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[REVIEW] Acne Jensen Boots from TS Zippy, AKA My new everyday boot

2020.10.17 18:04 cee_cee_lee [REVIEW] Acne Jensen Boots from TS Zippy, AKA My new everyday boot

I'm so excited to finally give back to this amazing community! I've been lurking here and commenting for months and months, and I finally took the plunge when I saw that TS Zippy was having a 15% off sale on boots. It was a sign that these needed to be in my life.
So strap in. It's going to be a long review, and my first review ever!
Let me just get this out of the way - I love boots. Specifically black boots. My fiancé keeps asking me why I always get a black boot and nothing colorful, and I can't explain why. I just love them. There are so many different varieties out there, and no two pairs are alike! Kind of haha. Cue me stumbling on these bad boys, and I knew I had to have them one way or another. I'm a commuter in NYC who's gone back to full-on commuting, and I felt like these could be my new work-horse boots. I mean, that heel! So walkable!
But I digress.
Disclosures:TS Zippy was (is?) having a boot sale, 15% off. He asked that I write a review, but not for any discount.
Cost: $98 - 15%, so $83Shipping: Fedex $35Total: $118Payment method: Paypal F&F
Order Timeline:9/20 - Reached out to TS Zippy at night (my first time contacting a TS!) and he responded early in the morning with photos of the boot, and pricing.
We chat back and forth, and he was very informative and kind. We talk about materials, and more specifically, sizing, as I've never tried these boots on before. Zippy assures me that my US size 7 will fit in a 38. I say that that's good enough for me, and I pay that day.
9/23 - PSP's received! I haven't seen these in person, so I look at Acne's website and determine these are fab, and I tell them they're great to me. But, I also made sure to ask about the pull tab and whether or not the logo was on there. Zippy sent me even more pictures confirming that they were, and I officially tell him they're good to send.
Zippy also sends me a pic of the shipment label and asks if everything is good. I say yes, but spoiler alert, don't check these things early in the morning. Somehow I missed that my zip code was off by one number. Cue me being angry with myself. (I realize this mistake on the actual delivery date, and it was completely my fault for not catching. This is important to note because it ends up being delivered to Albany, instead of Brooklyn. But the incredible people of FedEx realized what my zip code should have been (?!) and resent it out to me. #grateful)
10/1 - I reach out to Zippy to ask about the status of the shipment. I do realize this is the holiday, but I figured I'd at least ask since at this point it's been seven days.
10/4 - Zippy sends the tracking number, boots are scheduled to arrive on 10/6.
10/6 - Boots are in Albany, NY, because my blurry-ass eyes misread my own gd zipcode. I call FedEx, and they tell me they're already on their way to me. Crisis averted.
10/8 - Boots arrive! They're more beautiful in person than I could have imagined!
Factory Photos
PSP's
My Photos - plus bonus mod-shot!
Authentic Authentic on Poshmark
Quality - 10/10 So, I know I haven't handled these boots in person. But they are so beautiful, and buttery, and fit like a gd glove that it wouldn't feel right giving them anything but a 10 out of 10. The leather is smooth and soft, the metal hardware piece is real, there's a bit of heft in the shoe that just feels like-high quality. Very little smell out of the box, if any other than leather.
Accuracy - 9.9/10 Again, I know I haven't handled this shoe before.. And this is a bold claim. But hear me out. From all of the pictures I've seen, these are pretty spot-on. If I had to give any critique though, I'd say maybe that the logo on the pull-tab might be a hair off? But I'm grasping for straws here. Mine look exactly like the PSP photos, which look just like the factory photos, which in turn look like all of the authentic ones I've seen online. I feel like the V is done well too - I know that's a big concern for a lot of reps, but I feel like this one sits right. Not too high, and not too low.
I got a size 38, which Zippy said would fit a US size 7 no problem. But the authentic I've linked here from Poshmark is a European 37, which is supposed to also fit a US size 7. I'd say if you're unsure of what to go for, make sure you ask about sizing and provide the length of your foot. I'm not sure if I should dock any points for this, as this might just be a difference in sizing in China vs Europe.
The branding on the bottom of the shoe looks to be exact, but the logo on the insole is off by a hair. The logo is pushed up right to the edge of my boots, while the authentic has a little more breathing room. For that, I'll deduct .1, as no one is going to be looking inside my shoe, but it is something worth pointing out.
The heels are the same height, 1.57", and have the same graining/stacking as the authentic. The toe box and metal accent look damn near identical to the authentic as well. I would say though, that the top of the elastic in the insert looks to be a little highetaller on mine than the authentic, but it doesn't look like something that would be a call-out. The shape of the boot also looks to be close to perfect when compared to the authentic in the Poshmark listing, and the one on the website.
Satisfaction - 10000/10 I mean, I love a good black boot. I love a slightly edgier, fashionable, and functional boot even more. This ticks all of the boxes. I walked around my apartment in these, and while they're just a little loose/extra room by the toe, but that's something thick socks can fix. I'd rather them be a hair loose than a hair tight. I also wanted to wait a few days before writing this review, so I could really take these boots for a spin. As a commuter, I expect a lot out a boot. Comfortable, but fashionable (to some degree). This hits all of those marks. Speed walking to the subway, running up and down stairs to get to said subway, running errands, you name it. These boots can do it. I've had them for a week now, and I can tell these are going to be my everyday boots for a long time!
Seller communication and service - 9.9/10 Zippy is wonderful to work with! He always got back to me so quickly, and when I asked about the logo on the pull tab, he sent photos over to help clarify my concerns. The only thing I'd deduct (which is small), is that I had to follow up to ask about the shipping number. But I feel like that's such a small thing overall. I'm really happy that I reached out to him, and I'm going to definitely reach out to him in the future for all of my rep shoes haha.
If you've gotten this far, thanks for reading! Hope this helps you on your journey to find the perfect black boots! <3
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2020.10.04 09:58 Vunoem 100K Giveaway- HIGH LIMIT Replica Jackpot!

When I stumbled across Repladies, I quite literally hit the jackpot. Im sure many of you can relate. Over the past three years i have become an addict. Buying reps is always a gamble... will dave seize it?... will i be bait and switched? ...is this TB garment going to fit me or is it dog-sized? ....will it be 1:1? This game of uncertainty and risk is what inspired my post. I have tried to build each outfit completely out of my favorite rep items. Repladies has been with me through my many many style changes and I wanted to pay homage to each “replady phase” I’ve went through.
Want to play the Repladies Jackpot for yourself?
Take a chance...play the game...click here to decide your REP FATE! Remember your symbols and check out their corresponding pages. If you’ve rolled 3 symbols in a row…I believe the rep gods are telling you to treat yourself! Now that you’ve spun, let’s see what you’ve won!

if you just want the moodboards...keep scrolling... (sorry it's long)

Hypebae

When I found RL, I was living in sunny Los Angeles, living my extra life among the rich and famous. These orders were made at the height of logomania (and yes….I wore this outfit many times and still do when I want to F L E X)
Gucci GG jacquard jogging pant
-Seller: LY Factory (WeChat: SIXHP01)
-Factory: Not Disclosed
-Price: ¥599
-My Photo: here
-My Thoughts: These pants are not for the faint of heart. They are LOUD. I bought a few different pairs before finding these, and im the happiest accuracy/quality wise with this pair. The fabric content on these is correct, they’re nice and weighty and the pattern lines up everywhere it needs to. 10/10 recommend.

Gucci Dionysus GG supreme super mini bag
-Seller: Bank
-Factory: Not Disclosed
-Price: $75 *part of a larger order, I believe I may have gotten a discount
-My Photo: here
-My Thoughts: I LOVE this bag. My friends have auth and this one is indistinguishable when placed side by side. It doesn’t fit much (I carry my car keys, iPhone X, ID&CC, slim hand sanitizer & Glossier lip balm with NO ROOM to spare) I also like how you can covert this bag into a fannypack/waistbag using the key clip. 10/10 recommend.

Non-Rep Items:
Babaton sculpt knit tank (here’s mine)
-You could honestly sub any white shirt. I’ll occasionally wear a cropped boxy tee, tank top or strappy crop top.
Gucci Velvet Fur Princetown Slide (here's mine)
-TS Linda, TS Zippy and Tong have all been wonderful when buying princetowns in the past!

Lounge

RL has afforded me many luxuries, and my bank account a massive break. This community has enabled me to live my life more comfortably, build better spending habits and a bigger savings. I learned more valuable tips about money management and budgeting than i can count. Now... because of that, I can finally put my feet up and CHILL. Heres to my favorite comfy outfit!
Yeezy Season 6 sweatshirt
-Seller: TB Link
-Factory: N/A, from Taobao
-Price: ¥230
-My Photo: here
-My Thoughts: I purchased this for my boyfriend and immediately purchased one for myself after his arrived. The weight of this hoodie… incredible. It comes fully branded and is oh so soft. 10/10 Solid rep.

Yeezy Season 6 nylon slides
-Seller: TB Link
-Factory: N/A, from Taobao
-Price: ¥188
-My Photo: here
-My Thoughts: They may be fugly but DAMN are these slides comfy. As a short lady, I appreciate the 1.5 inch height boost. These have upped my supermarket game immensely. Quality-wise these are on par with auth. Accuracy-wise, I see no difference.

Non-Rep Items:
Skims Cotton rib tank (here’s mine)
Skims bike shorts (here’s mine)

Date Night

Dress to IMPRESS. Or is it dress to intimidate? Either way, all of us like to look and feel HOT. This is my bad bitch outfit, my kill a man outfit, the “I’m ordering the whole fucking menu” outfit. This outfit tells your date 3 things- you’re hot shit, that he needs to spoil you more than you spoil yourself, and that you’re an independent woman who needs no ones help.
OI Silk Set
-Seller: TB Link
-Factory: N/A, from Taobao
-Price: ¥488
-My Photo: here
-My Thoughts: This is a real silk top and is one of my favorite finds. This piece runs TTS. 10/10 recommend. You could also substitute the famous TB silk cami.

Hermes Mini Kelly II
-Seller: NON-TS UB
-Factory: UB Factory
-Price: $650 *Including DHL shipping
-My Photo: here
-My Thoughts: I loooove my mini K. If you’re wondering what fits, I carry my phone, a stuffed cardholder, car keys, lip gloss, flat hand sanitizer and sunglasses(no case). You truly can’t go wrong with buying one of these from UB. Ive had mine for over a year and she’s still perfect.

Cartier rings
-Seller: TS Li/Wenzhi
-Factory: Unknown
-Price: ¥2000 for love rings from Li, $600 for JUC from Wenzhi
-My Photo: here
-My Thoughts: I love my love rings (wow…) from Li and I think that they are just the same as Wenzhi’s for $30 less. However, my JUC from Wenzhi is much more accurate than the one from Li. You can read my review here. I want to give honorable mentions to u/angelineblu for her review of Li's love ring, and u/shermainey for her review of Wenzhi's version. You honestly cannot go wrong with 18k from any of our TS, but these review may help steer you in the direction that is right for you.

Non-Rep Items:
Your fav black jeans (here’s mine)
-I usually buy my jeans from The Real Real. I’ve gotten jeans for as low as $13, which ends up being cheaper than ordering off of Taobao. Shipping for TT costs $12, so I recommend buying a few things at a time.
Your fav leather jacket (here’s mine)
-Peltiano makes an amazing rep of this jacket! Heres a link to a review from u/zhene
Your fav over the knee boots (here’s mine)
-I scored these Saint Laurent boots on Ebay after hitting a wall trying to find them from a TS. (It was summertime and I was too impatient to wait) You can purchase these from TS Zippy now for >$200. I love how they can be worn straight as a OTK glam look, or scrunched down for a casual, rockstar look.

Rich Auntie

It’s 15 years from now. You have no kids. You’re the cool wine aunt that occasionally comes back to the country for a brief visit before leaving for another long, exotic vacation. You bring expensive gifts to your less fortunate family members and ruin every family party by drinking too much. You have no commitments, and a suspicious amount of money.
Famous TB Silk Cami
-Seller: TB Link
-Factory: N/A, from Taobao
-Price: ¥58
-My Photo: here
-My Thoughts: Do we really need to talk about this? It’s not real silk, but it’s cheap and actually pretty good quality-wise. Size up 1-2 times, more if you’re busty. (Im usually a XS-S, Ordered size M and it fits great)

Hermes Birkin 25
-Seller: NON-TS DDmode
-Factory: Unknown/DDmode’s factory
-Price: ¥4500
-My Photo: here
-My Thoughts: I have had good experiences overall with DDmode. IMO, she has the best shape for b25’s. You can read my latest review here. I personally love my bags, but if you would rather not take so much of a risk I would recommend ordering from UB or Symode.

VCA Alhambra Bracelets/Earrings
-Seller: TS Li
-Factory: Undisclosed/Li’s factory
-Price: ¥5500 for pave sweet Alhambra bracelet, ¥4500 for vintage Alhambra bracelet, ¥1500 for sweet Alhambra earrings
-My Photo: Bracelet , Earrings
-My Thoughts: I’ve purchased quite a few 18K pieces and Li is my favorite seller to work with. The price:quality ratio is amazing. I think I will always buy my VCA from her, as it is incredibly accurate. There are plenty of reviews for her jewelry, my favorites from u/jamjamstyle , u/fdimple and u/haalo are linked here, here & here.

Non-Rep Items:
Theory dress pants (here’s mine)
-I purchased mine from The Real Real, but there are some grey-market links floating around for Taobao.
Louboutin Firmamma Ankle Boots (here’s mine)
-Mine are Auth, but Tong sells these and they look amazing/identical in her PSP videos that she posts on WeChat.

Subtle Flex

This is my go to brunch outfit. It’s the perfect amount of flex. An IYKYK flex.
Acne Studios Reverse Logo Tee
-Seller: The link for this particular style is dead, but here’s some similar options. Option 1 Option 2 Option 3
-Factory: N/A, from Taobao
-Price: ¥103-245
-My Photo: here
-My Thoughts: This is my favorite basic shirt from TB. I have worn this to death. Im gutted that the link is dead, but I have ordered from Topacney and the other store before and can 100% vouch for their quality. I think that the Navid Tee tucked in would be super cute.

Saint Laurent Baby Sac De Jour
-Seller: NON-TS Annie
-Factory: Unknown…this was ordered many WeChat accounts ago
-Price: Again, unknown due to no WeChat records. I estimate it was around $250-300
-My Photo: here
-My Thoughts: This was my first rep ever. I have a soft spot for her. The SDJ is the Birkin’s little sister. She’s classy, but not flashy. Not to mention you can fit SO MUCH...(click here)

Celine Edge Sunglasses
-Seller: TS Zippy
-Factory: Not Disclosed
-Price: $65 *not including shipping
-My Photo: here
-My Thoughts: I purchased this after reading this review from u/agasurf. These are gorgeous, and id totally recommend them. I’m planning on using a gold leaf pen on the hinges to correct that accuracy flaw. Ive noticed that when I’m driving with these glasses on, the windshields of cars behind me appear to be black/purple. I don’t know if this is a batch flaw or if it’s just me and my bad eyes. Keep this in mind if you intend to use these while driving.

Louboutin Viera Lace-up Sneakers
-Seller: Tong
-Factory: Not Disclosed
-Price: ¥900+340 DHL shipping
-My Photo: here
-My Thoughts: LOVE. I’ve ordered these off of TB as well as from Tong. These are the most comfortable sneakers I own aside from my Golden Goose’s. I would totally recommend these for anyone looking for a simple sneaker.
Non-Rep Items:
Your fav blue jeans (here’s mine)


Wow. We're finally at the end. I just want to say thank you to ALL OF YOU for making RL the amazing community that it is today. Let's make sure to keep it that way!
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2020.09.29 12:33 randomfella62 TIFU by losing all my friends.

I dunno if this is the right place to post but I've tried a lot of places alreadys o.


Awh Jesus, this will be a long one.
Right so basically my closest friends have mostly been in one group. 7 guys including me( we all went to school together) and 3 girls who were originally integrated as part of the group, by dating some of these guys, my friends. No romantic relationships still exist in the group.
Side part, also rather important, I had this other friend lets name him Joe. Joe was friends with my group of friends but he and I were always particularly close. He started seeing a girl let's call her Kate about 4 years ago. Kate and Joe never spent anytime apart. They moved into a house together like 2 years ago. Kate would always "jokingly" put me down, bringing up embarassing stories about me being too drunk, or just telling a story with me as the brunt of the joke. I never ever told her about how that made me feel, she was very nice to me at times, but her treatment of me always put me down. One day in January or something i visited the couple and kinda lashed out at Kate. I said "you know you can really be a b*%$£ to me at times, you can really make me feel like shit, be quite horrible to me." I realise I could've worded it better but I was panicking and was stoned (not an excuse I know) and that is what came out. Joe (again, longtime friend for years) told me to get the fuck out of his house and threatened to hit me. Rang him the next day and he tore the head off me. He made a bunch of unfair accussations about me never pulling my weight in our friendship so to speak. This is total bullshit as I always went out of my way to see him, and put up with Kate.
Anyways that was back story, about 2 months or 3 months ago, one of my very good friends lets call him Alan, messaged me saying I should really watch how I talk to one of the girls (let's call her Sarah)m that I often have made her very uncomfortable. I had no idea what he was talkig about. I messaged Sarah (again, a very close friend of mine, the two of us having been through a lot of personal shit together, and having been there for each other in the past) apologising and asking what I might've done to upset her. She didn't want to tell me but was willing to move on. Grand.
Few weeks later I was meant to meet up with my friend (one of the 3 girls, lets call her Emma), to bring our dogs for a walk. I agreed to her proposing message saying we could meet up in an hour or so. In that space of time , my sisters arrived with their familys as did my girlfriend. I completely forgot about my plan with Emma and brought my dog for a walk with my gf. I return home to find the messages from Emma saying stuff like "okay im in the field" and whatever else. I felt really bad cus I'd completely forgottten about her. I messaged her explaining that my sisters and their families had arrived as did Niamh and I forgot completely, apologising.
Later that day we were at a friends (one of the guys') and after I went home she messaged me saying how my "apology" was a load of bullshit because she saw me and Niamh look at her and turn around. Neither me nor Niamh remember seeing her, but she was adament that we just turned around on her. Obviously I was now in a bit of a panic because she was accusing me of just dipping on her entirely, so I messaged her lots explaining the situation and apologising. I clearly went rather OTT with the messages (probably about 15 messages) cus she replied saying stop bombarding me.
Right, so the next day in our groupchat there was a photo of Alan, Sarah and a dog. I asked oh who owns that dog it's a nice photo, Emma explains it was hers and asks how I didn't recognise it because I'd met her little doggy plenty of times. This is where shit got intense. Alan left the chat because "the chat was sending him paro" essentially meaning, he thought there was a lot of bullshit going on he didn't agree with. I messaged him privately asking if everything was okay and he just started laying into me. He accused me of trying to make an alibi by asking who owned the dog (as in "oh if I ask who owns the dog, it will look like I really didn't see Emma or her dog that day, FULLY DID NOT SEE HER OR THE DOG). He started saying I was incredibly emotionally manipulitive and that I was being a shit friend to everyone in the group. He brought up the thing with Sarah again, but without telling me exactly what it was I did/said.
Now I can understand that it is not down to ME whether or not I did something to make Sarah uncomfortable. But I 100% have never said anything overtly sexual or touched her or anything like that. The few examples I've been given (since this chat with Alan) were things like, I was making comments about her legs or her hair or what she was wearing. I was simply complementing her. We were friends for years, I thought that was okay. What hurt the most about this is that, Sarah told Alan instead of telling me. Some of our mutuals have made me understand that I put her in a position where she felt she couldn't talk to me, and so she spoke to Alan. But, for her to tell Alan and for him to start telling me what's right and wrong in such a aggressive way, really upset me. He started trying to find similarities between what had happened between me and sarah and between me and emma. He brought up the way I was texting her so aggresively (ironic seeing as how he was texting me at that very moment)
Anywayyyyys, all of that happened about 7 or 8 weeks ago. Last week I was making some random non-pressing comments in the groupchat. In the group chat were the 2 girls and your man Alan, but also a lot of other people, who were not involved. Alan told me to stop talking in the chat, and then proceeded to essentially say "hey man stop, pretending everything's alright, nobody wants to make small talk with you, you treated a lot of people badly...." He called me out in front of everybody in the grup, including those who had no involvment. Others agreed and I left the chat and havent spoken to a lot of them since.
The thing is, this guy Alan, had been a great friend of mine, but I had always thought that he often devalued his friends' opinions and just loved having his voice heard. He was always very good to me, but almost in a "see look how nice I am to my friends" type way. He's always held his own voice and opinion above others and over the years I learned to take this aspect of Alan's personality with a pinch of salt so as it wouldn't upset me as much. So for him to point me out on all that had happened like th judge jury and executioner, felt terrible.
Lastly, I privately messaged another friend in the group, asking what I had done to upset him personally and apologising for anything I might've done but that I couldn't think of anything. He proceeded to say so much bullshit. One of the things he said was "If you've wronged someone they don't have to put forward an argument as to why they are upset, and you don't get to argue that you didn't", this to me is just non sensical as it avoids any chance of finding the source of the problem and discussing as a group together. Then, which honestly I appreciated as nobody else had told me what else I had done wrong, he gave me lots of examples of thing I'd done wrong to upset the group.
He brought up a time on a zoom call back in April, where I had drunkenly instagram messaged a girl that we all kinda half know through Alan, saying how I thought she was beautiful, sexy cool and whatever else. Now to me, it seems like the reacted as if i had messaged her saying giz a look at your tits. Again I'm really trying to understand that it's not me that gets to decide the affect my actions have on people, but in my eyes not a big deal.
He brought up (out of nowhere!) how a bunch of times I had drank so much on nights out in recent pre covid months, that I had fallen asleep. It just felt like he was looking for anything to show my "misbehaviour". All of my friends drink too much and smoke too much weed, that comment seemed unnecessary, that's just sometime how I reacted to being drunk.
He brought up the argument with Joe and Kate, which he had no right to do.
Essentially I feel like, all of a sudden my friends have turned into saints and are judging me on a bunch of things as a group. It all seems rather childish to me the way a number of individual situations have been propelled into a group discussion.
I can still maintain a good relationship with some of the group on an individual level, but it deeply upsets me that I don't think I'll ever be in a room with all of those people again. All of this is coinciding with my first relationship and now all of a sudden I'm spending more and more time with her in her part of the city (and loving it), and it's just such a drastic shift all of a sudden.
When I'm with her my brain doesn't think of all the lost friends as much because she just makes me so happy and thank God for her, but lastnight I was smoking a joint with one of the mutual friends from the group and was talking to him about it all. He was so blunt with me, he seemed to really understand why things had transgressed and didn't offer me much sympathy (good I guess, the reality of it.) He agreed that Sarah telling Alan (the thing which started it all) instead of me, was a shitty thing for her to. He agrees that it must've sucked coming from Alan because he agrees with me that he's essentially an egomaniac. But he said that, while he doesn't necessarily agree that the things I did were terrible, he acknowledged that the group, acting as a group, were within their rights to call me out and to list off all the things I'd done. He said it wasn't about what's right or wrong, but about the fact that a number of things I did were "not agreeing with the group's mentality" or whatever.
I'ts just a weird time in my life right now where I feel like I've lost a number of close friends and that I lost my place in the group. (There's pros and cons of being in the group honestly, but its inherently sad nontheless)
If you read all this thanks for taking the time to do so. I'm not even sure if it'll make sense to yee redditors.
TLDR
Essentially I did some things that upset my friends. They reacted in a weird group type way and were not direct with me at all about the things I did. Now I'm not part of the group anymore and while I'm not devastated (I have other friends) it's super depressing to think I'll never be in pub or something together with them again. Update. I really appreciate anyone reading this,its a week since i originally wrote this so i feel a lot better about it all. For the moment im just gunna take a break from the group and spend time with other friends.
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2020.09.23 14:17 randomfella62 I have recently fallen out with a lot of close friends, and am feeling rather lonely.

Awh Jesus, this will be a long one.
Right so basically my closest friends have mostly been in one group. 7 guys including me( we all went to school together) and 3 girls who were originally integrated as part of the group, by dating some of these guys, my friends. No romantic relationships still exist in the group.
Side part, also rather important, I had this other friend lets name him Joe. Joe was friends with my group of friends but he and I were always particularly close. He started seeing a girl let's call her Kate about 4 years ago. Kate and Joe never spent anytime apart. They moved into a house together like 2 years ago. Kate would always "jokingly" put me down, bringing up embarassing stories about me being too drunk, or just telling a story with me as the brunt of the joke. I never ever told her about how that made me feel, she was very nice to me at times, but her treatment of me always put me down. One day in January or something i visited the couple and kinda lashed out at Kate. I said "you know you can really be a b*%$£ to me at times, you can really make me feel like shit, be quite horrible to me." I realise I could've worded it better but I was panicking and was stoned (not an excuse I know) and that is what came out. Joe (again, longtime friend for years) told me to get the fuck out of his house and threatened to hit me. Rang him the next day and he tore the head off me. He made a bunch of unfair accussations about me never pulling my weight in our friendship so to speak. This is total bullshit as I always went out of my way to see him, and put up with Kate.
Anyways that was back story, about 2 months or 3 months ago, one of my very good friends lets call him Alan, messaged me saying I should really watch how I talk to one of the girls (let's call her Sarah)m that I often have made her very uncomfortable. I had no idea what he was talkig about. I messaged Sarah (again, a very close friend of mine, the two of us having been through a lot of personal shit together, and having been there for each other in the past) apologising and asking what I might've done to upset her. She didn't want to tell me but was willing to move on. Grand.
Few weeks later I was meant to meet up with my friend (one of the 3 girls, lets call her Emma), to bring our dogs for a walk. I agreed to her proposing message saying we could meet up in an hour or so. In that space of time , my sisters arrived with their familys as did my girlfriend. I completely forgot about my plan with Emma and brought my dog for a walk with my gf. I return home to find the messages from Emma saying stuff like "okay im in the field" and whatever else. I felt really bad cus I'd completely forgottten about her. I messaged her explaining that my sisters and their families had arrived as did Niamh and I forgot completely, apologising.
Later that day we were at a friends (one of the guys') and after I went home she messaged me saying how my "apology" was a load of bullshit because she saw me and Niamh look at her and turn around. Neither me nor Niamh remember seeing her, but she was adament that we just turned around on her. Obviously I was now in a bit of a panic because she was accusing me of just dipping on her entirely, so I messaged her lots explaining the situation and apologising. I clearly went rather OTT with the messages (probably about 15 messages) cus she replied saying stop bombarding me.
Right, so the next day in our groupchat there was a photo of Alan, Sarah and a dog. I asked oh who owns that dog it's a nice photo, Emma explains it was hers and asks how I didn't recognise it because I'd met her little doggy plenty of times. This is where shit got intense. Alan left the chat because "the chat was sending him paro" essentially meaning, he thought there was a lot of bullshit going on he didn't agree with. I messaged him privately asking if everything was okay and he just started laying into me. He accused me of trying to make an alibi by asking who owned the dog (as in "oh if I ask who owns the dog, it will look like I really didn't see Emma or her dog that day, FULLY DID NOT SEE HER OR THE DOG). He started saying I was incredibly emotionally manipulitive and that I was being a shit friend to everyone in the group. He brought up the thing with Sarah again, but without telling me exactly what it was I did/said.
Now I can understand that it is not down to ME whether or not I did something to make Sarah uncomfortable. But I 100% have never said anything overtly sexual or touched her or anything like that. The few examples I've been given (since this chat with Alan) were things like, I was making comments about her legs or her hair or what she was wearing. I was simply complementing her. We were friends for years, I thought that was okay. What hurt the most about this is that, Sarah told Alan instead of telling me. Some of our mutuals have made me understand that I put her in a position where she felt she couldn't talk to me, and so she spoke to Alan. But, for her to tell Alan and for him to start telling me what's right and wrong in such a aggressive way, really upset me. He started trying to find similarities between what had happened between me and sarah and between me and emma. He brought up the way I was texting her so aggresively (ironic seeing as how he was texting me at that very moment)
Anywayyyyys, all of that happened about 7 or 8 weeks ago. Last week I was making some random non-pressing comments in the groupchat. In the group chat were the 2 girls and your man Alan, but also a lot of other people, who were not involved. Alan told me to stop talking in the chat, and then proceeded to essentially say "hey man stop, pretending everything's alright, nobody wants to make small talk with you, you treated a lot of people badly...." He called me out in front of everybody in the grup, including those who had no involvment. Others agreed and I left the chat and havent spoken to a lot of them since.
The thing is, this guy Alan, had been a great friend of mine, but I had always thought that he often devalued his friends' opinions and just loved having his voice heard. He was always very good to me, but almost in a "see look how nice I am to my friends" type way. He's always held his own voice and opinion above others and over the years I learned to take this aspect of Alan's personality with a pinch of salt so as it wouldn't upset me as much. So for him to point me out on all that had happened like th judge jury and executioner, felt terrible.
Lastly, I privately messaged another friend in the group, asking what I had done to upset him personally and apologising for anything I might've done but that I couldn't think of anything. He proceeded to say so much bullshit. One of the things he said was "If you've wronged someone they don't have to put forward an argument as to why they are upset, and you don't get to argue that you didn't", this to me is just non sensical as it avoids any chance of finding the source of the problem and discussing as a group together. Then, which honestly I appreciated as nobody else had told me what else I had done wrong, he gave me lots of examples of thing I'd done wrong to upset the group.
He brought up a time on a zoom call back in April, where I had drunkenly instagram messaged a girl that we all kinda half know through Alan, saying how I thought she was beautiful, sexy cool and whatever else. Now to me, it seems like the reacted as if i had messaged her saying giz a look at your tits. Again I'm really trying to understand that it's not me that gets to decide the affect my actions have on people, but in my eyes not a big deal.
He brought up (out of nowhere!) how a bunch of times I had drank so much on nights out in recent pre covid months, that I had fallen asleep. It just felt like he was looking for anything to show my "misbehaviour". All of my friends drink too much and smoke too much weed, that comment seemed unnecessary, that's just sometime how I reacted to being drunk.
He brought up the argument with Joe and Kate, which he had no right to do.
Essentially I feel like, all of a sudden my friends have turned into saints and are judging me on a bunch of things as a group. It all seems rather childish to me the way a number of individual situations have been propelled into a group discussion.
I can still maintain a good relationship with some of the group on an individual level, but it deeply upsets me that I don't think I'll ever be in a room with all of those people again. All of this is coinciding with my first relationship and now all of a sudden I'm spending more and more time with her in her part of the city (and loving it), and it's just such a drastic shift all of a sudden.
When I'm with her my brain doesn't think of all the lost friends as much because she just makes me so happy and thank God for her, but lastnight I was smoking a joint with one of the mutual friends from the group and was talking to him about it all. He was so blunt with me, he seemed to really understand why things had transgressed and didn't offer me much sympathy (good I guess, the reality of it.) He agreed that Sarah telling Alan (the thing which started it all) instead of me, was a shitty thing for her to. He agrees that it must've sucked coming from Alan because he agrees with me that he's essentially an egomaniac. But he said that, while he doesn't necessarily agree that the things I did were terrible, he acknowledged that the group, acting as a group, were within their rights to call me out and to list off all the things I'd done. He said it wasn't about what's right or wrong, but about the fact that a number of things I did were "not agreeing with the group's mentality" or whatever.
I'ts just a weird time in my life right now where I feel like I've lost a number of close friends and that I lost my place in the group. (There's pros and cons of being in the group honestly, but its inherently sad nontheless)
If you read all this thanks for taking the time to do so. I'm not even sure if it'll make sense to yee redditors.
TLDR
Essentially I did some things that upset my friends. They reacted in a weird group type way and were not direct with me at all about the things I did. Now I'm not part of the group anymore and while I'm not devastated (I have other friends) it's super depressing to think I'll never be in pub or something together with them again.
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2020.09.17 04:44 username345123 100K Giveaway - Vitamin D Deficiency

MOODBOARD
An ode to my vitamin D deficiency as a consequence of not leaving the house for months, I created a mood board that sums up what I need: some self care and the damn sun. I chose my most expensive rep, an Hermes Birkin 25 touch, because it coincidentally happens to be yellow and who said you need to leave the house to use your bags? It's spacious and roomy enough to put my snacks in to eat in various rooms around the house. I can snack in the living room, snack in the garage, snack in the basement, snack on the roof, you name it. The mood board includes a variety of things you might need if you've found yourself in the same predicament as me, such as some self care essentials, plenty of snacks to go around, some jewelry because I still want to look fabulous, and last but not least, some lounging essentials.
MINI REVIEW
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2020.08.30 21:08 llaverna Weekly Round-Up: August 24th - August 30th

Weekly Round-Up: August 24th - August 30th
/bangtan Weekly Round-Up
Previous thread: August 17th - August 23rd
This round-up is for everything that happened in the /bangtan realm within the past week, compiled for your convenience! If you have feedback, please leave a comment or send me a PM.
The latest weekly round-up is linked on the sidebar of the subreddit. The link to the archive of past round-up posts can always be found in the wiki index.

