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    What is the general time frame from the time you meet the recruiter until you head to basic? There should be 0 medical hold ups for me. Thanks for your time

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    Depends on your choice of MOS and availability. Can range from 2 months to a year.
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    Infantry MOS. I am also in the process of dropping some weight. I'm not a fat ass that can't even jog a mile but I do have work to do. At what point should I meet with the recruiter? I want to be taken seriously but do I need to wait until I can score an 80+ on the PFT before I meet the recruiter?

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    bes, you should start a training plan as soon as you can... I would not wait until I see a recruiter through, he can help in your training/prep and advise on best practice tips. I would start on getting conditioned, if you cannot run a mile, run a mile in 2 mins run, 1 min walk, 2 mins run, etc until you get comfortable doing this, and then extend 2mins by 30 second every 5 runs... do the runs every second day to allow recovery also.. and also work your core with palates if you can get into a class.. if not, then work your upper body with press ups and sit ups/push ups to get to 30 on each in a minute.. do it gradually but never stop pushing it within reason.. you want to avoid silly injuries by hard charging when you body is not ready for the physical exertion.. so good warm up and good cool down always.. if you have any medical conditions, see a doctor FIRST and get his ok to proceed.. then see the recruiter..

    Infantry MOSs.. Ive heard them running the 2 month to 8-9 months to ship.. its all about Army requirements and times of the year also.. budgets, etc..

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    I have already started my training. I was wondering at what point should I meet the recruiter? Should I wait until i can pass the PFT or should I go before? I have no medical conditions. I want to get the ball rolling as soon as possible but I want to be ready

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    You can see a Recruiter any time & this time of the year has been traditionally slow for recruiting so it might be a good time to contact one now. If you want Infantry I can recommend that you get an Airborne contract right away unless you have no interest in that whatsoever. Your contract then would read "11X Option 4".

    I can also recommend that you study for the ASVAB. Study material & practice test can be found via Google or any search engine. Even if you pass the practice test your Recruiter will give you when you see him it's best to get the highest score possible because more opportunities will open for you.

    Infantry OSUT is not particularly hard nor is it the easiest. The better shape you're in the easier time you'll have. DO NOT leave your conditioning in the hands of the Drill Sergeant. I always tell prospective recruits that they should be in such shape that the morning run is the highlight of their day at basic. Your Recruiter will guide you in PT & you'll probably have a session at least once a week. Pass the APFT & complete the Future Soldier Training Program & you'll enter the Army as an E2.
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    I don't think I will have the airborne option since I will be in training the Reserves or National Guard. I haven't quite decided which yet based on what I'm looking to do. I always thought of the National Guard is ones that will be called up strictly for disaster relief. I was recently told however that there are more National Guard troops over in Iraq and Afghanistan then there are reservists. I was also told that you have a better chance of doing specialty training such as airborne training, etc. in the National Guard then you do the reserves. I'm not sure which one to pick. I cannot afford to have to leave my job every time a tornado touches down or an area floods in my state. I do not have any issue with a combat the appointment. Any tips would be appreciated

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    Make sure you contact both the Reserve/Active Army & the National Guard Recruiters. Go with the one that'll give you the best deal.

    The Reserve is composed mostly of Service/ Support & Support troops & many units are training units with a lot of Instructors & Drill Sergeants. These Training Divisions will have a lot of Combat Arms Soldiers but for the most part they're NCOs. The Army National Guard is mostly Combat Arms. Your best chance of getting a Combat Arms MOS would be in the Guard. You'd also be doing more Infantry field training as a Guardsman. The Guard can be activated by the Governor as well as Congress & the President where the Reserve can only be activated by Congress & the President.
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    It is my understanding that I can get the Airborne option with the Guard. Is that correct ? Also, if I got the Airborne option, would I have to go to that training directly after basic or would it be later on?

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    I'm not sure about Airborne contracts. The rule of thumb is if your unit needs an Airborne qualified Soldier & there's a slot available at Airborne School you might get there. It's a popular school & many times there's a waiting list to get in. This is a good question to ask your Recruiter.
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