Posted on Sep 9, 2020
Taryn Garcia
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I was accepted to a Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) program in Denver. It's a post-bacc certificate program, equivalent to training needed for 71E. I've always wanted to join the Army Reserves though. I have a husband and a son, and I graduated with my bachelors about a year ago. Would I be able to join the Reserves while still completing my MLS program at the same time (it begins in January)? If so, would I be able to go to OBC before my program begins or would I have to wait until after I complete my program to join the reserves? I'm sorry if this is a silly question. Lastly, I am definitely enrolling in this graduate program because I've already accepted the offer. I'm just looking for a way to join the Army Reserves at some point because it's always been something that I've wanted to do!
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MAJ Logistics Officer (S4)
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You can join at any time, but you are not guaranteed to attend BOLC at your convenience. Your school dates may interfere with your MLS program. HRC puts you in the next available class. If your focus is the MLS program I recommend you complete that prior to joining. You may not get another chance to be accepted in a MLS program but there will always (given age restrictions) be time to join the military.
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SSG Steven Borders
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Have you talked to a recruiter Taryn Garcia ? That would be your first step as they would be able to get you that answer.
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This is solid advice. A recruiter can he’ll get rid of the guesswork. Also MAJ (Join to see) is correct, the biggest issue is going to be trying to get synergy between grad school and the military. It’s like dating two people at once, and you don’t want to irritate either one...
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Dear Taryn, I pray that you are successful at finding the answers to your questions. Taryn Garcia
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