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Reserves and grad school
Last Post 01 Jul 2011 11:27 PM by trinibai2. 2 Replies.
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07 Jun 2011 10:44 AM
    Right now, I work full-time and I'm in a part-time MS program.  I expect to finish the MS in May 2012.  I intend to go on for a full-time PhD after that.

    I'm concerned about scheduling my initial training.  I would like to do small-boat SAR.  If I did DEPOT (I am somewhat confused about whether I qualify, and need to discuss this with the recruiter), and, let's say, MK, that's 16 weeks of training - probably too long to fit in the summer between finishing the MS and starting the PhD (unless there was an available DEPOT right after I finished the MS and an available A school right after I finished DEPOT).  I know that there's a split training option for student reservists, where you do boot camp the first summer and A-school the next, but does it exist with DEPOT?

    My other obvious option is to postpone the PhD by a year, but to be honest I'm really reluctant to do that.  I've been working toward being ready for a PhD program for several years.

    Has anyone else navigated this situation?

    Edited to add: I'd be okay with doing DEPOT before finishing my MS, as it's only three weeks, but I don't think I would qualify.  According to the recruiting materials that I found online (from the Recruiter's Pocket Guide at the Cape May website), if you're not prior service or going for a job in which you have a civilian skill, you have to be 27 to do DEPOT, and I will turn 27 right about when I complete my MS.
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    10 Jun 2011 12:17 PM
    Never mind, the recruiter answered this when I met her in person.
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    01 Jul 2011 11:27 PM
    Hay you wouldnt mind posting the recruiters response as i may go through a similar issue later on, thanks
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