Thursday, January 15, 2009

Can we trade?

Brandon never wanted to get Infantry as his branch. That was WAY down on his list! His first choice was Aviation, and then Signal, and then Medical Services (so he could fly medevac). Anyway, he got Signal as his branch, but with a branch detail to Infantry, which means he'll be in the Infantry for 3 to 4 years before he starts Signal. Ick.

He's torn between what he wants to do and what he feels he should do. He feels like he should stick with the Infantry because it would be cool to get a Ranger tab, and he doesn't want people to think he's wimpy for not going though all the way. He wants to switch to something, anything, because the strain Infantry would put on his body. Infantry is hard and it would suck for him to break down, he's still so young!

He's been talking to some guys down in Georgia, and one guy who has Medical Services totally wants to switch him. Some pros to that would be that he's not stuck in the Infantry and he could try and get Medevac. And his training would be much shorter! (Unless he gets aviation, then he'll be in training for a year and a half, but that's ok!). A con would be that he would be stuck in Med Services if he didn't get his flight packet approved (which could be good, depending on how he takes it!) and also the guy is scheduled to be stationed in Korea, and Brandon always said he didn't ever want to go to Korea! (Though it's funny because he'll even go to Korea to get out of the Infantry now!).

Another guy who has Aviation is considering switching with Brandon. Now that would be PERFECT. No pros and cons here, he'll take it in an instant.

Brandon found out yesterday that, if he does stay with what he is doing, his dates have changed! He doesn't start BOLC 3 until March 22 now, which puts him ending around June 18th. He will go to Mechanized Leader's Course afterwards for a month and probably won't start Ranger School until September. Now he'll be gone longer and I have no clue when I'll see him!

That's the Army!