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lynch86 in Sterling, Virginia

68 months ago

im in the army currently stop lossed and deployed i am a 19D scout. I def. know i wanna become x-ray tech i was just wondering what are my chances of getting into the mos field of x-ray tech or just get out and do the classes in college? please help?!

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Kelleysan in Eugene, Oregon

63 months ago

Hi, I'm currently at Phase 2 for the military 68P program, I didn't have much trouble getting the MOS as I was coming out of the IRR and told them it was 68P or nothing. I would have to say that the civilian programs are probably better education wise, but then again, you have to pay for it. I am a little frightened about Job prospects, seems like it's tough to get work as a tech in the civilian sector. If you are a good tech in the military they will cross train you in different modalities if you want, thus making you more marketable when you do get out.

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lynch86 in Sterling, Virginia

63 months ago

what do you mean by IRR? and so far how is the training? is it difficult in certain areas? last question did you go through a local recruiter or just retention and at what level of retention? platoon, company, or brigade?
thanks much

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Don in Fort Huachuca, Arizona

63 months ago

lynch86 in Sterling, Virginia said: what do you mean by IRR? and so far how is the training? is it difficult in certain areas? last question did you go through a local recruiter or just retention and at what level of retention? platoon, company, or brigade?
thanks much

Hey man, i am active duty Army and a radiology tech for 4 years. I will say this, just do it. You wont regret it. Since your prior service you could probobly just ask or re-up for it.
Training wise- Its 6 months at fort SAM, TX. for all of your school work. Which include reading film, Anatomy and Phisiology, A low level Physics class and some hand on training along with basic life savers course and trauma response. (A crash course for the whisky schools and or combat medics.) Also some time in the field learning some military ISO procedures and that jazz. After that its 6 months at another duty staton in the states. This will be your clinicals and you will be tested on your competent x-rays. Dont get me wrong its not the easiest thing but you will be fine if you dedicate alot of time to studying.
I went through a local recruiter.
If i were you though depending on how much you love the Army, just use your GI bill and go to school that way. Then not only would you get paid for learning Diagnostic Imaging but the civilian side is alot nicer and slower pace, meaning you wont have Drill Sgt. waking you up and smoking your whole platoon cause someone left a sock in the hallway then go to PT at 4 30am then take your exam for the week and try to pass it for your MOS on no sleep. (it happens)

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Don in Apo

59 months ago

ed in Saint Louis, Missouri said: I am thinking about the xray program in the army. I am prior service and i am currently in the radiology field. wondering about the shifts, does it depend on your rank as far as the shift or does everyone rotate.

Well the shift work and hours are different from place to place. I really dont think rank has much to do with it but usually if you prefere a certain shift like graveyards or days they will try to give it to you. Rank affects what role you play in DI as far as floor walker or QC stuff like that.

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Sacrocker67

59 months ago

I am currently in the process of enlisting. I am a surgical tech in the civillian world and I scored over 115 on all my line scores. I would like to go 68p, but what are the chances of getting this mos o. Short notice. I turn 42 in December and have to be in bct by my birthday. Are there limited class dates each year? Would be greatful for Any info.

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Dude in Apo

59 months ago

Well the thing with this MOS is that the recruiter isnt going to even mention it to you. You really have to be straight forward with them because it is over strength and plus they have different incentives for getting soldiers to do different jobs. I almost didnt get this MOS in 2006 but i said i wouldnt sign unless i was garunteed this job. So all i can say is be straight up with them, your prior medical exp. will help you get through the school but its stil alot of cramming for tests and alot of info in one year. You can do it! There are always classes every year in Ft. Sam, you will probobly be able to get this job but you might sit at Ft. Sam in a "hold under" status untill a seat is availiable for you at the academy. From what i hear there arent Drill Sgt.s there running the show like they did when i was there. If this is the case then it should be a really good exp. Either way i would say just go for it sir! and i wish you luck.

