Posted on Aug 25, 2018
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I soon plan on going through ROTC (or OCS), and I still often think which MOS would be better off with. I'm currently in a cannon crewmember, but not because I wanted to be one, since the KY National Guard doesn't have armored units. Field Artillery never really applied to me, being further behind the front lines. Not that it matters, because I intend to go active after I get commissioned, God-willing. I also hope to change my MOS. I hope I could go armor. But then I started thinking more about how often armor is used in 21st century warfare. So I started leaning toward infantry, though I'm not big on ruckmarching. I already a lot of that in basic, and if, somehow, I do go OCS, I would do a lot more, though I might decide to go mechanized infantry. So I would like to know which MOS would be better for me.
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I would choose a Infantry as a Branch Detail then go MI or Logistics. You will get Airborne and Ranger school.
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Lt Col Jim Coe
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SPC (Join to see) open your mind to other opportunities. Don't get locked in on Combat Arms entirely. Consider some long-term goals. I appreciate your dedication to Service to the Nation, but you might want to think about where you want to be in 10, 20, and 30 years before you choose a Branch or even a Service. I see you have a bachelors degree--not in STEM, but a degree none the less. Any Service should be willing to talk to you about being an officer. A history degree would sometimes lead one to the Intel career field. If your goal at the 10 and 20 year points is to be an officer, then you are probably tracking about right. However, you should talk to active duty and reserve component recruiters from all 5 armed services. Seriously consider how your 10, 20, or 30 years in the military will influence the rest of your life. Is there an MOS/AFSC that will feed nicely into a second career you'd like to pursue after military retirement? Combat Support and Combat Service Support MOS/AFSC tend to transfer well into the civilian workforce. You might be better off to be a transportation officer, logistics planner, supply officer, finance officer, or a maintenance officer, than to be a combat arms officer. Also, consider that the "front line" people in aviation (Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, and Air Force) are officers.

Good luck. Keep an open mind and shop around.
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SPC David Stephenson
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One of the best answers so far sir - while I'm sure you were a great pilot I bet you would have made one hell of a recruiter.
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Armor and infantry are now at the same location at Fort Benning. You can't have one without the other. Armor will still be used in the future.

https://youtu.be/zdwhSXoQddI
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