New Releases

Date Link Thread
200825 [Audio] BTS - Dynamite (Acoustic Remix) & Dynamite (EDM Remix) Thread
200825 ‪[MV] BTS 'Dynamite' Official MV‬ [B-Side] Thread
200828 [Audio] BTS Dynamite (Tropical Remix) & Dynamite (Poolside Remix) Thread

News & Information

Date Thread
200823 BTS has won Best Foreign Song with 'ON' and Best Fans at the Swedish music award show Rockbjörnen 2020
200824 The emoji for #BTS_Dynamite hashtag has changed to a disco ball
200824 Jimin donated 100 million won to Jeonnam Future Education Foundation to aid students with outstanding abilities and talents in need
200824 BTS are nominated for 'Best Group' at the MTV Video Music Awards
200825 AllAccess.com radio Adds for Dynamite - 171 stations!
200827 [NOTICE] Information on Upcoming Announcements for BTS MAP OF THE SOUL ON:E
200827 ARMY Bomb Ver.3 and 'Map of the Soul Special Edition' can now connect to "Dynamite" music video on Weverse
200829 BTS have taken their first win for "Dynamite" on today's MBC Show! Music Core
200829 MTV UK: BTS Win MTV's Hottest Summer Superstar 2020!
200830 BTS have taken their second win for "Dynamite" on today's SBS Inkigayo
200830 BTS on iHeart Radio Countdown (BTS shares they will perform Dynamite and Spring Day at iheart radio music festival on Sep 18/19)

Merchandise news

Date Thread
200824 Learn! KOREAN with BTS Book Package is now available to preorder on Weverse Shop
200825 The content "BTS World Tour 'Love Yourself, Speak Yourself' London" has been submitted for rating

Expired news

Date Thread
200826 BTS to join The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show on August 27 at 7:10AM CT
200828 [NOTICE] Release Information for Additional BTS Digital Single “Dynamite” Remix Versions
200827 BTS On Air with Ryan Seacrest interview on August 28th at 8:30am PT

Appearances

Date Thread
200826 BTS perform "Stay Gold" and "MIC Drop" on Fuji TV's '2020 FNS Music Festival"

Official Media

Type Date Link Thread
Bomb 200827 [BANGTAN BOMB] 'Dynamite' MV Reaction Thread
Episode 200826 [EPISODE] BTS (방탄소년단) 'Dynamite' MV Shooting Sketch Thread
In the SOOP 200825 [Behind] In the SOOP BTS ver. EP.1 Excited to Begin: Behind-the-scenes Thread
In the SOOP 200827 In the SOOP BTS ver. EP.2 Free Time Thread
In the SOOP 200827 [In the SOOP BTS ver.] Official Clip - Ep.3 Thread
Photos 200825 BTS emoticON Thread
Video 200824 Sing ‘Dynamite’ with me - RM Thread
Video 200825 Sing 'Dynamite' with me - Jimin Thread
Video 200826 Sing 'Dynamite' with me - Jin Thread
Video 200827 Sing 'Dynamite' with me - V Thread
Video 200828 Sing 'Dynamite' with me - j-hope Thread
Video 200829 Sing 'Dynamite' with me - SUGA Thread
Video 200830 Sing 'Dynamite' with me - Jung Kook Thread
Other 200824 Learn! KOREAN with BTS [EP.25] I Want to See You Thread
Other 200826 [Learn! KOREAN with BTS] The Smart Way to use the Speaking Pen Thread
Other 200827 Learn! Korean with BTS Tutorial Thread
Other 200828 Love Myself: "It's okay to stop. There's no need to run without knowing why." Thread

BTS Universe Story

Date Link Thread
200827 BTS Universe Story - I remember the happy moments laying side by side in the warm grass. Will our story have a happy ending? Thread
200828 BTS Universe Story Thread

Official SNS

Date SNS Link Thread
200824 Twitter Jimin Thread
200825 Twitter j-hope Thread
200825 Weverse j-hope Thread
200826 Twitter BTS Official: Blown away by Dynamite yet? We heard it's the #1 most added song on US radio this week!! Thank you US radio! Join in on the fun! Thread
200826 Twitter BTS Japan Thread
200827 Twitter Jimin Thread
200827 Weverse Compilation
200828 Twitter Seokjin Thread
200828 Instagram BTS Official Instastory Thread
200829 Twitter BTS iHeartRadio Most Request Live Ask Anything Chat goes down next Saturday night with On Air Romeo Thread
200829 Instagram BTS Official Instagram Story Thread
200830 Weverse j-hope Thread
200830 Instagram BTS Official Instagram Story Thread
200830 Weverse Compilation

BTS Interviews

Date Link Thread
200824 The Bert Show: BTS talks Dynamite, upcoming concert, and their post-pandemic plans Thread
200824 Today: BTS 'Dynamite': Band members talk first all-English song Thread
200826 MTV: BTS Nervous For VMAs Performance Debut With “Dynamite” (Extended Interview) Thread
200826 NME: BTS: "We're eager to give joy through our music now more than ever" Thread
200827 Good Morning Britain: BTS Talk Their New Single Dynamite and a Surprise Singalong to Harry Styles Thread
200828 MTV News: BTS share their top 7 favourite music videos & talk Dynamite Thread
200828 On Air With Ryan Seacrest: BTS Share the Meaning Behind Record-Breaking Track 'Dynamite,' What's to Come & More Thread

CF & Partnerships

Date Thread
200824 Hyundai Lifestyle
200824 FILA Korea x BTS - Jin #2
200824 BTS x Baskin Robbins Interview & Pick Videos (RM & SUGA)
200822 FILA Korea x BTS - j-hope #2
200824 FILA Korea x BTS - V #2
200826 FILA Korea x BTS - RM #2
200826 Thehandsome’s ‘SYSTEM’ is releasing a 2nd collaboration with BTS ‘BTS / SYSTEM Special Edition : SHIRSTS 7’ on August 27th
200826 BTS x Hyundai Lifestyle
200827 BTS / SYSTEM Special Edition
200827 Baskin Robbins x BTS Instagram Update
200827 FILA Korea x BTS - SUGA #3
200827 [Baskin Robbins x BTS] Sketch Photos and Mobile Wallpapers for download
200828 FILA Korea x BTS - V #3
200830 BTS x Hyundai Lifestyle Instagram Story - 'IONIQ : I'm on it' Sneak Peek

Articles

Date Publisher Article Thread
200823 Official Charts BTS' new song Dynamite on course for Official UK Number 1 Thread
200824 Elite Daily The BTS Shoutout In Netflix's 'Teenage Bounty Hunters' Is A Nod To ARMYs Thread
200824 Vulture Song Review: BTS Is Way Ahead Of Us Thread
200825 Headline Planet BTS' "Dynamite" Erupts As Pop Radio's Most Added Song Thread
200826 Rolling Stone BTS’ ‘Dynamite’ Launches a Veteran Songwriter Into the Spotlight Thread
200829 StyleCaster Becky G on Her New Eyewear Collection & Why BTS’ J-Hope Is Her ‘Genuine Inspiration’ Thread
200828 Teen Vogue VMAs 2020 Keke Palmer on BTS Thread
200830 Inquirer Why BTS—today’s success story—are incredible yet real Thread

SNS Mentions

Date Link Thread
200823 Dylan Minnette Thread
200823 FC Bayern Thread
200826 Cardi B posted an Instagram story of her listening to Black Swan with her daughter
200826 chart data: BTS' "Dynamite" is expected to debut at #1 on next week's Hot 100. It would be the group's first #1 hit. Thread
200827 Rina Sawayama Thread
200827 Kildren - V 🧨 Thread
200828 Son Sungdeuk on Instagram - Bangtan Uncles Thread
200827 Paulo Coelho tweets about BTS Thread
200828 MAX: “COLOUR VISION” Album Listening Party. Hear "Blueberry eyes (feat SUGA of BTS)... and all the unreleased songs before anyone else in the world. Thread
200829 Maple Story: Name a more iconic duo. We see you #Jin @BTS_twt @bts_bighit Thread
200829 Louis Vuitton Thread
200829 MAX posts picture of blueberries, teases MV for Blueberry Eyes ft. Suga Thread

Other media

NOTE: Entries with 💜 have new content directly involving BTS
Type 💜 Date Link Thread
Cover 200825 “Filter” Dance cover by JustJerk Dance Academy Thread
Cover 200829 Dynamite (Pop Punk/Rock Cover) by John of Minority 905 Thread
Cover 200830 BTS - Dynamite Metal cover Thread
Video 💜 200824 VMAs: A Message From BTS Thread
Video 💜 200825 GQ Japan: A special video message from BTS has been released! Thread
Video 💜 200827 Trafalgar Releasing: Check out this special message straight from the boys of BTS about "Break The Silence: The Movie"! Thread
Other 200826 League of Legends eSports Teams include BTS's 'Answer: Love Myself' on their Road to Worlds 2020 Spotify Playlist Thread
Other 200827 Try Guys: Eugene Is Back & BTS Is Thriving - The TryPod Ep. 74 Thread
Other 200825 Logic talks about meeting Yoongi on twitch stream (starts at 2:53:47) Thread

Milestones

Type Date Thread
Charts/Sales 200824 Billboard: 'Dynamite' Is Blowing Up: BTS Makes Its Best Career Debut on Pop Songs Radio Airplay Chart
Charts/Sales 200825 'Sweet Night' by V has now reached 117 #1's on iTunes Worldwide
Charts/Sales 200825 'Dynamite' has passed 100k units sold in the US
Charts/Sales 200825 Official Charts: BTS' Dynamite debuts at Number 1 on the Official Trending Chart
Charts/Sales 200825 'Filter' achieves 100 #1's on iTunes, making BTS the first artist to have 6 songs achieve 100 #1's
Charts/Sales 200826 Dynamite reached #1 on Melon 24Hits chart
Charts/Sales 200827 'Dynamite' has achieved a Perfect All-Kill
Charts/Sales 200827 "Dynamite" has reached a new peak of #21 (+3) on US Pop Radio with a new peak audience of 20.325 million! (+2.161M)
Charts/Sales 200828 "Dynamite" by BTS has spent 7 consecutive days at #1 on the WW & US iTunes chart so far, a first for a Korean group!
Charts/Sales 200828 "Dynamite" debuts at #8 on Germany's Official Singles Chart, becoming BTS 's first ever Top 10 hit in the country and the highest debut for a Korean act!
Charts/Sales 200828 BTS 'Dynamite' has debuted at #3 on the UK Official Singles Chart, their highest yet
Charts/Sales 200829 Debuting at #2, Dynamite becomes BTS’ highest ARIA Singles Chart peak (Australia)
Charts/Sales 200829 ‘mono’ by RM has reached #1 on iTunes in 118 countries.
Likes 200830 BTS is now the first and only artist in history to have 2 MVs with over 16 million likes on YouTube. (BWL & Dynamite)
Streams 200828 "Dynamite" by @BTS_twt earns the highest first-week debut by a group on Spotify's Weekly Chart (Aug 21-Aug 28) in the platform's history, with 39.9M streams
Views 200826 'Dynamite' has surpassed 200 Million views on Youtube
Views 200826 BTS Becomes the First Asian act in YouTube history to surpass 15 BILLION total views across Official Videos
Views 200828 YouTube Music: We're still dancing 🕺 💜 Congratulations to BTS for shattering all of the records 🎉 101.1 MILLION views in 24 hours on Dynamite!
Other 200830 Headline Planet: BTS Returns To #1 On Global YouTube Artists Chart As “Dynamite” Rules Music Videos, Songs Listings

TinyTAN

Date Link Thread
200828 TinyTAN: This is how we bake up our cuteness! Thread

BT21

Date Link Thread
200826 Just another busy day at BT21 base! 😙 Wonder what #UNISTARS are doing? Thread
200827 Staying patient until that day comes... 💭 Thread
200828 Let's glow up together! We're gonna shine through the city with love and uwu. 💖 Thread

Misc

Date Thread
200824 [Throwback] Two years ago today, BTS released "Love Yourself 結 'Answer'" and music video for title track "IDOL"
200824 [Unconfirmed & denied] K-media update on BTS Universe drama "Blue Sky"
200827 The original version of this scene is a Korean comedian AKA elevator guy from Gangnamstyle
200828 Sculpture for J-hope in Gwangju from Army
200828 OIAA Flash Fundraiser for JK's Birthday

Subreddit

Rolling /bangtan Awards 2020 nomination form

Top Discussion Posts

  1. [+140] Lyrically, what song are you most personally connected to?
  2. [+87] How was BTS sparked your activism?
  3. [+84] Did you have a song where you've been indifferent at first until you saw the live performance?
  4. [+84] Is there an updated book list of what the members have been reading the past year or so?
  5. [+76] What is a time that you cried happy tears for BTS?

Weekly threads

Fanart

Here are past week's top 5 fanart posts from our sister subreddit, /heungtan!
Submitter Thread
kuhleesee My dynamite fanart!
KimKaura B-side has resurrected me
lnconnue My first Procreate painting - Pastel Pink Jin 🧨! I hardly draw anymore and am really out of practice, so I’m happy I managed to finish this ☺️💜💕
bearseatbeets1212 Daechwita Chopsticks I Made 🥰
Dibri_art Here's a BTS fanart I did I hope yall like it 💜
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2020.08.22 19:21 Oksanamoscato [Review] Favorite MM in Damier Ebene from Non-TS Sami Xie

Disclosure: I received nothing in exchange for this review. I am writing it of my own volition. I so highly recommend this rep if canvas colosheen are your most important things!

Favorite MM in Damier Ebene

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Quality - 10/10
Oh my gosh: Does this canvas have a gorgeous natural luster or what? The metal on the purse is consistent in color. The inside lining feels like how other LV lining feels. The canvas also has similar texture to the authentic. The strap feels like the coated leather and not too plasticky. It is amazing quality!
Accuracy - 9.5/10
When I QC a bag, I am mostly concerned if someone standing one foot away from me will notice if there is something off about the bag. I did not QC the inside medallions (i.e. date code, made in placard, etc.) because I do not think anyone will see that.
That canvas color and sheen! It is super accurate, and you can see a comparison to an authentic piece here. The hardware is the accurate color compared to my authentic Pochette Metis. The magnetic flap might be slightly too low, but it rises when the purse is stuffed. I do not consider that a call-outable flaw.
The front alignment looks amazing. The side alignment is slightly off compared to the authentic on Tradesy. The rep is millimeters too high, but no one is examining the sides of my purse. I am not deducting points for that.
-0.25: The back alignment is not correct due to the pocket stitching, though the back canvas is well aligned. The Tradesy authentic does not include pictures of the back alignment, so here is a link to see back alignment authentic pictures from Fashionphile. I am only subtracting -0.25 because I think the risk of call-out from the back pocket stitching of the purse is insignificant. The top of the stitching is like 2 mm too high, which brings the bottom stitching of the pocket to be 2 mm too high as well.
-0.25: The inside lining is slightly off in color compared to my authentic DE croisette. No one would notice unless you were comparing the two. I only have one authentic DE purse (made in USA), so I cannot comment if the red lining color varies across manufacturing countries.
Satisfaction - 10/10
This is by far the best favorite I have ever seen. I have had OC's and Apple's Favorites, but I fell in love with this canvas coloration and sold both of them on BST. I am so satisfied with this purse. I would wear it in a room full of Favorite MM purses (aka most weddings I have been to in the last few years lol) with extreme pride. There is natural variation in the DE canvas, but this one has that natural canvas sheen in addition to that gorgeous peanut butter and chocolate combo. This canvas and Tony Luxuries' speedy are my favorite DE canvas shades that I have seen in person!
Seller Communication and Service - 10/10
Love our RepLady community! Nothing but positive things to say about this BST seller! I would not normally review a BST item, but this one was so good that I wanted to pass along the knowledge.
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2020.08.03 13:35 Army_Bot Summary For: Weekly Question Thread (7/27/2020 to 8/2/2020)

Went into the recruiter wanting an 18x contract, he explained the high attrition rate and suggested i was better off signing a contract for a different MOS and upon AIT graduation meeting with special forces recruiter to go to selection, so if i do fail i would go back to my unit as opposed to needs of the army. This made sense to me, so i have a temporary reservation for 35T but is it really that easy? Is he blowing smoke up my ass or does he genuinely have my best interest in mind?
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Hey all, so my boyfriend is in the army and his MOS is infantry. I plan on enlisting some time within the next six months. My MOS is going to be aviation. I understand that to be taken seriously we have to be married. How does getting stationed together work for two people with different MOSs and how likely is it that it’ll happen for two people who aren’t married?
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Any advice on some good study materials to focus on before shipping as a 68W? I’ve been studying basic anatomy and physiology, and was registered for a “stop the bleed” class that unfortunately got cancelled due to COVID. I’ve been looking at EMT manuals online too, but not sure what direction to go in with those. Thanks in advance for the help.
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What would be the way to go about learning to be an auto mechanic on the side while active duty? I assume I would use COOL, but most of what I'm finding on there are credentials for people with the MOS/technical skills of a mechanic already. I have a completely unrelated MOS and no technical skills, I'm looking to learn.
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Currently at AIT, getting ready to ship to fort carson 1st sbct and am curious to know if theres any news of the brigade deploying any time soon since there heading to NTC for the month of August. My sponsor hasn’t responded to me, assuming he’s busy with preparing for ntc. Thanks
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Looking for a gut check. I'm turning 31 soon. Single, no kids. Some college, had several types of jobs, worked with every kind of bad boss and useless coworker, had every type of bad situation, made every kind of mistake, thankfully no issues with the law or any medical issues.
 
I have had a vague drive to join (notably the infantry) since I was a kid. It never really went away, not really. Not even when I tried to learn as much as possible about the utter suck involved and the frankly sketchy ethics of a lot of the US's actions overseas the last 20 years or so. (not even slightly trying to disrespect the time anyone has spent serving, but the moral implications of some of the things we're sent to do make me personally uncomfortable)
 
Almost every person I talk to, even vets from multiple branches including infantry all say it's a bad idea. My family especially hates the idea.
 
The military is unethical they say, I'll be miserable, I'll feel like a prisoner, whatever. You name it, I've heard it. From all age demographics and walks of life.
 
For whatever reason though, the stories I read on this sub still are attractive. The one time my cousin opened up about his time in Afghanistan over 15 years ago has stuck with me above every other shitty story I've heard. He was a few beers in, and finally talked about his time in the infantry after I asked him (he was in right after 9/11 and was tight lipped 99% of the time). He clearly had a lot of pride in what he did and the guys he was with. It meant a lot to me then and left a strong impression.
 
But maybe I have selective hearing. Maybe I'm seriously delusional about whether or not I'll fit in, or if I'm really capable of playing along to get along the way the army requires.
 
I'm liberal as fuck, but think I can do a pretty good job keeping my mouth shut and doing my job. I'm a pretty emotional and sensitive dude overall but have learned to keep that shit private when necessary, guard my heart closely as they say.
 
I need the real deal from someone, am I a fucking disaster waiting to happen if I join? By default? I'm pretty close to saying "fuck this shit" and just heading to the recruiter. I'm pretty sick of the years of waiting, researching, trying other shit out, looking for the right job or the right time to come along, or for the people in my life to magically change their minds about the army so that their approval isn't so fucking evasive.
 
Am I just ignoring dozens of red flags?
 
Obviously, even now, I should modulate my reaction and make an adult choice after some serious thought, but man, at a certain point I'll be too old for something like the infantry, right?
 
I feel like most of the people who tell me not to join are doing so with good intentions, but they're not me, it's not their life. They kind of piss me off honestly. Am I just childish and ungrateful?
 
I know realistically I'm not immune to the consequences of a very, very bad experience during my time in. including potential trauma, injury, death, mental health issues and more. But for the love of fuck, life has already kicked the shit out of me and I've done everything I can to make it through. I've never been afraid to ask for help, use resources from my mentors and teachers, family and friends, professional help when required. I've survived some awful shit and come out alive and occasionally better for it.
 
Maybe they're famous last words, but I find myself constantly thinking, "it'd be pretty fucking hard for life in the army to be significantly worse than this shit."
 
Maybe I'm already a dead man walking so to speak. Talk me out of it or don't.
Either way thanks in advance for your time.
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I ship August 3rd and am wondering what I need to bring for basic. My recruiter gave me a list from 2013 and I'm wondering if it has changed due to quarantines. Should I bring more than one change of clothes?
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I’ve been going through the enlisting process for a month to a month and a half now and I feel like I’m watching paint dry. I’m extremely eager to get my MOS and my date for basic so I suppose I’m a little impatient. Is it normal for the process to take this long?
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Question about my first AT.
I'm a recently commissioned LT, but pre-BOLC, so I figure there's not a whole lot separating me from an SMP cadet right now.
I got put into the S-shops at a reserve MP unit, and the captain in charge of my S-shop is taking leave to work on Captain's Career Course. I've reached out to him for a few pointers before I go, but I figure it can't hurt to see if anyone has any tips here. What should I expect from an AT at an MP unit?
Thanks!
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So I am at AIT and I was working my ass off to land a volunteer spot at airborne school. We originally had about 20 open seats and the candidates with the best GPAs, PT scores, and least counselings would be selected.
So far I have one of the highest GPAs in the class, great PT, and no disciplinary counseling. I was basically a shoe in for a spot. But thanks covid they completely shut down taking volunteer seats.
I figure the best chance I'll have to go Airborne is asking for once I get to my unit but accepting that it's going to be a few years before that's realistically going to happen. What's the process like once I get out of the AIT And how can I maximize my chances of being selected?
(And yes, for the thousandth time, I know I should have gotten it in my contract.)
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I found out that I was DA selected for recruiter duty this morning and have a report date for the course. Aside from the usual negatives that I'm sure everyone has read about on this subreddit, what are some pro's to being a recruiter? Is there anything I should be on the lookout for / be proactive with before and after I arrive on station?
Also, how would this effect my WOCS packet in the event that I am selected? I've been told that you're stuck in recruiter status no matter what and others have said I would get pulled to WOCS.
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I just picked up my promotable status, what correspondence courses do you guys recomend as a 68W?
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Who do I talk to about volunteering for a ranger school slot? I am a Pre-BOLC 70B.
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My MOS is 25B. Looking from advice from others that have or had this MOS for advice on how to make the most of my time during this contract and I'm also curious on possible job prospects for afterwards. Did your experience in the Army help with getting a civilian job? I plan on starting a CS bachelor's this fall and also going for Sec+. Thanks for any advice.
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I ship out within two weeks. Got the job I wanted so hyped about that. I'm not worried about most of what's to come but I'm not in the greatest of shape. I lost 30 or so pounds to meet weight but I didn't work on cardio or strength training much. At the moment I can do about 15-20 pushups at the max from being fully recovered. After a set of those that drops to maybe 10 pushups per burst. Not sure about sit-ups but I've done a few sets of 20-30 with energy leftover. My biggest worry is running, I can't run for shit. I'm a bigger guy and get drained quickly. I can do intervals of quarter mile jogs. If I push it to the max I can maybe go half a mile in one go but after that I have to slow it down to walking to recover.
I know I'm not going to be anywhere near the most out of shape person at BCT but with what I described above, how am I looking for what's in store at basic?
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I'm planning on enlisting 68w and going to airborne school. Should I only contract with option 4, or is waiting till MEPS still a very reliable route to get the opportunity? Thank you.
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Hopefully y’all can help. My boyfriend has been promising me that he plans on going to the army this has been promised for going on 3 years since he left college. I’m a rising senior and I feel like he needs to complete the whatever process it is to go to the army, because working in a warehouse isn’t going to cut it forever. But every time I bring it up, it’s a new reason why he can’t immediately go despite me seeing multiple friends and family enter the army. Here are the list of excuses I have been given, I was hoping y’all could validate whether these are true or is it bs: - Had to retake ASVAB because his results expired. -Changed recruiters (when I met him it was a man now it’s a woman) -Too many parking tickets -License suspended (got that fixed) -Still has to pay off speeding and parking tickets before he can go.
He often changes the date of when he will go to basic. In 2018 he was leaving the end of November, Then it was January 2019, August 2019, January 2020 now its the end of the year 2020.
Idk I just need help figuring out if these excuses and dates are valid??? Help.
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How are the 82nd barracks set up? I am going to the sustainment BDE, and I’ve heard mixed things about the barracks... I really only care about having my own room.
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How long does it take to get medical consul after the doctor finds something potentially disqualifying during your medical exam?
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For anyone who is thinking of joining the Guard or Reserves, how do we find out where is the closest drill location to home?
Also, how long are average deployments?
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Anyone in 17A or 25D I had a couple questions before joining, I would greatly appreciate ur help
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Transition to 35G
Background : I am currently in the army reserves as an 88n. I am also going to school to get my degree in Geospatial Technology with an expected graduation date in 2023.
I am interested in going active and would like to go Geospatial Intelligence Imagery Analyst (35G).
I’m going to ask a bunch of questions, answer as many as you like, I still have time to do my own research.
  • What is AIT like?
  • Assuming is transfer as an E5/E6, what would I be doing?
  • Given that I am reserves atm, what is active duty life, more specifically as a 35g?
  • Do you think my college degree would translate to what I would be doing?
  • What type of schools/opportunities would I have in this MOS?
  • After I get out I would like to go to some government agency, how similar do you think it’ll be? (CIA, NGA, etc.)
I know a lot of this is situational and unit dependent but anything helps.
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So I ship out in a week and I was wondering how the quarantine is gonna work, like will the two weeks of quarantine go into my 9 weeks of Bootcamp or is it not? What will I be doing for two weeks ? Will we have any contact with anyone besides the people who shipped in that day ?
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Whats the significance of field promotions over non-field promotions? Is it just where it happens or is it more complicated?
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My husbands MOS is 36B and he will be graduating BCT this coming week and going to AIT in Ft. Jackson SC. Will they be given their phone while at AIT?
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In 2004 I was honorably discharged while in BCT.
I'll be going to MEPS this Friday to go through my physical.
Since 2004, I have received my 4 year degree.
I have read that one is typically able to go in as an E-4 if they have their 4 year degree.
Myself being what my recruiter is calling a "Chapter," he says I am ineligible to go in as anything other than E-1 since I'm not technically prior service, but also not technically a new recruit.
I don't fully understand and was hoping someone else might be able to clarify.
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Also they mentioned that I would be selecting my MOS at MEPS. I'm wondering if that is the time to also secure Option 4, enroll in the LRP for my student loans, negotiate the rank I'll go in as etc...
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Currently only 10 days are allowed for PCS leave. Even if going you're OCONUS to CONUS unless you have a ETP. What are some good reasons to get an ETP?
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I want to join the Army Rangers SO and I know I can do it but what are the options after you get out? It seems like you get out and great you can do all these military things but that doesn't seem very helpful in getting a good job to pay the bills and more in civilian life. Am I wrong? If so please inlighten me.
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Howdy, i reached 6 months of service on my ERB but the PV2 slot is still blank, do promotions kick in on the first of the month or should i be worried?
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I’m a college student looking into possibly being an officer in the reserves or national guard, while going on to attend graduate school.
I was wondering if any reserve component officers would be willing to talk with l me about their experience, especially if they were pursuing a grad degree/PhD.
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Alright thanks. Love you
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If I get selected for a 4 year ROTC scholarship and FLEP, would my service obligation—8 years for ROTC and 6 years for FLEP— add together? Also, the IRR have no responsibilities that require me to be actively present, correct?
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Hey I just turned 18 and my friend was telling me that I have to sign up for the draft or something but when I looked it up is said I had until I was 25 can someone please point me in right Direction
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Going Army, no jobs open in Admin, what should I do? First choice is 42A, should I wait? Try another branch?
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What would be the closest MOS to 25P? I understand that most people don't actually do what the 25P job description means so i'm asking what MOS is closest to its everyday computer fixing and communications type job.
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Long story short I've always wanted to join. Either I had a good job or was talked out of it by people in my life. Now with Covid I'm one of many who were laid off, I worked at a hospital as a lift tech and was laid off due to cut backs. Is it impractical to attempt to join at this point? I'm older, but still in shape. Just throwing this out there, thanks for any responses I get.
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What type of eye exam do they do at army reception? Will you go through a whole exam where you get your eyes dilated?
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Hello! Im almost certainly enlisting in the upcoming week and they have locked a MOS 15C for me. The main reason I'm joining is because they explained the Warrent officer path to become a helio pilot to me. I was wondering if someone could tell me, exactly how difficult it is/ requirements to submit the warrant officer packet? They made it sound super simple, but im guessing there are other "hidden" requirements. I.e. serving a set number of years, obtaining certain qualifications ect.
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Does anybody know if I'll have to retake SERE for the Army? I've already completed SERE for the Air Force.
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Got an infantry contract but coming off of a cut at 135 5’3. Is there any time after you’re stationed to do any long term fitness plan such as a 10 month bulk or a 3 month cut? I’d imagine with something like a bulk the constant rucking and daily pt would make it a little challenging.
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Anybody stationed at Fort Hood willing to chat? Just got projections there and wanted someone to ask a few questions.
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Need some advice. So I have my MEPS date scheduled for Monday and Teusday next week. My recruiter and I just scheduled this yesterday, the process has been pretty quick. I really dont want to piss anybody off but I think I need to reschedule for 2, maybe 3 weeks from then. Reason being I'm not 100% positive I'll pass the drug test. I haven't smoked in about a month, but I want to play it safe. Before I get a lecture, I know drugs are bad. I don't plan on smoking at all while enlisted.
I really want this and don't want to risk F'ing myself before my career even starts. Anybody have an analogous experience or been in my shoes? I should also note: I was told my MOS is being reserved for me right now, would I be screwing myself if I rescheduled? Feel like I'm in a real though spot rn
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I just ETSed as a SPC from the 82nd as an 11B. Currently working towards my CS degree at an online school. I am considering joining the NC national guard as a 35T. What are the job prospects like for someone fresh out of 35T AIT with a TS clearance and a CS degree?
I know the degree and training is worth something in the civilian world, but I wouldn't have any real-world experience when applying to jobs after AIT.
Other considerations are that I would like to stay in NC because my wife is a pharmacist and brings in around 140k a year so it would be very easy for us to relocate within NC because already has the license required to work in this state. Would my degree/training land me a civilian job at Bragg or would I have to move to DC for good job opportunities?
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I’m going to MEPS on Friday to enlist as a 17C, and basic is in Fort Leonard Wood in mid August. I’ve heard mixed things about Fort LW, and I also heard the weather is very bipolar. Will they provide us with accommodating attire or schedules or is it a fuck it and do it type attitude? Also, with the whole COVID thing going, is “Yellow Phase” going to be in place and cut into Red phase? I’ve tried asking my recruiter but it seems like nobody knows what i’m talking about.
My biggest concern is the physical aspect. The ACFT looks fun and i’m looking forward to it but the 2 mile is killing me since i’m a sprinter and not an endurance runner. Any tips on building up that endurance and strength from now until the 17th of August?
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In the guard, transferring into a new MOS and a new unit within the same state. Do I need to turn in my TA50 to my old unit prior to getting to my new unit?
If yes, am I allowed to go to CIF on my own or does this need to go through supply?
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I’m a recently commissioned Pre-BOLC Reservist LT. My 1LT buddy in the reserves told me that I don’t actually have to show up to drill until after BOLC. That I could use this time to do other things. Is this true? I got in contact with someone from my unit about a month ago to schedule BOLC but haven’t spoken to them since.
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I (17F) just signed a contract for 68W and ship out to basic training at Fort Sill next June. What should I expect pt to be like and what should I be ready for? I’m horrible at running and really need to work on that especially. What are some workout routines you guys might recommend?
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What happens if someone fights back at SERE school?
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I'm told that airborne and other schools are rare to get into writing before enlisting these days, and that it is generally offered after basic due to washout rates for those who reserve spots.
Yet everything I've read says that if I want a school, I need it in my contract before and at meps, otherwise there's absolutely no certainty it will be available/allowable for me. And that especially at osut, nobody cares what I will want unless it's in my contract.
Same with SFAS etc. He said there's generally no 18x enlistment anymore.
Thanks.
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Hey guys i think I’m joining the army I really have no clue on what is the army I did my research here and there I have my asvab testing on Monday anything I should know or like what I should score to get a decent jobs or what are the decent jobs I should be looking to aim for
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Is there any pathway allowing a Canadian citizen to join the US Army and receive the paid education benefits? Or even just being able to join the US army? Thank you!
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Anyone know if Cat IV is opening anytime soon?
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When does the cat 4 open up again plz need to know
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I’m considering PCSing to Carson. I would like to catch a deployment with 4ID.
Advice? Tips? Would I most likely catch one (OPSEC and all)?
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What are the living conditions like for single soldiers at Fort Hood? I’ll be going under the 13th Sustainment Command if it makes a difference.
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I want to join the army but I also get homesick. Any tips?
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Can a 25 series (Bravo in particular) wear a plate carrier with tools in an admin pouch on the job?
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I did that already I just need to sign my contract that’s y I’m asking about the cat 4 opening
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I signed my contract a couple months ago, leaving early next year. Did reserves because I have a civilian career that I enjoy. I’m just curious if anybody has been a 37F on the reserve side? MOS was portrayed as super high-speed, but I’m more so curious about the AIT experience and typical duty expectations. Any info is appreciated.
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I’m going to try to sign an 11 Bravo contract, I hear Fort Benning is very difficult, and is it really as hard as I hear?
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Leaving for BCT in 2 months. How hard is DoD fire academy? What are the hardest parts of this AIT? Where most recruits fails? Im not firefighter so I don't have any experience in firefighting or EMS. I study firefighting basics and EMS online, dozens of hours to complete, any advices on what I should focus? Hows AIT recycling looks? They will be more focused on you in case failure? Thanks
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Anyone have last minute tips for shipping to basic? I leave on the third.
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Hoping to go 17A. For this MOS and others that require TS/SCI, does the full clearance process need to complete before shipping? Or just interim? Neither?
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What does an 88n do on deployment?
Like I know working in the CRSP yard and tracking inventory/personnel. But is there more to it?
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Hey, guys.
New here. I'm 29, in good shape and I have degrees in math and physics. I'm hoping to attend OCS. I've been stuck between jobs during coronavirus and I'm hoping to get moving as quickly as possible.
This is an emergency situation, I have no money and no job. An officer packet takes a long time for review etc. So I'm considering enlisting first and then dropping the officer packet once I'm in.
My recruiter has told me this is a reasonable thing to do, but as is always the case with recruiters, I suspect she may be excessively optimistic how sensible of a plan this is.
My question is this: The "pro" for this plan is that I get moving sooner. But I don't know the cons. I suspect there are problems I don't know how to anticipate--things like: I need an officers approval to turn in a packet and they want me to spend more time in their unit before they're okay with me leaving-- or something like that.

