Posted on Aug 31, 2021
CPL Armorer
5.53K
16
18
0
0
0
I'm trying to reclass to 35L. But I have have been told that the packet acceptance window is closed and won't be open until February for AD. I am not having to serve on a 12 month extension just to put in my packet. Does anybody know a way I can get around this? My unit is closing down and I really don't want to be on a detail rotation waiting for a class date.
Avatar feed
Responses: 6
SFC Retention Operations Nco
3
3
0
So, the 35L Proponent/Recruiting - who you need an acceptance memo from to reclass - told you that they are not accepting applications right now, and you want to somehow go around them to reclass? How exactly do you suggest you get around the approval authority to get an approval memo?

Counter Intel is very competitive and anyone who meets the prereqs can apply, as opposed to other MOS's where you have to meet In/Out calls. So that means they get a lot of applicants. If you don't want to wait, that's fine. There are other, more dedicated personnel waiting to apply, and others who are in a better position with their career to apply. If the CI Field loses out on the gifts you have to bestow upon them, they will continue on perfectly fine.

Other application MOS's are the same way. Career Counselors usually get evaluated a year or more before they get a letter of recommendation and then they may wait up to a year and a half to go to school. To try out for Ranger Regiment you have to reenlist four years before attending RASP, knowing that if you fail you may be reassigned worldwide, knowing their failure rate is around 70%. I won't even go into what you have to do just to apply to 51C or 25D...

The point is, if it's not worth waiting for, then it's not for you, and that's ok. Many MOS's have intentionally rigorous and difficult selection and recruiting processes to separate the people who really want to be there and are willing to work for it, from the ones who just want to be doing something else. There are other MOS opportunities available for you waiting to be taken.
(3)
Comment
(0)
Avatar small
SFC Observer   Controller/Trainer (Oc/T)
3
3
0
If the SMEs are telling you that the window is closed, then the window is closed. February is 6 months away. Is your ETS coming up soon? I mean, the training is 18 weeks as it is. You're probably going to need to extend for the packet and then more than likely reenlist. What exactly did your Retention NCO/Career Counselor say?
(3)
Comment
(0)
CPL Armorer
CPL (Join to see)
10 mo
He has no clue. I've already extended. But I can't do my reenlistment without a class date.
(0)
Reply
(0)
Avatar small
CW3 Special Agent In Charge (Sac)
2
2
0
Unfortunately, 35L is very competitive MOS to get into, and you have to be willing to either extend or wait in many circumstances in order to reclass (especially for AD). Who told you this? Was it an actual Field Office? If so, you will have to accept this for now, and at the end of the day ask yourself: Do you really want to be an ACI Special Agent?
(2)
Comment
(0)
CPL Armorer
CPL (Join to see)
10 mo
CW3 (Join to see) so my location shouldn't affect my chance at selection?
(0)
Reply
(0)
CW3 Special Agent In Charge (Sac)
CW3 (Join to see)
10 mo
CPL (Join to see) - No. Continue with the process. Keep your CoC informed. Stay in touch with whatever ACI Field Office is close to you if you have questions. If you are selected for 35L, you will get orders to go to school no matter where you end up.
(1)
Reply
(0)
CPL Armorer
CPL (Join to see)
10 mo
CW3 (Join to see) Awesome thank you. And my CoC has no clue about my packet. It's not important to them. The only person who knows about my progress with this is my battalion retention nco.
(0)
Reply
(0)
CW3 Special Agent In Charge (Sac)
CW3 (Join to see)
10 mo
CPL (Join to see) - It is still best to keep them informed just in case. It prevents them from ever coming back at you to say that you weren't properly informing them. Just my advice.
(0)
Reply
(0)
Avatar small

Join nearly 2 million former and current members of the US military, just like you.

close