Posted on Sep 15, 2015
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So I'm nearing my 1 year out for ETS and I'm thinking of extending again. However I want to reclass, as I'm not really enjoying my current MOS. Currently I'm a 25U (and 25Q if it matters) and I am very interested in either 25D or 17C but it does not look like my state (currently) has either of these MOS'. Am I basically just out of luck or would I have better luck if I ETS and went into the Army reserves or maybe even just active duty (is that even possible?)

Basically I want to see what my options are for reclassing into these rather new and hard to get MOS' is before I decide either way on extending or just walking away.

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Keep in mind that 25D starts at E6. The addition of 25D slots to Brigade headquarters and up in the NG has been occurring with MTOE changes starting this month. 25D is a cyber defender position and the CPTs that the NG is standing up will have those positions as well.

17C is an offensive cyber job that starts at E1 and up. Currently there are no 17C positions in the NG that I'm aware of. Active duty is still staffing those specialized units.

Another thing to keep in mind is that both those MOS's require a TS/SCI clearance prior to re-classing.
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SSgt Carpenter
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Don't ETS unless you are CONVINCED you are done. These days getting back in simply isn't guaranteed.
Talk to an active duty and reserve recruiter and find out! I just walked into the Army recruiters office last week. Turns out with my MOS and pay grade, the only way they'll take me is on an 18x contract. You might find something different, as I suspect the Army feels the need for your skillset more than mine.
Also, have you considered transferring to another battalion or brigade? I don't know if that's an option for you, but I've seen other soldiers do that to get a "reset" in their careers. You'll may be able to get a significantly different experience without changing your MOS, simply by moving to a battalion or brigade from a line company or vice versa.
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That is why I'm trying to do my homework now, so I can make a more informed decision.

As far as transferring, I tried that and was declined based on "being to valuable to the unit" I'm sure I could press the issue but I want to make sure I understand all the paths that are open to me before I do, it wouldn't make since too jump ship and still more or less be in the same boat (Lost my passion for my MOS etc)
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As a former recruiter and current MEPS GC I can attest to SGT Brainard's statement. I see so many Soldiers get out of the Army, USAR or Reserves, then change thier mind a couple years later and have nothing but problems trying to get back in - usually revolving around getting medically DQ'd at MEPS when they re-PHYS. If you need more time just extend for the minium while you figure things out (and possibly wait for more options to open up). If you've completed your inital MSO, you can extend for 1 year a time in your current MOS.
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I would also recommend you look at the Warrant Officer route (255A or 255N) if your looking to just do your job, signal warrants are needed and you could even be writing the doctrine for the 25D in your area
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I've considered it, I'm still trying to verify my civilian and guard experience would be enough to hash out the 4 years of IT exp (I don't see why it wouldn't be, but the military does odd things some times) I have all the other requirements already just trying to get clarification on this last fact.
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