Old 09-10-2012, 04:27   #1
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Gentlemen- I am at a career decision point. I am a NG medical sergeant with two combat tours (Iraq and Afghanistan) as well as being a civilian paramedic. I have two goals, Special Forces and PA school. If I went the PA route first, could I still go to the Q Course or would I always be relegated to being an asset rather than a team-member/QP? I have been in an infantry environment my entire career and have had my fill of being a second class citizen until someone is broken or bleeding. I am currently 42 years old and my biolgical clock is ticking <foot pounding on floor>
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Old 09-10-2012, 04:39   #2
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Gentlemen- I am at a career decision point. I am a NG medical sergeant with two combat tours (Iraq and Afghanistan) as well as being a civilian paramedic. I have two goals, Special Forces and PA school. If I went the PA route first, could I still go to the Q Course or would I always be relegated to being an asset rather than a team-member/QP? I have been in an infantry environment my entire career and have had my fill of being a second class citizen until someone is broken or bleeding. I am currently 42 years old and my biolgical clock is ticking <foot pounding on floor>
Do what you love more, first.
Do what you can before you can't.
Make the choices based on the right reason.
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Old 09-10-2012, 06:23   #3
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These guys can answer your PA and other such questions for you.

http://www.sorbrecruiting.com/

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Old 09-10-2012, 08:22   #4
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Do what you love more, first.
Do what you can before you can't.
Make the choices based on the right reason.
For all of you reading this thread who face this, or a similar, decision in regard to SF... THIS IS good advice. Read and heed.

Do not end up like a lot of guys my age that I know or encounter.

Woulda, Shoulda, Coulda.

That clock is ticking...
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Old 09-15-2012, 21:58   #5
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I went to a civilian PA program while I was an 18D in the Guard and then stayed on a team until I ETS'd.
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Old 09-16-2012, 06:06   #6
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I went to a civilian PA program while I was an 18D in the Guard and then stayed on a team until I ETS'd.
I have been looking at the IPAP program... It probably changes the dynamic of being on a team.
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Old 09-16-2012, 08:47   #7
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Several issues first (I know I am an asshole): 1. No introduction-I know some people are waived periodically to post without and intro. If you are one, my apologies. If not, fix it and you may find a lot more people reaching out with advice or general shit talking. 2. You call yourself a "NG medical sergeant". You are a Company Senior Medic. As far as I know and can find via Google, the only MOS with medical sergeant in it is 18D. You are not an 18D...yet. I know it's semantics but I busted my ass to earn the title.

Now, at 42 you aren't old at all. We have 46 year old guys in my company running teams and 50 mile races. Guys that did Ranger school in their 40's and then Best Ranger very soon after. But everyday you ponder the decision is a day older. If being a 18D on an ODA is your goal, nothing will stop you.

Being a PA as well would make you even more of an asset to the team. Not just for taking care of brothers on the team but having a PA on a VSO site taking care of locals and teaching/mentoring local medical personnel would be exponentially rewarding. But look at the time line, 2-2.5 yrs in the Q plus 2 years at PA school and you are now 46-47 with little to no real team time. So to echo what others have said, do what you want the most now. Remember, you can go to PA school at 55 but can your body survive the Q at 50? Good luck and stay safe over there.
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