Signal Corps

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  1. cb7893

    cb7893 Member

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    Just spoke to DS, AROTC MS IV. He is expecting to hear soon about branching.

    His first choice of Branch was Signal Corps. Thinks he'll get it. Envisions working in Cyber-warfare when possible. Would go overseas in a New York minute. He has no preconceived ideas about trying to make a long term career of the Army. All he can think about it getting out of school and doing something interesting and challenging. He also mentioned training in Augusta, GA, so I know what else he's thinking.

    He is a Chem/Chem E major. High GPA. Off the charts languages. Second highest fitness score in Battalion. Light on ROTC leadership. Light on summer training.

    From what I can tell Signal Corps does everything from showing the colonel how to set up his voice mail to linking up a special forces raid to headquarters. Is there anything you can share with a non-military dad?

    He would have an opportunity to intern over holidays with a fiber/networking company. Would that be worth it or should he just go skiing?
     
  2. Jcleppe

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    Can't help you with the bulk of your question but........I would say just go skiing, just don't break anything.
     
  3. MabryPsyD

    MabryPsyD Dr. G.

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    I'm a former SIGO and Signal Captains Career Course grad. The bulk of a SIGOs life is centers around writing operation orders (specifically annex H) and radio management. The computer piece is crucial, but not the bulk of a typical S-6's responsibilities in a field/ deployment environment. If your son can research the theory and science behind signal propagation (how well the signal bounces off various layers of sediment rocks into the air), satellite communication properties and functions, and anything that would be applicable to an A+ or Security+ exam, he should be ahead of his peers. My short comings revolved around PBX and tactical radio operations. If his ROTC unit has a SINGAR radio, he needs to be "playing" with it in his spare time. Have one of the ROTC NCOs help him learn radio operation.

    "They can talk ABOUT us, but they can't talk WITHOUT us!"
     
  4. cb7893

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    Thanks Mabry!

    Sounds like an acronym and physics rich environment, so I 'll just back away very slowly before my ignorance is completely exposed.

    I will throw out the SINCGAR suggestion. Maybe I'll run over to Radio Shack and pick one up on clearance for a stocking stuffer.
     
  5. MabryPsyD

    MabryPsyD Dr. G.

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    You're only going to find that radio in military organizations.
     
  6. Jcc123

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    Pretty sure that was a joke?
     
  7. MabryPsyD

    MabryPsyD Dr. G.

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    Ah, hard to tell through text. Gotta cover my bases.
     

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