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Old 04-16-2012, 10:21 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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...for all the more knowledgeable members out there:

I signed my contract (US Army Reserves) in November, and don't leave for Basic until the end of July (DEP Soldier). I'm currently a 35G (Military Intelligence - Imagery Analyst). I like the 35G position, and would be happy staying in it, but I really wanted to work with languages. At the time, there were no language-oriented MOS's available, so I hopped into the first MI MOS I found.

I was just reading up on the in/out calls in regards to reclassification of MOS (found here). To my understanding, my MOS (35G) is considered over-strength, and the MOS I want to enlist as (35P) is actually under-strength.

To me, this seems like I'm in luck. As per the rules in the document: 4.B[3] -- SOLDIERS MAY REQUEST RECLASSIFICATION INTO CMF 18, 12D, 12P, 31D, 35L, 35P, 37F, 38B, 79R (SSG ONLY), AND
89D REGARDLESS OF THE IN/OUT CALLS FOR CURRENT PMOS.

So, if I understand this correctly, I could definitely reclass as 35P, from 35G. My question is in regards to how I would reclass. Do I have to wait until after my 35G training, and then have to go back to AIT? Or, because I have not actually gone to training yet, could I switch MOS's and get a new ship-date fairly easily?

I know I'll have to take the DLAB in order to qualify for a language-oriented MOS, but I am fairly proficient at learning languages, so I'm not too worried about that.

Any help / clarification would be appreciated. Thanks, guys!
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Old 04-17-2012, 04:09 AM
 
Location: Richmond, VA
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...for all the more knowledgeable members out there:

I signed my contract (US Army Reserves) in November, and don't leave for Basic until the end of July (DEP Soldier). I'm currently a 35G (Military Intelligence - Imagery Analyst). I like the 35G position, and would be happy staying in it, but I really wanted to work with languages. At the time, there were no language-oriented MOS's available, so I hopped into the first MI MOS I found.

I was just reading up on the in/out calls in regards to reclassification of MOS (found here). To my understanding, my MOS (35G) is considered over-strength, and the MOS I want to enlist as (35P) is actually under-strength.

To me, this seems like I'm in luck. As per the rules in the document: 4.B[3] -- SOLDIERS MAY REQUEST RECLASSIFICATION INTO CMF 18, 12D, 12P, 31D, 35L, 35P, 37F, 38B, 79R (SSG ONLY), AND
89D REGARDLESS OF THE IN/OUT CALLS FOR CURRENT PMOS.

So, if I understand this correctly, I could definitely reclass as 35P, from 35G. My question is in regards to how I would reclass. Do I have to wait until after my 35G training, and then have to go back to AIT? Or, because I have not actually gone to training yet, could I switch MOS's and get a new ship-date fairly easily?

I know I'll have to take the DLAB in order to qualify for a language-oriented MOS, but I am fairly proficient at learning languages, so I'm not too worried about that.

Any help / clarification would be appreciated. Thanks, guys!
Reserve positions are based on unit, not Army-wide strength. The in/out call message you referenced is primarily used to manage active Army MOS end-strength, because those guys can be moved from location to location fairly easily. If the Reserve unit you have been assigned to needs a 35G, it means they need a skill level 1 Soldier in that slot, and you are going to be a 35G.

The fact that the Army needs 35Ps in some other states really doesn't matter. If your unit - or another Reserve unit in your area-needs 35Ps, you might be able to work with your recruiter to make a switch. I would do it before you leave, because reclassing afterwards costs money.

It can be done usually when you reenlist, but all other things being equal, it's better to start as a 35P-I would not approve a switch for a Soldier who was already trained until reenlistment time, that's just throwing away training money and time.
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Old 04-17-2012, 06:27 AM
 
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Talk to your recruiter....However be aware when you are "working with languages" you are not a tran slater for a general, you more than likely will be sitting in front of a computer listening to intercepts and translating them word for word. The other situation is you will be supporting a unit and listening to live conversations and giving that unit info based upon this. More than likely this will be in support of combat units.
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Old 04-17-2012, 06:34 AM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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Like GeorgiaTransplant said, it is going to depend on unit vacancies since you are joining the USAR.
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Old 04-17-2012, 06:56 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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Thanks for the replies, guys. Yeah, our unit is actually over-strengthed with 35G's as well. And, I know that 35P isn't a translator job -- I actually have a friend who's fresh out of the Navy, who had a similar MOS. He said what he did a lot of was sit in trucks carrying detainees, listening in on their conversation, and reporting what they were talking about. Both 35P and 35G interest me, though. I'll probably just stick in the MOS I'm in now, and see about reclassing as a 35P down the road, when I'm closer to my ETS.
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