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I am currently a 42A I thought of re classing as a 11B because I hate sitting behind a desk.. But what exactly do you guys do as 11Bs come drill day? Is it worth it? Recommendations?
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I spent almost three years in the National Guard as an infantry NCO. Coming from active duty there were some surprises (I thought the Guard was much less disciplined and professional) but I will be objective on my assessment.
My largest frustration was keeping my soldiers well trained. The infantry involves a lot of perishable skills-if they are not constantly refreshed they will be lost. This is especially true for newer soldiers with little experience. I would teach something at one drill and have to continue teaching it for many months after to gain proficiency. However, we did get to do a lot of cool training. I did multiple air assault missions, live fire ranges, shoot houses, demolitions training, and tons of missions running around the woods shooting blanks.
A typical drill involves one training event. One month we may have zero and qual with our weapons. Next drill we will have a shoot house. Another drill will be a team live fire exercise. The next drill will be medical training and convoy ops. It does depend on how well funded the unit it. I was lucky and we had enough cash to do some cool stuff, but you should get a good amount of training, at least on the weekend you are at drill. Plus you get opportunities for schools like Air Assault, Mountain Warfare School, Pathfinder, etc.
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The move from active component to combo 2 or 3 is always a challenge. I was 4 yrs active then went to reserves while attending nursing school. Many had the same observation as you: active folks would show up at drill and always criticized the laxity and decreased professionalism. In 1992 my reserve Bn had old E8s walking around who had served in Viet Nam!!! The thinnest person I saw that first day was my female pregnant E7 platoon sergeant! Young motivated E5 types would quickly sour on the Reserves and get out. For others it was simply the "check of the month club" where everyone was fixated on 1630 sign out time. Towards the very end of my reserve time we actually started doing real training as opposed to merely re-arranging or inventorying the equipment cages. I would discourage anyone from entering the Reserves unless their Reservist MOS is what they do in civilian life. Even then if you are physician lawyer etc you wind up losing a lot of money during the 2 week A.T. in summer time. The army reserve is notorious for things like this: I know a man who is PhD in accounting. I figured he would have got into the Finance corps with a budgeting background. But he was a Lt Col in artillery and they WOULD NOT release him to Finance!
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SGT Justin Singleton
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I was 11C for six years in the guard before being deployed to Iraq. We had, maybe, five drills actually training (besides AT), and the rest doing stupid things.
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I was an 11B for about 10 years in both the regular Army and the National Guard. It is one of the most difficult things you will ever do. You better learn how to "Embrace the Suck" because you will find lows that you thought were unattainable. But you will find no greater high than this. You will have brothers that will fight and die for you. Sometimes they will unfortunately but we are still grateful for such great men. Your country will expect the most out of you. You will be the one that is in the first wave into a fight. You are your country's strength in war and her deterrent in peace. We were the start of the Army and will will always be the strength of the Army.

If you are not sure it is for you than you shouldn't do it. It takes more than you will realize at times. But also when you watch a movie about war or hear a war story you will find it is about the infantry, from Saving Private Ryan to We Were Soldiers to Blackhawk Down.

But you want a full dose of it then you know where to find it. Whatever you do just own up to it. There is nothing wrong being a 42A. Sure they don't make movies about that but then someone has to do it. Just don't think you are going to be a killer as a 42A.
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SSG(P) (Join to see) - No he was a linguist from DLI who thought he knew it all. Not even the SS took him seriously.
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MAJ (Join to see) - We will just have to agree he wasn't infantry.
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SPC Jason Calhoun
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MAJ (Join to see) - Funny...completely wrong. But funny.
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SSG Byron Howard Sr
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1st LT Rosa so true.
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SSG Buddy Kemper
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11B is good in Guard/Reserve AND Active duty, bro. It's a great life/job no matter how ya slice it....but that's just my opinion. I think being a young Guard soldier is a bit more of a challenge since you only see your NCOs a couple times a month. That said, find a battle buddy in your same town and get a ruck march and 3-5 runs in each week, stay on top of your MOS stuff, get your EIB and take advantage of all education opportunities. Volunteer for Air Assault and Airborne as soon as you can. Guard had a great pre-Ranger program a few years back, so look into that as well. Thank you for your service. Blessings to you and your family.
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Been a lower enlisted 11B soldier for the past 3 years. Being 11b in the Guard is not all that bad. That being said it depends on your unit. My squad/platoon is full of some pretty great down to earth people who have great civilian jobs who love the army life which makes my experience better. Just like with any job there are bad apples who spoil your experience. There's a lot of E-5's and above who get real power hungry the 2 days of month when they slap on their stripes in the infantry and can make drill a living hell for 2 days smoking you and making you do pointless details all day even if you're squared away but that comes with being an infantryman you tend to see more testosterone driven men than anywhere else here. Field training ops, weapons qual, squad tactics and a lot of "embracing the suck" is what I have experienced so far. Infantry is the last of what the army has as far as discipline and professionalism is concerned. I say this because you can see how squared away our company is compared to all the non grunt units (POGs) by how we present ourselves during training and while we're on the clock compared to the other units.
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