350F Warrant Officer and how would that affect my role in an airborne reserve unit?

I'm a 35F intelligence analyst.

Please & thank you!
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MSG Frank Kapaun
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I was in a number of Guard/Reserve Airborne units, 20th SFG(A), 422nd CA BN(A) and HHC USACAPOC (A). Those units tend to have more esprit de corp and attract a better quality of individual than leg units. You will still have to do nitnoid admin stuff, BUT....every three months, there is a jump to look forward too. That normally eats up a Drill in itself. One other added plus is the opportunity for airborne ATAs and jumpmaster refresher training are numerous.
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MSG Frank Kapaun
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SGT (Join to see) if you want to do soldier/army things, my advice would be to join an SF guard unit. They are constantly training. Of course, they are highly selective too. And the training is long and demands total dedication.
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MSG Frank Kapaun - Roger, thank you.
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MSG Frank Kapaun - You said that you were in a number of airborne units. I am currently in a reserve cyber unit, which is outstanding and offers a lot of high-tech training, but is a leg unit. Do you have any POCs in reserve airborne units that would be willing to let me jump with them without leaving my current unit? I'm not necessarily looking to get hazardous duty pay for it. I'm willing to do it voluntarily just to maintain jump proficiency. Thanks!
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MSG Frank Kapaun
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SGT (Join to see) what you describe is being allowed to be on permissive jump status and unless their is a compelling reason for it. Most units will not allow due to the risk involved. Permissive jump status is a nightmare to get. I knew of a politically connected Guard COL that got it so he could get enough jumps to get his Master badge. You have to decide, do I want to be in an airborne unit or continue to serve in a leg unit.
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SFC Officer/Warrant Officer Accessions Nco
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Civil Affairs is not a feeder MOS to WO. If you wish to become WO do it in your current MOS. I'm a Warrant Officer Accessions NCO and can help you with that. I can have you speak to some Soldiers in those Airborn units and you can decide.
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SFC, thank you for your response. I am planning to become a 35F warrant officer (down the line). I would like to know how being a current enlisted 35F would differ in an airborne reserve unit versus a regular unit.
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SSG William Ryan
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For WOC ... just be MI, specifically All-Source. Soon as you pin 6 you are basically accepted. They are critically short on WO's as well as senior NCO's. Huachuca sucks ... but could be worse haha!
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PV2 Bob Ondown
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If you go to a NG SF unit the people are of a higher caliber and there is less hurry up and wait before a jump.
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