Posted on Jan 10, 2021
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I am supposed to ETS this year but I am trying to stay in if I can reclass. My retention NCO told me that the accelerated course for 35f is 6 weeks and the one for 35n is 4 weeks. Since the AITs for these are actually relatively long, why is it that MOSQ is shorter? Also, which of these MOS had a better civilian job outlook?
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I’ve never heard of an accelerated 35N course. I’ve only heard of 35F accelerated course for NG.

No bias here, but take 35F
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Higher job outlook. You can be a security manager, targeting analyst, all source analyst, open source analyst. SGT (Join to see)
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After the course, how could I go about getting experience to apply for those jobs?SSG (Join to see)
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You can be an analyst ANYWHERE. You want to go three letter? Analyst jobs. You want to work for Apple or Amazon or another big corporation? They all have analysts. You can spin an analysts resume in almost every career field that does not require school (doctor, nurse, engineer...). AIT goes by fast, and if you are looking for something for your future, a few extra weeks of your life is worth the rest of it.
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SGT (Join to see) - Pick up a deployment as an analyst if you can. A year of your life is nothing.... Or apply for on of the CO COMS
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The NG has accelerated courses for some MOS's that's why some schools are shorter. Sometimes that means a compressed time line sometimes that means they cover less content.

Your ARNG MOS isn't going to equate to a civilian career. Your 15 days of active duty a year doesn't add up to any real experience for several years. 35F is the largest 35 series MOS and there are thousands of them leaving AD every year. Your compressed training and zero experience will not make you competitive to those who are hiring, not even against the initial term Soldiers who have served just one enlistment.

If you want your MOS to translate to civilian employment you need experience. The best way to get experience is on active duty. Otherwise you should focus on your civilian education if you want to break into it on the RC side
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This is my second enlistment and I have one deployment. Unfortunately, I have been in an MOS that I do not enjoy and that’s the main reason I didn’t accept e6. I am pursuing my masters currently. I just don’t want to spend any more years in an MOS that will never do anything for me if I needed it to.
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For what it’s worth, I reclassified in the national guard to 35F and went through the accelerated/abbreviated course. My advice, don’t do it. The course at Huachuca is so much more extensive and you will be so far behind your peers, especially as an NCO reclass. Other than that, I agree with everyone else about experience, I thought the analyst route would be fine because all I wanted was the clearance. Even with my degree , that didn’t mean shit. You need deployments or go to as many schools and certifications in 35F stuff as you can. 35N is pretty sweet because it has a solid mission and your authority comes straight from the NSA, my personal opinion seems like they have way more technical skills and qualifications right off the bat , compared to 35F.
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