So reddit, what cons am I not aware of?
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Cyber Operations Officer (17A)
Anyone have insight on this position? Was interested in maybe pursuing this job through the Reserves. Appreciate any info.
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Hello I was just wondering if anyone can give me some insight on 13B in today’s army I’ve read up a lot and wanna know some personal experience from someone who’s done it or is doing it now as well as what deployments are like I ship sep 8 to fort sill if anyone can give me some info about bct there. I was wondering if I’ll get the opportunity to go airborne after ait.any info is appreciated thanks!
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What should I pack for Army BCT? everything article I’ve found is contrary to the one I read before it. What is the best packing list? Some say bring underwear and socks and so on while others say that everything you need is issued and you can buy it at the PX. Not sure what to listen to anymore.
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I just enlisted on Thursday as 13m and was wondering what it entails, I wanted to do infantry but they didn’t have anything open. Will it make getting into special forces harder? And will I still go out the field and train like infantry?
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I've heard people say that the jungle tab may be authorized for wear outside of Hawaii, anyone know if that's true or not? I'm trying to get it regardless but it would be cool to be able to wear it at my next duty station too.
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Do I need to contact my in-processing at AIT if I’m not there by my report date? GOV travel is lagging. If this breaks OPSEC or anything let me know.
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Dumb question: How many leave days am I allowed for a Korea PCS? Currently can't do leave in conjunction with travel days, the JTR says 1 day for air travel, but doesn't go into details about how international dateline works. For example if I fly on the 15th, but don't arrive/sign in until the 17th that's 2 days even if I only traveled for 20 hours or what not.
Do I just put 2 days on the leave form and eat a day or...? Any regs you guys know of specifically addressing this? Not a huge deal just don't want to waste a day of leave if I don't have to.
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Just got on a bus to go to the field on the other side of Korea. Our leadership said the PL wants us to turn in our phones upon arrival. Is this something they can do? We were just told to leave them home last field cycle, which I’m fine with. I just don’t trust them with my phone.
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Some promotion points questions. Any guides to how promotion points work in general would be useful. My team leader doesn't like answering questions.
  1. I'm a college specialist (4 year degree) but its showing zero promotion points for my degree. Is this correct since I didn't earn it while serving or do I need to get that fixed?
  2. Do promotion points expired in general? Like if I took a online course this year would the points expire eventually before getting promoted?
  3. You guys recommend any courses in general for useful or easy points?
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35N (SIGNIT) - Signals Intelligence - Army
I am shipping as a 35N - Signals Intelligence at the end of August to Ft. Leonard Wood.
Hoping that I get cleared for top secret, is there anyone out there who can give me the best tips to have this MOS translate to the civilian world?
This is what I have gathered so far:
-Go to as many schools as possible
-AIT won’t have any college credits that transfer
-Deployments help gain experience
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Junior year of HS here, so im confused, if you join the army and stay for a few years and then get honorably discharged, do you get to go to college/university for free? Specifically asking about Florida if that helps
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8 months in my primary zone, no board appearance. Weird amount of time in limbo cuz of covid, idk if they’re still doing paper boards or what.
Are actual boards returning or is it all still through paper? Trying to get ahead.
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Anyone in 25N reserves? Or just 25N Active duty. I wanted to ask a couple questions about the job and what classes you take in AIT. Appreciate any help
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If you attend West Point. How exactly can you go about getting Ranger qualification/Air Assault school/Airborne school. Or do you do these after you officially commission? If so when would you be given opportunities to do such training?
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I want to be a pilot but I’m colorblind. Should I get a contract for my second choice (88M Ranger) and not worry about any color tests, or should I go for it and get my contract, then possibly fail both color tests at MEPS and have to restart.
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Anybody know what FRAGO produced the FY20 requirement for APFTs that I keep seeing around the Army? I keep hearing it and I don't know where it's coming from, just that it contradicts what the Secretary of the Army is saying. Per AR 350-1 record APFTs should be taken twice a year however, APFTs are valid for one year.
Army directive 2020-06 is a very clear that a "passing score on the last record APFT remains valid until 31 March 2022 for any purpose requiring a passing APFT or score, including, but not limited to, professional military education, functional courses, or operational course credit consideration."
That would mean that absent any FRAGO, any requirements for an FY20 requirement for APFTs is contradicting the Secretary of the Army's guidance, right? But there would have to be some FRAGO for me to be seeing this in multiple places, right?
Would appreciate any references here.
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Yeah sure. Hi a have a question about enlisting in the armed services
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2020.08.03 13:35 Army_Bot Summary For: Weekly Question Thread (7/27/2020 to 8/2/2020)

Went into the recruiter wanting an 18x contract, he explained the high attrition rate and suggested i was better off signing a contract for a different MOS and upon AIT graduation meeting with special forces recruiter to go to selection, so if i do fail i would go back to my unit as opposed to needs of the army. This made sense to me, so i have a temporary reservation for 35T but is it really that easy? Is he blowing smoke up my ass or does he genuinely have my best interest in mind?
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Hey all, so my boyfriend is in the army and his MOS is infantry. I plan on enlisting some time within the next six months. My MOS is going to be aviation. I understand that to be taken seriously we have to be married. How does getting stationed together work for two people with different MOSs and how likely is it that it’ll happen for two people who aren’t married?
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Any advice on some good study materials to focus on before shipping as a 68W? I’ve been studying basic anatomy and physiology, and was registered for a “stop the bleed” class that unfortunately got cancelled due to COVID. I’ve been looking at EMT manuals online too, but not sure what direction to go in with those. Thanks in advance for the help.
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What would be the way to go about learning to be an auto mechanic on the side while active duty? I assume I would use COOL, but most of what I'm finding on there are credentials for people with the MOS/technical skills of a mechanic already. I have a completely unrelated MOS and no technical skills, I'm looking to learn.
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Currently at AIT, getting ready to ship to fort carson 1st sbct and am curious to know if theres any news of the brigade deploying any time soon since there heading to NTC for the month of August. My sponsor hasn’t responded to me, assuming he’s busy with preparing for ntc. Thanks
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Looking for a gut check. I'm turning 31 soon. Single, no kids. Some college, had several types of jobs, worked with every kind of bad boss and useless coworker, had every type of bad situation, made every kind of mistake, thankfully no issues with the law or any medical issues.
 
I have had a vague drive to join (notably the infantry) since I was a kid. It never really went away, not really. Not even when I tried to learn as much as possible about the utter suck involved and the frankly sketchy ethics of a lot of the US's actions overseas the last 20 years or so. (not even slightly trying to disrespect the time anyone has spent serving, but the moral implications of some of the things we're sent to do make me personally uncomfortable)
 
Almost every person I talk to, even vets from multiple branches including infantry all say it's a bad idea. My family especially hates the idea.
 
The military is unethical they say, I'll be miserable, I'll feel like a prisoner, whatever. You name it, I've heard it. From all age demographics and walks of life.
 
For whatever reason though, the stories I read on this sub still are attractive. The one time my cousin opened up about his time in Afghanistan over 15 years ago has stuck with me above every other shitty story I've heard. He was a few beers in, and finally talked about his time in the infantry after I asked him (he was in right after 9/11 and was tight lipped 99% of the time). He clearly had a lot of pride in what he did and the guys he was with. It meant a lot to me then and left a strong impression.
 
But maybe I have selective hearing. Maybe I'm seriously delusional about whether or not I'll fit in, or if I'm really capable of playing along to get along the way the army requires.
 
I'm liberal as fuck, but think I can do a pretty good job keeping my mouth shut and doing my job. I'm a pretty emotional and sensitive dude overall but have learned to keep that shit private when necessary, guard my heart closely as they say.
 
I need the real deal from someone, am I a fucking disaster waiting to happen if I join? By default? I'm pretty close to saying "fuck this shit" and just heading to the recruiter. I'm pretty sick of the years of waiting, researching, trying other shit out, looking for the right job or the right time to come along, or for the people in my life to magically change their minds about the army so that their approval isn't so fucking evasive.
 
Am I just ignoring dozens of red flags?
 
Obviously, even now, I should modulate my reaction and make an adult choice after some serious thought, but man, at a certain point I'll be too old for something like the infantry, right?
 
I feel like most of the people who tell me not to join are doing so with good intentions, but they're not me, it's not their life. They kind of piss me off honestly. Am I just childish and ungrateful?
 
I know realistically I'm not immune to the consequences of a very, very bad experience during my time in. including potential trauma, injury, death, mental health issues and more. But for the love of fuck, life has already kicked the shit out of me and I've done everything I can to make it through. I've never been afraid to ask for help, use resources from my mentors and teachers, family and friends, professional help when required. I've survived some awful shit and come out alive and occasionally better for it.
 
Maybe they're famous last words, but I find myself constantly thinking, "it'd be pretty fucking hard for life in the army to be significantly worse than this shit."
 
Maybe I'm already a dead man walking so to speak. Talk me out of it or don't.
Either way thanks in advance for your time.
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I ship August 3rd and am wondering what I need to bring for basic. My recruiter gave me a list from 2013 and I'm wondering if it has changed due to quarantines. Should I bring more than one change of clothes?
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I’ve been going through the enlisting process for a month to a month and a half now and I feel like I’m watching paint dry. I’m extremely eager to get my MOS and my date for basic so I suppose I’m a little impatient. Is it normal for the process to take this long?
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Question about my first AT.
I'm a recently commissioned LT, but pre-BOLC, so I figure there's not a whole lot separating me from an SMP cadet right now.
I got put into the S-shops at a reserve MP unit, and the captain in charge of my S-shop is taking leave to work on Captain's Career Course. I've reached out to him for a few pointers before I go, but I figure it can't hurt to see if anyone has any tips here. What should I expect from an AT at an MP unit?
Thanks!
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So I am at AIT and I was working my ass off to land a volunteer spot at airborne school. We originally had about 20 open seats and the candidates with the best GPAs, PT scores, and least counselings would be selected.
So far I have one of the highest GPAs in the class, great PT, and no disciplinary counseling. I was basically a shoe in for a spot. But thanks covid they completely shut down taking volunteer seats.
I figure the best chance I'll have to go Airborne is asking for once I get to my unit but accepting that it's going to be a few years before that's realistically going to happen. What's the process like once I get out of the AIT And how can I maximize my chances of being selected?
(And yes, for the thousandth time, I know I should have gotten it in my contract.)
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I found out that I was DA selected for recruiter duty this morning and have a report date for the course. Aside from the usual negatives that I'm sure everyone has read about on this subreddit, what are some pro's to being a recruiter? Is there anything I should be on the lookout for / be proactive with before and after I arrive on station?
Also, how would this effect my WOCS packet in the event that I am selected? I've been told that you're stuck in recruiter status no matter what and others have said I would get pulled to WOCS.
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I just picked up my promotable status, what correspondence courses do you guys recomend as a 68W?
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Who do I talk to about volunteering for a ranger school slot? I am a Pre-BOLC 70B.
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My MOS is 25B. Looking from advice from others that have or had this MOS for advice on how to make the most of my time during this contract and I'm also curious on possible job prospects for afterwards. Did your experience in the Army help with getting a civilian job? I plan on starting a CS bachelor's this fall and also going for Sec+. Thanks for any advice.
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I ship out within two weeks. Got the job I wanted so hyped about that. I'm not worried about most of what's to come but I'm not in the greatest of shape. I lost 30 or so pounds to meet weight but I didn't work on cardio or strength training much. At the moment I can do about 15-20 pushups at the max from being fully recovered. After a set of those that drops to maybe 10 pushups per burst. Not sure about sit-ups but I've done a few sets of 20-30 with energy leftover. My biggest worry is running, I can't run for shit. I'm a bigger guy and get drained quickly. I can do intervals of quarter mile jogs. If I push it to the max I can maybe go half a mile in one go but after that I have to slow it down to walking to recover.
I know I'm not going to be anywhere near the most out of shape person at BCT but with what I described above, how am I looking for what's in store at basic?
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I'm planning on enlisting 68w and going to airborne school. Should I only contract with option 4, or is waiting till MEPS still a very reliable route to get the opportunity? Thank you.
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Hopefully y’all can help. My boyfriend has been promising me that he plans on going to the army this has been promised for going on 3 years since he left college. I’m a rising senior and I feel like he needs to complete the whatever process it is to go to the army, because working in a warehouse isn’t going to cut it forever. But every time I bring it up, it’s a new reason why he can’t immediately go despite me seeing multiple friends and family enter the army. Here are the list of excuses I have been given, I was hoping y’all could validate whether these are true or is it bs: - Had to retake ASVAB because his results expired. -Changed recruiters (when I met him it was a man now it’s a woman) -Too many parking tickets -License suspended (got that fixed) -Still has to pay off speeding and parking tickets before he can go.
He often changes the date of when he will go to basic. In 2018 he was leaving the end of November, Then it was January 2019, August 2019, January 2020 now its the end of the year 2020.
Idk I just need help figuring out if these excuses and dates are valid??? Help.
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How are the 82nd barracks set up? I am going to the sustainment BDE, and I’ve heard mixed things about the barracks... I really only care about having my own room.
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How long does it take to get medical consul after the doctor finds something potentially disqualifying during your medical exam?
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For anyone who is thinking of joining the Guard or Reserves, how do we find out where is the closest drill location to home?
Also, how long are average deployments?
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Anyone in 17A or 25D I had a couple questions before joining, I would greatly appreciate ur help
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Transition to 35G
Background : I am currently in the army reserves as an 88n. I am also going to school to get my degree in Geospatial Technology with an expected graduation date in 2023.
I am interested in going active and would like to go Geospatial Intelligence Imagery Analyst (35G).
I’m going to ask a bunch of questions, answer as many as you like, I still have time to do my own research.
  • What is AIT like?
  • Assuming is transfer as an E5/E6, what would I be doing?
  • Given that I am reserves atm, what is active duty life, more specifically as a 35g?
  • Do you think my college degree would translate to what I would be doing?
  • What type of schools/opportunities would I have in this MOS?
  • After I get out I would like to go to some government agency, how similar do you think it’ll be? (CIA, NGA, etc.)
I know a lot of this is situational and unit dependent but anything helps.
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So I ship out in a week and I was wondering how the quarantine is gonna work, like will the two weeks of quarantine go into my 9 weeks of Bootcamp or is it not? What will I be doing for two weeks ? Will we have any contact with anyone besides the people who shipped in that day ?
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Whats the significance of field promotions over non-field promotions? Is it just where it happens or is it more complicated?
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My husbands MOS is 36B and he will be graduating BCT this coming week and going to AIT in Ft. Jackson SC. Will they be given their phone while at AIT?
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In 2004 I was honorably discharged while in BCT.
I'll be going to MEPS this Friday to go through my physical.
Since 2004, I have received my 4 year degree.
I have read that one is typically able to go in as an E-4 if they have their 4 year degree.
Myself being what my recruiter is calling a "Chapter," he says I am ineligible to go in as anything other than E-1 since I'm not technically prior service, but also not technically a new recruit.
I don't fully understand and was hoping someone else might be able to clarify.
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Also they mentioned that I would be selecting my MOS at MEPS. I'm wondering if that is the time to also secure Option 4, enroll in the LRP for my student loans, negotiate the rank I'll go in as etc...
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Currently only 10 days are allowed for PCS leave. Even if going you're OCONUS to CONUS unless you have a ETP. What are some good reasons to get an ETP?
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I want to join the Army Rangers SO and I know I can do it but what are the options after you get out? It seems like you get out and great you can do all these military things but that doesn't seem very helpful in getting a good job to pay the bills and more in civilian life. Am I wrong? If so please inlighten me.
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Howdy, i reached 6 months of service on my ERB but the PV2 slot is still blank, do promotions kick in on the first of the month or should i be worried?
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I’m a college student looking into possibly being an officer in the reserves or national guard, while going on to attend graduate school.
I was wondering if any reserve component officers would be willing to talk with l me about their experience, especially if they were pursuing a grad degree/PhD.
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Alright thanks. Love you
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If I get selected for a 4 year ROTC scholarship and FLEP, would my service obligation—8 years for ROTC and 6 years for FLEP— add together? Also, the IRR have no responsibilities that require me to be actively present, correct?
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Hey I just turned 18 and my friend was telling me that I have to sign up for the draft or something but when I looked it up is said I had until I was 25 can someone please point me in right Direction
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Going Army, no jobs open in Admin, what should I do? First choice is 42A, should I wait? Try another branch?
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What would be the closest MOS to 25P? I understand that most people don't actually do what the 25P job description means so i'm asking what MOS is closest to its everyday computer fixing and communications type job.
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Long story short I've always wanted to join. Either I had a good job or was talked out of it by people in my life. Now with Covid I'm one of many who were laid off, I worked at a hospital as a lift tech and was laid off due to cut backs. Is it impractical to attempt to join at this point? I'm older, but still in shape. Just throwing this out there, thanks for any responses I get.
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What type of eye exam do they do at army reception? Will you go through a whole exam where you get your eyes dilated?
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Hello! Im almost certainly enlisting in the upcoming week and they have locked a MOS 15C for me. The main reason I'm joining is because they explained the Warrent officer path to become a helio pilot to me. I was wondering if someone could tell me, exactly how difficult it is/ requirements to submit the warrant officer packet? They made it sound super simple, but im guessing there are other "hidden" requirements. I.e. serving a set number of years, obtaining certain qualifications ect.
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Does anybody know if I'll have to retake SERE for the Army? I've already completed SERE for the Air Force.
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Got an infantry contract but coming off of a cut at 135 5’3. Is there any time after you’re stationed to do any long term fitness plan such as a 10 month bulk or a 3 month cut? I’d imagine with something like a bulk the constant rucking and daily pt would make it a little challenging.
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Anybody stationed at Fort Hood willing to chat? Just got projections there and wanted someone to ask a few questions.
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Need some advice. So I have my MEPS date scheduled for Monday and Teusday next week. My recruiter and I just scheduled this yesterday, the process has been pretty quick. I really dont want to piss anybody off but I think I need to reschedule for 2, maybe 3 weeks from then. Reason being I'm not 100% positive I'll pass the drug test. I haven't smoked in about a month, but I want to play it safe. Before I get a lecture, I know drugs are bad. I don't plan on smoking at all while enlisted.
I really want this and don't want to risk F'ing myself before my career even starts. Anybody have an analogous experience or been in my shoes? I should also note: I was told my MOS is being reserved for me right now, would I be screwing myself if I rescheduled? Feel like I'm in a real though spot rn
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I just ETSed as a SPC from the 82nd as an 11B. Currently working towards my CS degree at an online school. I am considering joining the NC national guard as a 35T. What are the job prospects like for someone fresh out of 35T AIT with a TS clearance and a CS degree?
I know the degree and training is worth something in the civilian world, but I wouldn't have any real-world experience when applying to jobs after AIT.
Other considerations are that I would like to stay in NC because my wife is a pharmacist and brings in around 140k a year so it would be very easy for us to relocate within NC because already has the license required to work in this state. Would my degree/training land me a civilian job at Bragg or would I have to move to DC for good job opportunities?
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I’m going to MEPS on Friday to enlist as a 17C, and basic is in Fort Leonard Wood in mid August. I’ve heard mixed things about Fort LW, and I also heard the weather is very bipolar. Will they provide us with accommodating attire or schedules or is it a fuck it and do it type attitude? Also, with the whole COVID thing going, is “Yellow Phase” going to be in place and cut into Red phase? I’ve tried asking my recruiter but it seems like nobody knows what i’m talking about.
My biggest concern is the physical aspect. The ACFT looks fun and i’m looking forward to it but the 2 mile is killing me since i’m a sprinter and not an endurance runner. Any tips on building up that endurance and strength from now until the 17th of August?
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In the guard, transferring into a new MOS and a new unit within the same state. Do I need to turn in my TA50 to my old unit prior to getting to my new unit?
If yes, am I allowed to go to CIF on my own or does this need to go through supply?
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I’m a recently commissioned Pre-BOLC Reservist LT. My 1LT buddy in the reserves told me that I don’t actually have to show up to drill until after BOLC. That I could use this time to do other things. Is this true? I got in contact with someone from my unit about a month ago to schedule BOLC but haven’t spoken to them since.
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I (17F) just signed a contract for 68W and ship out to basic training at Fort Sill next June. What should I expect pt to be like and what should I be ready for? I’m horrible at running and really need to work on that especially. What are some workout routines you guys might recommend?
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What happens if someone fights back at SERE school?
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I'm told that airborne and other schools are rare to get into writing before enlisting these days, and that it is generally offered after basic due to washout rates for those who reserve spots.
Yet everything I've read says that if I want a school, I need it in my contract before and at meps, otherwise there's absolutely no certainty it will be available/allowable for me. And that especially at osut, nobody cares what I will want unless it's in my contract.
Same with SFAS etc. He said there's generally no 18x enlistment anymore.
Thanks.
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Hey guys i think I’m joining the army I really have no clue on what is the army I did my research here and there I have my asvab testing on Monday anything I should know or like what I should score to get a decent jobs or what are the decent jobs I should be looking to aim for
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Is there any pathway allowing a Canadian citizen to join the US Army and receive the paid education benefits? Or even just being able to join the US army? Thank you!
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Anyone know if Cat IV is opening anytime soon?
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When does the cat 4 open up again plz need to know
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I’m considering PCSing to Carson. I would like to catch a deployment with 4ID.
Advice? Tips? Would I most likely catch one (OPSEC and all)?
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What are the living conditions like for single soldiers at Fort Hood? I’ll be going under the 13th Sustainment Command if it makes a difference.
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I want to join the army but I also get homesick. Any tips?
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Can a 25 series (Bravo in particular) wear a plate carrier with tools in an admin pouch on the job?
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I did that already I just need to sign my contract that’s y I’m asking about the cat 4 opening
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I signed my contract a couple months ago, leaving early next year. Did reserves because I have a civilian career that I enjoy. I’m just curious if anybody has been a 37F on the reserve side? MOS was portrayed as super high-speed, but I’m more so curious about the AIT experience and typical duty expectations. Any info is appreciated.
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I’m going to try to sign an 11 Bravo contract, I hear Fort Benning is very difficult, and is it really as hard as I hear?
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Leaving for BCT in 2 months. How hard is DoD fire academy? What are the hardest parts of this AIT? Where most recruits fails? Im not firefighter so I don't have any experience in firefighting or EMS. I study firefighting basics and EMS online, dozens of hours to complete, any advices on what I should focus? Hows AIT recycling looks? They will be more focused on you in case failure? Thanks
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Anyone have last minute tips for shipping to basic? I leave on the third.
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Hoping to go 17A. For this MOS and others that require TS/SCI, does the full clearance process need to complete before shipping? Or just interim? Neither?
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What does an 88n do on deployment?
Like I know working in the CRSP yard and tracking inventory/personnel. But is there more to it?
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Hey, guys.
New here. I'm 29, in good shape and I have degrees in math and physics. I'm hoping to attend OCS. I've been stuck between jobs during coronavirus and I'm hoping to get moving as quickly as possible.
This is an emergency situation, I have no money and no job. An officer packet takes a long time for review etc. So I'm considering enlisting first and then dropping the officer packet once I'm in.
My recruiter has told me this is a reasonable thing to do, but as is always the case with recruiters, I suspect she may be excessively optimistic how sensible of a plan this is.
My question is this: The "pro" for this plan is that I get moving sooner. But I don't know the cons. I suspect there are problems I don't know how to anticipate--things like: I need an officers approval to turn in a packet and they want me to spend more time in their unit before they're okay with me leaving-- or something like that.

