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Old 03-11-2015, 09:34   #1
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College While in a National Guard SF Unit?

I currently have 2 years of college completed and am considering enlisting NG vs. AD as a Rep 63/18x. My question is, is it possible/likely to finish my degree if I make it to a NG SF unit? Thanks.
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Old 03-11-2015, 10:13   #2
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Yes, I had guys with me that where doing online college while deployed.
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Old 03-11-2015, 10:52   #3
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Put your college on hold until you are through all of your training.
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Old 03-11-2015, 12:56   #4
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Absolutely. I went to the Q and came back did a 4-year degree. Did JCETs between semesters.
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Old 03-11-2015, 18:22   #5
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Its absolutely possible. However, I disagree about doing college while on a team. Given the choice I would go back and finish college before going to selection.
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Old 03-11-2015, 20:02   #6
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Its absolutely possible. However, I disagree about doing college while on a team. Given the choice I would go back and finish college before going to selection.
Not disagreeing/being disrespectful, but what is the difference between going to college while on a team vs working a full time job while on a team?
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Old 03-11-2015, 22:41   #7
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Not disagreeing/being disrespectful, but what is the difference between going to college while on a team vs working a full time job while on a team?
You can take time off from your job with short notice for weeks on end without a penalty. The ability to do the same while attending college is not the same. There were several times I was called on Friday to go to a school starting Monday for 5-7 weeks long some place where you won't have time to withdraw.

It isnt putting SF, the mission, or your Brothers firsthand in hyour example and they deserve no less.

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Old 03-11-2015, 22:53   #8
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FWIW I've got a buddy who has already skipped two semesters just to get to SFAS. Best case scenario is that he gets to finish his 3+ more semesters before starting the Q but who knows. Another guy I know is on a team now and after the Q, Ranger School, JCETs etc he's currently on year 6 or 7 of his undergraduate. I'm certainly no expert, but based on my observations it seems like trying to do both at the same time just makes everything take longer.
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Old 03-12-2015, 05:36   #9
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You can take time off from your job with short notice for weeks on end without a penalty. The ability to do the same while attending college is not the same. There were several times I was called on Friday to go to a school starting Monday for 5-7 weeks long some place where you won't have time to withdraw.

It isnt putting SF, the mission, or your Brothers firsthand in hyour example and they deserve no less.

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Can I ask for a suggestion then? I'm halfway through college and still don't know what I want to do, career wise, besides be an SF Soldier. The last thing I want to do is spend the rest of my life behind a desk and figured joining the Guard while finishing college was my best option.
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You can take time off from your job with short notice for weeks on end without a penalty. The ability to do the same while attending college is not the same. There were several times I was called on Friday to go to a school starting Monday for 5-7 weeks long some place where you won't have time to withdraw.

It isnt putting SF, the mission, or your Brothers firsthand in hyour example and they deserve no less.

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Honestly, as a guard bum, the chances of getting a "you must go" school dropped in your lap while attending college are pretty slim. Yeah, I had schools presented to me while in 5/19 but if I was already obligated then I missed out and it went to someone else.
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Old 03-12-2015, 07:24   #11
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Honestly, as a guard bum, the chances of getting a "you must go" school dropped in your lap while attending college are pretty slim. Yeah, I had schools presented to me while in 5/19 but if I was already obligated then I missed out and it went to someone else.
Me too.
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Old 03-12-2015, 19:35   #12
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More freedom of choice is a benefit to being in the Guard. I have plenty of friends and teammates going to school while serving. Many of them end up dropping courses here and there to go to a school/JCET/deployment. Others simply do the minimum Guard time to stay off the No Val Pay list.

I'm not saying it's impossible to do school and Guard SF at the same time. IMO you put yourself thru quite a bit of training to get the privilege of being on a team. If you go to school, you are limited on where and when you can deploy until you finish.

Like I said earlier, given the choice I would absolutely finish school first and then go to Selection.
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Plus, you already have half of your school finished. Why quit now? Finish it out first.

At a minimum you won't be able to pick back up in school for 2 years.
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I'm doing it as we speak. If you plan your classes well- you can do both, its just going to take you longer. Get through the Q course before you get back to school! They also have a good program for SOF at Bragg with FTCC, look into it. But first you have to get there.
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Old 03-12-2015, 20:27   #15
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Plus, you already have half of your school finished. Why quit now? Finish it out first.

At a minimum you won't be able to pick back up in school for 2 years.
I agree with you on finishing school first but the problem is I'm still not sure what I want to do for a career. The only one thing that I know I definitely want to do is become an SF soldier. I figure once/if I finish the pipeline I will have more perspective on what I want to spend the rest of my life doing.
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