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Sacrocker67

59 months ago

Thanks for the great information, I am definetly going to stand strong on this mos. Did you have to sit In a holding pattern for a while or did you get right in? And if not do you know of any one that was able to wait for a reasonable amount of time at fort Sam until they got in the acadamy. Thanks again

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ed in Saint Louis, Missouri

58 months ago

Don in Apo said: Well the shift work and hours are different from place to place. I really dont think rank has much to do with it but usually if you prefere a certain shift like graveyards or days they will try to give it to you. Rank affects what role you play in DI as far as floor walker or QC stuff like that.

Thanks for the response. So is it pretty chill as compared to the civilian side of things?

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Manny in Orlando, Florida

58 months ago

Kelleysan in Eugene, Oregon said: Hi, I'm currently at Phase 2 for the military 68P program, I didn't have much trouble getting the MOS as I was coming out of the IRR and told them it was 68P or nothing. I would have to say that the civilian programs are probably better education wise, but then again, you have to pay for it. I am a little frightened about Job prospects, seems like it's tough to get work as a tech in the civilian sector. If you are a good tech in the military they will cross train you in different modalities if you want, thus making you more marketable when you do get out.

It all depends. For the most part may civilian employers are ignorant in regards to all the things an ex-military employee brings to the workplace. I as an ex-military can tell you that for a fact. The game plan and rules are alot different with civilians.
The job situation right now is not that good thanks in part to Wall Street and Washington. But jobs can be found. A good job network is important. Many employers once they see you have your ARRT and state papers will often train you as was with me and others I've met, but not after you've proven yourself and passed your 90 days.
Good luck.

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bernadette in Columbia, South Carolina

54 months ago

the training is the same we just do it faster in the army but its not very easy getting a job when you get out ive been off active duty and registered for a year and a half and i cant find anything and ive been searching in many different states so if i were to do it again i wouldve stayed active a little longer to get more training and waited for the economy to get a little bit better because it sucks not being able to work in the field that i enjoy doing

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Patryce2010 in Orlando, Florida

46 months ago

Can anyone answer this, I am looking to join the army reserve....are there any slots available for the 2011 year for 68P? I know that I can ask my recruiter or in MEPS, but I'm just curious to know now. Any advice will be appreciated.

FYI, I looked at Imagery Tech in the AF but the promotions seem to be a bit slower than in the army.

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hugs in Killeen, Texas

41 months ago

Hi all,

I'm prior service 6 years active duty in the army and got out with an honorable discharge in 2004, since I've been out had a couple medical issues, but those medical issues are gone now and I'm in the process of dropping weight and my gameplan was join back on active duty, but slots pretty much nilch for prior, so I was thinking about it and I've decided to do reserves and see if slot opens up, once I reach the end of my enlistment, I've been looking at the medical field and the only two jobs that are sticking out to me are Dental Tech and Radiology tech, I'm in my 30's so thought maybe Radiology would be a better fit, on top of that since its army reserve I need to be able to support myself and thought maybe again that radiology would be a better fit,so these are my questions, is it difficult to find a job around the San Antonio, Area? I would also be willing to travel? Your opinions on job market for dental and radiology and if one outshines the other? Oh, also I would be willing to work any shift they are willing to offer, under my old mos, it was 24 hour mission, so one week youd be working days and the next nights and the next midshift, any tips would be appreciated and please if you are going to be negative and say no jobs, at least include how long you've been looking, your certs your working toward, and how far your willing to travel for jobs, oh yeah also are there disadvantages/advantages to being an army trained rad tech vs going the traditional school route, when it comes to potential employers, oh and I actually would like to get activated to active duty so how common is that for the medical branch, thanks..in addition I've been out of the military more than 3 years and my recruiter said that there is a strong possibility that I will need to repeat Basic, so if anyone has went through basic in their 30's, tips would be greatly appreciated...

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SSG Jones in San Antonio, Texas

30 months ago

lynch86 in Sterling, Virginia said: im in the army currently stop lossed and deployed i am a 19D scout. I def. know i wanna become x-ray tech i was just wondering what are my chances of getting into the mos field of x-ray tech or just get out and do the classes in college? please help?!

