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Old 04-12-2018, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Bangor
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I'm new to the forums, so apologies if this isn't the appropriate place to post this.

I'm looking to see if there are any interested parties that would look at enlisting in the Maine Army National Guard. I joined a short while ago, and I'm already impressed with the experience I've had thus far. Additionally, I am receiving a 20,000 dollar signing bonus at completion of AIT. Low-cost insurance, tuition waiver for public Maine system colleges/universities, with tuition assistance for others not covered by the waiver.

You can pick up a valuable trade skill dependent on your MOS - I am a 91L, as an example, a construction equipment repairer. In other words, a mechanic of sorts, for construction equipment and select vehicles. Army Guard pays for your training, as you're shot through BCT, and subsequently AIT, as well as the one weekend a month commitment that you would have after you complete training. You would also be obligated to partake in the two week annual training during the start of the Summer, naturally, also paid.

If you come in with a college degree, right off the bat, you're an E-4, also known as a specialist, which means the amount of money you receive during your training is even greater. There are many reasons to join, be that a look at a different career path, desire to learn a trade skill, improve physical fitness, or just receive tuition assistance and a cash bonus while you're going through school. Of course, the desire to serve your country is also a motivating reason, though you won't be obligated to be a full-time, active duty soldier (only if called up), instead, you're a citizen-soldier, part time soldier.

Again, my sincere apologies if this isn't the right place to be posting this, I figured the Bangor, Maine section would be the right place since that's where I live myself! If you're interested in more information, or would like to talk about this opportunity, please leave a comment below, or personal message me. Thank you!
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Old 09-13-2018, 09:25 AM
 
Location: east coast, usa
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congratulations on your excellent career move into the me arng! i retired from the usnr after 25 years total service that started with the ma ang. unfortunately in those days there were no tuition benefits but i had a great part time and summer job. fast forward, now a lifetime pension and health insurance are well worth my time spent as a “weekend warrior” (a misnomer if there ever was one as reservists are called up regularly since 9/11). besides the financial and training benefits there are the intangibles of meeting good new people and a change of pace from the humdrum of normal life. reserve service isn’t for everyone but if you approach it with the right attitude, as you clearly have, it is a great opportunity. be sure to keep track of your retirement points!
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