Posted on Jan 19, 2020
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I’m currently interested in switching my MOS to 35S as soon as I hit my 12 months mark on station which should be sometime in April .
So my questions are :
Would it be possible for me to contact branch regarding possible duty stations ?
If not how soon will I find out where my next assignment is going to ?
What should I expect to do at my first Unit ?
Will I be working on a shift schedule ?
If there is any 35S out there that would like to share their experience I’m all ears !!
Thank you so much in advanced & I apologize for any grammars mistake as English is my second language lol.
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SFC Senior Brigade Career Counselor
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IF you are able to reclass to 35S, you will go TDY enroute to you follow on assignment. You'll find out what your follow on assignment is 120 days prior to the start of the course. Your future branch manager won't be able to help you because the assignments are handled by the reclass team.

Issues you will encounter:
1. Assuming you already meet the line scores required, you still have to have a centrally granted (not locally granted by your commander) Interim TS/SCI before you can request a class date. Because there is no reason for a 92F to have a TS, you will have needed to have started the TS application some time last summer to have it before April.
2. 35S is a very small MOS with very few class seats. It might be months before one pops up. You may see one pop up and someone else take it on the reenlistment side before reclass team locks you in. You may want to look at including other MOS's in your request like 35N and 35P which are still signals collection.
3. Be prepared to wait. Unless someone drops out of Basic training and that opens a short notice seat, the class dates are all going to be for FY21. If you don't get one soon enough and they are all sold out, then the next class seats won't be till FY22. That means you'll still be in your MOS getting promoted and advancing as a 92F. You'll be leaving an MOS with easy progression and moving into one with much harder progression. If you aren't going to school right now you'll be behind your future peers and your promotion to SSG as a 35S will be years behind what it would be as a 92F.
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I’m always looking forward to your response when it comes to any post in this community! You always providing the most useful information !! I’m definitely going to get in touch wuth my career counselor & S2 Thanks again!! SFC (Join to see)
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Good Afternoon, SFC
I am SPC Velazquez.
I got accepted to attend the 35S course. I am a reclass. I have ts/sci already. I'm married and have school age children. I received an email for the class date and also I know where my follow on assignment will be. As of right now it is a projection on my erb. My question is I do know that it's tdy en route, I also read that I can get a waiver to come back to my duty station to clear , main thing being since I live on post. My question would be what waiver would I need for this to happen? If there is no waiver available, what do I need to do now I'm not sure where I am currently at I'm not receiving any help from the retention NCOs I don't know what's supposed to happen other than the two emails I have one stating I attend school in 3 months and another from ACT saying where my next duty station is.
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SPC (Join to see) there is no waiver. When you process your levy packet you'll be given the choice to return to clear or move your family ahead of time. You'll need to process your levy packet to get your orders. You'll need your orders to get your manual DD1610. Your post reassignment or unit S1 will send you your levy packet and orders.
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SFC (Join to see) OK that makes Sense. Thank you, I appreciate it.
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Unless you’re promotable I’m pretty sure branch won’t do much for you other than tell you where a 35S can be assigned. Which are very few locations.

If your clearance is good to go you can expect to do your job and if not expect to work in the orderly room or another admin shop until you have your clearance.

Shift work is always possible with intel

Any other specific questions just ask away
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Thank you so much SSG (Join to see) I’ll make sure I’m promotable by then because I’m really looking forward to the station some where I can do my job and get to learn and gain as much experience as possible. I just recently got briefed by USAPAB recruiters would you suggest me to try it out. Eventually my Goal is to become as proficient within the intel community as possible so most likely become a Warrant Officer down the line. I have also been told that it’s possible to get station in Australia as 35S is that true ?
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SPC (Join to see) that is true, Australia is a location for 35S. It’s some what a special assignment you have to apply for. I think you’re referring to an SMU which is a selective assignment where you will specialize in you’re job. That and WO are great if you love the technical side.
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Than you so much for all the useful information I would definitely be reaching out soon if I have any further Questions !!SSG (Join to see)
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If you go, go in the early spring, late Summer. Pensacola is a great place to train.
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If you don’t mind me asking how was your experience during 35S Ait and would you say it was difficult??
How many soldiers were in your class if you don’t mind me asking ?
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