I know I'm super late to this comment but I can definitely give you some pointers. I'm a 68P30 X-ray tech in the Army -Active Duty. I went from 88M10 to the field. Currently, it's gonna be harder. The state of the MOS is over-strength in all pay grades but E-7 and that grade is at 86+%. We're scheduled for possibly the biggest E-7 board yet for 68P's next year in 2013. I did it in the reserves. Transferring from an AD to AD 68P MOS is gonna be impossible right now- we're just too over-strength. Also, I'm the current Student Coordinator for the X-ray Tech program at one of the many phase II MTF sites. The program has lost some of it's credentials. Current graduates must complete 15cr hrs in post-MOS-graduate college courses to become ARRT registry eligible. Here's my recommendation and how I did it as a young Specialist with a previous MOS. I went to the Reserves- transferred to a Medical Unit- and asked for a new MOS. A Medical Company in the Reserves has no slots for anything non-medical. They asked me what MOS I was interested in and I was prepared. The Army stacks a prior-MOS, prior-service, X-Ray tech class every year. If you're gonna reclass- that's your ticket. I went in Feb '05 there were only 5 new recruits in my class. They stack the prior-service into one class. Right now-that's the only way. Once I graduated I immediately transferred to Active Duty. Do Not do it through the National Guard. You owe them a tenure. If you do it through the reserves, one 638 ( i believe) and a signature from your BN CDR in the reserves and you're ready for MEPS. From there it's all easy. This information is current as of 2/13/2012

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SSG Jones in San Antonio, Texas

30 months ago

lynch86 in Sterling, Virginia said: what do you mean by IRR? and so far how is the training? is it difficult in certain areas? last question did you go through a local recruiter or just retention and at what level of retention? platoon, company, or brigade?
thanks much

Individual Ready Reserve.

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Sean C in Springdale, Arkansas

30 months ago

SSG Jones in San Antonio, Texas said: I know I'm super late to this comment but I can definitely give you some pointers. I'm a 68P30 X-ray tech in the Army -Active Duty. I went from 88M10 to the field. Currently, it's gonna be harder. The state of the MOS is over-strength in all pay grades but E-7 and that grade is at 86+%. We're scheduled for possibly the biggest E-7 board yet for 68P's next year in 2013. I did it in the reserves. Transferring from an AD to AD 68P MOS is gonna be impossible right now- we're just too over-strength. Also, I'm the current Student Coordinator for the X-ray Tech program at one of the many phase II MTF sites. The program has lost some of it's credentials. Current graduates must complete 15cr hrs in post-MOS-graduate college courses to become ARRT registry eligible. Here's my recommendation and how I did it as a young Specialist with a previous MOS. I went to the Reserves- transferred to a Medical Unit- and asked for a new MOS. A Medical Company in the Reserves has no slots for anything non-medical. They asked me what MOS I was interested in and I was prepared. The Army stacks a prior-MOS, prior-service, X-Ray tech class every year. If you're gonna reclass- that's your ticket. I went in Feb '05 there were only 5 new recruits in my class. They stack the prior-service into one class. Right now-that's the only way. Once I graduated I immediately transferred to Active Duty. Do Not do it through the National Guard. You owe them a tenure. If you do it through the reserves, one 638 ( i believe) and a signature from your BN CDR in the reserves and you're ready for MEPS. From there it's all easy. This information is current as of 2/13/2012

SSG Jones I ship to BCT in march and am scheduled to be at Ft Sam in June for 68P training. I am already a licensed x-ray tech and am registered. In your post you said not to do it through the national guard which I am, was wondering why, and what the training is for someone already trained?

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Nia in Rhinelander, Wisconsin

26 months ago

SSG Jones in San Antonio, Texas said: I know I'm super late to this comment but I can definitely give you some pointers. I'm a 68P30 X-ray tech in the Army -Active Duty. This information is current as of 2/13/2012

Hi SSG, My husband is going to Fort Sam Houston for AIT(MOS 68P). His training will be 46 weeks. I’ve heard that if your AIT is 20 weeks or longer more than likely your spouse will be on the orders to move there. I know that every AIT is different with restrictions and priveledges (sp). Can anyone please give me information on the process of getting a hardship approved to move your family down during AIT? Does my husband need to request that to his drill Sergeant in advance during his reception phase? or after his BCT graduation?
Thanks in advance!

