Branch Detail

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  1. br1ankim24

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    A cadet I met mentioned something about branch detailing. He was planning to go signal corps with a artillery detail.
    What are the requirements to do a branch detail? What are the pros and cons of branch detailing? Is it recommended?
     
  2. MemberLG

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    Branch detailing is a program where you pick a branch (not combat arms), but allows you to serve in a different branch (usually combat arms) for 2 to 4 years than going back to the branch you picked. The Army uses this program as some branches has bigger requriements to LTs and having combat arms experience allows combat support branch officers to understand the support requirement better

    Things might have changed, but when I branched detailed as long as you got the branch you wanted it, branch detail was optional. My case I picked Military Intelligence got Military Intelligence. Then I decided to branch detail Infantry.

    It's good and bad as I liked Infantry but couldn't stay Infantry. This changes as it used to be that you couldn't get out of branch detail agreement but I heard that several years ago if you wanted to not change branch you didn't have to.

    Yes, I believe being an Infantry officer for 4 years made me a better Military Intelligence officers
     
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    Having family accept combat arms plans?

    Thank you for the reply, Sir.

    I've been thinking about what I'd want to do if I hopefully get commissioned as an Army officer, and so far, my eyes are set on some combat arms branch (Infantry, armor) or being a combat engineer officer with an infantry detail(?).
    However, I do not think my family members would be too happy about this. I want to serve in combat and I want them to accept this fact. Could anyone provide some advice on how I could approach this? I'm sure this is not a common ordeal.
     
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    Engineer is considered combat arms and unless things have changes, you cant' do branch detail to Infantry from Engineer.

    Regardless what happens, you still have several years to make the decision, not need to make the decision now.

    As for you family's concern, altough family is important, when you become an adult you have to make certain decisions for yourself. Simple as that. Does your family members do everythng you want them to do?

    As for going to combat, you don't control that. We are coming out of Iraq. We are supposed to "leave" Afghanistan by 2014. So as a possible member fo class of 2016, plus at least 6 months for basic training, unless there is a big war going on in 2017, you won't see combat. It's a big shift as since 2002, combat and deployments have been a regular routine for the Army. Who knows what the world situation will be 2017.

    When I was in the active duty for 7+ years, no combat, few training deployments. I leave active duty join and the National Guard, I ended up in Iraq for a year.
     
  5. dunninla

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    Into which MFE Branches would a Military Intelligence female O1 commissioned out of ROTC be detailed into? As far as I've read, Infantry, Artillery and Armor allow not females. Air Defense Artillery does, in small numbers, as do Chemical and Engineering.

    Per this slide 22 of the following link (go to the following link, then open the link at the top of the page to open the Powerpoint), http://webcache.googleusercontent.c...ing_11_apr_2011.pptx+purdue+rotc+ADSO&ct=clnk
    there were only four receiving Branches this past fiscal year: Infantry, Air Defense Artillery, Chemical and Armor. Since IN and AR don't take females, I can only assume that such a female O1, if detailed, would be into CH or AD. What I don't know is the % of female O1s detailed into CH or AD, and whether the determination is made by OML, choice, or random.
     
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    Females can be branch detailed Field Artillery. One senior last year from my Battlion was MI branch detail FA. What she is doing right now, I'm not sure because I haven't talked to her in a few months, but she is FA for now.
     
  7. dunninla

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    Ah, you caught my type... right, where I typed Air Defense Artillery I meant Field Artillery. OK, so I am going to assume that so long as the general Branching policy allows females to serve within that Branch, they may also be detailed into that Branch... which would only eliminate Armor and Infantry for a female O1 Detail, correct?
     

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