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    Default How likely is it that I will get to be a Fire Support Officer if I branch FA?

    The title pretty much asks it all. I learned that I branched FA in mid-September, and am reporting to Ft. Sill on November 1st for FAOBC. I put Ft. Bragg, NC as my number 1 preferred duty station, hopefully I will get it, but I don't know how popular that post is. Anyone who's gone Field Artillery know the likelihood of me getting to serve as an FSO? What are the factors?

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    I'd try to spitball at some guidance for you, but your question is more appropriate for your FAOBC cadre, who will be FA captains (read, former FA lieutenants with recent experience). Be sure to pay attention to background as well. I'm not sure how FA breaks down, but as an Engineer, purely organic EN battalions will be considerably different from those units attached to a BCT will be different from those with a specialized mission, etc.

    Just for shits and giggles, what else did you put down for choice of duty station?

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    and exactly what does this have to do with Combat Arms?
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    FA is one of the branches in the Combat Arms, Night.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MSG Glenn View Post
    FA is one of the branches in the Combat Arms, Night.
    stand-by as Night has to re-edit another one of his posts lol

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    Thanks for the responses guys, as always, I appreciate them.

    Frosty,
    Lets see, first was Bragg, second: Hawaii, third: Carson, Fourth: Germany, Fifth: Kentucky....then my list ends with Alaska as #9 and Benning as #10.
    I think it would be sweet to be with an airborne unit, and of course I know that selecting your duty station should be all about the unit and not the geographic, so my short term goal would be to work as an FSO in an 82nd All-American Infantry company.
    I'm also aware of a Ranger prep PT program (optional) they have at Sill that replaces the regular PT for FA Lieutenants, so I'm going to bust my balls with that, so hopefully I can get a scheduled slot sometime soon after I complete FAOBC.

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    That's the way to do it, Eltee. Getting your ticket punched with Airborne School & Ranger School goes a long way for a Combat Arms officer. Get that APFT up to 300+ & you should be a shoe-in. Next stop after that - Ft. Bragg & SFAS! (Get your land nav really up to speed & then some. There's nothing more pitiful than a 2LT that's lost. lol.)

    The best of luck to ya! Keep us updated, sir.
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    That's the plan Master Sergeant. Trying to do everything I can to keep myself as marketable as possible for the SF community. I got my Airborne wings 2 years ago, and my PT is at a 300+, so just gotta maintain everything. I will take every opportunity they throw at me, and then some. Hopefully I'll get my first choice for duty station (Bragg), I hear its a soldier's paradise, haha.
    Anyway, thanks for the guidance.

    Rob

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    Once you get some time on a silver bar you could also put in for the 75th Ranger Regt. Unfortunately they only take 1LTs or 1LT(P)s (as far as I know & at this time, could change in the future, though) so you might have to wait awhile if you want to go that route. At least PL experience preferably with an Airborne unit. If you have that along with your icecream cone you could start the application process for ROP.

    Bragg isn't too bad as a duty station at least if your with the 82nd (you're kinda stuck with it then). At the very least you'll be out of the TRADOC environment. Field time there means more than cutting across the parade ground to go to the O club, lol.
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    Actually yeah that was definitely something I was really considering. As for the structure of the Ranger companies, do 1st Lieutenants act as the Platoon Leaders? I've never really heard how the rank structure worked on a Company level with the 75th.
    So yeah, one step at a time I guess. One thing for sure though, I will be constantly hounding my company leadership to send me to anything I can get (school-wise). I'd love to get a chance to work with the 82nd though, I hear they have a reputation as a bunch of cocky SOBs, but of course it could be worse, haha.

    By the way MSG, how long ago were you in UDT? My Grandfather, who passed away 15 years ago served 23 years in the Navy in UDT as well as Naval EOD. I think he retired as a Senior Chief Petty Officer. His name was Thomas Vince. I actually visited one of his old friends this past spring break, who now works in the Pentagon as the Deputy director for the Foreign Material Program under the Sec of Defense. I was even able to take a tour inside of it. His name is Jim Lake, he worked Navy EOD then later became a Seal. Not sure if you're familiar with that at all, seems like interesting stuff.

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