Posted on Aug 31, 2021
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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.
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SFC Retention Operations Nco
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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.
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SFC Stay At Home Dad
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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?
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He has no clue. I've already extended. But I can't do my reenlistment without a class date.
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Well, for starters, CI is always looking for young Soldiers who try to “internet” their way around regulation (sarcasm). Second, Army Counterintelligence (ACI) is going through a MASSIVE reform where it is being broken up into a regional alignment. There are several issues with this, which I will not get into here, so the wait for recruiting more qualified agents rests with the settling of this tumultuous situation.

Like most places, a reputation is a hard thing to shake. Please consider this when posting anything on the internet. Words can haunt you, especially when a clearance is concerned. Wait your six months and apply then. ACI isn’t going anywhere. Even if it will look different if/when you get there.
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