So reddit, what cons am I not aware of?
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Cyber Operations Officer (17A)
Anyone have insight on this position? Was interested in maybe pursuing this job through the Reserves. Appreciate any info.
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Hello I was just wondering if anyone can give me some insight on 13B in today’s army I’ve read up a lot and wanna know some personal experience from someone who’s done it or is doing it now as well as what deployments are like I ship sep 8 to fort sill if anyone can give me some info about bct there. I was wondering if I’ll get the opportunity to go airborne after ait.any info is appreciated thanks!
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What should I pack for Army BCT? everything article I’ve found is contrary to the one I read before it. What is the best packing list? Some say bring underwear and socks and so on while others say that everything you need is issued and you can buy it at the PX. Not sure what to listen to anymore.
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I just enlisted on Thursday as 13m and was wondering what it entails, I wanted to do infantry but they didn’t have anything open. Will it make getting into special forces harder? And will I still go out the field and train like infantry?
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I've heard people say that the jungle tab may be authorized for wear outside of Hawaii, anyone know if that's true or not? I'm trying to get it regardless but it would be cool to be able to wear it at my next duty station too.
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Do I need to contact my in-processing at AIT if I’m not there by my report date? GOV travel is lagging. If this breaks OPSEC or anything let me know.
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Dumb question: How many leave days am I allowed for a Korea PCS? Currently can't do leave in conjunction with travel days, the JTR says 1 day for air travel, but doesn't go into details about how international dateline works. For example if I fly on the 15th, but don't arrive/sign in until the 17th that's 2 days even if I only traveled for 20 hours or what not.
Do I just put 2 days on the leave form and eat a day or...? Any regs you guys know of specifically addressing this? Not a huge deal just don't want to waste a day of leave if I don't have to.
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Just got on a bus to go to the field on the other side of Korea. Our leadership said the PL wants us to turn in our phones upon arrival. Is this something they can do? We were just told to leave them home last field cycle, which I’m fine with. I just don’t trust them with my phone.
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Some promotion points questions. Any guides to how promotion points work in general would be useful. My team leader doesn't like answering questions.
  1. I'm a college specialist (4 year degree) but its showing zero promotion points for my degree. Is this correct since I didn't earn it while serving or do I need to get that fixed?
  2. Do promotion points expired in general? Like if I took a online course this year would the points expire eventually before getting promoted?
  3. You guys recommend any courses in general for useful or easy points?
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35N (SIGNIT) - Signals Intelligence - Army
I am shipping as a 35N - Signals Intelligence at the end of August to Ft. Leonard Wood.
Hoping that I get cleared for top secret, is there anyone out there who can give me the best tips to have this MOS translate to the civilian world?
This is what I have gathered so far:
-Go to as many schools as possible
-AIT won’t have any college credits that transfer
-Deployments help gain experience
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Junior year of HS here, so im confused, if you join the army and stay for a few years and then get honorably discharged, do you get to go to college/university for free? Specifically asking about Florida if that helps
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8 months in my primary zone, no board appearance. Weird amount of time in limbo cuz of covid, idk if they’re still doing paper boards or what.
Are actual boards returning or is it all still through paper? Trying to get ahead.
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Anyone in 25N reserves? Or just 25N Active duty. I wanted to ask a couple questions about the job and what classes you take in AIT. Appreciate any help
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If you attend West Point. How exactly can you go about getting Ranger qualification/Air Assault school/Airborne school. Or do you do these after you officially commission? If so when would you be given opportunities to do such training?
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I want to be a pilot but I’m colorblind. Should I get a contract for my second choice (88M Ranger) and not worry about any color tests, or should I go for it and get my contract, then possibly fail both color tests at MEPS and have to restart.
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Anybody know what FRAGO produced the FY20 requirement for APFTs that I keep seeing around the Army? I keep hearing it and I don't know where it's coming from, just that it contradicts what the Secretary of the Army is saying. Per AR 350-1 record APFTs should be taken twice a year however, APFTs are valid for one year.
Army directive 2020-06 is a very clear that a "passing score on the last record APFT remains valid until 31 March 2022 for any purpose requiring a passing APFT or score, including, but not limited to, professional military education, functional courses, or operational course credit consideration."
That would mean that absent any FRAGO, any requirements for an FY20 requirement for APFTs is contradicting the Secretary of the Army's guidance, right? But there would have to be some FRAGO for me to be seeing this in multiple places, right?
Would appreciate any references here.
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Yeah sure. Hi a have a question about enlisting in the armed services
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2020.07.27 15:18 Army_Bot Summary For: Weekly Question Thread (7/20/2020 to 7/26/2020)

I want to become an 18D or a 68W and hopefully go into the rangers, so my question is how would I go about enlisting to do either of these, and also are the 18D’s trained more than 68W or is it the same training?
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I'm a 17 year old girl who's really interested in EOD. Won't graduate high school until I'm halfway to 19, so I don't want to waste a recruiters time or anything since I can't do anything yet. Perfectly healthy, I do soccer and track for activities, the only medical concern was breaking my leg freshman year. I don't have any lingering health effects, but I do have some hardware in it.
I do have a few questions.
1.) Everything I've read online says that EOD is open to women. Probably not the most knowledgeable source in the world, despite his high opinion of himself, my dad spent 4 years active duty way before I came around. He's absolutely certain that women aren't allowed to do "EOD" EOD, but can do "EOD support". That sounds like bullshit to me, but I wanted to get the actual truth since online is...online and I don't think 4 years of infantry from the mid 90s is the best source for current information. I know the school's hard and long as hell, so if I make it through that I'd want to be doing EOD things, not just supporting the people doing EOD things.
2.) I'm in good shape, tried to do an ACFT myself to see what I'd be in for. Deadlift is deadlifting, yeeting a ball over your head is whatever, the sprint-drag-carry thing is something almost identical to what we do in soccer so that's easy. And I run for fun so 2 miles isn't anything hard.
I've seen multiple ways online, when it comes to the pushups, is it just break contact with the ground, or do you have to do the thing where you make a "T" with your body?
And I'm still sucking at the leg tuck thing. I can consistently do like 1 or 2 of them, but that's like max effort and not very easy. Any advice on that would be awesome.
3.) I was looking at information about basic, and I know you're pretty much given all the clothes you're allowed to wear. What's the deal when it comes to sports bras? I have a few certain ones that work for me, but I'm...a few steps past "really big" in the chest region. Working out without those is doable but sucks massive monkey balls, so it would be cool if I got to keep them.
tldr
My Googling isn't as good as what I thought it was, thought I'd ask the smart people. Just found out there was an Army reddit recently.
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Question about Tri-Care: Shipping to Jackson 8/4, (AD, 35P, E-4) married and wondering when my wife will get Tri-Care. I know zero week is mostly in-processing and stuff, but she’s losing her insurance through her parent 7/31 (he left his job) and with COVID cases ramping up in the state she’ll be while I’m at BCT, I want to know if it takes a while for dependents to be insured or if it’s pretty quick. I did give her power of attorney so she can handle administrative stuff easier.
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I’m 21 years old and I’ve been applying for jobs for awhile now with no luck. Unfortunately this means I still have to live with my dad. Something is up with my dad he barely eats and will not buy food for the house for the past few weeks I’ve been eating rice with pasta sauce on it and bananas. I am just in a terrible situation and I am thinking about going in to the military but I constantly feel faint and I don’t know if I will pass the physical exams. I just want to have a life and it feels like the only way I will get that is if I join the military. I know if I had fuel and some strength to pass the exam I can but with the lack of food I don’t even have the energy to do a couple of push ups or work out. Not sure if this thread is still up but any guidance or tips will be appreciated
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I asked this on /SecurityClearance but didn't get an answer. I'm at language school and want to use an online speaking tutoring service with a foreign national. Is this something that could complicate my TS? Would I have to report this as a foreign contact, even if I don't share my personal information, never meet the person offline, and don't connect on any social media platforms?

Thanks
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I dropped out of college prior to the coming into the army with only a semester left - 5 credit hours - to graduate. Let’s ignore the excuses and finger pointing for a second now. Okay, so... i want to finish my degree and finally go OCS, but recently I was told that I could apply for OCS even without my degree being complete. Are there any SMEs over here that can confirm/deny this claim with some regulation to back it up?
On subject of my procrastination, I did reapply to by old college regardless. Figured it was time to put my money where my my mouth is.
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What's a good MOS available in the Army Reserves that would make it easier to go Active if needed? Like recession insurance.
Not sure how it works but I imagine some MOS are a dime a dozen on Active but some might always be in demand both on Active and the Reserves. It seems like a catch-22 but surely there something.
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Current 1LT commissioned 2018, finished IBOLC early 2019, finished Ranger summer of 2019, have airborne and air assault completed. I was supposed to go to 2BCT Campbell, my original RFO back in Fall of 2018 said "0502 IN BN 101", but my new RFO says "02 0101 IN HEADQUARTERS". Does this mean that I've been switched from a line battalion to brigade headquarters?
I'm already 2 years into service having spent the entire time in TRADOC at Benning because I had surgery which I wasn't allowed to PCS during, and then right after I healed from that and was about to PCS Coronavirus hit and had us all halted here for now almost 4 months. I just really don't want to get to my unit and sit on BDE staff for years and end up not serving any time as a PL since that's the whole reason I did this infantry officer gig in the first place..
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hi, my dad was telling me that they also test u in boot camp, not just the training but an actual paper test? is this true? and if so what is the test on? I know that there will be tech school afterwards but I was just curious about the test in boot camp.
If anyone wants to share their experience in boot camp please do so, i would love to know everything and anything.
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I'm currently waiting on getting consultations done and have been waiting for my consultations (i need 2, one of which for a waiver as i'm currently DQed) for almost two months. Is there any reason why it's taken so long for Meps to actually schedule doctor's visits? I actually went to meps a second time for one of my doctor's visits and it was canceled (i didn't find this out until i was taken to the consultation and waited 2 hours+sleeping the night before). My recruiter doesn't contact me anymore, and my 1st consult was canceled on 4 seperate occassions. Is my recruiter trying to get me to drop my enlistment?
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Hey, I’m joining as 25b and I was wondering if there is a way to see if there are vacancies at certain forts for this MOS. Personally I want to go to JBER in Anchorage, I love Anchorage.
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(Batt boy hopeful) Any tips for smaller guys ruck wise? Did my first ruck today (35lbs.) and did 2 miles in 29 minutes, only jogged 1 out of the 10 laps. 5’3 128lbs.
Ik 128 is light but I’m not skinny but I’m not super muscular either maybe around 16%-18%bf.
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Any prior service here gone to BCT after they did away with the special "prior service bct?"
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Hey gents, I'm a prior service Marine E-5 who ISTing to the Army in a few weeks, I'm going from USMC tanks (rip) to Army tanks, any advice would be appreciated. I've already got the gist of not mentioning that I was in the Muhreens every sentence haha
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I leave for BCT in about a month and was curious, will I be able to rent a car after I finish OSUT for a couple weeks before I get the opportunity to buy one?
I’m married and decided to sell my current car because it was pretty unreliable and didn’t want to add more shit onto my wife’s plate while I was gone.
I’m coming in as prior service from another branch but spent my whole time single in the barracks, so this is new territory for me. Thanks.
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How many times can you change your MOS?
I know that many MOSs have age, TIS/TIG requirements. Assuming you meet those requirements at what point does a recruiter tell you no more switching?
For instance, I am a 20yr old reservist, my contract will be up in 2024. I am looking to go SF, but I wanted to go active for a contract before going through selection.
If I were go go active and change my MOS, would I be able to change it again if I did go SF?
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Current Navy E5, 9 years in with 17 months until EAOS. Already am FTS (our version of Active Guard, babysit selres, DTS, push orders, am Logistics, and Security Forces Qualed)
Am thinking about going Active Guard. How is it? Im assuming I’d have to go to basic again, but would I keep rank as an E5? How would that work?
How is being a Natty Light? And perks or disadvantages?
Wouldnt mind staying Logistics, but also am open to trying something new, but I guess when would be an ideal time to talk to a Recruiter?
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So I leave for BCT on Monday. I will be joining as 68W. I was wondering which bases everyone recommends for outdoor activities such as hiking and camping? I know Fort Carson is popular for that, but I’d also like other options. Europe and the Pacific isn’t ruled out, but I think I’d rather stay state-side for my first contract. Unless you feel so strongly about a base overseas.
Also any tips and tricks for BCT would be appreciated.
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So, I know a SFC at my unit who recently got a DUI. The weird part of this situation is the last couple months he has been going around telling anyone who would listen that he had a severe problem with alcohol including our command team. Around a month ago he self enrolled in SUDDC but because of covid, he could not go to inpatient rehab. He was also told by his therapist not to stop drinking because quitting cold Turkey cant literally kill an alcoholic. So he couldnt start the program. Has anyone ever seen something like this?
EDIT I know how everyone feels about drunk drivers here lol. Not to give away his personal shit but the guy had some really horrific shit happen to him this past year. Also he knows he is fucked lol I just think it sucks for him
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Those of you who joined later in life (25 years of age and older) do you regret your decision? I said no to a recruiter but now I feel like I made the wrong decision.
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Hey guys, need some help, I got a 90 on the ASVAB and I'm trying to choose my MOS since pretty much everything is open to me.
My top choices are 42A or 68F
Anyone here in that currently? I want to hear the good, bad, everything. Also like where would I likely go to AIT etc. I'm married and I've heard that if AIT is longer than 12 weeks our spouses move with? Is that true?
More info,
42A, Human Resources, it's pretty much what I already do civilian without the army. I'm comfortable with it. If I do this while in, I'll go to college, get an actual degree, I might not be overly excited by it, but I'd be comfortable.
68F, Physical Therapy, while I'm comfortable with human resources type work, I'm honestly interested in this MOS more, it would be completely new, and something that I would go to school for while in to build a career in not only in the army but after.
Also, for those saying Join the AirForce, it was my first choice but they don't like that I have a GED despite my scores. I could probably get in, but it would take much longer....
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What COVID FRAGO are we on now? 29? Thanks lads
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Okay made a throwaway for obvious reasons. I’m about to head to the 82nd (11A) and I have to say, I hate jumping. It terrifies me every time, I dread it actually spend the whole week just pissed off, and it just sucks. Is there any way I can get my orders amended to go somewhere else? Or get taken off jump status without negative repercussions?
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Hi. I'm prior Navy AD, 2006-2010, honorable discharge, no disabilities RE code 1, ASVAB 85, 32 years old, good shape. Joined AF Reserve in 2018 but asked for release to IRR before going to tech school because I took a DOD job overseas. I'm interested in 17C either AD or Reserve. Any information if this is a realistic possibility or advice.
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Warrant Officer route...
Hey guys, I’ve seen that the army is the only branch that if you want to fly you don’t need a bachelors. I want to go straight into the program, but the recruiter is saying to do a 3-4 year contract then apply for warrant officer. The reason being it’s harder going straight into it(their words not mine). Recruiter has also stated since I’ll already be in the Army, I would have already built a well rounded reputation with my fellow NCO’s and Officers to pass me into flight school. The reason being is because according to the recruiter, they will see my hard work ethic goes into completely to the Army. Are they pulling my chain? If not then I’ll do avionics then for any of their aircraft.
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I got hardware retention on both of my legs and feet. Titanium spacers. I could get surgery to remove them since they have already shaped my feet to have an arch. But, I just want to get some people's experience on something similar. Still gonna bring this up with a recruiter either way once I can enlist.
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So I’ve been dealing with shin splints since I first came in (about a year and a half ago) and it’s due to having flat feet. I’ve tried almost every option and I still have the issue.
I’m pretty fast, the only issue is I can’t even get through the prep drills without pain so I damn sure can’t run that long without stopping. So I’ve hit a wall with my runtime. And I DONT want get a profile even tho I’ve been suggested it, but I might have to.
I had the chance to go Airborne but had to change my mind because of this. Am I going to miss out on a lot career-wise by not being able to run?
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Been out 6 years now (Reserves) and trying to get my RPU for a VA Loan (DD-214 isn't enough, apparently). ArmyHRC portal won't let anyone on a non-DoD computer connect to it. I went to a recruiter to use their computer since I have a DS Logon (No CAC, unfortunately) and the HRC portal just sent me on a loop. Tells me to log in, I log in, then it tells me to log in again, repeat infinitely.
Would my old unit still have these records? Any other way anyone can think of to access them? The only thing I can find is going through the My Records Portal on HRC.
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Have recruiters offices opened back up yet?
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New Private here, I’m looking to take advantage of the retirement stuff that the army offers so of course I’ve set up my TSP account, have 5% of my base pay contributed every month all that stuff. I’ve created my TSP account and have accessed it but I cannot for the life of me figure out how to move my money around. Currently everything is sitting in the G fund and I’d like to move it to another faster growing fund or a life cycle fund (haven’t decided where yet open to suggestions) but there isn’t an obvious way to do it, no buy or sell option, no transfer funds or anything, it just keeps telling my I have $100 and 100% of my money allocated to the G fund. Any directions on how to use the website would be greatly appreciated.
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I just got to my unit 3 months ago. I have a 5 year contract (25B). I'm curious if I would have a chance to reclass to 17C? One of the requirements is to have 3 years TIS after completion of AIT. Has anyone reclassed to this MOS? Or went through the process of reclaiming during their contract? Thank you
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Straight to the point. I am a 30 year old male, hold a Bachelor's Degree, and have a solid career with the Fed Govt. I will be enlisting in the Army Reserves as an 88M. The reason I am joining is because I want to serve my country. I understand it is not a high speed position, I accept that.
Primarily, what kind of experience should I expect during drill and annual training? And during my time enlisted as a whole?
Any and all information is greatly appreciated.
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Question about initial-entry active duty 37F:
1) I just started working with a recruiter and he stated that it is only for reserves/NG as initial entry off the street. The Army's website and few threads here seem to indicate otherwise. Is he correct or is his info just outdated?
2) Do Psyop candidates still go through 31B OSUT? A search of this sub indicates they did/do, but the requirements page from the Army's website does not mention it.
3) Where does Airborne school slot into the training pipeline?
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Current active duty air force. Let's say I have orders to a base in JBSA. My spouse is looking to enlist in the army (long story). When she goes to basic training / AIT, will the army work with us to send her over to a base in JBSA (Lackland, Sam Houston) since I got orders here? Or would the army just not give a shit and send her anywhere for her first base? The MOS she's thinking of can go to both of those bases.
Any insight on how the process works is welcome.
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what are some of the fastest jobs to get into? I know some jobs have a long waiting time like years. Are there any that are a couple months or earlier after meps?
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Stupid question, but I gotta ask, how bad is the food?
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I’m enlisting as an 11b and I was curious as to what the deployments are like these day’s. Wondering if you still go outside of the wire and go on patrols? Or is it pretty much laid back and not a whole lot going on
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We’re being told by leadership that if we have family visit from outside the local area, we have to submit regular leave. Additionally, we’ll be placed on 14 days of ROM after they leave, with the suggestion we’ll also be charged leave for that period. Any thoughts on how realistic this is, or if it’s just army blowhardedness?
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Darn!
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Can you wash an acu belt with high heat? Ran into some bedbugs at work and wanted to make sure nothing could be on it. Probably fine as i only got one on my pants.
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Had a recruiter tell me that if I go in as 68K I would get E5 once I finished AIT. Is he full of it?
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Will I 100% get the job I want when I join (12m)
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Where can I find more recruiters? There are two in my area and both refuse to move forward with me because of my medical condition. I processed at MEPS with the Navy and was a granted a waiver, but I am also considering the Army.
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Anyone here start as a 68K and then go into IPAP / Med School? Were you able to study for your pre reqs while working?
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My wife is in med school and I am college educated working. We would both like to join the army and are 27.
How would this work off paper? Would we be stationed together (guessing no) and able see see each other every few weeks/months (guessing yes).
Any experiences to share or ideas on how this transition could work?
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Hey guys, meeting up with a recruiter Wednesday. I'm a little nervous to say the least. Are there any questions you think I should ask? I already have a few MOSs in mind, mainly transportation involved.
Is there any reason they'd turn me down? I'm good on weight, in decent physical shape, and should score at least the minimum score on the ASVAB. Any questions they'll ask me? Thanks for any and all answers
Note: Also, I'm going to a reserves recruiting office (only one near me) but I want to do active duty. Should that really matter?
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How's 1st BCT at Bliss?
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23 year old female here with just a high school diploma. I want to enlist but would I be able to being that I have a rod on my femur bone from a past injury and am allergic to a few things?
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How's 35S in the army like? Daily life, how's the job, AIT, etc. I am between 35S with a 3 years contract and 35P with 6 years contract (DLAB score of 100, so I'm guessing it'd be Spanish or French, recruiter didn't have the info when we met) Any info or advice is appreciate it!
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Hey guys,
So I'm a recent college grad from a top 30 university with a dual degree in PoliSci and Economics interested in joining the Army. Over the last year of school I applied to a shit ton of entry level intel positions in both the public and private space, but due to my lack of foreign language training and not being at the top of my class, none of them panned out. I've been working with a recruiter for about a month now searching for the right role and currently have a temporary reservation for a 37F, 5 year contract. From everything I've read about Psyops, it seems right up my alley due to my affinity for language, talking to people, tough physical training, and everything psychological. I was originally looking for an 18x contract after speaking with a few former berets, but there are no available contracts at the current moment and after reading more about psyops I think I'm more interested in that route. I've spoken to my recruiter about going to OCS, but he says it could take up to a year to get there, and as I'm not exactly looking for a long term military career, I would rather enlist and expedite my training. We have also spoken about 35L 11x40 contracts, to work in counter intel with a ranger regiment, among some other 35 series roles. Basically, I'm looking to be deployed and get some real hands on work in the field. Just wondering if you guys have any suggestions, or if there are any former 37F's that would be willing to chat with me privately. I know there's a megathread already, but I have some questions that weren't answered there. Got a 97 AFQT score and 132 on my GT if that helps. Thanks.
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I recently enlisted as 35M and am wondering if once I get to DLI after AIT will my wife be able to live with me?
Also I saw online some "military housing" from The Parks at Monterrey and was wondering if the housing was chosen for you and that I would not receive BAH because of it?
Is the housing recommended for someone whom is E4 or should i look for non- military housing?
Also thank you all on Army for helping me through the process!
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Chances of getting into regiment without an opt 40? Asked around and what I’ve gathered up is getting invited to RASP at osut or airborne can happen but is rare and once you get assigned to a unit it’s almost impossible because they won’t “release you”. I have an 11x contract which I’d imagine is one of the most popular mos in the regiment so not many spots would be open.
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Just went and spoke to recruiter today. Have mildish eczema. He recommended I do not mention it to MEPS. He says that if they decided I did have eczema, medical documents from my allergist would be needed and then I can get the waiver but to expedite things I should not mention it. What are the odds waivers get accepted? I would rather not lie and get the waiver but also do not want to DQ and strike my record.
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Hey there, I'm a split ops going to ait and was told I am leaving tomorrow to quarantine. If anyone could put some insight on how that goes it would be much appreciated! Fort Lee if it matters.
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If I were to ship after October 1st, would the APFT or ACFT be my test of record? I’d be more considered a “swoldier” so I’d much rather take the ACFT.
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Thank you
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I'm shipping out in a little over two weeks. I had to go to the ER for a really, really bad anxiety attack earlier this month and I told my recruiter about it and he made me send him the docs from the ER so he can send to MEPS. He's waiting to hear back from MEPS. Am I going to be DQd now?
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Are there any cool nuclear based MOS' that aren't CBRN?
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Suppose to be attending BLC early next month. No one can give me a clear answer whether It’s eBLC or in person (Fort Bliss). If it is eBLC, do I need a webcam for the class? I covered my camera with electrical tape don’t want to login first day and find out I need it and scramble to clean if off. Additionally, I’m assuming since the only thing in the army that supports Linux is the BFT, I’ll have to use Windows 10 for the class?
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Do you need a waiver for weed use?
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How do schools work in the Army? How do soldiers go to schools (airborne, air assault, sapper, ranger, etc) without it being in their contract? Is there a limit to the amount of schools you can go to? Are there specific MOS’s for specific schools? I have my eyes on 11B, 19D and 19K.
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How long does a flag removal take? Was flagged for X and it was removed this past Friday. Everything on my SRB and ACT is now reflecting that I am not flagged now but on GoArmyEd it says I am still flagged there. How long until GoArmyEd sees that I am no longer flagged so I can enroll for classes again? Thanks
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Hello, I’m 23 yrs old and currently a nationally registered Advanced EMT that works on a hotshot crew with an associates degree and relatively physically fit with much room for improvement due to lack of consistency because of my job (sub 8min miles for 7+ miles at a time, 15-20 strict pull-ups, 80 push-ups in a minute and a half, solid hiker with lots of weight). I was curious as to what kind of contracts are typically offered given the previous training I have in combination with my pt scores. I’ve talked to a recruiter but he was unsure about people with civilian training prior to enlistment. Because it is fire season and I’m typically gone from home for 2-3 weeks at a time, I haven’t gotten a chance to go in and talk more with him. Just curious what kind of info I can get here. I also have an interest in being attached with rangers or a medevac ship enlisting as a 68W.
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Student Loan Repayment question.
I joined in 2007 and my contract had a clause that offered 20k student loan repayment, but I never used it. My IRR officially ended 2015. Only a few short weeks after I was fully out I decided I wanted to join back up, but that was a very brief stint and I was discharged for medical reasons.
My question is: Will my clause still be honored after all of this?
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What are the non combat military positions? And do you still have to pass physical requirements test?
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Sometimes I think about going back into the Army but I have severe depression and ptsd. I'm also rated 70 percent through the VA. Does my mental health pretty much kill any chances of possibly going back in?
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Thank you
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Why it hurt when I pee
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I'm currently in the Air Force as an E6->E7. Our OTS (OCS) program is EXTREMELY difficult to get into with a 2%-26% selection rate. I've talked to a couple recruiters that said OCS selection rates are very high and could get me in without much issue. I would do ROTC for grad school if needed.
I plan to finish out and retire in whichever branch. I qualify for all aspects except age/TAFMS which can be waived according to the recruiters.
Has anyone here done this or have any thoughts?
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Iam thinking about Joining the national guard after I get my associates degree, would I be able to choose college first option and go on to attend college to get my bachelor's?
Or would the college first option been nullified as it states "Graduate from HS or Senior" (I think this means only if right out of HS and have completed 4 years college or required amount of credits to be a senior.
Recap- would I still be able to choose college first?
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Im planning on enlisting with the Army, and most likely going reserve. I'm trying to get an Intel MOS (35 series) and I wanted to know what states have Intel units? My recruiter told me if I go reserve as Intel I'd have to move because my state doesn't have any reserve units with Intel, so if that's true, then what states do?
Also, if I wanted to reapply for scholarship while in the reserve how would I go about it? Previously I had a Marine scholarship, however due to eyesight and the Corps strictness I was dropped, but after speaking with the Army officer in charge of the ROTC scholarships at my university she said in my case Army would most likely take me.
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On what grounds can an NCO submit a request to HRC to have their last NCOER removed or revised?
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So I'm interested in joining either the army or air force around Spring 2021 as my current job contract will be up.
I'm 25, F, and extremely bright. I like the 35 series of jobs. Both AF and army have crypto linguist.
I'm still waiting to here back from recruiters in Japan. (Holiday weekend).
Not sure if it helps but, I did 10 months of Americorps NCCC FEMA Corps.
How safe is it now for women in the army/military in general? I know the airforce has a buddy system now. I've read all kinds of horror stories.
I know this is hard to answer because every situation is different. But, how long would it take applying now, to get a potential ship out date in that 35 series?
I'm going about studying for the asvab now. I took it once in highschool. How else can I prepare?
In PT more difficult now or?
Is there certain jobs I should know about that are less risky on a daily basis such the 35s?
How can I prepare physically?
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I’m thinking about enlisting in the army as a 68W. I scored a 87 on my PICAT and currently just have to go up to verify it. What are some of the pros and cons to taking this path that I might not be aware of, and what are some other MOS’s that I should look into?
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SFAB as a 13F, someone talk me out of it
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I’m allergic to morphine fentanol and penicillin. Will this DQ me from joining the army or could I get a waiver?
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Are migraines disqualifying? Specifically for SF. I asked my local recruiter and he didn't seem optimistic, but wasn't sure. Never heard back from the guy.

Edit: Thanks for the feedback guys
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Hello! I’m joining the Army as 68J in August. Anyone know how the Covid Situation in boot camp training at the moment?
For Example:
How’s social distancing in the army? Will there be any testing on site for Covid before joining? Will you allow to wear masks? What happen if a soldier gets covid? I really appreciate your guys helps!
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Can someone help me to understand how theArmy Credentialing Assistance Program works? I'm aware of what it is but I'm wondering who I would talk to to get this set up and what steps I would have to take. Thanks in advance.
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I need help finding a good study guid for the EIB/useful tips, if anyone could help it’d be much appreciated
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Is the army combat medic have a reserve option because i found a web page that says its only for enlisted soldiers.
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Question about pay: I was two days into reception when one of the dudes in my bay tested positive for Covid. I am now in quarantine due to being in proximity of him. Since I barely even started my processing, will I be payed when the pay period comes up? Or will I have to finish processing to be paid? Just wondering cause I got a wife at home that needs to pay the bills.
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2020.07.27 15:18 Army_Bot Summary For: Weekly Question Thread (7/20/2020 to 7/26/2020)

I want to become an 18D or a 68W and hopefully go into the rangers, so my question is how would I go about enlisting to do either of these, and also are the 18D’s trained more than 68W or is it the same training?
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I'm a 17 year old girl who's really interested in EOD. Won't graduate high school until I'm halfway to 19, so I don't want to waste a recruiters time or anything since I can't do anything yet. Perfectly healthy, I do soccer and track for activities, the only medical concern was breaking my leg freshman year. I don't have any lingering health effects, but I do have some hardware in it.
I do have a few questions.
1.) Everything I've read online says that EOD is open to women. Probably not the most knowledgeable source in the world, despite his high opinion of himself, my dad spent 4 years active duty way before I came around. He's absolutely certain that women aren't allowed to do "EOD" EOD, but can do "EOD support". That sounds like bullshit to me, but I wanted to get the actual truth since online is...online and I don't think 4 years of infantry from the mid 90s is the best source for current information. I know the school's hard and long as hell, so if I make it through that I'd want to be doing EOD things, not just supporting the people doing EOD things.
2.) I'm in good shape, tried to do an ACFT myself to see what I'd be in for. Deadlift is deadlifting, yeeting a ball over your head is whatever, the sprint-drag-carry thing is something almost identical to what we do in soccer so that's easy. And I run for fun so 2 miles isn't anything hard.
I've seen multiple ways online, when it comes to the pushups, is it just break contact with the ground, or do you have to do the thing where you make a "T" with your body?
And I'm still sucking at the leg tuck thing. I can consistently do like 1 or 2 of them, but that's like max effort and not very easy. Any advice on that would be awesome.
3.) I was looking at information about basic, and I know you're pretty much given all the clothes you're allowed to wear. What's the deal when it comes to sports bras? I have a few certain ones that work for me, but I'm...a few steps past "really big" in the chest region. Working out without those is doable but sucks massive monkey balls, so it would be cool if I got to keep them.
tldr
My Googling isn't as good as what I thought it was, thought I'd ask the smart people. Just found out there was an Army reddit recently.
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Question about Tri-Care: Shipping to Jackson 8/4, (AD, 35P, E-4) married and wondering when my wife will get Tri-Care. I know zero week is mostly in-processing and stuff, but she’s losing her insurance through her parent 7/31 (he left his job) and with COVID cases ramping up in the state she’ll be while I’m at BCT, I want to know if it takes a while for dependents to be insured or if it’s pretty quick. I did give her power of attorney so she can handle administrative stuff easier.
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I’m 21 years old and I’ve been applying for jobs for awhile now with no luck. Unfortunately this means I still have to live with my dad. Something is up with my dad he barely eats and will not buy food for the house for the past few weeks I’ve been eating rice with pasta sauce on it and bananas. I am just in a terrible situation and I am thinking about going in to the military but I constantly feel faint and I don’t know if I will pass the physical exams. I just want to have a life and it feels like the only way I will get that is if I join the military. I know if I had fuel and some strength to pass the exam I can but with the lack of food I don’t even have the energy to do a couple of push ups or work out. Not sure if this thread is still up but any guidance or tips will be appreciated
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I asked this on /SecurityClearance but didn't get an answer. I'm at language school and want to use an online speaking tutoring service with a foreign national. Is this something that could complicate my TS? Would I have to report this as a foreign contact, even if I don't share my personal information, never meet the person offline, and don't connect on any social media platforms?

