Posted on Aug 2, 2018
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So when I first joined the Air Force I wanted to have a medical job (particularly aerospace medical servics). I went in as open general but got security forces instead. I just hit my 2 year of my 4 year mark and I’m wondering if there’s a way to go into the Army as a Combat Medic 68w. What would be the best steps. Thank you.
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SGT Healthcare Specialist
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Stop it. Abort. Stay Air Force. Look I’m a medic and it may seem cool ( and sometimes is) but it’s really a good job. You stay a basic level emt, I mean the nation registry is a perk but it’s still a minimum wage job on the outside. If you choose to do it, I’d push hard to become a flight medic at a minimum for the paramedic cert. This is my opinion and doesn’t reflect the whole Army but as a whole it’s pretty toxic. The reason most branches are jealous of the Air Force is how much better it treats it’s soldiers and how much better you treat each other (on average.)
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But it’s not* really a good job.
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SSG Medical Nco, Platoon Sergeant
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If you try to get out of the AF early, they will give you an RE code on your 214 that will prohibit you from ever coming back in.
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Came back 14 years ago after leaving AD. Joined the ANG for 9 and jumped back AD right after 911. It can be done. It just takes a little while.
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SSG Laurie Mullen
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You are going to need to finish your contract with the Air Force and then try to join the Army as a prior service applicant. The downside to that is that the Army may not be accepting any prior service at that and the Air Force may not either. Have you considered trying to change your MOS when your reenlistment window opens?
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SSG Medical Nco, Platoon Sergeant
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The Army will take him with a good RE code, no medical issues, and he has good line scores, but he wont have to go back to basic!
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SSG (Join to see) - I was going on the presumption that he would get out of the Air Force with a RE-1. We can't predict the future so we can not guarantee that two years from now the Army will be accepting prior service. He has a very good chance, but there is no guarantee. Also, if he does develop a medical issue that he is permitted to stay in the Air Force with, it may be a condition that would require a waiver if he were to get out and then try to get back into the service.
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