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Nia in Rhinelander, Wisconsin

26 months ago

Dude in Apo said: Well the thing with this MOS is that the recruiter isnt going to even mention it to you. You really have to be straight forward with them because it is over strength and plus they have different incentives for getting soldiers to do different jobs. I almost didnt get this MOS in 2006 but i said i wouldnt sign unless i was garunteed this job. So all i can say is be straight up with them, your prior medical exp. will help you get through the school but its stil alot of cramming for tests and alot of info in one year. You can do it! There are always classes every year in Ft. Sam, you will probobly be able to get this job but you might sit at Ft. Sam in a "hold under" status untill a seat is availiable for you at the academy. From what i hear there arent Drill Sgt.s there running the show like they did when i was there. If this is the case then it should be a really good exp. Either way i would say just go for it sir! and i wish you luck.

Hi, My husband is going to Fort Sam Houston for AIT(MOS 68P). His training will be 46 weeks. I’ve heard that if your AIT is 20 weeks or longer more than likely your spouse will be on the orders to move there. I know that every AIT is different with restrictions and priveledges (sp). Can anyone please give me information on the process of getting a hardship approved to move your family down during AIT? Does my husband need to request that to his drill Sergeant in advance during his reception phase? or after his BCT graduation?
Thanks in advance!

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Nia in Rhinelander, Wisconsin

26 months ago

Hi, My husband is going to Fort Sam Houston for AIT(MOS 68P). His training will be 46 weeks. I’ve heard that if your AIT is 20 weeks or longer more than likely your spouse will be on the orders to move there. I know that every AIT is different with restrictions and priveledges (sp). Can anyone please give me information on the process of getting a hardship approved to move your family down during AIT? Does my husband need to request that to his drill Sergeant in advance during his reception phase? or after his BCT graduation?
Thanks in advance!

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AlexMarie in Perryville, New Jersey

19 months ago

I go to MEPs this Wednesday @ leave for Basic in March. I'm enlisting as 68p. Just wondering if anyone else is also going to SAH with this upcoming class.

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T.R.R. in Raleigh, North Carolina

15 months ago

Good luck at Basic, Ft. Sam Houston, and your Phase II assignment. I completed the course back in 2002 when it was 91P, plus I had to go through 91B(Combat Medic)school as a prereq before going to Xray Tech. If you can get Ft. Bragg for you Phase II don't let it pass you by. There are a few things you need to remember while you are at Ft. Sam and during you first initial active duty enlistment.
(1) 68P is an accelerated course. All of the text book stuff, basic hands on, and field training has to be taught and passed in six months, so you'll have to learn it, test on it, then forget it because the next week worth of information is on it's way.

(2) Phase 2 is approximately 5 months long. Now you are still trying to remember how the text book says how to do it, but at the same time learn the hospital way of doing things. So now you are trying to learn what is needed to pass the registry plus learning how to do it the way it works in the "real world". Yes, the double standards of life.

(3) There is one of two things which can happen once you get to your first and maybe only active duty station. You will be assigned to either an Army hosptial or a support unit. How well you place in class has nothing to do with where you are stationed. A hospital slot will be perfect, because you will be doing xrays till you get tired of doing xrays. You will still have to do the other Army types of details and duties along side of doing 68P stuff. A support unit assignment can kill your dreams of being an xray tech after you leave the Army. If you are lucky enough to have a supportive NCO chain, you might be able to go to the hospital from time to time and work on keeping your skills up, but don't hold your breath on that happening. Or you can do some legwork and try work something out between your unit and the post hospital and get your practice in on the weekend or during the Thanksgiving/Christmas/New Years break. Not the perfect option, but it is an option.

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