Thanks
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I dropped out of college prior to the coming into the army with only a semester left - 5 credit hours - to graduate. Let’s ignore the excuses and finger pointing for a second now. Okay, so... i want to finish my degree and finally go OCS, but recently I was told that I could apply for OCS even without my degree being complete. Are there any SMEs over here that can confirm/deny this claim with some regulation to back it up?
On subject of my procrastination, I did reapply to by old college regardless. Figured it was time to put my money where my my mouth is.
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What's a good MOS available in the Army Reserves that would make it easier to go Active if needed? Like recession insurance.
Not sure how it works but I imagine some MOS are a dime a dozen on Active but some might always be in demand both on Active and the Reserves. It seems like a catch-22 but surely there something.
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Current 1LT commissioned 2018, finished IBOLC early 2019, finished Ranger summer of 2019, have airborne and air assault completed. I was supposed to go to 2BCT Campbell, my original RFO back in Fall of 2018 said "0502 IN BN 101", but my new RFO says "02 0101 IN HEADQUARTERS". Does this mean that I've been switched from a line battalion to brigade headquarters?
I'm already 2 years into service having spent the entire time in TRADOC at Benning because I had surgery which I wasn't allowed to PCS during, and then right after I healed from that and was about to PCS Coronavirus hit and had us all halted here for now almost 4 months. I just really don't want to get to my unit and sit on BDE staff for years and end up not serving any time as a PL since that's the whole reason I did this infantry officer gig in the first place..
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hi, my dad was telling me that they also test u in boot camp, not just the training but an actual paper test? is this true? and if so what is the test on? I know that there will be tech school afterwards but I was just curious about the test in boot camp.
If anyone wants to share their experience in boot camp please do so, i would love to know everything and anything.
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I'm currently waiting on getting consultations done and have been waiting for my consultations (i need 2, one of which for a waiver as i'm currently DQed) for almost two months. Is there any reason why it's taken so long for Meps to actually schedule doctor's visits? I actually went to meps a second time for one of my doctor's visits and it was canceled (i didn't find this out until i was taken to the consultation and waited 2 hours+sleeping the night before). My recruiter doesn't contact me anymore, and my 1st consult was canceled on 4 seperate occassions. Is my recruiter trying to get me to drop my enlistment?
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Hey, I’m joining as 25b and I was wondering if there is a way to see if there are vacancies at certain forts for this MOS. Personally I want to go to JBER in Anchorage, I love Anchorage.
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(Batt boy hopeful) Any tips for smaller guys ruck wise? Did my first ruck today (35lbs.) and did 2 miles in 29 minutes, only jogged 1 out of the 10 laps. 5’3 128lbs.
Ik 128 is light but I’m not skinny but I’m not super muscular either maybe around 16%-18%bf.
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Any prior service here gone to BCT after they did away with the special "prior service bct?"
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Hey gents, I'm a prior service Marine E-5 who ISTing to the Army in a few weeks, I'm going from USMC tanks (rip) to Army tanks, any advice would be appreciated. I've already got the gist of not mentioning that I was in the Muhreens every sentence haha
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I leave for BCT in about a month and was curious, will I be able to rent a car after I finish OSUT for a couple weeks before I get the opportunity to buy one?
I’m married and decided to sell my current car because it was pretty unreliable and didn’t want to add more shit onto my wife’s plate while I was gone.
I’m coming in as prior service from another branch but spent my whole time single in the barracks, so this is new territory for me. Thanks.
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How many times can you change your MOS?
I know that many MOSs have age, TIS/TIG requirements. Assuming you meet those requirements at what point does a recruiter tell you no more switching?
For instance, I am a 20yr old reservist, my contract will be up in 2024. I am looking to go SF, but I wanted to go active for a contract before going through selection.
If I were go go active and change my MOS, would I be able to change it again if I did go SF?
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Current Navy E5, 9 years in with 17 months until EAOS. Already am FTS (our version of Active Guard, babysit selres, DTS, push orders, am Logistics, and Security Forces Qualed)
Am thinking about going Active Guard. How is it? Im assuming I’d have to go to basic again, but would I keep rank as an E5? How would that work?
How is being a Natty Light? And perks or disadvantages?
Wouldnt mind staying Logistics, but also am open to trying something new, but I guess when would be an ideal time to talk to a Recruiter?
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So I leave for BCT on Monday. I will be joining as 68W. I was wondering which bases everyone recommends for outdoor activities such as hiking and camping? I know Fort Carson is popular for that, but I’d also like other options. Europe and the Pacific isn’t ruled out, but I think I’d rather stay state-side for my first contract. Unless you feel so strongly about a base overseas.
Also any tips and tricks for BCT would be appreciated.
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So, I know a SFC at my unit who recently got a DUI. The weird part of this situation is the last couple months he has been going around telling anyone who would listen that he had a severe problem with alcohol including our command team. Around a month ago he self enrolled in SUDDC but because of covid, he could not go to inpatient rehab. He was also told by his therapist not to stop drinking because quitting cold Turkey cant literally kill an alcoholic. So he couldnt start the program. Has anyone ever seen something like this?
EDIT I know how everyone feels about drunk drivers here lol. Not to give away his personal shit but the guy had some really horrific shit happen to him this past year. Also he knows he is fucked lol I just think it sucks for him
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Those of you who joined later in life (25 years of age and older) do you regret your decision? I said no to a recruiter but now I feel like I made the wrong decision.
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Hey guys, need some help, I got a 90 on the ASVAB and I'm trying to choose my MOS since pretty much everything is open to me.
My top choices are 42A or 68F
Anyone here in that currently? I want to hear the good, bad, everything. Also like where would I likely go to AIT etc. I'm married and I've heard that if AIT is longer than 12 weeks our spouses move with? Is that true?
More info,
42A, Human Resources, it's pretty much what I already do civilian without the army. I'm comfortable with it. If I do this while in, I'll go to college, get an actual degree, I might not be overly excited by it, but I'd be comfortable.
68F, Physical Therapy, while I'm comfortable with human resources type work, I'm honestly interested in this MOS more, it would be completely new, and something that I would go to school for while in to build a career in not only in the army but after.
Also, for those saying Join the AirForce, it was my first choice but they don't like that I have a GED despite my scores. I could probably get in, but it would take much longer....
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What COVID FRAGO are we on now? 29? Thanks lads
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Okay made a throwaway for obvious reasons. I’m about to head to the 82nd (11A) and I have to say, I hate jumping. It terrifies me every time, I dread it actually spend the whole week just pissed off, and it just sucks. Is there any way I can get my orders amended to go somewhere else? Or get taken off jump status without negative repercussions?
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Hi. I'm prior Navy AD, 2006-2010, honorable discharge, no disabilities RE code 1, ASVAB 85, 32 years old, good shape. Joined AF Reserve in 2018 but asked for release to IRR before going to tech school because I took a DOD job overseas. I'm interested in 17C either AD or Reserve. Any information if this is a realistic possibility or advice.
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Warrant Officer route...
Hey guys, I’ve seen that the army is the only branch that if you want to fly you don’t need a bachelors. I want to go straight into the program, but the recruiter is saying to do a 3-4 year contract then apply for warrant officer. The reason being it’s harder going straight into it(their words not mine). Recruiter has also stated since I’ll already be in the Army, I would have already built a well rounded reputation with my fellow NCO’s and Officers to pass me into flight school. The reason being is because according to the recruiter, they will see my hard work ethic goes into completely to the Army. Are they pulling my chain? If not then I’ll do avionics then for any of their aircraft.
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I got hardware retention on both of my legs and feet. Titanium spacers. I could get surgery to remove them since they have already shaped my feet to have an arch. But, I just want to get some people's experience on something similar. Still gonna bring this up with a recruiter either way once I can enlist.
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So I’ve been dealing with shin splints since I first came in (about a year and a half ago) and it’s due to having flat feet. I’ve tried almost every option and I still have the issue.
I’m pretty fast, the only issue is I can’t even get through the prep drills without pain so I damn sure can’t run that long without stopping. So I’ve hit a wall with my runtime. And I DONT want get a profile even tho I’ve been suggested it, but I might have to.
I had the chance to go Airborne but had to change my mind because of this. Am I going to miss out on a lot career-wise by not being able to run?
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Been out 6 years now (Reserves) and trying to get my RPU for a VA Loan (DD-214 isn't enough, apparently). ArmyHRC portal won't let anyone on a non-DoD computer connect to it. I went to a recruiter to use their computer since I have a DS Logon (No CAC, unfortunately) and the HRC portal just sent me on a loop. Tells me to log in, I log in, then it tells me to log in again, repeat infinitely.
Would my old unit still have these records? Any other way anyone can think of to access them? The only thing I can find is going through the My Records Portal on HRC.
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Have recruiters offices opened back up yet?
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New Private here, I’m looking to take advantage of the retirement stuff that the army offers so of course I’ve set up my TSP account, have 5% of my base pay contributed every month all that stuff. I’ve created my TSP account and have accessed it but I cannot for the life of me figure out how to move my money around. Currently everything is sitting in the G fund and I’d like to move it to another faster growing fund or a life cycle fund (haven’t decided where yet open to suggestions) but there isn’t an obvious way to do it, no buy or sell option, no transfer funds or anything, it just keeps telling my I have $100 and 100% of my money allocated to the G fund. Any directions on how to use the website would be greatly appreciated.
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I just got to my unit 3 months ago. I have a 5 year contract (25B). I'm curious if I would have a chance to reclass to 17C? One of the requirements is to have 3 years TIS after completion of AIT. Has anyone reclassed to this MOS? Or went through the process of reclaiming during their contract? Thank you
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Straight to the point. I am a 30 year old male, hold a Bachelor's Degree, and have a solid career with the Fed Govt. I will be enlisting in the Army Reserves as an 88M. The reason I am joining is because I want to serve my country. I understand it is not a high speed position, I accept that.
Primarily, what kind of experience should I expect during drill and annual training? And during my time enlisted as a whole?
Any and all information is greatly appreciated.
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Question about initial-entry active duty 37F:
1) I just started working with a recruiter and he stated that it is only for reserves/NG as initial entry off the street. The Army's website and few threads here seem to indicate otherwise. Is he correct or is his info just outdated?
2) Do Psyop candidates still go through 31B OSUT? A search of this sub indicates they did/do, but the requirements page from the Army's website does not mention it.
3) Where does Airborne school slot into the training pipeline?
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Current active duty air force. Let's say I have orders to a base in JBSA. My spouse is looking to enlist in the army (long story). When she goes to basic training / AIT, will the army work with us to send her over to a base in JBSA (Lackland, Sam Houston) since I got orders here? Or would the army just not give a shit and send her anywhere for her first base? The MOS she's thinking of can go to both of those bases.
Any insight on how the process works is welcome.
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what are some of the fastest jobs to get into? I know some jobs have a long waiting time like years. Are there any that are a couple months or earlier after meps?
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Stupid question, but I gotta ask, how bad is the food?
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I’m enlisting as an 11b and I was curious as to what the deployments are like these day’s. Wondering if you still go outside of the wire and go on patrols? Or is it pretty much laid back and not a whole lot going on
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We’re being told by leadership that if we have family visit from outside the local area, we have to submit regular leave. Additionally, we’ll be placed on 14 days of ROM after they leave, with the suggestion we’ll also be charged leave for that period. Any thoughts on how realistic this is, or if it’s just army blowhardedness?
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Darn!
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Can you wash an acu belt with high heat? Ran into some bedbugs at work and wanted to make sure nothing could be on it. Probably fine as i only got one on my pants.
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Had a recruiter tell me that if I go in as 68K I would get E5 once I finished AIT. Is he full of it?
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Will I 100% get the job I want when I join (12m)
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Where can I find more recruiters? There are two in my area and both refuse to move forward with me because of my medical condition. I processed at MEPS with the Navy and was a granted a waiver, but I am also considering the Army.
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Anyone here start as a 68K and then go into IPAP / Med School? Were you able to study for your pre reqs while working?
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My wife is in med school and I am college educated working. We would both like to join the army and are 27.
How would this work off paper? Would we be stationed together (guessing no) and able see see each other every few weeks/months (guessing yes).
Any experiences to share or ideas on how this transition could work?
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Hey guys, meeting up with a recruiter Wednesday. I'm a little nervous to say the least. Are there any questions you think I should ask? I already have a few MOSs in mind, mainly transportation involved.
Is there any reason they'd turn me down? I'm good on weight, in decent physical shape, and should score at least the minimum score on the ASVAB. Any questions they'll ask me? Thanks for any and all answers
Note: Also, I'm going to a reserves recruiting office (only one near me) but I want to do active duty. Should that really matter?
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How's 1st BCT at Bliss?
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23 year old female here with just a high school diploma. I want to enlist but would I be able to being that I have a rod on my femur bone from a past injury and am allergic to a few things?
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How's 35S in the army like? Daily life, how's the job, AIT, etc. I am between 35S with a 3 years contract and 35P with 6 years contract (DLAB score of 100, so I'm guessing it'd be Spanish or French, recruiter didn't have the info when we met) Any info or advice is appreciate it!
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Hey guys,
So I'm a recent college grad from a top 30 university with a dual degree in PoliSci and Economics interested in joining the Army. Over the last year of school I applied to a shit ton of entry level intel positions in both the public and private space, but due to my lack of foreign language training and not being at the top of my class, none of them panned out. I've been working with a recruiter for about a month now searching for the right role and currently have a temporary reservation for a 37F, 5 year contract. From everything I've read about Psyops, it seems right up my alley due to my affinity for language, talking to people, tough physical training, and everything psychological. I was originally looking for an 18x contract after speaking with a few former berets, but there are no available contracts at the current moment and after reading more about psyops I think I'm more interested in that route. I've spoken to my recruiter about going to OCS, but he says it could take up to a year to get there, and as I'm not exactly looking for a long term military career, I would rather enlist and expedite my training. We have also spoken about 35L 11x40 contracts, to work in counter intel with a ranger regiment, among some other 35 series roles. Basically, I'm looking to be deployed and get some real hands on work in the field. Just wondering if you guys have any suggestions, or if there are any former 37F's that would be willing to chat with me privately. I know there's a megathread already, but I have some questions that weren't answered there. Got a 97 AFQT score and 132 on my GT if that helps. Thanks.
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I recently enlisted as 35M and am wondering if once I get to DLI after AIT will my wife be able to live with me?
Also I saw online some "military housing" from The Parks at Monterrey and was wondering if the housing was chosen for you and that I would not receive BAH because of it?
Is the housing recommended for someone whom is E4 or should i look for non- military housing?
Also thank you all on Army for helping me through the process!
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Chances of getting into regiment without an opt 40? Asked around and what I’ve gathered up is getting invited to RASP at osut or airborne can happen but is rare and once you get assigned to a unit it’s almost impossible because they won’t “release you”. I have an 11x contract which I’d imagine is one of the most popular mos in the regiment so not many spots would be open.
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Just went and spoke to recruiter today. Have mildish eczema. He recommended I do not mention it to MEPS. He says that if they decided I did have eczema, medical documents from my allergist would be needed and then I can get the waiver but to expedite things I should not mention it. What are the odds waivers get accepted? I would rather not lie and get the waiver but also do not want to DQ and strike my record.
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Hey there, I'm a split ops going to ait and was told I am leaving tomorrow to quarantine. If anyone could put some insight on how that goes it would be much appreciated! Fort Lee if it matters.
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If I were to ship after October 1st, would the APFT or ACFT be my test of record? I’d be more considered a “swoldier” so I’d much rather take the ACFT.
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Thank you
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I'm shipping out in a little over two weeks. I had to go to the ER for a really, really bad anxiety attack earlier this month and I told my recruiter about it and he made me send him the docs from the ER so he can send to MEPS. He's waiting to hear back from MEPS. Am I going to be DQd now?
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Are there any cool nuclear based MOS' that aren't CBRN?
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Suppose to be attending BLC early next month. No one can give me a clear answer whether It’s eBLC or in person (Fort Bliss). If it is eBLC, do I need a webcam for the class? I covered my camera with electrical tape don’t want to login first day and find out I need it and scramble to clean if off. Additionally, I’m assuming since the only thing in the army that supports Linux is the BFT, I’ll have to use Windows 10 for the class?
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Do you need a waiver for weed use?
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How do schools work in the Army? How do soldiers go to schools (airborne, air assault, sapper, ranger, etc) without it being in their contract? Is there a limit to the amount of schools you can go to? Are there specific MOS’s for specific schools? I have my eyes on 11B, 19D and 19K.
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How long does a flag removal take? Was flagged for X and it was removed this past Friday. Everything on my SRB and ACT is now reflecting that I am not flagged now but on GoArmyEd it says I am still flagged there. How long until GoArmyEd sees that I am no longer flagged so I can enroll for classes again? Thanks
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Hello, I’m 23 yrs old and currently a nationally registered Advanced EMT that works on a hotshot crew with an associates degree and relatively physically fit with much room for improvement due to lack of consistency because of my job (sub 8min miles for 7+ miles at a time, 15-20 strict pull-ups, 80 push-ups in a minute and a half, solid hiker with lots of weight). I was curious as to what kind of contracts are typically offered given the previous training I have in combination with my pt scores. I’ve talked to a recruiter but he was unsure about people with civilian training prior to enlistment. Because it is fire season and I’m typically gone from home for 2-3 weeks at a time, I haven’t gotten a chance to go in and talk more with him. Just curious what kind of info I can get here. I also have an interest in being attached with rangers or a medevac ship enlisting as a 68W.
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Student Loan Repayment question.
I joined in 2007 and my contract had a clause that offered 20k student loan repayment, but I never used it. My IRR officially ended 2015. Only a few short weeks after I was fully out I decided I wanted to join back up, but that was a very brief stint and I was discharged for medical reasons.
My question is: Will my clause still be honored after all of this?
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What are the non combat military positions? And do you still have to pass physical requirements test?
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Sometimes I think about going back into the Army but I have severe depression and ptsd. I'm also rated 70 percent through the VA. Does my mental health pretty much kill any chances of possibly going back in?
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Thank you
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Why it hurt when I pee
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I'm currently in the Air Force as an E6->E7. Our OTS (OCS) program is EXTREMELY difficult to get into with a 2%-26% selection rate. I've talked to a couple recruiters that said OCS selection rates are very high and could get me in without much issue. I would do ROTC for grad school if needed.
I plan to finish out and retire in whichever branch. I qualify for all aspects except age/TAFMS which can be waived according to the recruiters.
Has anyone here done this or have any thoughts?
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Iam thinking about Joining the national guard after I get my associates degree, would I be able to choose college first option and go on to attend college to get my bachelor's?
Or would the college first option been nullified as it states "Graduate from HS or Senior" (I think this means only if right out of HS and have completed 4 years college or required amount of credits to be a senior.
Recap- would I still be able to choose college first?
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Im planning on enlisting with the Army, and most likely going reserve. I'm trying to get an Intel MOS (35 series) and I wanted to know what states have Intel units? My recruiter told me if I go reserve as Intel I'd have to move because my state doesn't have any reserve units with Intel, so if that's true, then what states do?
Also, if I wanted to reapply for scholarship while in the reserve how would I go about it? Previously I had a Marine scholarship, however due to eyesight and the Corps strictness I was dropped, but after speaking with the Army officer in charge of the ROTC scholarships at my university she said in my case Army would most likely take me.
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On what grounds can an NCO submit a request to HRC to have their last NCOER removed or revised?
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So I'm interested in joining either the army or air force around Spring 2021 as my current job contract will be up.
I'm 25, F, and extremely bright. I like the 35 series of jobs. Both AF and army have crypto linguist.
I'm still waiting to here back from recruiters in Japan. (Holiday weekend).
Not sure if it helps but, I did 10 months of Americorps NCCC FEMA Corps.
How safe is it now for women in the army/military in general? I know the airforce has a buddy system now. I've read all kinds of horror stories.
I know this is hard to answer because every situation is different. But, how long would it take applying now, to get a potential ship out date in that 35 series?
I'm going about studying for the asvab now. I took it once in highschool. How else can I prepare?
In PT more difficult now or?
Is there certain jobs I should know about that are less risky on a daily basis such the 35s?
How can I prepare physically?
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I’m thinking about enlisting in the army as a 68W. I scored a 87 on my PICAT and currently just have to go up to verify it. What are some of the pros and cons to taking this path that I might not be aware of, and what are some other MOS’s that I should look into?
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SFAB as a 13F, someone talk me out of it
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I’m allergic to morphine fentanol and penicillin. Will this DQ me from joining the army or could I get a waiver?
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Are migraines disqualifying? Specifically for SF. I asked my local recruiter and he didn't seem optimistic, but wasn't sure. Never heard back from the guy.

Edit: Thanks for the feedback guys
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Hello! I’m joining the Army as 68J in August. Anyone know how the Covid Situation in boot camp training at the moment?
For Example:
How’s social distancing in the army? Will there be any testing on site for Covid before joining? Will you allow to wear masks? What happen if a soldier gets covid? I really appreciate your guys helps!
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Can someone help me to understand how theArmy Credentialing Assistance Program works? I'm aware of what it is but I'm wondering who I would talk to to get this set up and what steps I would have to take. Thanks in advance.
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I need help finding a good study guid for the EIB/useful tips, if anyone could help it’d be much appreciated
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Is the army combat medic have a reserve option because i found a web page that says its only for enlisted soldiers.
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Question about pay: I was two days into reception when one of the dudes in my bay tested positive for Covid. I am now in quarantine due to being in proximity of him. Since I barely even started my processing, will I be payed when the pay period comes up? Or will I have to finish processing to be paid? Just wondering cause I got a wife at home that needs to pay the bills.
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2020.07.09 08:02 Justwonderinif The Keepers Timeline II

