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I didn't get a choice in my MOS when I enlisted. What can I do?

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July 20, 2019 / By Gladys
Question: I enlisted yesterday in the US Army. My ASVAB score was a 93 and none of my line scores were below 120. The only MOS' they said they had available were Mechanic, Truck Driver and Cook; none of which I wanted. I wanted either a medical MOS or 92Y/A. My recruiter did not tell me that I could refuse to sign the contract if I don't like the job. Because my recruiting station commander said I better come back with a contract or else, I did sign, but was not sworn in. What can I do to get that changed? P.S. I had DEP lossed 2 years ago, due to another station commander's conduct.
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Dervila Dervila | 8 days ago
I does not matter if you were sworn in or not, you can renegotiate your contract either way. Your recruiter should not be upset about it, all it takes is a couple of clicks of the mouse to set you up to go back down to MEPS. If he/she wants to be a dick and tell you they cant then just tell them they will have a DEP loss when it is time for you to ship out. Remember, even though you signed a contract, you are not in the Army until you swear in on ship day(I don't agree with this but it is the case regardless). Also, alot of people claim recruiters are liars and they tricked them into a job, NO, the Guidance Counslers at MEPS are giving a list of critical MOS and they will try to push those on you first(unless you FSR2S then it is your fault if you don't get what you want because you can have your recruiter check that daily until a job you want comes up). Just stick to your guns, you may not get exactly what you want but you can get in the medical field, and as for 92Y(supply) if you want that, tell them its that or nothing(besides medical) and I promise you will have a contract that day.
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Dervila Originally Answered: Enlisted soldier buying a new car?
She would be better off. saving the money and then buying later. When you join the military you don't really need a vehicle. The vehicle will just sit in a parking lot for vast lengths of time an expensive car will be a target for vandals. To register it on a military base you will have to prove insurance and if deployed the vehicle will set for the entire time without any movement or care. I have seen vehicles stolen under these circumstances. You may not have time to arrange care for the vehicle. If she feels that she really NEEDS a vehicle then i would suggest a beater. and save the money and but new much later.
Dervila Originally Answered: Enlisted soldier buying a new car?
mnbvcxz52773 has given you the best answer. Your sister has her estimates way off and is assuming a lot of things. First, who is going to give a brand new E-3 with probably little to no credit history of a vehicle that expensive. Most legit loans for her rank will only be about $15K or less because of her rank. If she is under the age of 25, her insurance is going to be about 50% of what her car payment is PER MONTH. She also didn't figure the cost of fuel which has to be premium....the most expensive. Finally, she has not figured maintenance in after the warranty runs out. When she buys it, there will only be three years of warranty left, so what is she going to do the other 2 years? A Benz is not something you take down to Jiffy Lube if you have trouble with it. It needs to go to the dealer for many things and repairs that would be cheap on a Chevy or Ford are astronomical on a Benz. Try $1500 for a brake job or $600 for a cracked headlight. So, it's a BAD idea. However, if she really intends to do this, she should wait until she is overseas, hopefully in Germany, and get it there and save herself a lot more money and have more reasonable payments. That same vehicle could be as much as $10K less in Germany if she is patient. Good things come to those who wait.
Dervila Originally Answered: Enlisted soldier buying a new car?
I think she would be better off saving half of the payments until she gets out of basic and ait and see where her permanent party will be. There will be a considerable length of time she will not be able to use it in which she will have to pay insurance on it because if you insure one and let the coverage lapse, it will be more expensive to re insure it. She also is not likely deducting income tax, social security tax , medicare tax and all the other tax's from that 1706 either , that will probably run a good hundred bucks , maybe more . And if you live in one of those states that require to to pay state income tax, that's a few more bucks gone. My personal opinion is that with all the public transportation available these days , a single person don't really need an automobile while on active duty , but then that's just me.

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Since you didn't swear in you can get it changed. Your recruiter might be aggravated but you should be more irritated with him for wasting your time. He can contact the detailers at MEPS and arrange for you to come back and sign a new contract. They will print up a new one and it will cancel out the old one. Most people don't know this but it can be done. Otherwise refuse to swear in. I almost did the same thing and probably should have. My recruiter was mad but would arrange a new job for me.
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Cameo Originally Answered: Is this a good idea too.(USMC Enlisted to Officer)?
EDIT: Lt Hudson simplified the answer to the basics - why make your plans more complicated than necessary? You now have two military officers who have been through the wickets giving you advice. At this point, it should be a "no brainer" for you. If it is still confusing, suggest enlist and forget about becoming an officer of Marines or soldiers. Making decisions is a part of the leadership traits that make a successful officer in the military! Frankly, as a Marine Corps officer who did 10 months active drilling reserve while in college, it is NOT a good idea. You are much, much better off going direct into NROTC or Platoon Leaders Class (PLC) - google it for details. Reason: I was an Aerospace Engineering student and quickly found that my once a month weekend drill days provided no time to study for following week exams or to complete lab assignments. It negatively impacted my grades and would have negatively impacted my qualifying for OCS had I not withdrew from the drilling reserves and signed up for the PLC program (I was prior active duty enlisted (Sgt) so I had the option). If you go into a easy major such as pre-law, political science, education, history, business admin - you can probably make the situation work. If you go into technical majors such as engineering, physics, mathemathics, computer science, chemistry and you are not a genius who can memorize and understand everything at 1st glance, your ability to succeed will be hampered. If that happens, your ability to get a commission will also be hampered. You do not need to go into the Reserves to prepare for OCS via NROTC or PLC. Enlisted bootcamp is a TRAINING environment whereas OCS (NROTC, Academy, PLC, and reg OCS) is a SCREENING event to find the most qualified officer candidates for a commission (over 34% washout and are not commissioned). You can learn to drill by working out with your fellow candidates (NROTC will teach you how to drill also) and the OSO. Other than that you can learn the academics by ordering a copy of the Marine Corps Guidebook from Amazon and memorize it before going to OCS. Training for officers occur at TBS after commissioning. This is my learned advice. Never understood why many of you who plan on college and OCS want to jump the gun by going enlisted Reserves! IF you signed up for 4 years enlisted and then went college on the GI Bill - that makes sense. You will have built the experience and knowledge base that would be helpful in OCS/NROTC especially if you made NCO ranks. Not so with Reserves - not enough time to be a "real" Marine two days a month instead of 365 days a years 24 hours a day! Lieutenant Colonel, US Marine Corps- Retired (been there and done that ending with 27 great Marine Corps years!)
Cameo Originally Answered: Is this a good idea too.(USMC Enlisted to Officer)?
Listen to "Marine". Why join the reserves if you're already going to attend college through NROTC? All you're going to do is run the risk of interrupting your education through deployment, and give yourself one more stressor during college. Mind you it isn't a bad decision, its just one that adds complexity to a simple course of action.

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