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    Okay I have always wanted to join the Army or any other branch sense I was little. Now coming out of Highschool I was planning on going in this November (Reserves by the way so that I could go to college at the same time I was in the Army and do the ECS program. Then just go active when I got out) Now like a idiot I signed up for classes in August and payed already and never went back to the recruiter because then I couldn't go to the november basic training. Is it possible to go too basic the next Semester if there is a time slot for it then? then go back to college when I was Done with Basic and AIT? (ALso I didn't take the ASVAB yet so I didn't just bail out on my recruiter mid-sign up. I was going to take it a couple weeks back but instead that day I signed up for classes then.)
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    Just call your Recruiter & explain the situation to him. You were under no obligation because you hadn't signed anything yet. I have a problem with the fact that you were evidently scheduled to go to MEPS & missed your appointment. But like I say - you were under no obligation except keeping your Recruiter updated. That's the right thing to do as he already has time invested in you but I'm sure that it's quite common.

    If you plan on joining the Reserves with the thought of going active duty after college you might be disappointed. It's not that easy. The Reserve unit has to be willing to release you & the Active Duty Army has to be willing to accept you on their terms. Also I'd find out if the Reserve unit you plan to join accepts the ECS program. I understand that some don't.

    You'd be better off going into ROTC & come out as an officer. Either that or finish college & enlist. Those with bachelors degrees go in as E-4 SPCs if you want to go the enlisted route or if ROTC is out of the question then you can enlist with an OCS contract (09S) & get a commission that way.

    You have some decisions to make.
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    Yea I just saw you edit you're post so now I have to edit mine :O. Yea I saw that some don't do the ESC program and yes I know it is hard to get from reserve to active but isnt there something I could do in my contract stage that would allow me to ultimatly go active after a certain amount of time?
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    You still might have trouble going Active Army after college if that's your end goal. Reservists & prior service are having a hard time getting into the Regular Army at this time. A lot can happen in 4 years, though.

    Find out if your local Reserve unit participates in the ECS program. If you decide to enlist in the Army Reserve see if you can get any tuition assistance.
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    Yeah you just need to get a letter from your college stating when your semester ends, that way you can go to basic and AIT after your semester ends...then when you come back sign up for the next semester. Good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by MSG Glenn View Post
    You still might have trouble going Active Army after college if that's your end goal. Reservists & prior service are having a hard time getting into the Regular Army at this time. A lot can happen in 4 years, though.

    Find out if your local Reserve unit participates in the ECS program. If you decide to enlist in the Army Reserve see if you can get any tuition assistance.
    MSG Glenn, Reservists get the same tuition assistance that active duty Soldiers do.

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    When I looked up "ECS" because I wanted to make sure that it was what I thought it was it stated that ECS was available at "many participating Reserve units". I thought that it was available in every unit but it appears that there might be some exclusions. I think it was on GoArmy.com where I saw that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MSG Glenn View Post
    When I looked up "ECS" because I wanted to make sure that it was what I thought it was it stated that ECS was available at "many participating Reserve units". I thought that it was available in every unit but it appears that there might be some exclusions. I think it was on GoArmy.com where I saw that.
    Yeah I am not arguing the "ECS" part, what I am saying is that every Reserve unit will give tuition assistance, the ECS part is the one that might not be available at all locations.

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    Gotcha, MP. Thanks for clarifying.
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