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Subject:Time Marches On
Time:08:48 pm
Current Mood:calmcalm
And as it does, it gets closer to my cut-off date and marches inexorably closer to the conclusion that I will be in the military soon without a real job offer. The thought doesn't bother me, I guess that's a hallmark of my personality, but the thought has brought a much tougher exercise regime.

I bought "The Ultimate Basic Training Guidebook" by Sergeant Michael Volkin, which has a better training program detailed inside of it than I have been on. I've only been on this plan for two days, but I can already tell a difference in my muscles. The tips on running more efficiently haven't really panned out yet, but I'm willing to give them time. I also stopped drinking caffeine completely, which has resulted in a short term weight gain of about three pounds because my metabolism slowed down some without the caffeine's effects in my system. That's fine, I'm sure I'll lose it before I go to the recruiting station. Besides, running and exercising in the morning like this is forcing my body to burn fat instead of the calories in my stomach.

I haven't really been studying the ASVAB prep book like I'm supposed to. I can't let myself get into the mindset that "It's okay, there's always tomorrow..", because inevitably tomorrow turns into the day before where thou art verily boned. The only thing that I *really* need to study is the electronics portion of it, which is no where near what you think it is... It's all about knowing how to assemble circuits and such, not computer or operating system knowledge.

A short list of the MOS's (Military Occupational Specialties) that I'm shooting for runs something like this (in no particular order): Field Artillery Meteorological Crew-member (13W), Field Artillery Surveyor (13S), Imagery Analyst (35G), Geospatial Engineer (21Y), Common Ground Station (CGS) Analyst (35H), and Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Specialist (74D).

Of course, what will happen is that I'll take the ASVAB at MEPS, and then they'll show me a list of jobs that I qualify for. If one of those jobs is on the list, great! Otherwise.. I'm boned. Thus, I need to study some more!
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All right, time to hit the hay. I've got to be at work tomorrow morning!
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fadetblack
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Time:2009-08-08 03:50 pm (UTC)
If you go into the military I'd really like to send you letters and care packages and stuff. Of course it's totally up to you. :)
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schizoidmichael
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Time:2009-08-26 12:42 am (UTC)
I would of course like to get letters from you Jill! Unfortunately, care packages cause.. issues.. in Basic and AIT. Mainly, there's a HUGE list of stuff that you can't have until you've basically earned the right to have it. So, rather than going through that list it's easier to just send a nice letter.

Thank you for the thought, though!
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schizoidmichael
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Time:2009-09-22 02:51 am (UTC)
I would love that Jill, just not while I'm in training (they tend to be very harsh about what you can and can't have during that time period.)
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fadetblack
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Time:2009-09-22 03:00 am (UTC)
So then you're all set?
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schizoidmichael
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Time:2009-09-22 03:53 am (UTC)
Not quite yet. I'm in the enlistment process now, which is a bunch of paperwork. If I'm accepted at a preliminary level, I need to go before an Officer Candidate Selection board for an interview. If I'm accepted then, I'll have to wait for the next training cycle for Officer Candidates. It could be a while before I actually go.
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arocoun2
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Time:2009-08-09 02:19 am (UTC)
I would guess you'd do well in the military. Seems like your niche. But if I wanted to join a military, I'd go for the Zapistas. ;)
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