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Reclass to 25B or go ROTC? Not only for my military career, but life after the Army. Would like thoughts/opinions please. Thanks in advance!
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Try to elaborate more...prior training, assocs, bachelors, what have you done thus far? Would you be willing to go other svc, like the just restarted Navy WO1 cyber program, or the Army direct commission cyber, if you stayed Army? I gather you're IT, from what I can see, however, the more you elaborate, hobbies, interests, reading, specific STEM coursework, grades, GPAs, the more all of us can try to help you, honest...also, do you want a full 20-30 yr career? Active? Guard? Reserve? AGR? Guard tech? Reserve tech? Senior enlisted? Warrant? Commissioned? Give us more, so far as you can, take your time, and really go into detail if you can, OK?
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http://www.mors.org

This is a little known facet of CS and IT, ops research is a very underused, under sought STEM field, very closely aligned and related to wargaming, I've had an interest in it since Army ROTC, I did a paper on it as a junior, the only ROTC award I ever got, mil history....
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Sir,

Thank you so much for all this info! It’s a lot of things to go over but def see some great options and information here. Didn’t think I’d get so much information, but seems like you really know a lot about these topics. Will research and look into these and will conclude the best decision. I definitely wouldn’t mind switching services, even more so to go AF. Was not aware at most of this information..so thanks again sir!
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Enjoy...if you wanna yak, just ask, try to elaborate as I'd said, as well, honest, the more you relate, the more all of us can suggest, I've done a good many like yours on here thus far, and that's genuinely how it works, most have a tendency to be quite brief, I tend to deluge with info, once I get on a roll, as it were, obviously, the thing is, I've absorbed not quite everything, however, I've seen most, and from multiple svc perspectives, that's why it's essential that you look at all of them, not just one, remember, it's not about what you want, so much as, ultimately, who wants you, you know?
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depends on your situation and future needs...

25B isn't a super easy MOS either so you should check out the certs to see if that's rly what u wannna do...it leads to 17c or 25d with lots of places you can go within the army, not a bad mos, can lead to defense industry or dod after ur out too...it also requires clearance so comes in handy

ROTC, get commissioned obviously better money and all...

are you planning to retire with army?
do you have another skill or does ur current mos can lead to a good civilian job?

very different paths that really depends on your situation and need...im a 25b planning to go officer so shoot me a message if you got specific questions
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Yes, I plan to retire with the Army. Why are you making the switch from Enlisted to Officer?
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SPC (Join to see) - always wanted officer but wanted to earn my shoe as enlisted and wanted to combine ROTC with masters....whats your current MOS? 25B is specific...unless you have background in IT or wants to work in it, whats your motivation for this mos? can also consider warrant

life of 25b versus officer is very different if u plan to retire with the army, background, personality, future goal/need all comes into play...can you tell me more so we can help advise?
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That's a big question in my opinion. Can you say a little bit more about your situation? Off the bat I would say the key points are:
- Active, reserve, or NG?
- When do you want to go college and what do you want to do in college?
- Do you still have your GI Bill?
- Are you going career? Are you in the blended retirement system or the legacy system?
- 25B is great, but have you looked at the Cyber branch and what it's counterpart might be for you as a commissioned officer?

Currently in my fourth year of ROTC and I love it. I am excited about the commissioned side of things, it suits me and my family better in the long term under the legacy system. I am on my post 9/11 and I sought out the ROTC battalion that I am currently a part of. The mental transition can be difficult for us, as E-4's to potential officers and the differences are drastic. My opinion is that I can utilize my education better as an officer, that I will be more involved in plans and decisions that affects soldiers, and more money is better than less money. It really boils down to a personality thing for me, I think I will enjoy the commissioned side better and be of better use to joes therein, so I'm going for it.
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I am in college and do have my GI Bill from Active Duty. I have looked for Cyber Security but I do have a reclass seat set for 25B already
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So, these questions should be the key parts of your decision, especially when thinking long term. However, what I recommend that you really to do to outline this question is to sit down with your ROTC recruiter, or as he is called in my battalion, the Scholarship Enrollment Officer. These personnel actually have briefs that they give regularly to potential cadets, they are very informative and might be exactly what you need to be able to answer the question.

Or at the very least sit down with them and ask them what you have asked us here. They will be able to tailor the question to your situation and the specifics of current operations in ROTC across the country, like branch choices, contract requirements, etc.
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