Posted on Jul 26, 2020
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Hi All,

I am SPC (92M) in US army reserves. I have 12+ years of experience in Cyber in my civilian job. I am very interested to apply for 17A through direct commission. I would appreciate any help/guidance regarding the same. I also need 3 recommendation letters for the same. I would be happy to connect 1:1 with someone who is with Cyber in the Army and if they can help me with my recommendation letter.
Background:
12+ years of Cyber experience
Under Graduate degree in Electrical Engineering
CISSP Certified
Leadership experience in the current job
Posted in these groups: 3e7ab59a 17A: Cyber Warfare Officer
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I am not Cyber, but I did direct commission from E5 35F to Quartermaster 92A in the USAR.

I can tell you flat out the hardest part is going to be getting your Commissioning Medical Exam as a reservist. I recommend above all things you do it at an Army Hospital, and request a commissioning medical exam. There is a specific list of things that (it's in the Regs) you need checking off on depending on your sex and age. I did mine at a USAF hospital, and it was nothing but back and forth with Army Vs USAF doctors saying oh, we need this, oh we need this, oh we need this.

There were three of us from my unit that all direct commissioned into various branches of the USAR and we all got hung up on the medical.
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I'm currently USAR but wanted to direct commission to Active Durty. From your knowledge, could I realistically expect some of the same hiccups? I'm down the road from a Naval hospital instead of AF but don't mind driving 2 hours to the closest Army Base.
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SGT(P) (Join to see) - Absolutely, look up the regs on direct commissioning and the corresponding required medical exam for your situation, and make sure the Navy Hospital checks all the boxes. That's what it basically came down to. My Accessions NCO gave me ONLY the DD2807-01. I submitted that 2807 to HRC, and HRC kicked it back saying it was incomplete, and I went back, then they said it was incomplete again, and back and forth. Basically I needed to provide my hearing results, then I needed to provide my vision results, then I needed to provide my lab results all along with the DD2807

I mean COME ON!!!!!!!! You tell an E5 to do a specific thing, and he will do that SPECIFIC THING, nothing more nothing less. He's learned to draw inside the lines.

Finally, I found the reg and it spelled out everything, but by then I was done.

***** AR-40-501 *****
DD2807-1
DD2880
DD2813

They all must be signed off by a DOCTOR not just a medical professional.

Different tests will depend on your age and gender, or if you are getting a "flight" medical.

You "could" magically get them ALL DONE before you are selected (the exam has to be inside 12 months of your appointment date). But you have to read the reg as it pertains to you and just get them done on your own dime. The upside is any less than ideal findings are YOUR DATA (cholesterol in my case, which I had to fix) and you can fix them before the military sees you (I needed a waiver).
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Ok, I just wanted to make sure. It's been awhile since I worked at a military clinic but I remember the special physicals like that being complicated for one thing or another. Thank you for the clarification sir.
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