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Old 09-13-2012, 05:46 AM
 
Location: Bradford MA
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Just a follow up. My son, a 31E, made Sergeant in just under two years from his original enlistment date. His dwell time is up this Halloween, and he has just over a year to go before he seperates from the service. He is still stationed at Leavenworth. He has no regrets and says the officers and enlisted personnel there have been very good to him. His brother is going to basic as a 31E in June.
Just a follow up. My second son is finshing up "AIT" as a 31E at Fort Leonard Wood Missouri after "BCT" at Fort Sill Oklahoma. This weekend Fort Leonard Wood is conducting the "MP War Fighter Games". My first son is representing Fort Leavenworth. So for a weekend, both my boys will be stationed at the same place at the same time. Son #2 took a peek at his "ERB" and it looks like he is headed off to South Korea. My oldest has 40 weeks to go to seperate from the service. I can't believe how quick it has gone. Son #2 got a 3 year 4 month hitch and the training portion of his commitment is over in 3 weeks. I expect son #1 to make the effort to visit with son #2 while at the base. I hope the army will let this happen while son #2 is in training. Son #1 has some big decisons to make whether to re-up or seperate. Son #1 never regretted his time spent at a 31E. If you go into the service with the understanding that you are serving a cause (USA) greater than yourself, and that your service committment is tedious and hard, it is much easier to accept. A 31E has a difficult job. Son #1 is grateful to the US Army for giving him the opportunity to build a resume, pay off his student loans, provide training, and provide the opporunities such as the "War Fighter Games" to excell.
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Old 06-04-2013, 08:47 PM
 
Location: Bradford MA
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Just a follow up. My son, a 31E, exits the service on 6/21/13, and he is on vacation from now until then. Everything I was told on this forum regarding dwell time and the realistic prognosis of where my son would be stationed (Fort Leavenworth) was on the money. It really helped my wife and I get an understanding of how the Army works. Just a tidbit, his little brother, also a 31E, finishes up his first overseas tour in South Korea on Halloween 2013. Older brother loved certain aspects of the service and yes, the hours for a 31E are long and tedious, but he has no regrets. Older Brother got a 36 month service commitment which included BCT & AIT. That was the deal breaker. When training time, which includes BCT, AIT, Warrior Leadership School, and time off benefits were subtracted from the three year commitment the total time worked was about 28 months of actual prison work (The Army stopped extending contracts after his first year). Anyone should be able to suck it up and do two years in this MOS! Older Brother was one of the last to get the Army Repayment Program (Elected to enter the Army as an E-4 instead of going to OCS as he had a 4 year degree going into the service. He did not want to do six years) and wrote the last check for his college loans last week. He is now entering the civilian work force being college educated, a veteran, and debt free!
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Old 06-04-2013, 10:13 PM
 
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For all those that are considering being a 31E. BCT or Basic Combat Training can be done anywhere. My boys did it Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and Fort Sill, Oklahoma. AIT or your Advanced Individual Training "Corrections Academy" will be done at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri after BCT. From there, my boys were assigned immediately to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and Camp Humphries, South Korea. After their first overseas tour one was assigned to Fort Leavenworth Kansas and the second one is tentatively assigned there also. The only other place in the States to be assigned to as a 31E is Fort Lewis Washington (State). I am not sure what other overseas spots have fixed posts that take 31E's. Perhaps other current 31E's can add to that list.
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Old 06-05-2013, 07:04 AM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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Just a follow up. My son, a 31E, exits the service on 6/21/13,

He is now entering the civilian work force being college educated, a veteran, and debt free!
Thanks for the update. There are so many possibilities in the military.
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Old 08-01-2013, 04:53 PM
 
