Army Corp Confusion???

flowers33

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Hi everyone,
I had my Field Force Rep interview. I was asked what branch/unit of the Army I would go into post-grad. I said I would choose to go into the Medical Service Corps, but would go into Chemical Corps if Medical Service wasn't available to me. The Rep seemed skeptical and said that our nation uses nuclear power, so chemical weapons wouldn't be necessarily utilized. I'm confused. Is this his way of telling me to not go into Chemical? He later then told me that I should do more research about branches but I'm just lost. I googled and I didn't see anything that entails of the fact that Chemical is like that. What I learned was that Chemical Corps basically defends and practices preventive procedures when dealing with wmds. I'm confused on what to say next if my Field Force Rep asks me the same question.
 

Warrior-Poet

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Hi everyone,
I had my Field Force Rep interview. I was asked what branch/unit of the Army I would go into post-grad. I said I would choose to go into the Medical Service Corps, but would go into Chemical Corps if Medical Service wasn't available to me. The Rep seemed skeptical and said that our nation uses nuclear power, so chemical weapons wouldn't be necessarily utilized. I'm confused. Is this his way of telling me to not go into Chemical? He later then told me that I should do more research about branches but I'm just lost. I googled and I didn't see anything that entails of the fact that Chemical is like that. What I learned was that Chemical Corps basically defends and practices preventive procedures when dealing with wmds. I'm confused on what to say next if my Field Force Rep asks me the same question.
Interesting. Maybe a bit of miscommunication. Chem Corps, or more accurately, CBRN, also deals with nuclear weapons to an extent as well as chemical, biological, radiological.

I suppose your FFR is trying to steer you clear of a branch that has a reputation for making cadets cry when they find out they got branched into it.

Jokes aside, all aspects of our military are important and if that mission set appeals to you, then have at it. There has to be someone enthusiastic doing it anyhow, and reduces the chance of me inadvertently getting branched into it.
 
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Are you in a SA now and getting close to graduation? Or a HS student that has not attended yet?

And if it’s the latter why on earth is your FFR asking that question now except for just asking for no real reason?

Now medical or medical school is very hard to get right after graduation. You can hope but should not plan on this.

As far as Chemical Corps?

Never in my many decades of life and following the military have I ever heard anyone say——“When I grow up I want to be in the chemical corps” :)

I assume if you are going to attend your views on a post grad job will change many times. And if I were to guess I’d say on graduation it will be neither of these in your future..

just a guess

Good Luck
 
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A previous discussion re the chemical Corps. Looks like 12-17 grads a year or so get this branch.

Based on the discussion in the thread it does not look like a stretch to get this assignment.

Medical school on the other hand is a real stretch to get.
 

jl123

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Chemical Corps has a strong focus on decontamination, sometimes jokingly referred to as a car wash on steroids.

Seriously, a very important mission, but not one that has traditionally attracted a lot of interest from cadets.
 

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Medical Service Corps is not medical school. It’s the service and support side of Army medicine, everything from logistics to medivac.
Doctors are Medical Corps. It can be confusing, even more so when the US Army Surgeon General is not a surgeon or a provider at all.
Some branches have “Corps” in their name, others don’t (MP Corps, Medical Service Corps, Finance Corps, etc). Then you have the US Army Corps of Engineers with is part of but not the same as Engineer branch.
Basically, I think he was seeing if you know what you’re getting into. Most Cadets change their minds several times about what they want to do.
 

Anonymous121

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Medical Service Corps is not medical school. It’s the service and support side of Army medicine, everything from logistics to medivac.

Some of us are doctors, just not MD but spot on description. I know of ROTC cadets that did branch MS Corps and went into AOCs such as 70B, health service admin. MS Corps is a very diverse service to be a part of! We range from optometry, audiology, entomologists, etc.

Here is a comprehensive list of possible AOCs.

I personally think MSC is a great branch to go into but hey, I'm biased!
 
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nomad556

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A previous discussion re the chemical Corps. Looks like 12-17 grads a year or so get this branch.

Based on the discussion in the thread it does not look like a stretch to get this assignment.

Medical school on the other hand is a real stretch to get.
He’s not talking about medical school.
 
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