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Fall, 1969
  • September: Cathy goes to visit Koob at Manresa, the Annapolis retreat where he lived and worked. By this time, Cathy had learned that The Order had declined her request to live outside the convent and teach at a public school. The Order had told her that she had to go back into the convent, or stop being a nun. She had to give an answer by December 31. Koob said his sister in Boston gave Cathy expensive clothing, including a bright red suit. Cathy styled her hair fashionably and wore the suit to see him at Manresa. “She was beautiful,” Koob recalled, and his fellow Jesuits just stared at her. “I remember thinking, ‘Do you know what you’ve done?’ And I said that to her later.”
  • Russell begins teaching at Rock Glen Middle School (across the street from The Carriage House Apartments)
  • Cathy begins teaching at Western High School.
  • Maskell victims: Jean, Deb Silcox and Lil Hughes start their Junior years at Keough. Charles starts his Junior year at Mt. St. Joseph. Maskell victim Teresa Lancaster starts her sophomore (10th grade) year at Keough.
    • Wehner said that despite Cesnik’s promise to intervene with Maskell on her behalf, the priest continued to abuse her after she returned from summer break, even more violently than before.
  • Cesnik lived in a modest apartment in Southwest Baltimore with another nun, and her students would occasionally drop by in the evenings or on weekends to chat, sing and play music. “She was the reason I became a teacher,” Hoskins said. “I’ve never met anyone like her.”
    • Cesnik maintained close ties to her former students, who visited her apartment regularly. Maskell remained a frequent topic of conversation for some of them.
  • Maskell begins third year as school chaplain and counselor at Archbishop Keough.
    • "My parents fought a lot and embarrassed me," says one alum from the class of 1972, who mentioned this to Maskell during a smoking session. "He homed in on that. And he said, 'Come sit on my lap.' I sat on his lap, and he rocked me back and forth until I started getting weird feelings. As he was rocking me, he said, 'Your father isn't affectionate enough with you.' I was upset because he was saying stuff about my father, and it made me cry," she says, adding that her mother called the school to complain about the incident only to have her call transferred directly to Maskell. "She told him to just leave me alone."
    • Deborah Wisner, of Keough's class of '74, also went to see Maskell to smoke and discuss family problems. She says he showed her a series of ink blots, diagnosed her as "sexually frus­trated," and recommended further counseling. She avoided his office from then on by walking up an extra flight of stairs.
    • Former Keough student Karen (not her real name) says Maskell called her into his office one morning and told her that someone had seen her with her boyfriend naked in a parked car. "I told him that it couldn't have been true," she recalls. "No matter what I said to him, he said, 'I understand, dear. Now let's talk about it.'" According to Karen, Maskell had specific questions about her boyfriend's anatomy. For six hours, she says, he interrogated her. "He told me my problem was that I was frigid," she claims. "He took his big pocket watch out. He said he could hypnotize me and help me."
    • Other Keough alums also recall that Maskell presented himself as a sexual healer. Several women said that Maskell claimed to be an actual gynecologist. ("He's always been a frustrated doctor," says his half-brother Tom).
    • One of these women adds that Maskell was so taken with himself that, as part of her counseling, he put his face within a few inches of hers and asked her to look into his eyes and tell him how beautiful they were and how good looking he was.
    • Ann (not her real name), says Maskell invited her on a boat ride with some other girls. As they drove along the Beltway, she asked him where the other kids were and was told they couldn't make it. They arrived at the boat, docked in the Dundalk area, and after helping her aboard, Maskell suggested that they just sit around and talk. At some point, she says, he told her about a church renovation project that unearthed, behind an old radiator, dozens of desiccated condoms.
    • "I really don't think you should be talking to me about these kinds of things," she told him. He changed the subject, but after he lapsed into a description of sights he'd seen on lovers' lane, Ann says she asked to be taken home. She stayed away from Maskell, but about a year later, she discovered to her chagrin that Maskell was sitting opposite her in a confessional. She claims he quizzed her about her sex life, which, at 14, was nonexistent, and as she tried to answer his questions, she squeezed her eyes tight in the vain hope that he wouldn't see her. That was her last confession for 20 years.
    • Stacy (not her real name) knew Maskell from both St. Clement and Keough, where she was a member of the class of '72. She claims that one day during ninth grade, Maskell summoned her to his office to mention that her reading aptitude was below par. He sat on his desk, perched above her. "He said that I wouldn't have gotten into Keough unless he'd pulled strings. I was kind of frightened. I said, 'Gee, I thought I got in on my own merit.' And he said, 'No, you have a reading disability, and you would never have gotten in if it weren't for me.' And then he asked me if there was anything that I could do for him. I said, 'No, not that I can think of.' I didn't know what he was getting at," says Stacy.
  • October, 1969: Edgar and Margaret's twins are born but the girl has to say in the hospital as she's premature and under-weight.
Monday, November 3, 1969
  • Cathy types a letter to Gerry Koob: My very dearest Gerry: 'If Ever I Should Leave You' is playing on the radio. My period has finally arrives, ten days late, so you might say I'm moody. My heart aches so for you. I must wait on you, your time, and your need, because your life is so erratic. I think I can begin to live with that more easily now than I did two months ago, just loving you within myself. I must tell you, I want you within me. I want to have your children. I love you.
Tuesday, November 4, 1969
  • Three days before Cesnik disappeared, Koob called her from a Catholic retreat to tell her he still loved her. He was prepared to leave the priesthood for her and hoped she’d leave the nunhood for him. “I said, ‘If you decide to leave, we’ll leave and get married,” Koob told The Huffington Post in an interview.
Wednesday, November 5, 1969
  • Two days before Cesnik disappeared, Hobeck and a classmate visited Cesnik at home, and Cathy asked whether Maskell was still bothering them. “We told her no, and that was the end of it,” Hobeck said.
Thursday, November 6, 1969
  • And another former Keough student, who spoke to The Huffington Post on the condition of anonymity, visited Cesnik at her apartment the night before she disappeared to discuss the abuse going on at the school. In the middle of their conversation, this woman said, Maskell and Magnus barged into Cesnik’s apartment without knocking. “Maskell glared at me,” she said. “He knew why I was there.” The woman said she left Cesnik’s apartment at that point.
  • The anonymous woman says her boyfriend was there, and Cathy's roommate Helen Russell Phillips was there. [Why hasn't the boyfriend been asked about this?]
Friday, November 7, 1969
  • According to Abbie: Cathy drove someone to Western High School on the morning of November 7. That person saw several pieces of mail on the dash of Cathy's car. This suggests that the letter to Cathy's sister was mailed after last pick up time on November 7 and picked up on usual postal rounds November 8. Police investigated where the letter might have been mailed from but there was no conclusive outcome.
  • The following day at school, Maskell called [Anonymous] into his office. With a gun in his hand, he warned her that if she ever told anyone about the abuse, he would kill her, her boyfriend and her entire family. “That I remember as though it happened yesterday,” she said, “because I have been protecting my family ever since.” Cesnik vanished that night.
  • 11:30AM: Western High School student Juliana Farrell says that Cathy was her 11th grade English teacher in 1969. Juliana says Cathy was excited to get an engagement gift or her sister (that night) and that was the last time she ever saw her.
  • 2:30/2:40PM: Western High School is out for the day. (Gerry Koob says he didn't have a retreat that day.)
  • Margaret and Ed's daughter is ready to be picked up from the hospital the next day. Six months earlier Ed had choked Margaret.
  • 7PM: Koob and Peter McKeon are in Baltimore at the Tower Theatre watching Easy Rider. Theatre located at 222 N. Charles Street? Movie Listings
  • 7:30PM: According to Cathy's roommate, Helen Russell Phillips, Cathy left the Carriage House Apartments. Cesnik said she was going to swing by the bank and then shop for an engagement gift for her sister. “She never came back,” said Russell.
    • Missing Persons Report notes that Russell said Cathy was going to "cash some checks" at Hechts.
    • Cathy drove the green 1969 Ford Maverick to a First National Bank at 705 Frederick Road in Catonsville. Cathy cashed a $255.00 paycheck ($1,800.00 in 2017), then went to Hecht's Edmondson Village (now a Skill's Center) where she bought buns at the Muhly’s Bakery location inside Hecht's department store. Hecht's Edmondson Village was at 4501 Edmondson, across the street from Edmondson Village. It is speculated that Cathy bought a necklace for her sister at Hecht's. Then Cathy vanished. The box of bakery buns were found in her car.
    • [Per Missy Muhly: There was a Muhly's Bakery in the center of the Hecht Company Store on the first floor right as you walked in. It stayed open until either 9 or 10 at night, depending how late The Hecht Company Store stayed open. It was in that location from around 1965 to 1980. There was also a Muhly's Bakery located in the Edmonson Village Shopping Center from around 1969 to 1971. That location would have closed around 6 or 7 PM.]
    • Russell said that the two “always communicated” and that Russell was sure Cathy would have called if she had planned to go somewhere else. Also, she said, “convent habits die hard; we didn’t stay out after 10 o’clock.”
  • 8PM Approximate: The movie "Easy Rider" would have been over. If Koob and Pete didn't have dinner before, they had dinner after, then start the drive back to Manresa. Peter told investigators he was back home in Beltsville when he got the call about Cathy's disappearance. Koob says that he and Pete were in Annapolis, at Manresa, when Russell called about Cathy's failure to arrive home.
  • 8:30PM: A flight attendant who lived at the Carriage House remembers seeing Cathy in her car in the parking lot as if she was waiting for something. According to Abbie: A neighbor reported car was back at that apartment parking lot at 8:30pm but the neighbor did not see if Sister Cathy was in the car.
  • 8:30PM: A Carriage House resident told police that Cathy's car was pulled into its regular parking space about 8:30PM, but couldn't say who was driving or how many people were in the car.
    • Another witness told police that a similar car pulled up near Cathy's Maverick and that she followed it. “She knew who pulled in behind her,” a former investigator said. “She either met them at the bank or the shopping center.” But the report of the second car was not substantiated.
    • Detective Childs says that there is a police report indicating that someone saw Cathy's vehicle "leaving the scene" with Cathy trying to exit the vehicle from the passenger side. The witness apparently said that Cathy never got out of the vehicle.
  • 9PM-10PM: According to Abbie: A man was walking on Mardrew Road toward North Bend in the area where Cathy’s car was found. He reported that he passed a white man (age 20-25 years old, about 6’1”, 150-170 pounds, slender build, dark hair, dark clothing.) The mans left arm was hanging as if it was limp and he made a stomping noise when he walked.
  • 9:30PM: Ed walks into his house and his wife Margaret notices that his shirt is bloody. Ed says he got into a fight at work.
  • 10PM: According to Abbie: Others reported seeing car parked oddly on curb across the street starting around 10:00pm.
  • 10PM: According to Abbie: A woman said she saw a young white male (wearing a light jacket) park a dark colored car in the 5500 block of Carriage Court about 10PM. The young man walked south toward Frederick Avenue (down the hill away from the car he just parked.) The woman thought this unusual because there was ample room to park further down the street.
  • 10:30PM: According to Koob, he and and Pete are back at Manresa in Annapolis, drinking Tia Maria, and talking about the "Easy Rider" from 10:30PM - Midnight, when Russell called to say Cathy was missing. But Pete told the Baltimore Sun that he drove to Cathy's from Beltsville, MD where he lived at the Christian Brothers Monastery.
  • 10:30PM: Other people told police they noticed the car left near the apartment about 10:30PM. [Police received several calls about the “oddly parked vehicle.”]
  • 11PM: Per the Baltimore Sun, when Cathy didn’t return by 11, Russell grew worried and placed a frantic call to Gerry Koob at Manresa. Koob and McKeon had just returned from dinner and a movie in downtown Baltimore. The two men rushed back to the city from Manresa. It would have taken about 40 minutes to get to the Carriage House
  • 11PM: According to Abbie: *Other people saw [the car] around 11:00pm and 11:20pm.
Saturday, Nov. 8, 1969
  • Koob's account places Russell's call to Koob after midnight: Concerned about Cathy, early in the morning Russell called McKeon and Koob, who drove to Baltimore from Beltsville to comfort her. After hearing Russell’s story, the three called city police to report Sister Cesnik missing.
    • 1AM: In The Keepers, Gerry said that he and Pete got to the Carriage House quickly, listened to Russell for about an hour, then called the police at 1AM. A police officer showed up and wrote everything down and left. After the officer left, Gerry said mass. At 3:30 AM, Gerry and Pete went to take a walk and discovered Cathy’s car parked in the middle of Lantern Court, practically blocking traffic, with the door ajar, keys in the ignition. (Other reports say 4:40AM)
    • 1:30 AM: Missing Persons Report notes that Russell called the police to report Cathy missing at approximately 1:30AM.
  • 4:40 AM: McKeon found Cathy's car, unlocked, in the middle of the street, across from the Carriage House driveway. Other reports have Russell and Koob also finding the car with McKeon. The car was towed to the Southwestern District station. “We went to it and opened the door,” said McKeon. “There was a broken umbrella in the back seat. It looked like there had been a struggle.”
  • The tires were muddy and brake pedal was muddy. But the gas pedal wasn't muddy. This suggested to investigators that the person who drove the car back to the carriage house was driving with both feet and had mud on his left shoe, but not his right.
  • 8AM: According to Abbie: Other people saw [the car] at 8am on Nov 8.
Sunday, November 9, 1969
  • Thirty-five city police officers and 5 dog teams scoured a 14-block area of southwest Baltimore from dawn until dusk. Police knocked on doors, searched alleys and deserted buildings, and sent men and dogs through rain-soaked park areas from Athol Avenue to the Baltimore County line. They were aided by many civilian searchers. Police theorized that Cathy may have left the car and gone into a wooded area. The car was found a mile from sprawling, wooded Leakin Park. Police, aided by K-9 corps dogs and civilians, searched the Leakin Park and Irvington areas of the city without a trace.
    • According to Abbie: K-9 and police searches were done of fields and areas with no helpful findings.
    • Photo 1 of the Search and -Photo 2 of the Search
    • City police took the car to the Southwestern District station, and a manhunt began in Southwest Baltimore and the neighboring areas of Baltimore County. No trace of Cathy was found until the hunters stumbled upon her body weeks later.
    • The car was processed by the crime lab. In the vehicle, police found a box of buns purchased at Muhly’s Bakery, which was located in the Hecht company store in Edmondson Village, along with leaves and twigs. Branches had been caught in the car’s radio antenna. A twig hooked with long piece of grass found on the turn-signal lever. According to Abbie: The Ford Maverick was towed to police for processing, report is very short, just says “Car processed for latent prints with negative results and if pictures are needed two days advance notice is required.”
    • County police say that no unaccountable fingerprints turned up in the car. Except for the umbrella and a twig hooked with a long piece of grass on the turn signal lever, nothing significant was found.
    • Police still don’t know how and where Cahty was abducted or how her car, its wheels muddy, was returned to her neighborhood.
  • Baltimore Sun: City Police Search For Missing Nun, 26. Cathy was described as 5 feet, 5 inches tall, 115 pounds with green eyes, blonde hair and fair complexion. She was wearing an aqua coat, navy blue suit, yellow sweater and black shoes. Baltimore Sun front page. Baltimore Sun's Map incorrectly identifies the location of Cathy's abandoned car.
  • Ed and Margaret pick up their daughter from the hospital.
  • Ed and Margaret watch the evening news about Cathy's disappearance. Ed laughs and says that Cathy will be covered in snow by the time they find her. Ed is smirking and laughing. Shortly afterwards, Ed bought new tires they could not afford and didn't need.
Monday, November 10, 1969
  • Police continued to check tips and leads but don’t resume large-scale searches. Captain John C. Barnhold Jr., head of the city’s homicide squad, said there was “no evidence of foul play” in Sister Cesnik’s disappearance. “We could find no evidence of violence of any kind,” Barnhold said.
  • Photo of Cathy's father and "a friend outside Cathy's apartment on November 10.
  • The man assigned to investigate Cesnik’s disappearance was Nick Giangrasso, a 28-year-old homicide detective who had worked in the Baltimore City Police Department for five years. Giangrasso led the investigation for the three months Cesnik was missing, then had to turn the case over to Baltimore County detectives when her body was found outside the city limits. But Giangrasso, now 72, spent enough time on the case to feel like something suspicious was going on between the police department and the church. “The Catholic Church had a lot of input into the police department,” he said. “A lot of power." He said it was clear to him from the fact that her car had been deposited back at her apartment complex without any signs of struggle that she had not been the victim of a random robbery or assault. “It looked too clean,” he said. “It had to be somebody who knew her.”
  • The first person of interest in Giangrasso’s investigation was Gerard Koob, a Jesuit priest. Koob was one of the priests Cesnik’s roommate had called when she realized Cathy had not returned from her shopping trip, and he had been the one to call police to report Cesnik missing.
    • The police brought Koob in for questioning, but he had an alibi for the night that Cesnik disappeared. He and a fellow priest had gone to dinner in downtown Baltimore and watched “Easy Rider” at a movie theater afterward. He produced receipts and ticket stubs and passed two lie detector tests. According to Abbie: "Father Koob and Brother McKeon were given lie detectors tests, both of which showed no deception/were negative."
    • Giangrasso had a gut feeling that Cesnik had been murdered by someone with ties to the church. “I personally thought it was in-house, within her social network — the priests and the religious order,” he said. Giangrasso interviewed half a dozen priests who knew Cesnik as his investigation continued, and there was one in particular whose name kept coming up: Father Maskell, who worked with Cesnik at Keough. Giangrasso said he tried to interview Maskell a number of times about Cesnik’s disappearance, but the priest always managed to elude him. “He was always busy and never available,” Giangrasso said. “It got to the point that Maskell was the number one guy we wanted to talk to, but we never got a chance.”
    • In Baltimore in 1969, Giangrasso said, it was very difficult, if not impossible, to investigate a Catholic priest for any crime. Maskell in particular was a difficult target. At the time, he served as the chaplain for the Baltimore County police, the Maryland State Police and the Maryland National Guard. Maskell kept a police scanner and loaded handgun in his car, drank beer with the officers at a local dive bar, and often went on “ride-alongs” with his police friends at night to respond to petty crimes or catch teenagers making out in their cars.
    • Bob Fisher, the owner of an automotive repair shop in southwest Baltimore where Maskell took his car on his days off, remembers the priest boasting about his police privileges to anyone who would listen. “He’d say, ‘I’d hear something on the scanner, and we’d jump in the car and take off, and we’d catch these people!’” said Fisher, 74. “Really wild stories.”
    • Maskell’s older brother, Tommy, was a hero cop who had been shot and injured while trying to stop a robbery. Going after Maskell would mean violating the unwritten rules by which the police operated. “We’re a police family,” Giangrasso said. “The policeman’s involved, his family’s involved, we try to help the guy out. When we found out Maskell’s brother was a lieutenant, we knew we had a problem.”
    • Giangrasso remembers feeling pressure from his superiors to leave Maskell and other members of the clergy alone. “I felt like the church was coming in and interfering, and the chain of command was coming down and checking on us — ‘How much longer are you gonna be playing with this case?’— as if to say, you gotta back off and move on,” he said. The Baltimore City police did not respond to a request for comment.
Tuesday, November 11 , 1969
  • City homicide detectives said they had no reason to believe that Cathy was kidnapped.
  • Joyce Helen Malecki, 20, went missing the evening of Nov. 11. She had left her home in Baltimore to go shopping in Glen Burnie and for a date with a friend stationed at Fort Meade Army base. Police begin searching for Malecki.
  • Approximate/According to Abbie: Police interviewed workers at Edmondson Village. They did not find an employee who recalled selling anything to Sister Cathy. But not all Hechts’ employees were interviewed. We know she was at the shopping center.
Wednesday, November 12, 1969
  • Approximate (From the Huffington Post):
    • On a frigid day in November 1969, Father Joseph Maskell, the chaplain of Archbishop Keough High School in Baltimore, called a student into his office and suggested they go for a drive. When the final bell rang at 2:40 p.m., Jean Hargadon Wehner, a 16-year-old junior at the all-girls Catholic school, followed the priest to the parking lot and climbed into the passenger seat of his light blue Buick Roadmaster.
    • It was not unusual for Maskell to give students rides home or take them to doctor’s appointments during the school day. The burly, charismatic priest, then 30 years old, had been the chief spiritual and psychological counselor at Keough for two years and was well-known in the community. Annual tuition at Keough was just $200, which attracted working-class families in deeply Catholic southwest Baltimore who couldn’t afford to send their daughters to fancier private schools. Many Keough parents had attended Maskell’s Sunday masses. He’d baptized their babies, and they trusted him implicitly.
    • This time, though, Maskell didn’t bring Wehner home. He navigated his car past the Catholic hospital and industrial buildings that surrounded Keough’s campus and drove toward the outskirts of the city. Eventually, he stopped at a garbage dump, far from any homes or businesses. Maskell stepped out of the car, and the blonde, freckled teenager followed him across a vast expanse of dirt toward a dark green dumpster.
    • It was then that she saw the body crumpled on the ground. The week prior, Sister Cathy Cesnik, a popular young nun who taught English and drama at Keough, had vanished while on a Friday-night shopping trip. Students, parents and the local media buzzed about the 26-year-old’s disappearance. People from all over Baltimore County helped the police comb local parks and wooded areas for any sign of her.
    • Wehner immediately recognized the lifeless body as her teacher. “I knew it was her,” she recalled recently. “She wasn’t that far gone that you couldn’t tell it was her.” Cesnik was still clad in her aqua-colored coat, and maggots were crawling on her face. Wehner tried to brush them off with her bare hands. “Help me get these off of her!” she cried, turning to Maskell in a panic. Instead, she says, the priest leaned down behind her and whispered in her ear: “You see what happens when you say bad things about people?” Maskell, Wehner understood, was threatening her. She decided not to tell anyone. “He terrified me to the point that I would never open my mouth,” she recalled.
  • Although the presence of maggots would appear to be unlikely in the usually cold month of November, the autopsy disclosed maggots in Cathy's throat, a detail never made public.
  • Jean said she was taken to Maskell's office, where a man she has not identified said he had beaten Cathy to death because Cathy knew about the sexual abuse, and was going to go to the police. Jean said she was threatened with the same fate if she did not swear eternal silence, and refers to this man as "Brother Bob." Jean said Maskell asked Brother Bob, "Did you take care of it? Is she going to be quiet?" And Brother Bob said, "Yes. She's not going to tell anyone anything." To this day, Jean is terrified by Brother Bob.
  • Malecki’s abandoned, unlocked car was found parked in a lot of a vacant gas station in an area of Odenton called Boom Town. Her car, with the keys still in the ignition, was found by her brother. Her glasses and groceries she had purchased in Glen Burnie were found in the car.
Thursday, November 13, 1969
  • Malecki’s body was found floating in the Little Patuxent River by two deer hunters on the western edge of Soldiers Park, a Fort Meade training area. The FBI and military police immediately closed the site. City police continued to check leads in the disappearance of Sister Cesnik.
Friday, November 14, 1969
  • An autopsy of Malecki’s body revealed that the victim was stabbed and choked and her hands were bound behind her with a cord. She had a number of scratches and bruises indicating a struggle. The cause of her death was either choking or drowning -- further test were needed to determine the cause. Malecki was described as 5 feet, 7 inches tall and 112 pounds. She had brown hair and brown eyes. Baltimore homicide detectives reported that Sister Cesnik was still considered a missing person with no new leads.
  • Approximate: Cathy's sister Marilyn is back in school and a letter from Cathy appears in her mailbox. Marilyn's father instructs her not to open it and to call the police. Marilyn gave the letter to the office and it hasn't been seen since.
  • According to Abbie: By November 14, 1969 Sister Cathy’s father had the envelope from the letter Cathy sent to her sister, postmarked November 8.
Saturday, November 16, 1969
  • Police investigated whether a pair of black high-heeled shoes found near Malecki’s watery grave belonged to Sister Cesnik, who was said to be wearing black shoes at time of her disappearance. “We have no indication that they are Sister Cesnik’s shoes, but we will check it out,” Capt. Barnold said at the time.
Sunday, November 16, 1969
  • Cathy's 27th birthday
December 25, 1969
  • Edgar gives Margaret a necklace for Christmas. The pendant is a wedding bell with Cathy's sister's finance's birth stone. Speculation is that Edgar got this necklace from Cathy when he killed her, and that Cathy had purchased it at Hecht's when she was there (buns.) A jeweler on the The Keepers said it looked custom made. But there are photos on the internet from people claiming they have the same necklace, purchased around the same time, but in Oklahoma. Gemma has said that individuals have sent them other pictures of this necklace. One woman said she had the same necklace but with a different birthstone and that her brother had purchased it at a different Hecht's and given it to her for Christmas. Meaning of Peridot
Friday, January 2, 1970
Saturday, January 3, 1970
  • On a gray Saturday morning, two hunters crossing a snow-crusted field in Lansdowne stumbled on the partly clothed body of a young woman sprawled halfway down an embankment. The only evidence of life was fresh animal tracks.
    • With Baltimore’s daily newspapers on strike, the discovery of Cathy's frozen, mutilated body made barely a ripple compared with the furor over her mysterious disappearance eight weeks earlier.
    • Cathy's partly clad body was found by two hunters, a father and son, in a remote area in Lansdowne in Baltimore County. The body, partially hidden by an embankment and snow covered, was discovered about 100 yards from the 2100 block of Monumental Avenue. Police said it was probable that Cathy had been carried to the area or forced to walk there. (A car could not have been driven from Monumental Avenue to where the body was found.). An autopsy revealed a skull fracture caused by a blow to Cathy's left temple by a blunt instrument. Baltimore County Police take over the homicide investigation, which remains open to this day.
    • After the body was found, Dr. Werner U. Spitz, then deputy chief medical examiner for Maryland, said Sister Catherine had died from a 2-inch circular fracture of the left temple that was inflicted by a heavy with a blunt object, probably a brick. Marks on her neck indicated that she also had been choked.
    • Cesnik had choke marks on her neck and a round hole about the size of a quarter in the back of her skull. An autopsy confirmed she had been killed by a blow from a blunt object, probably a brick or a ball-peen hammer. But no one came forward with information about the murder, and the police never solved it.
    • In his report, the pathologist was unable to say with certainty whether she had been raped, because the lower body had been mutilated by animals. But he noted that “the disarray of the clothing suggests a sexual background to this killing.”
    • Dr. Spitz thinks Sister Catherine was killed somewhere else the night she disappeared and then dumped in the Lansdowne field.
    • The $255.00 ($1,800.00 in 2017 currency) was never found, although her purse -- containing personal articles -- lay near her body, along with several articles of clothing. Her rings and watch had not been removed, which prompted detectives who handled the original case to doubt the robbery motive.
    • That Cesnik’s body was found outside of his jurisdiction, in Baltimore County, where Maskell was chaplain, was no coincidence, Giangrasso thought. Nevertheless, he had to turn the case over to Baltimore County police. The county police never charged anyone.
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2020.07.01 10:56 KagsTheOneAndOnly [OC] 5 breakout seasons you might have missed this year

This season, most of you have probably heard or read at one point or another about Luka Dončić soaring into the MVP conversation as a sophomore, the many all-star jumps (Ingram/Trae/Sabonis/Mitchell/Siakam/Booker), Bam Adebayo making a name for himself as an all-round stud in Miami, the Hornets' Devonte' Graham's heartwarming vault into NBA relevance, Ben Simmons's All-Defensive leap, and Jayson Tatum's long-awaited superstar transformation mid-season.
This post, then, will be talking about some breakouts around the league that you might have missed this season, coming from players on less talked-about teams, or simply improved aspects of certain players' games that may have flown under the radar for whatever reason.

1: Jonathan Isaac, defensive savant

[Note: Please read this fantastic and highly detailed two-part post by Jonathan Chen, from which I pilfered the vast majority of the clips that I've linked below: Jonathan Isaac: A Unicorn on the Defensive End]
Jonathan Isaac broke out as an early Defensive Player of the Year-candidate for the Orlando Magic this season - only an unfortunate season-ending left knee injury 32 games in stopped him from achieving a well-deserved All-Defensive spot this year.
While Isaac's gaudy per-game averages (7 rebounds, 1.6 steals, 2.4 blocks) are useful shorthand, they actually underplays his overall impact because of how truly unicorn-ish and all-encompassing his defensive profile is.
  • Paint defense
It all starts with Judah's elite rim protection - opponents shoot a sizeable 10.2 FG% worse within 6 feet of the rim (50.9 DFG%) when Isaac is the closest defender, where his savant-like shot-blocking instincts kick in as the Magic's defensive anchor. Whether he's the primary defender or the weak-side help, he's got fantastic footwork and is very quick off his feet, possessing a mean second-jump. Combined with his 6-11 frame, 7-1 wingspan, and an excellent sense of timing, Isaac is an athletic, long, and relentless roadblock at the rim to thwart otherwise high-percentage opponent shot-attempts in the paint. He's able to tussle with larger behemoths as well - here he is denying Embiid at the rim with one hand. In addition, Isaac remains quite disciplined, managing to consistently remain vertical on his contests and averaging only 2.5 fouls/game, impressive for a 3rd-year defender just 22 years of age.
  • Man defense
Isaac's man defense is already highly impressive, able to guard bigs and guards alike without giving an inch (he has a 62.2% versatility index) and able to guard either the primary or secondary offensive options effectively while also protecting the rim. He's got quick hands that he uses to force turnovers, constantly stripping players when they gather or pick up their dribble. In the post, his length and lanky frame makes him a pest. When defending perimeter threats, his footwork is impeccable, he maneuvers screens really well, and he's agile and long enough to shut down the Greek Freak in semi-transition. When he is beat, he often chases perpetrators down from behind.
  • Team defense
Isaac's off-ball activity and team defense, meanwhile, is reminiscent of peak Draymond, KG, or Andrei Kirilenko, constantly making timely rotations to eat up passing lanes, anticipating and disrupting opponent plays, crowding ball-handlers and halting dribble-penetration, closing out to shooters, and swatting shot attempts at the rim, basically making himself an all-around menace on the court.
  • Some of his few defensive weaknesses:
He can gamble at times for steals (which does work out more often than not thanks to his length and instincts) and occasionally foul on shot contests, he can get caught out-of-position in the post sometimes, and he can be a bit overly twitchy in the paint, falling for pump-fakes from time to time.
  • Orlando's best and most important defender:
He leads the team and ranks near the top of the league in steals/game (1.6), blocks/game (2.4), defensive loose-balls recovered (0.8), and deflections/game (3.3); is 2nd on the team in charges drawn (0.13), defensive box-outs (2.0); and is 3rd in defensive rebounds/game (5.2).
With Isaac on the court, the Orlando Magic's defensive rating jumps by a whopping 4.5 points to an excellent 106.5 DRTG (-3.9 rDRTG), which would rank as the 4th-best defense in the league over a full season, significantly higher than the 9th place (109.0 DRTG) the Magic ended up at at the time of the NBA's suspension.
  • Advanced metrics:
Box- and non-box advanced metrics all think very highly of Isaac's overall defensive impact - he has a +4.8 D-RAPTOR (3rd in NBA), +3.2 D-PIPM (4th), and a +2.9 D-BPM (3rd).
  • So what's next for Isaac?
Isaac is slowly starting to get the benefit of the doubt from referees:
"I thought they were going to call it, I thought they were going to call it goaltending,’’ said a relieved Isaac after his Magic notched their fourth straight victory – this one a gritty 93-87 defeat of Cleveland. "I just tried to get (Thompson’s hook shot) at its highest point, and they gave it to me. I think the refs are starting to let me slide a little bit and I like it.’’
It probably won't be very long before Isaac will be able to run rampant as a full-blown terror on the defensive end, and combined with his decent ancillary offensive numbers as a tertiary scorer / potential floor-spacer (12.0 PPG, 2.8 3PA, 33 3P%), Jonathan is already a truly indispensable part of the Magic rotation for the foreseeable future.
(Bonus clip that perhaps summarises the entirety of Isaac's versatile skillset: His near-5x5 performance in a 1-point loss vs the Dallas Mavericks' historic league-leading offense on November 6, putting up 13/10/5/6/4 while tormenting Porzingis all night long (10 pts, 2 TOVs, 29 FG%) and holding Luka and KP to a combined 37 points on 35 shots (47.5 TS%) and 8 turnovers.)

2: Christian Wood, the NBA's newest unicorn

After 49 games of being an overqualified backup to Andre Drummond (averaging 10/5/1/1/1 on excellent efficiency), Detroit finally moved Christian Wood into the starting lineup after Drummond got traded to Cleveland for their final 13 games before the NBA suspended its season.
  • "Sooo.. who is Wood, and why should we care?"
In his final 13 games, Christian Wood has played like a bonafide star, averaging 22.8 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 2.0 assists, 0.8 blocks, 0.8 steals, and 1.7 threes on 66% True Shooting (56 FG%, 40 3P% on 4.2 3PA, 76 FT%).
He's been remarkably consistent as well, scoring fewer than 17 points only once during this stretch, and showing up against a variety of good teams - 3 of his final 4 games were against stout opposition, and he rose to the challenge admirably, with outputs of 29/9/3 on 91 TS% vs OKC, 30/11/2 on 56 TS% vs the Jazz and reigning DPOY Gobert, and a career-high 32/7/2/3/2 on 81 TS% v.s. Philly.
  • "He's on a bad team though, and Detroit lost all but one of those 13 games. Aren't these just empty numbers?"
There's exists some evidence that these aren't empty calorie numbers.
For one thing, Wood is an advanced stats darling - he ranks in the top-20 to 30 range in most box- and non-box metrics: +4.5 RAPTOR (18th), +3.1 BPM (BBRef) (27th), 0.184 WS/48 (24th), +2.98 PIPM (26th), +2.82 RPM (ESPN) (22nd), +2.09 RAPM (20th).
For another, the Pistons are a whopping +10.9 points better with Wood on the court, with their defensive rating improving by +3 and their offensive rating getting a ridiculous +8 boost.
  • "So, what makes him so effective?"
Offensively, Wood is particularly special, able to shine as either a PF or a C.
When he plays the 5, he is an elite roll-man in the PnR (97th percentile); his potent roll-gravity often distracts defending bigs to get teammates easier looks at the rim. His athleticism and feathery touch allow him to finish at an elite rate at the rim (77 FG% in restricted area), either skying for lobs or shedding defenders with power and speed.
Wood is very aggressive in the short roll too, bullying defenders with unflashy but effective bumps, pivots, fakes, and his leaping ability, not shying away from contact either, affording him a healthy free-throw rate overall (6 FTA/game as starter, 76 FT%).
Wood is also a highly capable offensive rebounder (3.2 ORB/game in final 13 games, top 20 in ORB%), adept at following up on both teammate misses and his own.
Of course, Wood is also a remarkable shooter for his position (40 3P% on 4.2 3pa/game in final 13 games), with a quick and high release off-the-catch that's unbothered by all but the longest of perimeter defenders, opening up driving lanes for teammates with his gravity. "Wood is the rare stretch-4 who doubles as a rim-running 5", allowing coaches a high level of versatility when designing offensive sets. Wood possesses a smooth dribble, too, which lets him attack closeouts and slash to the basket.
  • "What about on defense, though?"
Defensively speaking, Wood has tremendous physical tools: 7-3 wingspan, excellent feet, highly athletic, making him a highly versatile defender capable of guarding speedy guards on switches (68.9 versatility index). He's a decent rim-protector - opponents shoot 6% worse within 6 feet of the hoop when Wood is the closest defender, and Detroit as a whole are +4.4 points better defensively when Wood is on the court. His pick-and-roll defense is actually quite decent, knowing when to drop and timing his contests well. Overall, he's likely a slight positive on defense.
  • "Does he suck at anything?"
Wood can't power through larger defenders, and his post game is highly limited. To quote Jonathan Tjarks, "his ability to score one-on-one is still mostly theoretical—he’s in the 22nd percentile of post scorers this season and the 10th percentile in isolations."
Wood is also a subpar playmaker - he had a 2.0/2.3 assist-to-turnover ratio in his final 13 games. He can make basic reads out of double-teams, but has yet to truly weaponise his own scoring threat to get teammates easier looks on a more consistent basis.
Defensively, his awareness as a team defender has room for improvement, and his motor can be sloppy (seen in some mediocre box-outs or close-outs). He also has trouble against heftier post players, and some speedy guards can blow by him.
Finally, Small Sample Size alert! Some regression is very likely expected for Wood's gaudy shooting numbers once more teams learn more about his abilities and begin to throw more defenders (and better defenders) on him.
  • "So what's the future like for Christian?"
Wood is trusting his teammates more on both sides of the ball. He’s not forcing things on offense... Wood is scoring by giving the ball up and trusting it will come back to him when he’s open instead of constantly hunting for his own shot.
Wood doesn't demand touches and is highly efficient in his role, something that will let him scale well on good offenses, something that bodes well for his future as a Piston but also makes him an attractive addition for a playoff side - he's an unrestricted free-agent this summer. If he carries or builds upon this level of production into next season, he'll easily be a Most Improved Player contender with All-Star potential.
  • "Hmm, I'm actually kinda interested in knowing more about him!"
In that case, here are two marvellous breakdowns of Wood's game which I consumed and referenced voraciously while writing this section:
-Coach Daniel on YouTube: Why Christian Wood Is Genuinely A Terrific Player
-Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer: Get Used to Hearing Christian Wood’s Name

3: Jaren Jackson Jr, one of the best volume-shooters in the league

Jaren Jackson Jr (17/5/1.5 on +2.6 rTS%), is a proper unicorn, and easily the 2nd most important offensive piece on the Grizzlies, mainly due to his elite floor-spacing opening things up considerably for their offense - he's frighteningly adept at his role, hitting 40% of his 6 to 7 three-point attempts per game.
  • "Surely the section title is clickbait or hyperbole, though, right? He's just a big, after all, he can't be that good"
Actually, there are only 11 other players in the entire league (≥30 GP) who have shot at least as accurately as Jaren (39.7 3P%) on at least as many attempts (6.3 3PA).
Here are all 135 3-pointers he's made this season, just to get an idea of how he shoots these, and here's him draining 9 threes on the league-leading Bucks' defense en route to a career-high 43 points.
  • "So does he just stand in the corner and wait for Ja to feed him?"
Not exactly... JJJ has a somewhat atypical form but a quick and high release, and he shoots a truly incredible variety of threes, making them as part of pick-and-pop action, some simply off-the-dribble, some stepbacks, some in transition, some on the move, some off screens, or and he even sprinkles in the odd logo yeet from 30 feet out.
To quote some more from this excellent SB Nation breakdown of Jaren Jackson Jr's versatile game by Mike Prada:
The fact that Jackson can take and make so many different kinds of threes enables the Grizzlies to deploy him in so many different spots on the court. He has no obvious sweet spot, which means there’s rarely a worry he’ll catch the ball somewhere he doesn’t belong. He can toggle between playmaker, primary scorer, screener, and floor spacer, depending on what the Grizzlies need at that particular moment.
Better yet, he can do all four within the same play, which ensures Memphis’ sets always have secondary options. A pick-and-pop that the defense covers effectively can quickly swing into a dribble handoff, post-up, or second-side screening action, and it’s difficult for the defense to peg exactly where Jackson fits in to those sequences. In an instant, he’s flipped from the big man screener that gets a guard open into the primary option on a flare screen to get him a three.
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And if that shot isn’t there, he can quickly flow back into being a screener for a guard curling up from the corner.
[vid]
Or — and this is spicy — he can invert the traditional big/guard setup and act as the ball-handler immediately.
[vid]
Well, overplaying JJJ's shooting is unwise - he possesses a decent handle for a big (relatively few turnovers considering he drives quite often) and is excellent at attacking closeouts and finishing at in the paint (65 FG% in restricted area). Some of his long strides and wrong-footed finishes bring to mind Pascal Siakam. His post scoring is well below-average (26th percentile), his ISO scoring is decent (65th percentile), and his shooting in the non-restricted area of the paint (floaters and such) isn't anything to write home about (39.5 FG%). Interestingly, he rarely takes midrange shots, attempting a James Harden-esque 16 midrange attempts over the entire season.
Defensively-speaking, Jaren is very versatile and has incredible length, athleticism, footwork, and timing, able to switch onto bigs and guards alike with equal ease and possessing preternatural defensive instincts as a help defender. However, he is still some way from fulfilling his All-Defensive, even DPOY potential, as he's haunted by persistent fouling issues - he's averaged 5.2 fouls/36 in each of his first 2 seasons. His rebounding rate is anemic for a player his size, too (3.7 D-Rebs/game) - part of this might be due to him playing out on the perimeter a lot, part of it might just be due to his rebounding being naturally poor. (In case you were wondering, JJJ's lack of rebounding isn't a Steven Adams issue because he's just boxing people out all the time, either - he's 109th in the league in defensive-box-outs/game.) His current overall defensive impact, therefore, is quite neutral at the moment - most advanced numbers don't think highly of it. Memphis have the 16th ranked defense in the league, and their defensive rating actually improves with JJJ off the court (some of this might just be noise, or perhaps a case of Grizzlies' backups shining against weaker bench units). In any case, these current defensive shortcomings are something Grizzlies fans will likely gladly live with, considering JJJ's offensive value and the promise of future improvements in his defensive impact once he learns to foul less.

4: Kris Dunn, the modern-era Tony Allen?

This season, the Bulls' dogged guard slash forward Kris Dunn has graded out consistently as one of the very best and most impactful defenders in the NBA, regardless of position. For the first time in his career, Dunn's team is A) excellent at defense with him on the court, and B) much better on defense with him on the court than without.
First, though, let's get the numbers out of the way:
  • Height: 6-3, Weight: 205 lb, Wingspan: 6-10, 51 GP, 24.9 MPG
  • 2nd in Steals/game (2.0), 1st in Steal % by a wide margin, 4th in Deflections/game (only player in the top 11 averaging fewer than 25 minutes a night), 8th in Defensive loose-balls recovered/game
  • 2nd in Defensive Box Plus Minus (BBRef)
  • 5th in Defensive PIPM
  • 7th Defensive RAPTOR, which incorporates player tracking data
  • 7th in Defensive RAPM / Luck-adjusted RAPM
  • 13th in Defensive Real Plus-Minus (ESPN)
  • Bulls have a 106.4 Defensive Rating (-4.0 rDRTG) with Kris Dunn on the floor, which would rank 4th in the NBA over a full season. The Bulls defense also improves by a massive +6.2 points when Dunn enters the game.
  • 67.8 Versatility Index, guarding positions 1-3 at least 19% of the time each, and spending 15% of his possessions guarding PFs and Cs
  • Held pick-and-roll ball-handlers to 0.71 points per possession, one of the best marks in the league
  • Can guard either the primary or secondary offensive options highly effectively as required
  • Opponents shoot 1.5% worse on 3s when Dunn is the closest defender
  • "Among those who logged at least 20 minutes per game, Dunn led all players in the percentage of his points that came off a turnover, at a whopping 29.3 percent. It’s reminiscent of prime Tony Allen — who used to live near the top of the league in this category — and more than doubled his production from the previous year."
Adding on some more quotes from Michael Pina's fantastic SB Nation breakdown of Dunn's defense, "Kris Dunn is a dying breed in today’s NBA. That’s why he’s so fascinating":
On the night Kris Dunn suffered a knee injury that will likely end his season, I sat by his locker to chat about defense. Considering no guard in the NBA has been better at it this season, the topic made sense.
We talked about... The dark arts that go into learning his opponent’s specific tendencies:
“A lot of guys who are righties like to go left to be able to get to their jump shot, and a lot of people who are righties like to go downhill to their right side. But if you’re a righty, most likely you like to go left. I just feel like you just have, you know, more in your bag of tricks going left. If you’re a lefty, most of the time they like going right. It’s just how they do it.
I like to break down to see what’s their go-to move. Some people when they come down the court, if they have the ball in their left hand, they’re getting ready to shoot. If they have the ball in their right hand, they’re ready to drive.”
... And player comparisons:
“I feel like Tony Allen, he just fits what I do. He’ll pounce on you. He was strong, physical. I think he could guard 1 through 3, even fours. I feel like I can guard some fours sometimes. I feel like that’s a good comparison because he’s got that dog, he’s got that bloodhound in him.”
Dunn’s season-long defensive impact was, to be frank, spectacular. He thrived in Jim Boylen’s tight-rope-walk of a defensive scheme, torpedoing passing lanes, living in his man’s jersey, and never giving up on a possession.
For most defenders, including Dunn, a majority of his defensive possessions are spent off the ball, and it’s here where his knowledge, instincts, and timing swirl up into a typhoon that the offense then has to navigate.
“He’s an all-defensive defender if I’ve ever seen one, and I’ve seen a few of them,” Boylen said right before the injury. “Paul George, Kawhi Leonard. He’s an All-Defensive guy.”
  • Indeed, Kris Dunn should receive some serious consideration for an All-Defensive spot. He may not get it because the Bulls are bad and his offensive role is limited, hence he likely won't be well-known to most voters, but he's clearly been one of the best guard defenders in the league this year, and one of the most impactful defenders in the league, period.