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For all those that are considering being a 31E. BCT or Basic Combat Training can be done anywhere. My boys did it Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and Fort Sill, Oklahoma. AIT or your Advanced Individual Training "Corrections Academy" will be done at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri after BCT. From there, my boys were assigned immediately to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and Camp Humphreys, South Korea. After their first overseas tour one was assigned to Fort Leavenworth Kansas and the second one is tentatively assigned there also. The only other place in the States to be assigned to as a 31E is Fort Lewis Washington (State). I am not sure what other overseas spots have fixed posts that take 31E's. Perhaps other current 31E's can add to that list.
Son #2 is wrapping up his 1st tour of duty in Korea. It was very difficult for him living so far from home. He has 13 weeks left In Korea from today, which will be Halloween, and he should be returning to the states within a week of that time, and his pre-orders will put him in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Son #2 has two years left in his service contract on 10/15/13. When you get down to two years you can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Neither will make a career out of the Army. The Army has been very good to both of them because it gave them the opportunity to have their first real job. Being a 31E is not for everyone. But a 36 month gig or a 40 month gig, goes by very quickly. The economy is awful and the US Army was a terrific opportunity at the time each enlisted. The Army is being reduced in size and the short hitches my boys got may not be available today. Son #1 knew a soldier that got a 2 year gig as a 31E, which included BCT and AIT. The young man exited the service when it was completed. Those short hitches do exist but they are rare, and usually offered when the Army is desperate for bodies. That situation probably does not exist at the present time. Being a 31E can be difficult especially in Cuba and Fort Leavenworth. The job is boring and at times can be dangerous dealing with the inmates. The upside is the Army shortens the service commitment for a 31E compared to other MOS'. When you subtract BCT, AIT, 30 vacations days a year, days off, and other various training commitments every soldier gets, a three year hitch will only put you in a jail setting for about 24 actual months. By the end of that time most 31E's have had enough!
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Old 08-01-2013, 05:23 PM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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Son #2 is wrapping up his 1st tour of duty in Korea.
Thanks for the feedback!

Rich
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Old 01-04-2014, 04:01 PM
 
Location: Bradford MA
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Just an update. Son #1 finished up at Fort Leavenworth as a 31E on 6/21/13, and exited the service. Son #2 did BCT at Fort Sill, and AIT Fort Leonard Wood as a 31E, in summer of 2012. Son #2 did a year at Camp Humphreys in South Korea, and is now stationed at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He is halfway threw his service commitment on 2/15/14.
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Old 01-04-2014, 07:58 PM
 
Location: Hawaii/Alabama
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Both the Commandant and the CSM are friends of ours. The CSM and my DH were there together as E-6s. We miss Ft LVN a lot but we thank heavens that we are not there during the winter!

It is still hard for me to remember 31-E when we were 95C (and Bs) for so long.
signed~
the delta whiskey of a cagekicker!

Of the Troops
and
For the Troops!
Hooah!
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Old 01-28-2014, 01:05 PM
 
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Any truth to the rumors I am hearing about the Army asking 31E's for early outs? If it is true, will the soldier get an Honorable discharge and keep his/her benefits such as the GI Bill?
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Old 01-28-2014, 01:26 PM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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Any truth to the rumors I am hearing about the Army asking 31E's for early outs? If it is true, will the soldier get an Honorable discharge and keep his/her benefits such as the GI Bill?
If that happened they would get discharges as appropriate, usually Honorable Discharges...

They keep a lot of their benefits, VA insured home loans, etc. GI Bill? Doesn't that depend on contributions and Time In Service?

But, why are we speculating in rumors? I heard those rumor for over 30 years...


UPDATE, I did not list all the MOS's. From: Reclass now, and save your career | Army Times | armytimes.com

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QSP MOSs

First sergeants and master sergeants with dates of rank of June 4, 2009, or earlier, and basic active service dates of Sept. 2, 1986, or later, will be considered for possible involuntary separation under the Qualitative Service Program if they hold one of the following specialties as a primary military occupational specialty. The QSP boards will be held in conjunction with the Regular Army and Active Guard and Reserve sergeant major boards that convene in early June:
Regular Army

31E Internment/resettlement specialist

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