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    I'm a new forum member from the Air Force. Here is a quick intro:

    Staff Sergeant (E-5), 1N131A (Geospatial Intelligence Analyst)
    9 Intelligence Squadron, 548 Intelligence Group, Beale AFB, CA
    Age: 32

    I enlisted in the USAF in 2007 when I was 26. I spent 6 years as an F-15 crew chief (mechanic), I just completed retraining from aircraft maintenance to intelligence. Right now I'm researching the option of going to the Army as an intelligence warrant officer. I know that I'll need some experience as an intel troop before applying for the program, but I was wondering if anyone here has done this. Any pros and cons? Will I need to complete Army basic training?

    Thanks everyone.

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    Welcome to Army Forums, Staff Sgt! I'm not 100% sure but you'd probably have to go to Warrant Officer Candidate School which I'm sure is pretty much the same as Basic Training but gentler.

    I suggest you get with a Recruiter soon. This is starting to be their busy season & they won't have as much time to work with you. The slowest time is around the Christmas holidays. You might be pushing the age limit but if they still work it like they did when I was going in after being in the Navy for 6 years your service time will be subtracted from your age. Policy changes constantly so it's hard to keep up. The needs of the Army dictate that & we're in the middle of a reduction of forces.

    Stick around & let us know what the Recruiter tells you & what sort of progress you make.

    Good luck!
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    Thanks for the welcome. I emailed an in service recruiter yesterday but haven't heard back yet. I've read different things about having to complete Army basic, but it's gonna be a few years before I can apply. I need a few years of experience first, plus I just bought a house here. And I need to loose a few pounds.

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    Are you planning on staying in the USAF if you can't get into the Army? Of course the AF has no Warrants but at least you can finish out your 20. I hadn't given a thought to in-service Recruiters. Their workload will probably be the same regardless of season unlike the other Recruiters who have to deal will all the graduates at this time.

    The Army is anal about weight control & PT so as a suggestion it's never too early to start a program. One will compliment the other.
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    Yes sir, I plan on at least 20 years in the military. Right now I'm trying to decide if a warrant officer life in the Army is an upgrade from enlisted in the Air Force. We live a notoriously comfortable life, but there is no discipline. Being on a first name basis with your superiors is, in my opinion, the beginning of the loss of respect and military discipline and bearing. I've been in the military for 6.5 years and have only been to the firing range twice. I want to be a part of the military, not a political corporate job. My only draw backs right now are deployment length/tempo, having to sell my new house (just moved in 2 weeks ago, hence part of my few year delay), and wanting to be a first sergeant before I retire. Not a long list, but they are important things to keep in mind with my family.

    I also need to decide if this is important enough to complete basic training, again.

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    Looks like you're the only active member of the forum MSG Glenn.

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    I am at this time. A few of our active members are deployed & the rest got scared off due to a rash of spam that hit us hard. I'm the only mod that's still online regularly. I also moderate another Army site & no spam has hit it yet but it's even quieter than this one. I don't know if there's a disinterest in the Army & the Military but this site was extremely active a few years ago. I'm active on a defensive shooting site & it's very busy with a bunch of new members showing up daily.

    I had one Soldier that went from the AF to the Army & he had quite a culture shock, lol. He didn't expect that much of a difference but coped nicely. We were in an Airborne unit & last I heard he went all the way & went into Special Ops. He was quite happy.
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