5: Kawhi Leonard, playmaker

This entry might surprise some readers, but yes, in the 2019-20 season, reigning Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard has finally broken out as a PASSER - 5.0 APG, decent 1.9:1 AST/TO ratio, 27.0 AST%, impressive 6.7 Passer Rating (Backpicks).
See, prior to this season, Kawhi was not actually a very good passer or playmaker.
  • A fun and relevant stat- Kawhi only has 10 TOTAL career games (regular season and playoffs combined) with 8 or more assists, and a whopping 7 of them came in the 2019-20 regular season. (source)
In previous years, Kawhi has had a few high-assist games in the playoffs, mostly as a result of making basic passes out of double-teams when teams commit multiple defenders to slow down his monster playoff-scoring, but he's never been a proficient playmaking wing like LeBron/Kobe/MJ, often lacking accuracy and velocity on many of his passes, and very rarely making more advanced reads (throwing skip passes out of a Pick-and-Roll/PnR, for example). After developing into the amazing ISO scorer we now know him as in 2017, Kawhi was generally in score-first mode for the vast majority of his possessions, generally only trying to find teammates when his own attack had fizzled out. This slightly limited his team's and his own ceiling as an offensive force, unable to punish help consistently and effectively.
This season, though, Kawhi burst out of the gate as a shockingly comfortable and effective passer and playmaker, averaging 8 APG in his first 4 games. Far from his probing, soft, and hesitant passes late in the shot clock to teammates in previous years, this version of the Klaw tries to keep his head up and his offensive options open, always tracking where his teammates are. He consistently hits the Clippers' bigs Zubac and Harrell in the PnR with crisp high-speed bounce-passes, throws no-looks and skip passes to shooters, and even manipulates defenders by freezing them with his eyes before rapidly lasering the ball to open teammates under the rim.
To quote Zach Lowe:
He already has developed chemistry with two very different dance partners in Ivica Zubac and Montrezl Harrell. Zubac is more laborious, and so Leonard navigates with zigzaggy, start-and-stop patience until Zubac rumbles free: clip
Harrell can zip to the rim or mirror Leonard's pitter-pat. Harrell also is a master at re-screening at different angles, and Leonard is learning to bob and weave behind him -- and use the threat of a handoff to slice backdoor: clip
His passing leap shows up on film, too, where he rarely looks lost anymore, knowing where his teammates are at all times, but it also shows up in the numbers: easily a career-high 5.0 assists/game (previous high was 3.3 in 2017), 27.0 AST% (previous high 18.9% in 2017).
The rest of the league should be worried - one of the finest scorers in the game has finally upgraded his passing game to match.
That's it for today, thanks for reading!
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2020.07.01 10:16 KagsTheOneAndOnly [OC] 5 breakout seasons you might have missed this year:

This season, most of you have probably heard or read at one point or another about Luka Dončić soaring into the MVP conversation as a sophomore, the many all-star jumps (Ingram/Trae/Sabonis/Mitchell/Siakam/Booker), Bam Adebayo making a name for himself as an all-round stud in Miami, the Hornets' Devonte' Graham's heartwarming vault into NBA relevance, Ben Simmons's All-Defensive leap, and Jayson Tatum's long-awaited superstar transformation mid-season.
This post, then, will be talking about some breakouts around the league that you might have missed this season, coming from players on less talked-about teams, or simply improved aspects of certain players' games that may have flown under the radar for whatever reason.

1: Jonathan Isaac, defensive savant

[Note: Please read this fantastic and highly detailed two-part post by Jonathan Chen, from which I pilfered the vast majority of the clips that I've linked below: Jonathan Isaac: A Unicorn on the Defensive End]
Jonathan Isaac broke out as an early Defensive Player of the Year-candidate for the Orlando Magic this season - only an unfortunate season-ending left knee injury 32 games in stopped him from achieving a well-deserved All-Defensive spot this year.
While Isaac's gaudy per-game averages (7 rebounds, 1.6 steals, 2.4 blocks) are useful shorthand, they actually underplay his overall impact because of how truly unicorn-ish and all-encompassing his defensive profile is.
  • Paint defense
It all starts with Judah's elite rim protection - opponents shoot a sizeable 10.2 FG% worse within 6 feet of the rim (50.9 DFG%) when Isaac is the closest defender, where his savant-like shot-blocking instincts kick in as the Magic's defensive anchor. Whether he's the primary defender or the weak-side help, he's got fantastic footwork and is very quick off his feet, possessing a mean second-jump. Combined with his 6-11 frame, 7-1 wingspan, and an excellent sense of timing, Isaac is an athletic, long, and relentless roadblock at the rim to thwart otherwise high-percentage opponent shot-attempts in the paint. He's able to tussle with larger behemoths as well - here he is denying Embiid at the rim with one hand. In addition, Isaac remains quite disciplined, managing to consistently remain vertical on his contests and averaging only 2.5 fouls/game, impressive for a 3rd-year defender just 22 years of age.
  • Man defense
Isaac's man defense is already highly impressive, able to guard bigs and guards alike without giving an inch (he has a 62.2% versatility index) and able to guard either the primary or secondary offensive options effectively while also protecting the rim. He's got quick hands that he uses to force turnovers, constantly stripping players when they gather or pick up their dribble. In the post, his length and lanky frame makes him a pest. When defending perimeter threats, his footwork is impeccable, he maneuvers screens really well, and he's agile and long enough to shut down the Greek Freak in semi-transition. When he is beat, he often chases perpetrators down from behind.
  • Team defense
Isaac's off-ball activity and team defense, meanwhile, is reminiscent of peak Draymond, KG, or Andrei Kirilenko, constantly making timely rotations to eat up passing lanes, anticipating and disrupting opponent plays, crowding ball-handlers and halting dribble-penetration, closing out to shooters, and swatting shot attempts at the rim, basically making himself an all-around menace on the court.
  • Some of his few defensive weaknesses:
He can gamble at times for steals (which does work out more often than not thanks to his length and instincts) and occasionally foul on shot contests, he can get caught out-of-position in the post sometimes, and he can be a bit overly twitchy in the paint, falling for pump-fakes from time to time.
  • Orlando's best and most important defender:
He leads the team and ranks near the top of the league in steals/game (1.6), blocks/game (2.4), defensive loose-balls recovered (0.8), and deflections/game (3.3); is 2nd on the team in charges drawn (0.13), defensive box-outs (2.0); and is 3rd in defensive rebounds/game (5.2).
With Isaac on the court, the Orlando Magic's defensive rating jumps by a whopping 4.5 points to an excellent 106.5 DRTG (-3.9 rDRTG), which would rank as the 4th-best defense in the league over a full season, significantly higher than the 9th place (109.0 DRTG) the Magic ended up at at the time of the NBA's suspension.
  • Advanced metrics:
Box- and non-box advanced metrics all think very highly of Isaac's overall defensive impact - he has a +4.8 D-RAPTOR (3rd in NBA), +3.2 D-PIPM (4th), and a +2.9 D-BPM (3rd).
  • So what's next for Isaac?
Isaac is slowly starting to get the benefit of the doubt from referees:
"I thought they were going to call it, I thought they were going to call it goaltending,’’ said a relieved Isaac after his Magic notched their fourth straight victory – this one a gritty 93-87 defeat of Cleveland. "I just tried to get (Thompson’s hook shot) at its highest point, and they gave it to me. I think the refs are starting to let me slide a little bit and I like it.’’
It probably won't be very long before Isaac will be able to run rampant as a full-blown terror on the defensive end, and combined with his decent ancillary offensive numbers as a tertiary scorer / potential floor-spacer (12.0 PPG, 2.8 3PA, 33 3P%), Jonathan is already a truly indispensable part of the Magic rotation for the foreseeable future.
(Bonus clip that perhaps summarises the entirety of Isaac's versatile skillset: His near-5x5 performance in a 1-point loss vs the Dallas Mavericks' historic league-leading offense on November 6, putting up 13/10/5/6/4 while tormenting Porzingis all night long (10 pts, 2 TOVs, 29 FG%) and holding Luka and KP to a combined 37 points on 35 shots (47.5 TS%) and 8 turnovers.)

2: Christian Wood, the NBA's newest unicorn

After 49 games of being an overqualified backup to Andre Drummond (averaging 10/5/1/1/1 on excellent efficiency), Detroit finally moved Christian Wood into the starting lineup after Drummond got traded to Cleveland for their final 13 games before the NBA suspended its season.
  • "Sooo.. who is Wood, and why should we care?"
In his final 13 games, Christian Wood has played like a bonafide star, averaging 22.8 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 2.0 assists, 0.8 blocks, 0.8 steals, and 1.7 threes on 66% True Shooting (56 FG%, 40 3P% on 4.2 3PA, 76 FT%).
He's been remarkably consistent as well, scoring fewer than 17 points only once during this stretch, and showing up against a variety of good teams - 3 of his final 4 games were against stout opposition, and he rose to the challenge admirably, with outputs of 29/9/3 on 91 TS% vs OKC, 30/11/2 on 56 TS% vs the Jazz and reigning DPOY Gobert, and a career-high 32/7/2/3/2 on 81 TS% v.s. Philly.
  • "He's on a bad team though, and Detroit lost all but one of those 13 games. Aren't these just empty numbers?"
There's exists some evidence that these aren't empty calorie numbers.
For one thing, Wood is an advanced stats darling - he ranks in the top-20 to 30 range in most box- and non-box metrics: +4.5 RAPTOR (18th), +3.1 BPM (BBRef) (27th), 0.184 WS/48 (24th), +2.98 PIPM (26th), +2.82 RPM (ESPN) (22nd), +2.09 RAPM (20th).
For another, the Pistons are a whopping +10.9 points better with Wood on the court, with their defensive rating improving by +3 and their offensive rating getting a ridiculous +8 boost.
  • "So, what makes him so effective?"
Offensively, Wood is particularly special, able to shine as either a PF or a C.
When he plays the 5, he is an elite roll-man in the PnR (97th percentile); his potent roll-gravity often distracts defending bigs to get teammates easier looks at the rim. His athleticism and feathery touch allow him to finish at an elite rate at the rim (77 FG% in restricted area), either skying for lobs or shedding defenders with power and speed.
Wood is very aggressive in the short roll too, bullying defenders with unflashy but effective bumps, pivots, fakes, and his leaping ability, not shying away from contact either, affording him a healthy free-throw rate overall (6 FTA/game as starter, 76 FT%).
Wood is also a highly capable offensive rebounder (3.2 ORB/game in final 13 games, top 20 in ORB%), adept at following up on both teammate misses and his own.
Of course, Wood is also a remarkable shooter for his position (40 3P% on 4.2 3pa/game in final 13 games), with a quick and high release off-the-catch that's unbothered by all but the longest of perimeter defenders, opening up driving lanes for teammates with his gravity. "Wood is the rare stretch-4 who doubles as a rim-running 5", allowing coaches a high level of versatility when designing offensive sets. Wood possesses a smooth dribble, too, which lets him attack closeouts and slash to the basket.
  • "What about on defense, though?"
Defensively speaking, Wood has tremendous physical tools: 7-3 wingspan, excellent feet, highly athletic, making him a highly versatile defender capable of guarding speedy guards on switches (68.9 versatility index). He's a decent rim-protector - opponents shoot 6% worse within 6 feet of the hoop when Wood is the closest defender, and Detroit as a whole are +4.4 points better defensively when Wood is on the court. His pick-and-roll defense is actually quite decent, knowing when to drop and timing his contests well. Overall, he's likely a slight positive on defense.
  • "Does he suck at anything?"
Wood can't power through larger defenders, and his post game is highly limited. To quote Jonathan Tjarks, "his ability to score one-on-one is still mostly theoretical—he’s in the 22nd percentile of post scorers this season and the 10th percentile in isolations."
Wood is also a subpar playmaker - he had a 2.0/2.3 assist-to-turnover ratio in his final 13 games. He can make basic reads out of double-teams, but has yet to truly weaponise his own scoring threat to get teammates easier looks on a more consistent basis.
Defensively, his awareness as a team defender has room for improvement, and his motor can be sloppy (seen in some mediocre box-outs or close-outs). He also has trouble against heftier post players, and some speedy guards can blow by him.
Finally, Small Sample Size alert! Some regression is very likely expected for Wood's gaudy shooting numbers once more teams learn more about his abilities and begin to throw more defenders (and better defenders) on him.
  • "So what's the future like for Christian?"
Wood is trusting his teammates more on both sides of the ball. He’s not forcing things on offense... Wood is scoring by giving the ball up and trusting it will come back to him when he’s open instead of constantly hunting for his own shot.
Wood doesn't demand touches and is highly efficient in his role, something that will let him scale well on good offenses, something that bodes well for his future as a Piston but also makes him an attractive addition for a playoff side - he's an unrestricted free-agent this summer. If he carries or builds upon this level of production into next season, he'll easily be a Most Improved Player contender with All-Star potential.
  • "Hmm, I'm actually kinda interested in knowing more about him!"
In that case, here are two marvellous breakdowns of Wood's game which I consumed and referenced voraciously while writing this section:
-Coach Daniel on YouTube: Why Christian Wood Is Genuinely A Terrific Player
-Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer: Get Used to Hearing Christian Wood’s Name

3: Jaren Jackson Jr, one of the best volume-shooters in the league

Jaren Jackson Jr (17/5/1.5 on +2.6 rTS%), is a proper unicorn, and easily the 2nd most important offensive piece on the Grizzlies, mainly due to his elite floor-spacing opening things up considerably for their offense - he's frighteningly adept at his role, hitting 40% of his 6 to 7 three-point attempts per game.
  • "Surely the section title is clickbait or hyperbole, though, right? He's just a big, after all, he can't be that good"
Actually, there are only 11 other players in the entire league (≥30 GP) who have shot at least as accurately as Jaren (39.7 3P%) on at least as many attempts (6.3 3PA).
Here are all 135 3-pointers he's made this season, just to get an idea of how he shoots these, and here's him draining 9 threes on the league-leading Bucks' defense en route to a career-high 43 points.
  • "So does he just stand in the corner and wait for Ja to feed him?"
Not exactly... JJJ has a somewhat atypical form but a quick and high release, and he shoots a truly incredible variety of threes, making them as part of pick-and-pop action, some simply off-the-dribble, some stepbacks, some in transition, some on the move, some off screens, or and he even sprinkles in the odd logo yeet from 30 feet out.
To quote some more from this excellent SB Nation breakdown of Jaren Jackson Jr's versatile game by Mike Prada:
The fact that Jackson can take and make so many different kinds of threes enables the Grizzlies to deploy him in so many different spots on the court. He has no obvious sweet spot, which means there’s rarely a worry he’ll catch the ball somewhere he doesn’t belong. He can toggle between playmaker, primary scorer, screener, and floor spacer, depending on what the Grizzlies need at that particular moment.
Better yet, he can do all four within the same play, which ensures Memphis’ sets always have secondary options. A pick-and-pop that the defense covers effectively can quickly swing into a dribble handoff, post-up, or second-side screening action, and it’s difficult for the defense to peg exactly where Jackson fits in to those sequences. In an instant, he’s flipped from the big man screener that gets a guard open into the primary option on a flare screen to get him a three.
[vid]
And if that shot isn’t there, he can quickly flow back into being a screener for a guard curling up from the corner.
[vid]
Or — and this is spicy — he can invert the traditional big/guard setup and act as the ball-handler immediately.
[vid]
Well, overplaying JJJ's shooting is unwise - he possesses a decent handle for a big (relatively few turnovers considering he drives quite often) and is excellent at attacking closeouts and finishing at in the paint (65 FG% in restricted area). Some of his long strides and wrong-footed finishes bring to mind Pascal Siakam. His post scoring is well below-average (26th percentile), his ISO scoring is decent (65th percentile), and his shooting in the non-restricted area of the paint (floaters and such) isn't anything to write home about (39.5 FG%). Interestingly, he rarely takes midrange shots, with a James Harden-esque 16 midrange attempts over the entire season.
Defensively-speaking, Jaren is very versatile and has incredible length, athleticism, footwork, and timing, able to switch onto bigs and guards alike with equal ease and possessing preternatural defensive instincts as a help defender. However, he is still some way from fulfilling his All-Defensive, even DPOY potential, as he's haunted by persistent fouling issues - he's averaged 5.2 fouls/36 in each of his first 2 seasons. His rebounding rate is anemic for a player his size, too (3.7 D-Rebs/game) - part of this might be due to him playing out on the perimeter a lot, part of it might just be due to his rebounding being naturally poor. (In case you were wondering, JJJ's lack of rebounding isn't a Steven Adams issue because he's just boxing people out all the time, either - he's 109th in the league in defensive-box-outs/game.) His current overall defensive impact, therefore, is quite neutral at the moment - most advanced numbers don't think highly of it. Memphis have the 16th ranked defense in the league, and their defensive rating actually improves with JJJ off the court (some of this might just be noise, or perhaps a case of Grizzlies' backups shining against weaker bench units). In any case, these current defensive shortcomings are something Grizzlies fans will likely gladly live with, considering JJJ's offensive value and the promise of future improvements in his defensive impact once he learns to foul less.

4: Kris Dunn, the modern-era Tony Allen?

This season, the Bulls' dogged guard slash forward Kris Dunn has graded out consistently as one of the very best and most impactful defenders in the NBA, regardless of position. For the first time in his career, Dunn's team is A) excellent at defense with him on the court, and B) much better on defense with him on the court than without.
First, though, let's get the numbers out of the way:
  • Height: 6-3, Weight: 205 lb, Wingspan: 6-10, 51 GP, 24.9 MPG
  • 2nd in Steals/game (2.0), 1st in Steal % by a wide margin, 4th in Deflections/game (only player in the top 11 averaging fewer than 25 minutes a night), 8th in Defensive loose-balls recovered/game
  • 2nd in Defensive Box Plus Minus (BBRef)
  • 5th in Defensive PIPM
  • 7th Defensive RAPTOR, which incorporates player tracking data
  • 7th in Defensive RAPM / Luck-adjusted RAPM
  • 13th in Defensive Real Plus-Minus (ESPN)
  • Bulls have a 106.4 Defensive Rating (-4.0 rDRTG) with Kris Dunn on the floor, which would rank 4th in the NBA over a full season. The Bulls defense also improves by a massive +6.2 points when Dunn enters the game.
  • 67.8 Versatility Index, guarding positions 1-3 at least 19% of the time each, and spending 15% of his possessions guarding PFs and Cs
  • Held pick-and-roll ball-handlers to 0.71 points per possession, one of the best marks in the league
  • Can guard either the primary or secondary offensive options highly effectively as required
  • Opponents shoot 1.5% worse on 3s when Dunn is the closest defender
  • "Among those who logged at least 20 minutes per game, Dunn led all players in the percentage of his points that came off a turnover, at a whopping 29.3 percent. It’s reminiscent of prime Tony Allen — who used to live near the top of the league in this category — and more than doubled his production from the previous year."
Adding on some more quotes from Michael Pina's fantastic SB Nation breakdown of Dunn's defense, "Kris Dunn is a dying breed in today’s NBA. That’s why he’s so fascinating":
On the night Kris Dunn suffered a knee injury that will likely end his season, I sat by his locker to chat about defense. Considering no guard in the NBA has been better at it this season, the topic made sense.
We talked about... The dark arts that go into learning his opponent’s specific tendencies:
“A lot of guys who are righties like to go left to be able to get to their jump shot, and a lot of people who are righties like to go downhill to their right side. But if you’re a righty, most likely you like to go left. I just feel like you just have, you know, more in your bag of tricks going left. If you’re a lefty, most of the time they like going right. It’s just how they do it.
I like to break down to see what’s their go-to move. Some people when they come down the court, if they have the ball in their left hand, they’re getting ready to shoot. If they have the ball in their right hand, they’re ready to drive.”
... And player comparisons:
“I feel like Tony Allen, he just fits what I do. He’ll pounce on you. He was strong, physical. I think he could guard 1 through 3, even fours. I feel like I can guard some fours sometimes. I feel like that’s a good comparison because he’s got that dog, he’s got that bloodhound in him.”
Dunn’s season-long defensive impact was, to be frank, spectacular. He thrived in Jim Boylen’s tight-rope-walk of a defensive scheme, torpedoing passing lanes, living in his man’s jersey, and never giving up on a possession.
For most defenders, including Dunn, a majority of his defensive possessions are spent off the ball, and it’s here where his knowledge, instincts, and timing swirl up into a typhoon that the offense then has to navigate.
“He’s an all-defensive defender if I’ve ever seen one, and I’ve seen a few of them,” Boylen said right before the injury. “Paul George, Kawhi Leonard. He’s an All-Defensive guy.”
  • Indeed, Kris Dunn should receive some serious consideration for an All-Defensive spot. He may not get it because the Bulls are bad and his offensive role is limited, hence he likely won't be well-known to most voters, but he's clearly been one of the best guard defenders in the league this year, and one of the most impactful defenders in the league, period.

5: Kawhi Leonard, playmaker

This entry might surprise some readers, but yes, in the 2019-20 season, reigning Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard has finally broken out as a PASSER - 5.0 APG, decent 1.9:1 AST/TO ratio, 27.0 AST%, impressive 6.7 Passer Rating (Backpicks).
See, prior to this season, Kawhi was not actually a very good passer or playmaker.
  • A fun and relevant stat- Kawhi only has 10 TOTAL career games (regular season and playoffs combined) with 8 or more assists, and a whopping 7 of them came in the 2019-20 regular season. (source)
In previous years, Kawhi has had a few high-assist games in the playoffs, mostly as a result of making basic passes out of double-teams when teams commit multiple defenders to slow down his monster playoff-scoring, but he's never been a proficient playmaking wing like LeBron/Kobe/MJ, often lacking accuracy and velocity on many of his passes, and very rarely making more advanced reads (throwing skip passes out of a Pick-and-Roll/PnR, for example). After developing into the amazing ISO scorer we now know him as in 2017, Kawhi was generally in score-first mode for the vast majority of his possessions, generally only trying to find teammates when his own attack had fizzled out. This slightly limited his team's and his own ceiling as an offensive force, unable to punish help consistently and effectively.
This season, though, Kawhi burst out of the gate as a shockingly comfortable and effective passer and playmaker, averaging 8 APG in his first 4 games. Far from his probing, soft, and hesitant passes late in the shot clock to teammates in previous years, this version of the Klaw tries to keep his head up and his offensive options open, always tracking where his teammates are. He consistently hits the Clippers' bigs Zubac and Harrell in the PnR with crisp high-speed bounce-passes, throws no-looks and skip passes to shooters, and even manipulates defenders by freezing them with his eyes before rapidly lasering the ball to open teammates under the rim.
To quote Zach Lowe:
He already has developed chemistry with two very different dance partners in Ivica Zubac and Montrezl Harrell. Zubac is more laborious, and so Leonard navigates with zigzaggy, start-and-stop patience until Zubac rumbles free: clip
Harrell can zip to the rim or mirror Leonard's pitter-pat. Harrell also is a master at re-screening at different angles, and Leonard is learning to bob and weave behind him -- and use the threat of a handoff to slice backdoor: clip
His passing leap shows up on film, too, where he rarely looks lost anymore, knowing where his teammates are at all times, but it also shows up in the numbers: easily a career-high 5.0 assists/game (previous high was 3.3 in 2017), 27.0 AST% (previous high 18.9% in 2017).
The rest of the league should be worried - one of the finest scorers in the game has finally upgraded his passing game to match.
That's it for today, thanks for reading!
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2020.06.28 18:55 throwwithyourgoodarm [MF] Missed Connection Ad

Title: We Met Somewhere Else
I first remember you from high school. I used AIM find-a-buddy and saw an interesting screenname: ts******s. I made fun of it: Is that your name because you sweat too much? It was a play on words. We started talking and I found out that you also liked Tom Robbins. How many high schoolers read TR? I might have said that I would read your favorite book. I didn't. Did you say that you would read mine? It was about how to make love stay.
One day you told me that you liked to think you could use telepathy. I went along with it. Why not? You gave me a definition unlike one I had heard before. What if it were like reading general thoughts instead of specific ones, like being on the same wavelength with your best friend?
Another day I was feeling upset. You asked to come from my head into my chest and help me take deep breaths. You got stuck there, near my heart. I said it was okay.
Scanning pictures was hard in those days. You told me to go into the bathroom and look in the mirror. Maybe I could describe myself to you. Maybe we could see each other if we looked hard enough. All I saw was me, you said you did, too. Maybe we looked alike. Wait, what color eyes do you have? What color eyes do you see if you could see more than your own? I said blue. I couldn't see your ears, but I was pretty sure your nose was bigger than mine.
One day I couldn't focus because the upstairs toilet was running. I went to go jiggle the handle, but it didn't work. I used a paperclip to make the chain longer. I told you about it. I think I fell in love with you over a paperclip, you said.
Later (or was it before), you kept sending random keys. A baseball kept falling off your desk. You had tried to get it to stay with a round of tape. Tape? I asked. It didn't stick. I did not fall in love with you over tape. You found another solution, though. Or I suggested it. You were the wittiest guy I had ever met. I already loved you.
"Shall we away?" we used to say. "Let's." I think we used Let's to write vows on each of our fingers: that way we wouldn't forget them. Did we kiss our pillows that night?
Maybe eventually we sent pictures, but that would have been several computers ago. I wish I had saved the chat logs. Eventually you stopped logging on, or we changed screen names. Something happened and we didn't keep in touch.
If the part at the end makes sense, then maybe you're the one I found while meditating. I followed the second star when you close your eyes until I felt giddy and lightheaded. I felt like I interrupted a conversation. Who's here? they wondered, or maybe it was just me. What are you doing? I was meditating. Well, I'm driving and right now I can't see. Whatever you're doing, can you stop it? I didn't. I just kept listening. You said you could hear your tires popping. I didn't believe you. It was enough to think that I could meditate to a place where conversations like this could even happen. My mom burst in and asked me a question, or hollered up the stairs. The connection was lost.
Someone did an aura reading on me once. (Okay, by now twice, but this first one stuck with me more.) She was my mom's friend and she said she wanted to practice. I had just come back from travelling and my mind was open enough to sit quietly and listen without needing to believe. She said that there were two people in my heart. We were dancing. Then we went on a walk. She narrated different things, things I found here near a coffee stand. Up the stairway to heaven, it's a short stairway. Down a back alley, passed different signs. An astronaut, Peter Pan, around the corner and on the back of another sign was the one that stuck. She described it to me, but I already knew what it was. I drew it for her. I had this image in my mind already: an interpretation of the sun. I've found it on license plates and containers, but this time it was matched her story. A sun sign on a sign. Do we leave soulmate trails? How many have we left? Or are they all here because we are?
Maybe you're this other person I met, too. It was 15 years later. He was travelling with almost nothing, sitting down and reading a book. He said he liked to travel people's heads and tried to do 40-50 a day. I suggested you try to find a way to ask for permission. How do you knock on people's heads? Maybe look for a head scratch as a No. Don't do it to kids. What do you do in there? Just listen, maybe make a suggestion like 'pick up that piece of trash.' What's your score? I don't remember your answer, or if I even asked the last question. Maybe it was good, maybe it's better not to keep score of things like that.
Maybe you had a dog that came up to me. I asked to pet him and he reached up and put his paws on my leg. His fur was softer than it looked. You said to be careful; his back was tender. He didn't normally like people. You said his name was Dill (or it wasn't that). I think we renamed him. Dill made it sound like he was always getting into a Pickle. He needed a name that wouldn't put up with any bullshit, something that said he knew when to draw the line and say Screw It. I think we picked one.
Are you also the same guy that I met a few weeks later? How did that conversation begin? I remember it ended with you standing up and asking me on a date in two weeks. We'd meet back in that square and you'd have enough time to clean up. Same time, same place? Yes.
Then my boyfriend came by: He's an a**hole, you know. Maybe you only thought it, but I heard it. I looked over my shoulder and told you to be nice. He was the kind of guy that would have turned around and had an ugly conversation about it. He had no idea what I was responding to, though. We walked away, but I remembered you.
I missed our date. Maybe you did, too. What day was it? Saturday? Sunday? Which square were we in? What time was it?
I doubt you're this person, but it's worth a description. It was near the same city, but a little bit outside this time, at a zip line. Maybe you were staying there, trying to get your feet under you. I was nervous. You wrote Fanney on my helmet. Take a load off, you said. I was thinking only that I was the butt of a joke, but it was a song, too. On the longest line, we flew through the trees together. Like angels, maybe. Like birds, definitely.
This last one we would have experienced alone. I passed out one night. I've passed out a few times from low blood sugar. This time it was different. I was sitting, and I started to feel like I was falling out of my body. I excused myself from the table and tried to go inside. I didn't make it. I took two steps and fell.
The world went immediately dark. Those around me said my eyes were open. I think I left my body. I remember going to another place. There were other people there, gathered like in a waiting room. They had been talking before I arrived. I was out of the line. Wherever I was, I asked after the ex that died. But as I asked as I made eye contact with you. Blue eyes again. Short curls. A flash of knowing, but not knowing yet. This was the place of almost, already, and always.
It's not your time, yet, they said. I heard my name being called. I didn't want to go back. It's sad there, I said. But a corner of the golden sky opened up and in a blink I was through it and back.
Coming back was slow. I was only thoughts first. Then I knew I was in something; my awareness grew to discover my body. Then, that someone was holding me, slapping my face, but I couldn't feel it. I started narrating to myself who I was (a person, the name they kept calling), who was holding me (he wasn't you, he wasn't the one that died, he was another one and he was safe but not the right one). Then where I was (his friend's farm, what was around it, how far I was from home). I couldn't move, yet, so I was carried to the couch. I silently ate and adjusted to being here again.
Where were you?
I've been looking for your blue eyes and curly hair. I hoped you'd know me, too.
Maybe you'll find me here.
(Stream of Consciousness style. Written as catharsis after a weird string of memories.)
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2020.06.25 02:58 BCHLove [REVIEW] Chanel 19 Large (30cm) Flap Bag in Light Beige from TS Aaron (Panda Factory)

