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22 YO DS enlisted today army 68s

Posted by on Jul. 25, 2017 at 9:41 PM
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Hi there
New to the military life as a whole-am feeling very challenged with my son decision but he can't hold a job, spent days on end on the couch and I was at my wits end
Any parents of newly recruits out there as a 68s? I'm challenged to a clear understanding of day to day responsibilities, where they could likely be stationed
Getting a 50/50 stateside or abroad anywhere approach from the recruiter
Any advice is appreciated
by on Jul. 25, 2017 at 9:41 PM
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mnkymommy08
by Silver Member on Jul. 26, 2017 at 8:23 AM
Basic Job Description
Services Corps Preventive Medicine Sciences team, which is charged with studying and preventing the spread of disease and infection within the Army. Preventive Medicine Specialists are primarily responsible for conducting or assisting with preventive medicine inspections, surveys and preventative medicine laboratory procedures. They also supervise preventive medicine facilities or serve on preventive medicine staffs.

Duties performed by Soldiers in this MOS include:

Conducts preventive medicine inspections, surveys, and​ control operations and assists with preventive medicine laboratory procedures.

Supervises small preventive medicine services or units. Organizes water, food sanitation, hospital environment, entomological, epidemiological, and environmental stress surveillance programs. Analyzes and evaluates collected data. Supervises technical and administrative functions of preventive medicine activities.

Training Information
Job training for a preventive medicine specialist requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and 15 weeks of Advanced Individual Training, which includes on-the-job instruction and practice in testing specimens.

Some of the skills you’ll learn are: Sanitation inspection procedures, understanding of parasites and diseases affecting humans and bacteriological analysis of potable water.

This is what I found when I googled it. Sounds like it is an MOS with lots of civilian opportunities later on down the road as well.
mnkymommy08
by Silver Member on Jul. 26, 2017 at 8:26 AM
And, with an MOS like that, he could basically go wherever they need him to go to be honest.
Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Jul. 30, 2017 at 3:40 PM

I am the very proud Mom of a veteran of the Marine Corps veteran.  My son was 20 when he left for boot camp.  Despite all his talents, he didn't have a clear idea of what he wanted to do after high school. He is very intelligent, but hated school. We encouraged him to go to community college for 2 years, he worked part time and temp jobs, studied martial arts and then competed and also taught at the studio.  But it was uncertain as a career.  He had decided to become a Marine on 9/11 and 5 years later, graduated boot camp in the Honor Patrol.  His MOS was MP. He deployed twice, once to Iraq, then to Afghanistan.  In his last year, he got married, deployed, became a Dad when he got back, and decided to stay in SC where he was stationed and where his wife had grown up.  It took a while but he got a job as a police officer there, bought a home, had another child and is now a K9 officer doing narcotics enforcement, & he loves his work.  He still studies martial arts.  From aimless teen to policeman, husband, father, homeowner, he did very well, and although his 5 years in the Marine Corps were very difficult, it made a man of him, gave him direction, self-confidence, and ultimately a career, wife and family, and home. Many of his buddies stayed in SC too, so he has friends there too. It's very difficult to be a military family, for all the obvious reasons, and because non-military folks don't really understand our lives.  But, it seems like your son is heading for some great experiences, training, and ultimately, perhaps a career in the health care field. The best way for you to approach his decision is with support, wisdom, and more support.  Meanwhile, keep yourself busy with your own pursuits & stay informed about his chosen field. I wish him and you and your family much good luck!

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