Posted on Dec 7, 2013
SGM Matthew Quick
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Where did you serve and what was the most difficult part of the transition from your primary service to working with sister services?

Would you recommend a joint service assignment to others?  Why or why not?
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LTC Jason Bartlett
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<span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 24px; ">My joint assignment was very favorable professionally and personally. I was assigned to a Worldwide Individual Augmentation System (WIAS) tasking to Afghanistan, working at HQ ISAF as the Global Force Manager. I was a member of a 4-star staff interacting across services and with Soldiers from over fifty coalition partner nations.</span><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 24px; ">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 24px; ">The most difficult part was the language barrier with so many languages and not all our partner nations sent reps that spoke English fluently. However the joint environment at HQ ISAF was a great location to facilitate learning and help our partners out. All of these experiences and interactions helped build cultural awareness and camaraderie, fostering lifelong bonds.</span>
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Col Regional Director, Whem/Ssa And Congressional Liaison
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MSG Quick, great question, thanks for posting, I've worked in and around the joint community for the better part of the past ten years or so, along w/ several joint courses, and JPME I as well.  All things considered, I'd recommend serving in a joint assignment, although there are of course caveats; I certainly don't have all the answers to all things joint (and I suspect very few, if any folks do); although, I'd be happy to help answer any questions on the subject.  Again great topic, very important folks seek answers early on in their careers... thanks again for opening the thread!
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SGT Public Affairs Broadcast Specialist
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I have been (more or less) in Joint Service for my entire 6 years.  I would definitely say go for it, as it offers a more diverse set of experiences, and sets you up for success in future assignments.

Now I know what a SCPO, a SMSgt, and a MGySgt are (more or less) and how to tell the difference... I can react equally well to being told to pop the hatch and run down the ladderwell or to open the door and run down the stairwell... and I have stories to tell to any junior enlisted about how I've interacted with Senior Enlisted and/or officers in their branch!
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On the flip side, working in a Joint Service Environment (such as DMA / AFN) it can be more difficult to get impact awards, as some commands insist that any award you get be a joint award, but then they refuse to give you a joint award...
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