Posted on Oct 24, 2020
Cadet 2LT Simultaneous Membership Program (Smp)
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Are your opportunities the same as your peers within the recipient branch?
How are you treated as a detailed officer?
How easy is it to stay within your recipient branch if you decide you'd rather stay than transition to MI, hypothetically?
What types of jobs, positions, assignments, etc. can you expect while in your recipient branch?
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SFC Casey O'Mally
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I cannot answer that question - the enlisted world works differently. But I can tell you that I enlisted Infantry and then re-enlisted MI. While I have no advice for what the Officer world looks like regarding internal pokitics, I can tell you PAY ATTENTION during you combat arms time. Understanding the way the grunts think, perform, and plan will pay off remarkable dividends when you transition to your MI role supporting them. When I was fathering Intel and writing reports as a HUMINTer, I had a thorough understanding of what the grunts wanted to know, what questions to ask, and what to put up front in my reports.
Most of the top tier MI Officers I served with / under were either prior service or branch detailed. While it is true that you will be behind your "MI pure" counterparts when it comes to procedure, knowledge of assets (and how to use them), and Intel-specific language, getting that grunt experience will soon set you apart for your ability to give the combatant Commander what (s)he wants and needs.
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SFC Casey O'Mally
SFC Casey O'Mally
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*gathering intel, not fathering it.
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I can speak somewhat to the Intel officer side - once you graduate BOLC, you're stabbing each other in the back to get the key jobs since there are so few of them for Intel officers (from what I've heard for Active; Reserves it's a pick-your-own path Goosebumps style since Intel is basically all Reserves)
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MAJ Armored Combat Command Commander
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You will have a steep learning curve going into combat arms branches.
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SPC Nils Hammer
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At least you don't hide your light under a bushel. I was clueless until you said something. On my MI detail I wish I'd had more contact with the 11th cav I was supporting, of course I had almost no contact with my own unit, so probably missed out on a lot of things from both ends. At least I came to love Germany while I was saving civilization from the commies.
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MAJ Armored Combat Command Commander
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SPC Nils Hammer - I am jealous. Have fun in Germany and don't fight polizei.
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SPC Nils Hammer
SPC Nils Hammer
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Had fun, enlisted in 75, sent after schools in 77, out in 79, so almost 2 years in country. As a major you at least have a shot at a civilian job.
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MAJ Armored Combat Command Commander
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SPC Nils Hammer - Fortunately I do not have to work. I have much gratitude in my life. My goal is to give the world my best and see what I get in return.
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MAJ Javier Rivera
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Simple, you stay on your detailed branch as a 2LT/1LT (PL Leader, XO, etc..), then go over your branch’s CPT’s Career Course. On some instances you might request to stay on your detailed branch; not always guaranteed!
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LTC Jason Mackay
LTC Jason Mackay
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Usually never allowed to stay. It’s part of the Faustian Bargain
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MAJ Javier Rivera
MAJ Javier Rivera
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Faustian Bargan? I couldn’t used a better term to describe the terms of the “deal”LTC Jason Mackay
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