About Need help from real infantrymen
|March 17th, 2004||#1|
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Need help from real infantrymen info
|March 17th, 2004||#2|
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if you are already MOSQ than you can go to the Nat'l G 2 week infantry course and get your cord. I would recommend that because you are not going to be doing a lot of "engineer" type stuff. Unless you like digging a lot, and blowing up mines. Well at least in the engineers you have buldozers instead of e-tools.
If Heaven I cannot bend then Hell I will stur.
We must give them the bayonet!
-Gen. Thomas Jackson
|March 17th, 2004||#3|
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If you don't feel you are ready, don't go. As things are now, you will have plenty of opportunity within the next few years. Take the time to prepare yourself mentally and physically for whatever road you wish to take later. A lot of people don't get the option to decide if they want to go or not. Take advantage of that, and don't rush yourself if you aren't sure. You've got plenty of time.
Btw, you aren't going to get much INF training in Iraq right now. You'll learn how to be an MP, how to locate EOD no matter where they are, and construction, lots and lots.
|March 18th, 2004||#5|
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I agree with Rnder about how much real infantry training you could expect to get in Iraq. Get yourself into to Infantry school and then if you feel you still want to go the iraq route, by all means do so. You'll be better equipped and know a lot more about what to expect. I don't know much about the 2 week NG course that JagerWolf mentioned but if that's your option, go for it.
|March 19th, 2004||#7|
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What makes you say that course is a joke? Is it just because it's run by the National Guard? I'll tell you what, I gained a large amount of respect for the Guard after serving with some of them in Desert Storm.
BTW, I see by your profile that your an Academy cadet, true? The guy next to me (next office) is a class of '89 grad.
|March 20th, 2004||#9|
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I can't tell you how to feel but I don't think you should feel badly about not going to Iraq. After all once you graduate you'll be able to contribute to whatever unit you're assigned to in a positive way. You'll have the advantage of being an officer who has had a taste of what the world looks like from the enlisted side of the house. One of the best officers I ever worked with had a similar background. He was assigned to my Scout platoon right after he got commissioned (I was PSG). The first thing he said to me was something like "Sarge, I know you've been around this unit for a long time and I just got here. Take me under your wing and show me the ropes, would you?". We had a mutual respect for each other and the rest of the platoon saw that and responded in kind. That was probably the finest platoon of Light Infantry Scouts that I have ever seen. Actually, I would say that the whole company's performance rose to the challenge as well. Just do yourself a favor, don't come out of West Point with the stereotypical "ring knocker" arrogance. People will expect it from you but don't give them the satisfaction. BTW, when do you graduate?