Old 05-06-2012, 13:31   #1
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BLUF: am I eligible to go to SFAS as a Civil Affairs officer?

Context: I commissioned last year, and I'm a Signal Officer in a Civil Affairs battalion. They are going to send me to the CAQC when I'm eligible, they said sometime soon after I get promoted to 1LT.

I thought going into Civil Affairs would be a good move for me. I like the Civil Affairs mission, I speak Arabic and I figure there would be a lot of chances for missions where I would get to use it, and there's an excellent chance to get into Active Duty through Civil Affairs. The gorilla in the room is that I commissioned into the Reserves because I was pretty low on the ROTC OML.

I admit this to put my question into the proper context. I have always wanted to be in Special Forces but my poor performance in college kept me from AD, and people have been telling me to not even keep SF as a goal. I'm not going to accept discouragement, but from a policy perspective can I try out for Special Forces if I have already reclassed to Civil Affairs? If not, can I go to SFAS as an Army Reservist? Final question, can a 2LT in the Reserves, hypothetically of course, resign his commission and enlist as an 18X?

Thank you for your time.
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Old 05-25-2012, 10:24   #2
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BLUF: am I eligible to go to SFAS as a Civil Affairs officer?

You have to many questions, you're rambling, you seem to be in a transient state, and need to keep your eyes the the 25yd target.

When you have completed your current commitment,, find a local SF unit recruiter to talk options. Until then be the best CA butter bar in your unit.

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Mr Smith, Stay in your lane.

The QP's will give all the encouragement needed.

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Maybe you can search for something to contribute.
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If we knew where Rosie is from we might be able to direct him,but I don't know where "Yup" is,do you?.......

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Old 05-25-2012, 16:02   #6
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You are getting the cart in front of the horse, as JJ said.

You are going to have to find a NG SF unit who will accept you into their program, or try to get SF Branch Officer Assessions to let you have an AD slot to SFAS at the proper time. I think your odds are a lot better with the former.

Meanwhile, stop job hunting before you have complete a year as a SigO.

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Old 05-27-2012, 15:52   #7
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As an officer, you have a commitment to the Army based upon your contractual agreement signed while a cadet. You have a moral and ethical obligation strapped to your legal obligation.

First, learn and strive to be the best Signal officer you can be.

Second, you will have a mission and soldiers in your charge. These are your priorities. I know the officer corps in the USAR / NG does not set a good example for this, however, make it your priority.

Third, you just got done stating that you could not get on AD because you half stepped through college. 18A is no place for a half stepper, I am not sure you have what it takes. How do we know that you will not get to an SF unit, find out its not all COD BO promised it to be and then you decide to leave that unit as well?

From reading on the Internet, which I read in its entirety daily, being SF is not about what the team can do for you, its about what you can do for the team.

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