Posted on Apr 11, 2021
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BLUF: What are National Guard units, specifically 35N but can be any, like near Fort Campbell, KY.
I now have 2 years left, not 1 (extended again), but if I get out of Regular Army I am interested in joining the National Guard. I live over in Oak Grove, KY.
I noticed 35N positions over in Nashville, TN wondering what that is like. Then I noticed 35N positions on other side of Kentucky over 3 hours away.
I would be interested in reclassing potentially to job near my in KY that's an hour away, simlar to Nashville. Wonder what that's like (probably something like 12K or 42A or 25L or something).

Any assistance is appreciated, at this time I do not have intent of relocating (unless made to) so want to further understanding of opportunity here.

Note: I have spoken with some people about guard, I originally wanted to join the guard but felt like regular army made/makes more sense for me. I still kind of confused even though keep getting explained, but I'm more looking for life style and such here, mostly specific to my MOS at these locations.

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SPC Weinberger, Daniel (She/They)
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I have reclassed before and found it to be a huge hassle. You have to wait around until a class slot opens up and that isn't always instantaneous. It took like a year of me being in my new unit before I got to finally reclass. Which meant in the field I was stuck in headquarters doing all the miscellaneous bs while everyone else was practicing their job. It took so long I went to WLC first and was a promotable SPC in a unit that didn't even have my MOS.

The reclass schedules often aren't in line with when AT would be either. I was going to miss two weeks of college classes before lack of attendance cancelled my first reclass course.

There is also something to be said for drilling in a unit close to your home though. I lived in Hopkinsville and drilled in the 1/623rd Bravo Battery in Campbellsville which was 2 hrs and 45 minutes away and later in 1123rd in Leitchfield which was an 1 hour and 30 minutes away. The 623rd is more forgiving about releasing you early on Sundays, but they are so far away that I was still getting home at 1900, whiles the 149th has lots of units closer, but they are notorious for holding soldiers late. Driving back on Sunday after 7 straight days of civilian/military job combo was terrible. I could barely keep my eyes open sometimes on the way back home.

I'd keep the 35n mos and join the Tennessee Guard and drill in Nashville. Unless you want to do the hooah stuff in Louisville.

Or just head closer to that side of the state. Nothing is too expensive in Kentucky.
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There are a few NG units on the western side of the state and near Fort Campbell: Benton, Hopkinsville, Paducah, Murray, Bowling Green, Glasgow, Central City and then you get into Elizabethtown, Brandenburg and Louisville which are even further away. If you are wanting to stay 35N, your best be will be either the 20th MICO or the 101st MCPOD, both in Louisville. They are the only 2 units that I am aware of that have that MOS. If you want to stay MI, they are still your best bet for positions and then upward mobility. If you are willing to reclass, then you have several options to stay near Campbell: there is a truck company in Benton and Paducah, an infantry detachment in Hopkinsville, engineer companies in Leitchfield and Elizabethtown, there is a support battalion in Bowling Green (and a unit in Central City) with multiple MOSs, and there is field artillery in Glasgow and Elizabethtown.
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SFC, do you have any experience with those in 20th MICO?
Is it normal to be able to 1 weekend a month and 1 week a year them? (I would want to do more, but due to the 3-4 hour drive one way it would be a challenge to do more than that)
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SPC (Join to see) I am a little familiar with them. A lot of their drills are what some would call a ‘super muta’. Which means they might do a 4 or 5 day drill instead of a 2 day drill. This helps the unit two-fold: They do have a lot of Soldiers that live in other states so it makes traveling for drill less frequent; the long drill also allows for them to get more training in especially if they are jumping. I can get you a number for a recruiter there or their readiness NCO if you like.
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SFC (Join to see) - If they'd be fine with that. I'm 2 years out from ETS and then assuming I even get out I would probably try Nashville first just due to proximity to me. Thank you, that would make sense for them to conduct drill like that.
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There’s an MI company in Nashville. That would be the closest unit for a 35N. It’s not a bad unit. If you want to reclass you’d have a lot more options, but most of the units in TN around the Ft. Campbell area are infantry or tank companies.
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