Disclosure – Received 10% discount because TS Aaron was having a sale. I did not I receive any free gifts, etc. After receiving the bag and telling him how much I loved it, he asked me if I would do a review which I said I would.
** SORRY IN ADVANCE FOR THE OVERLY-DETAILED LONG AF REVIEW *\*
GENERAL INTRO:
First, I just gotta say I LOVE RepLadies. I am SO glad I found you! I’ve been in love with reps since about 2007 when my sister brought back a bunch of amazing Louis Vuitton reps from China. Then, once she was back (and we were hooked), we found a Chinese “7 star” replica website (now shut down) and bought a bunch more. I have also purchased a few bags from a Canal Street seller. I know all of y’all think of Canal Street reps as being plastic-ish, bad-quality crap but I found a back-room seller who sells solid mid-tier bags. I have an LV Neverfull from her that is about 4 years old that seems almost 1:1 to auth even after QCing with RepLadies knowledge under my belt. I even wore it into a LV boutique w/ no issues!
But then, about a year ago, something horrible happened that almost ended my love affair with reps. Yes, that’s right…I fell for the fake allure of one of those bad quality Instagram sellers (now thankfully out of business). This seller was like those one of those douche bag guys we’ve all dated. All talk and romance at first, but then they are a disappointment in the end. I don’t know how I even found this seller but it popped up in my feed one day. I had been drooling over the Chanel So Black Chevron Boy Bag and this Instagram seller had it! I fell in lust and paid WAY too much money and this bag is total CRAP. It is definitely classified as a Vampire bag (not allowed to be seen in the sunlight). It would maybe pass in a REALLY dark bar or restaurant but there no way could I wear around my fancy-pants boss or co-workers or out to brunch in the daylight, etc.
So, after that horrible and disappointing purchase, I was Googling how to tell if a Chanel is fake and I found RepLadies! And, now, I am forever grateful for the wisdom, humor, uber-organized and detail-oriented mods, Trusted Sellers and all the other good stuff that this subReddit provides. (Picture me doing a happy dance!)
Now…ladies and gentlemen, here is what you’ve been waiting for…THE REVIEW!
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SELLER INFO / PRICE / ORDER TIMELINE:
Seller: TS Aaron
Price (minus 10% Discount + Shipping): 2065 CNY = $291.90
Original Price: 1850 CNY – 10% (185 CNY) = 1665 CNY
Shipping: 400 CNY
Payment: Paypal
Carrier: DHL/FedEx (DHL label created on 5/24 (then it switched to FedEx). Rec’d via Fedex on 6/8)
Order timeline:
4/12 – Inquired to Aaron via WeChat if he could get the bag in beige or tan in the 30cm size. He asked for a pic and I sent one. He asked me what factory/quality and I told him 187 Factory / High Quality and he said he’d check.
4/16 -- He replied that 187 Factory was out of stock. I asked about God Factory and said they were out of stock, too. I asked if he knew of any factory that did have it and he said CD Factory and sent one sideways pic of the front of the bag in Light Beige. I asked him for price and he quoted 1700CNY minus the 10% discount = 1530 CNY. This was at around 11PM and I had had some wine…okay, maybe more than “some”…probably more like a bottle (don’t judge…quarantine drinking happens)! AND because I REALLY wanted the bag I told him YES! (After one photo!!!) I asked how to pay him and also, asked if he would send pre-shipment photos before the bag was sent and then promptly fell asleep before he could reply.
4/17 -- At about midnight (night of 4/16; morning of 4/17) he sent the same sideways pic of the bag from CD Factory again and said “Honey, the CD factory just shipped 30cm. It’s in stock.” He asked what country it should be shipping to, etc. and he said I could pay him via PayPal or “Transfer Payment” or Western Union. I saw all this when I woke up around 7:30AM and told him I would like to pay via PayPal and I asked for some additional pics of the bag. He sent a bunch of new pics of the bag from all angles. He then asked “Why don’t you take a look at Panda Factory? The quality is also very good.” I asked him if the photos he just sent were from CD or Panda and he said “From the CD factory I didn’t find any photos” and confirmed the series of pics he had just sent were actually from Panda. I’m very confused at this point because I was going back and forth from WeChat to Google Translate and then back to WeChat. (This was before one of you lovelies made me aware of the “Translate” option in WeChat.) I asked him if the price was the same for the Panda bag and he quoted a bit higher (1850CNY – 10% = 1665CNY). I asked if it was high quality and he said, “Panda factory is also very good quality” . At this point my brain was hurting because this was way early AND I hadn’t had enough coffee AND the translate thing was confusing AND my husband was asking me what I was doing on my phone AND I didn’t want him to see my buying ANOTHER bag AND since it was only like $20 difference, I said YES to Panda! Gave him my address and he quoted 400 CNY for “freight” and gave me the total of 2065 CNY = $291.90 USD. Paid, sent screenshot, gave him all my info and it was done!
5/1 – I messaged him on WeChat asking if he knew when the bag might ship and he said “Shipment after holiday.” I asked what date was the holiday and he said May Day and that the courier was on vacation. I googled May Day China and low and behold it was THAT DAY (5/1) a.k.a. as “International Workers’ Day”. I then felt like a complete a-hole and didn’t ask anything else that day so he wouldn’t have to answer me on a holiday.
5/6 – I forgot about the bag until this day so I sent him WeChat message and asked if he will be sending me photos before the purse ships so I can confirm it is correct. He answered that he will give me the PSP when he gets it.
5/12 – He sent PSP photos. I looked them over and gave the GL. I asked him if he could send me the tracking number once he had it. He said he would.
5/24 – He sent a pic of a DHL waybill. I checked it on DHL and it didn’t show up. I also checked it on FedEx because someone on here said they were told their bag was shipping via DHL but they received it via FedEx. I figured it wasn’t in the system yet and decided to wait a couple days before checking it again.
5/30 – Texted Aaron to let him know that the tracking number wasn’t showing up on DHL or FedEx and asked if it had actually shipped yet or if had been shipped via some other carrier. He replied it was FedEx and said “There is a transfer ticket in the back. I’ll have the delivery company send it over.” About an hour later he sent me a tracking number that was different from the one on the DHL pic. When I entered that into FedEx it said the package was still awaiting shipment in China.
6/3 – FedEx says the package is in Dubai.
6/5 – FedEx says the package is in Lombardo, Italy.
6/6 – Package goes from Lombardo, Italy to Memphis, TN to Southern California.
6/8 – Delivered at 8:47AM! What an awesome Monday!
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PHOTOS:
Mine: https://imgur.com/a/tsLImbs (Note: The lighter colored pics are closer to the actual color of the bag. )
Tagged Pic: https://imgur.com/a/CfnCViA
PSP: https://imgur.com/a/B47VObN
1st Factory (CD? - this is the one sideways pic): https://imgur.com/a/lxBPkbw
2nd Factory (Panda): https://imgur.com/a/YDAzdT8 (Note: Just realized the factory pics they sent is for the bag one size smaller than the Large.)
Authentic:
Large: https://www.chanel.com/us/fashion/p/AS1161B0287594305/chanel-19-large-flap-bag-lambskin-gold-tone-silver-tone-ruthenium-finish-metal/
Maxi: https://www.chanel.com/us/fashion/p/AS1162B01901N5326/chanel-19-maxi-flap-bag-lambskin-gold-tone-silver-tone-ruthenium-finish-metal/
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MY ASSESSMENT:
**Quality - 9/10*\*
I’m not the best at QCing but I’ll do my best here. The authentic is made of lambskin and I didn’t ask if this was lambskin or not but it is very soft. I have not conditioned it yet but the leather does have a slight sheen just as it came. It did have a slight fufu smell when first out of the box (-.50) but after a few days of airing out, it now just smells like leather. There were no loose stitches however there were a few tiny glue spots (-.25) but they easily rubbed off. The turnlock turns smoothly and zipper runs easily. The magnetic snap on the outside pocket is VERY strong. Not sure if it’s supposed to be that strong? So, just in case it isn’t I’ll deduct (-.25). The chain feels heavy and feels like it is solid just like the authentic. I thought that the gaps on some of the links were too “open” at first, but when I zoomed into the auth on Chanel’s website you can clearly see at least one large gap so no points deducted for that. The chain lays nicely and doesn’t kink. The bag is stitched well and I don’t see any other issues.
**Accuracy - 7.25/10*\*
The size of my large matches the size of the authentic large. The authentic is supposed to be 20 x 30x 10 (cm) or 7.8 x 11.7 x 3.9 (inches) as per the Chanel website and mine it’s pretty much spot on. It has the correct number of 3 diamonds (1 full in the middle and the two side ones have the outer edges cut off). The alignment of the side seams doesn’t line up but it doesn’t line up on the auths either so no deductions for that. The large CC logo on the front is the same size as the auth. The silver and the ruthenium chains look great but the gold seems off. I feel like it’s a little too bright/loud? The gold on the auth seems softer? I don’t know how to describe it. I’m taking off a (-.50) for that. Inside plaque and zipper seem to both be correct. The “Chanel” engraving on the magnetic snap for the outside pocket is not centered. It’s turned a bit so I’m deducting (-.25) even though no one is going to see that but me probably. The serial number on the tag inside the bag and the on the authenticity card are the same. The packaging was great except the box isn’t 1:1 but I don’t care about that so I’m not deducting anything for the packaging not being perfect. The strap drop also seems to be the same as the authentic. The light beige leather is the same color as the authentic as is the interior fabric. However, the one glaring thing that might be a callout is that I’m not sure if Chanel makes this bag in LARGE in light beige. They make the maxi size in light beige but I can’t find a large in this color so I’m deducting (-2.0) for that because this might be a fantasy color for this size. If anyone can find if the large does come in light beige, let me know and I’ll revise!
**Satisfaction - 10/10*\*
I LOVE this bag! I first saw it in person at work when someone came in for a meeting with it and I just had to have it. BUT…there was no way I was paying $5300 for the authentic so it was off to RepLadies to find my new bag! I love the slouchiness and that all the different metals make it easy to wear with just about anything.
**Seller Communication and Service – 9.5/10*\*
This is my first time buying something from TS Aaron and he was lovely and very easy to deal with. I would buy from him again with no worries. However, in the interest of rating everything I’m deducting a total of (-.50) because of two things – 1) the confusion with the photos and him saying CD factory had the bag and sending a pic and then later saying CD didn’t have pics and the pics were from Panda and; 2) sending me the DHL slip and not explaining that it has switched to FedEx. However, the confusion with the pics could easily have been from translation issues and the DHL/FedEx thing isn’t a big deal either. So, to me, those are both minor things and would not stop me from buying from him again. 😊
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2020.06.15 19:07 cao3000 The aftermath of doing it

This original post was in /cheating_stories, but a commenter suggested there it would be more well received here.
Just had to write it down somewhere and said, why not doing it here. There is no great deal of wisdom to share in the end, just whatever comes to my mind after what I was expecting to be a one-time stand.
I am not a kid (48M) and have been engaged in a non-married but stable relationship for two decades. That's a lot of time, and up to this day nothing had come to challenge that, apart from the fact that my sex life has been mostly non existant for the last 5 years.
The woman I will be talking about is not a kid either (38F), and she is a coworker of mine. I am her senior though she is not under me through the hierarchy line, so I am not strictly her boss. I would surely have trouble within my company if this was somehow known, so there I have it. Playing with fire, I thought from two sides (my official relationship, and my work). But turns out there is a third side I was not expecting.
We have met lots of times before, sharing afterwork beers and whatnot, we are both smokers so it was easy to spot ourselves in the office building entrance among other people. I didn't notice anything strange from her, not even the fact that she always left the afterwork beer group after I left, never before. During Jan and Feb she fell ill from bad pain in the back and I started chatting with her about how she was going. Just being polite I guess but things were escalating on her side and I was more and more fond of her.
COVID came and everyone was sent to their homes under lockdown, but she happened to be stranded in her parents house, located in the south of Spain, while we are residents in Madrid. This gave us the excuse to chat from time to time, but it was not something like "How you doing?". Within weeks, more and more chats were written. We exchanged pictures of ourselves (nothing private, just look how long my beard has grown, how fancy I look reading this book in the patio, I need to use my mothers socks here), anecdotes, so things became regular, and I ended up waiting for 23:30PM to start having a cigarette at home while chatting with her about all things mundane at the end of the day. Some of the talk involved things that were too cumbersome or long to explain and we joked that "we should talk about this over drinks when all of this has come and go". Being the nerd, I even created a Todoist list to annotate all those things.
One of them was that she is upset with the Universe and she wouldn't tell me why. I knew there was something there, but who could guess.
A couple of weeks ago, social confinment phases also were waived, so she was able to get back to Madrid. Bars and pubs started opening again, so we HAD all those things to talk about that were pending, and she pointed out it. I didnt feel like having beers in the night, so lunch seemed more appropriate.
"Ok, that's it, lets have lunch next friday" -- I proposed, and she accepted. Having lunch in an open space didnt seem dangerous but I was well aware that there was quite a lot of interest from her, and wanted to explore the field.
That friday was last friday. The day before didnt go as I had expected and I got issued two zoom calls that were about to happen during our lunch, so things were looking not so good for our plans.
I started thinking what to do, and a surprisingly good idea came to me. Why not have takeout food in her home, while I could attend those zooms and theme followup with coffee, or G&Ts in the streets? She accepted and off I went. It was 13:30 last friday, I would leave her apartment 13 hours later.
During the aftenoon we had drinks, a lot of drinks --three vermouth bottles were downed-- and smoked a pack of cigarettes between the two. At one given moment after all the zoom calls were made, we were comfy on her coach and I could notice she was holding and caressing my hand and fingers.
That's when we started blasting through the Todoist checklist, asking questions that had been postponed, the likes of what did she think of some coworkers, her past accident a decade ago, or how I am dealing with my parents, until finally I reached the final question. "Why are you upset with the Universe?"
"I want something I cannot have". This time she would answer straight away, no intention of avoiding it.
"Does it have to do with work?"
"No" -- she said opening her eyes wide.
"Does it have something to do with me?"
"Yes"
Being the usual idiot I am, I answered: "So I dont know"
"Please join the dots!" she laughed.
And then I knew it was the decisive moment that had waited for too long, and, while holding her hand, leaned forward and kissed her for the first time. I left her flat about 3AM-ish, we hadnt had dinner, not even the cold pizza slices, though we had kept drinking vermouth all the time. Granted, there was less drinking for the last 5 hours.
So at the beginning I was talking about three risks. One is my current partners catching wind of this, the second that this is known at the office. The first one is very very low, the second one less remote. But there was on third, and its the emotional one.
We are not robots, and get naked in more ways than leaving our shirt and pants in the floor. I looked at my watch, it was getting too late and I could not have a sleepover night. She nodded, and said understood it, but while I was getting dressed again after searching for those pesky socks, I could see she was getting emotional, as she was removing tears from her eyes.
I wasn't expecting that. "I don't want you to leave", she said. "What you need I cannot give you", was my answer. And she started kissing my arm over my shirt sleeve while we were again smoking together, the last cigarette this time.
Turns out I like her very much, we had spent a great time together but she is not the woman of my life nor she will be. And she knew. And that was why she had tears running from her eyes. I hugged her, but this didn't make things much better. "I want you to hug me while we fall asleep", she said. "It's too late for me". "I know".
And that's how the night ended. There were no cabs back home, so it was a long walk home through the streets of Madrid. When I arrived home the neighbours were having a karaoke party and my current partner was sound asleep after going out partying with her own colleagues.
So here I am, thinking what to do next. Today we chatted and talked about the great elephant in the room that had happened last friday night, she said she was ok, I said I was ok if she was ok, so we agreed we had a great time together and so on. We even joked about funny things that happened during sex --at my age, I'm no fuckboy and she was sweet about that.
But I cant stop thinking how hard this is. I have never cheated before, nor the occasion had come, but it's unbelievable how things get more complicated than in regular game. She seems to really like me, a lot, and what would be a good thing in regular seduction, is troubling when during an extramarital affaire.
I could probably insist on seeing her again --in fact, we'll meet here at the office in a couple of days, ask her to grab a beer after work--, and we could possibly have sex again. I could even make it so that we can sleep over the night together by carefully choosing the date. And I would really enjoy that happening, the lizard beast lurking in my DNA wants that.
Me, I can cope with my own responsibilities, not being a saint, etc, you can roast me all you want. But what about her? She also seems leaning towards meeting again, but I can't quite manage the fact that seeing me again maybe is not the best thing for her. But then who am I to assert what is good or bad for an adult woman?
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2020.06.14 20:09 cao3000 The aftermath of doing it

Just had to write it down somewhere and said, why not doing it here. There is no great deal of wisdom to share in the end, just whatever comes to my mind after what I was expecting to be a one-time stand.
I am not a kid (48M) and have been engaged in a non-married but stable relationship for two decades. That's a lot of time, and up to this day nothing had come to challenge that, apart from the fact that my sex life has been mostly non existant for the last 5 years.
The woman I will be talking about is not a kid either (38F), and she is a coworker of mine. I am her senior though she is not under me through the hierarchy line, so I am not strictly her boss. I would surely have trouble within my company if this was somehow known, so there I have it. Playing with fire, I thought from two sides (my official relationship, and my work). But turns out there is a third side I was not expecting.
We have met lots of times before, sharing afterwork beers and whatnot, we are both smokers so it was easy to spot ourselves in the office building entrance among other people. I didn't notice anything strange from her, not even the fact that she always left the afterwork beer group after I left, never before. During Jan and Feb she fell ill from bad pain in the back and I started chatting with her about how she was going. Just being polite I guess but things were escalating on her side and I was more and more fond of her.
COVID came and everyone was sent to their homes under lockdown, but she happened to be stranded in her parents house, located in the south of Spain, while we are residents in Madrid. This gave us the excuse to chat from time to time, but it was not something like "How you doing?". Within weeks, more and more chats were written. We exchanged pictures of ourselves (nothing private, just look how long my beard has grown, how fancy I look reading this book in the patio, I need to use my mothers socks here), anecdotes, so things became regular, and I ended up waiting for 23:30PM to start having a cigarette at home while chatting with her about all things mundane at the end of the day. Some of the talk involved things that were too cumbersome or long to explain and we joked that "we should talk about this over drinks when all of this has come and go". Being the nerd, I even created a Todoist list to annotate all those things.
One of them was that she is upset with the Universe and she wouldn't tell me why. I knew there was something there, but who could guess.
A couple of weeks ago, social confinment phases also were waived, so she was able to get back to Madrid. Bars and pubs started opening again, so we HAD all those things to talk about that were pending, and she pointed out it. I didnt feel like having beers in the night, so lunch seemed more appropriate.
"Ok, that's it, lets have lunch next friday" -- I proposed, and she accepted. Having lunch in an open space didnt seem dangerous but I was well aware that there was quite a lot of interest from her, and wanted to explore the field.
That friday was last friday. The day before didnt go as I had expected and I got issued two zoom calls that were about to happen during our lunch, so things were looking not so good for our plans.
I started thinking what to do, and a surprisingly good idea came to me. Why not have takeout food in her home, while I could attend those zooms and theme followup with coffee, or G&Ts in the streets? She accepted and off I went. It was 13:30 last friday, I would leave her apartment 13 hours later.
During the aftenoon we had drinks, a lot of drinks --three vermouth bottles were downed-- and smoked a pack of cigarettes between the two. At one given moment after all the zoom calls were made, we were comfy on her coach and I could notice she was holding and caressing my hand and fingers.
That's when we started blasting through the Todoist checklist, asking questions that had been postponed, the likes of what did she think of some coworkers, her past accident a decade ago, or how I am dealing with my parents, until finally I reached the final question. "Why are you upset with the Universe?"
"I want something I cannot have". This time she would answer straight away, no intention of avoiding it.
"Does it have to do with work?"
"No" -- she said opening her eyes wide.
"Does it have something to do with me?"
"Yes"
Being the usual idiot I am, I answered: "So I dont know"
"Please join the dots!" she laughed.
And then I knew it was the decisive moment that had waited for too long, and, while holding her hand, leaned forward and kissed her for the first time. I left her flat about 3AM-ish, we hadnt had dinner, not even the cold pizza slices, though we had kept drinking vermouth all the time. Granted, there was less drinking for the last 5 hours.
So at the beginning I was talking about three risks. One is my current partners catching wind of this, the second that this is known at the office. The first one is very very low, the second one less remote. But there was on third, and its the emotional one.
We are not robots, and get naked in more ways than leaving our shirt and pants in the floor. I looked at my watch, it was getting too late and I could not have a sleepover night. She nodded, and said understood it, but while I was getting dressed again after searching for those pesky socks, I could see she was getting emotional, as she was removing tears from her eyes.
I wasn't expecting that. "I don't want you to leave", she said. "What you need I cannot give you", was my answer. And she started kissing my arm over my shirt sleeve while we were again smoking together, the last cigarette this time.
Turns out I like her very much, we had spent a great time together but she is not the woman of my life nor she will be. And she knew. And that was why she had tears running from her eyes. I hugged her, but this didn't make things much better. "I want you to hug me while we fall asleep", she said. "It's too late for me". "I know".
And that's how the night ended. There were no cabs back home, so it was a long walk home through the streets of Madrid. When I arrived home the neighbours were having a karaoke party and my current partner was sound asleep after going out partying with her own colleagues.
So here I am, thinking what to do next. Today we chatted and talked about the great elephant in the room that had happened last friday night, she said she was ok, I said I was ok if she was ok, so we agreed we had a great time together and so on. We even joked about funny things that happened during sex --at my age, I'm no fuckboy and she was sweet about that.
But I cant stop thinking how hard this is. I have never cheated before, nor the occasion had come, but it's unbelievable how things get more complicated than in regular game. She seems to really like me, a lot, and what would be a good thing in regular seduction, is troubling when during an extramarital affaire.
I could probably insist on seeing her again --in fact, we'll meet here at the office in a couple of days, ask her to grab a beer after work--, and we could possibly have sex again. I could even make it so that we can sleep over the night together by carefully choosing the date. And I would really enjoy that happening, the lizard beast lurking in my DNA wants that.
Me, I can cope with my own responsibilities, not being a saint, etc, you can roast me all you want. But what about her? She also seems leaning towards meeting again, but I can't quite manage the fact that seeing me again maybe is not the best thing for her. But then who am I to assert what is good or bad for an adult woman?
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2020.06.06 20:39 cornpupp The Bold, Beautiful and Under-Appreciated: Louis Vuitton Montaigne GM in Monogram from TS Old Cobbler (featuring wear-and-tear and WIYB)

Just two days after receiving my first rep from my favorite husband, I was sitting in my in-laws' living room in SmallTown, USA watching my nephew unwrap yet another Avengers toy when my husband put a medium-size box in front of me. We are the type to "not need any gifts," which makes it extremely frustrating for both of us to try to find suitable gifts for each other. I unwrapped the box, expecting something like a Threshold blanket, when my eyes were met with ANOTHER Louis Vuitton dustbag. I look over at my husband, beaming, asking "What did you do??"
My mother-in-law nearly fainted. Best Christmas ever.
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Louis Vuitton Montaigne GM in Monogram
  • Source: TS Old Cobbler on WeChat. Contact info here
  • Price: husband won't tell me straight up, but OC currently sells this bag for $260 USD. His prices have risen around ~$20 per bag since late 2018 when this was purchased. Price when purchased included DHL shipping.
  • Payment method: credit card via DHGate link
  • Order timeline: sorry y'all, he is the worst, but he says "I contacted him in November and it got here a week before Christmas" (it was shipped with the Neverfull, I believe in a separate box). I think there was a groupbuy happening around this time, so things may have been a little slower than usual.
  • CCW! Contrary to my Neverfull, I haven't seen many posts about this bag! I don't pretend to know anything about legitimate QC and I have never seen the auth in person. Please tell me if you notice something I don't! It won't hurt my feelings, promise (kinda).
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The Good Stuff
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Quality - 9.6/10
There is not a single thing about this bag that is unsturdy or poorly constructed. To date, it is the highest quality bag I own of any kind.
I don't use this bag daily because I am exhausted just thinking about the explanations I would have to give at work, but right now it is my normal weekend/evening bag. I'm not going to any galas or anything - I mainly just take it to restaurants, movies, shopping, etc. I have been using it this way (leaving it out of its dustbag) for about 10 months. I also have not babied it at all - no resolene, no lexol, no conditioner of any kind.
  • Construction: To be honest, I probably would have sold this bag if it were not for the extremely solid construction. The bag maintains its structure beautifully and shows no signs of changing that. All of the stitching is impeccable and strong. Even when stuffed, no part of this bag looks like it will cave to the pressure. I carry this HEAVY bag exclusively by the handles, and the stitching is holding strong.
  • Canvas: The canvas is so nice that I would have argued with you that it's leather. I have not put leather conditioner on it to test this theory, and I won't try, because I will cry if I do something to screw up this bag. Crying is not cute on me and I like to keep it cute. Because the bag is so sturdy (I believe the thick lining and reinforced base help the bag keep its shape), I don't get the impression that I will have to worry about cracking with this one like I do with my Neverfull. I should still probably invest in something to protect it, though...
  • Interior: The interior lining is a beautiful and supple microfiber that feels like suede. Shows no scratches, even though I kept my keys and other pointy metal things (like chargers with plugs) in here like a heathen for several months.
  • Vachetta: It's real vachetta! Which I know because I've fucked it up on the handles. Oh well, live and learn. It is holding up really well to use though. I have been tanning it through my window lately, so it is getting a nice patina. You can see a few water spots...my fault :(
    • (-0.25): When I compare it to this reference post, especially the logo tag, it looks like the leather used for the auth vachetta is a higher quality than what was used on my rep.
  • Hardware: The hardware is all sturdy, weighty, and holding up beautifully to wear. There is no tarnishing on any of the hardware even after exposure to real life for 10 months. The zipper glides smoothly. The keys unlock the lock. I use the claw clasp frequently and though the mechanism pinches my thumb, it is reliable.
    • (-0.1): If I am being literally the pickiest, the feet do show signs of wear (duh). I would have never noticed it if I wasn't trying to capture a picture of the logo stamp on the feet, but there are tiny spots that have rubbed/scratched off each foot where it hits surfaces.
  • Glazing: The glazing is extremely neat throughout 99% of the bag and not peeling anywhere.
    • (-0.05): Also, literally the pickiest, so minimal points deducted. The glazing is a little iffy on the strap near the D-rings that attach to the clasps.
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Accuracy - 9.25/10
Um, guys? I found a reference post for this exact bag and I have to say mine looks spot fucking on. Shout out to u/Love_lo for your service.
Just like with my NF, I'm not terribly concerned about the accuracy of this bag or getting called out. Speedys and Neverfulls are pretty much the only LV bags you see in the wild where I live. Because of that, I've received so many compliments on this bag in public, with no hint of suspicion of it being a rep. Most ladies just gush and use their Kate Spade scarves to wipe their tears of jealousy.
The good:
  • Compared to what's listed on Fashionphile, the measurements align pretty closely. This bag is a little hard to measure because the shape varies, but I did my best. No points taken off because the bags do slouch, I've seen a range of measurements on Fashionphile, and it would be really hard to call it out based on measurements alone.
    • Auth (from Fashionphile): 15.75" L, 10.75-11.25" H, 6.25-7.25" W
    • Mine: ~15.5" L, ~11.1" H, ~7.3" W
  • All the hardware details look to be accurate.
  • No alignment issues that I notice.
  • All sides and the bottom seem to have the correct number and placement of the logos.
  • Glazing is the correct color. It looks brighter in the pictures than it does in real life. The true color is a deep red.
  • The canvas doesn't have any noticeable color issues, has a nice sheen, and doesn't look or feel dry to me.
  • All of the stamping is very crisp, even on hardware. Font appears to be correct.
The not-so-good:
  • (-0.25) In my opinion, the biggest inaccuracy about this bag compared to used auths I have seen online is the shape. The auths tend to look a little more trapezoidal, whereas mine looks slightly more square. I'm not sure if this is because I haven't used it to death so maybe it hasn't really settled? The reference in the RL post also looks pretty square. I prefer the more square shape of mine to the dramatic trapezoid.
  • (-0.25) Photos of authentic used bags show that the bag slouches pretty significantly. My bag feels so sturdy that I don't feel confident it will ever slouch like this. But I also prefer the structure to the slouch, so I'm only deducting minimal points for this. This may be a bigger accuracy issue for others; it just depends on your preference.
  • (-0.15) Just because I am noticing the vachetta might be a slightly lower-quality leather than what LV uses on the auths. Someone looking at the bag under a microscope might notice this. However, I'll smack them before they can get that close.
  • (-0.10) For all of these tiny inaccuracies combined: the hole punch on the zipper pull is not quite centered, the stitching on the zipper pull is not level, the key bell looks a little lumpy with the keys inside, and the stitching on the key bell is not symmetrical. I keep the key bell tucked inside the bag when I carry it, so these things don't bother me.
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Satisfaction - 9.5/10
This bitch is classy as fuck. But allow me be more honest with you ladies than I might be with my husband. Buckle up.
  • (-2.0) When I first opened this bag on that wonderful Christmas morning, I was a little disappointed. Why? Personally, I never cared for monogram LV bags. Before I discovered the wonders of the rep world, I felt like the LV monogram was the quintessential "display of wealth," or pseudo-wealth, that I hated in my local community. I never intended to be a part of that. While I myself love luxury goods, I prefer the DE/DA canvases and the "if you know, you know" bags over monogram bags (of any brand). Again, this is just my own personal preference.
  • (-0.5) I mentioned earlier that I don't have the energy to carry this bag to work. Because of the comments. Because of the monogram. I know LV doesn't make this bag in any of the other canvases (only Empreinte leather, which is still logo-mania just more muted), but I do feel like this would be a great work bag if I could ever use it that way myself.
Because of this, this beautiful lady sat stifled in her pajamas on the top shelf of my closet for over 6 months, and my husband mentioned it a few times in a way that I could tell it hurt his feelings. "I really thought you would have liked that other one better [than the Neverfull I gushed about constantly at the time]." I was devastated that he felt this way, because my heart swells when I think about all the thought, planning and work he put into this so that he could give me this specific bag that he thought I would love. He didn't know; we had never discussed my opinions on monogram prints. My heart is breaking as I'm writing this. Brb, I need to go give him a peck real quick.
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Ok, I'm back. The redemption:
  • (+2.0) Clearly, at some point my perspective changed, and I fell in love with this bag. One fateful day, I realized that my half-hearted attempts at convincing my husband that I did actually like this bag weren't enough, and I decided to try it out for his sake. Once I pulled it out out of the dustbag (albeit begrudgingly as I laid down my beloved DE Neverfull for her nap), I really started to appreciate the craftsmanship of this bag. The quality is outstanding, and I love it for that. I am in awe of the attention to detail. I still don't love the logo-mania, and I will still never wear it to work, which is why I can't bring myself to give it a full 10/10. But she is beautiful and I do love that mine is a more unique model.
  • Also: though I can't find the GM on LV's US website right now, the auth MM size retails for $2640 USD. For less than 10% of the auth price for the smaller size(!), this rep is amazing; dare I say .95:1. I really don't know if it could be beat in my eyes.
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Seller Communication and Service - 10/10
(Copied from my last review because it's still true)
OC is the LV OG for a reason. Though I wasn't involved with the communication for this specific purchase, I have made other purchases through OC (more reviews to come) so I feel like I can vouch. They make the whole experience as easy and fool-proof as possible from the moment you add them on WeChat to when you receive the bag, which makes buying from them a great first experience for those new to the rep game. Husband says everything went smoothly.
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Well ladies, there you have it! For making it this far, I leave you with this tiny gift of [WIYB] pics. Spoiler alert: they are all of the exact same items from my Neverfull WIYB, but I thought you might like to see how this bag handles all the same crap.
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