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    Is it possible for me to go to basic training in the summer after i graduate highschool then go to AIT the following summer so that i do not have to miss a semester of college? i'm guessing no, but thought i'd ask.

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    The split option deal is only for H.S juniors as far as I know. It may not even be in effect anymore. Maybe for the Army Reserve, though. Someone will get onsite & let you know for sure.

    In any event you'll miss more than a semester of college so I don't know why that one semester is so important. Enlist, do your 2, 4 or 6 years & let the government pay for your education. under the Motgomery GI Bill. Either that or get your bachelors degree & then come into the Army as an officer. Or - go to a college with ROTC & try to get an ROTC scholarship.
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    Or enlist in the Reserve, use Tuition Assistance and perhaps GI Bill (if it's needed - better if you can save it for after your Army career, or for your dependents) to pay for your degree, and do OCS after you obtain your degree. If you do that though, talk to your Recruiter about a Stabilization Option - keeps you from being deployed, even if you're not going ROTC.
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    SPlit ops are not an option for anyone who is not in HS (Junior year). All other must go through BCT/ AIT at once (even USAR)

    There is NO Stabilization Option for anyone (unless they have just returned from combat) if you join USAR and the unit has deployed and is in its "stabilization" you will be in a pool of soldiers who have not been deployed to combat, if a replacement(s) are needed with your MOS you may get selected to deploy.

    Recruiters have NO control over any type of "Stabilization Program", there is no such program option.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dibblejr View Post
    SPlit ops are not an option for anyone who is not in HS (Junior year). All other must go through BCT/ AIT at once (even USAR)

    There is NO Stabilization Option for anyone (unless they have just returned from combat) if you join USAR and the unit has deployed and is in its "stabilization" you will be in a pool of soldiers who have not been deployed to combat, if a replacement(s) are needed with your MOS you may get selected to deploy.

    Recruiters have NO control over any type of "Stabilization Program", there is no such program option.
    My brother-in-law is currently considering the program, and a kid going through my recruiting program just enlisted with it.

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    Ok- there is a huge difference between that and the non existent "stabilization program". Also a little personal note from experience; those Units offering the ECS are either units that are high speed or units that normally (in the past) did not deploy much.

    ECS has been around for a little while.

    Things you need to know

    1) Every unit does not offer the program (not USAR wide)

    2) It is not a split options program (you do not qualify for the program until you complete AIT)

    3) If you miss a MUTA (drill day) you can be dropped from the program

    4) Must be a full time student

    5) Must maintain the min GPA

    Individually the program sounds easy however with all of the requirements combined it is demanding, especially with the economy in its current shape

    Also I still dont believe a USAR Recruiter will have much to do with selling the program. At best the Recruiter can get a possition held (slot) into the unit by SSN and Name and then when the applicant goes to MEP's that will be the only possition available in the system. Then whan the GC writes the contract the ECS option will be in it and explained. Everyone always says Yes and then later when the miss/ skip MUTA's and lose the benefit they always wonder why the money stopped.

    OP- IF you really want a full time job, college paid for then go on Active Duty
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    Roger that, Sergeant.
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    Recruit, stay in school. You're college career will be interrupted by deployment / rotation somewhere in you're four years. You'll get awhole lot more if you do stay. My college career was delayed B/C of sandsurfing. I graduate w/ my BA after the fall semester of 2011. I might go after my MBA.You'll get a bunch of goodies in you're contract. My next contract will be loaded. My last contract with the Army Guard was loaded with a bunch of goodies. The Army Guard has been very good to me. Do you're research and work hard to learn how our Army works.

    "Don't wait to learn" after you signed you're contract or while you're waiting to ship..

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    Some of the guys in my Guard unit found that although they enlisted under the 'College First' program, they really didn't have what it took to go to school full time, didn't have the money or financial discipline for it, or were just plain unwilling to see the unit go off to war without them. Lots of College First 'non-deployable' Soldiers here in Iraq.

    And please note for the New GI Bill (formerly known as the Post 9-11 GI Bill) you qualify for full benefits after serving 36 months on active duty.

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    Is there anything available in the GI Bill for those who take the minimum enlistment -2 years+ training time?
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