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I've been trying to join the Air National Guard in Duluth, MN for a few weeks now. To put it bluntly, why is it so damned hard to get in? I mean, seriously, this has proven more difficult than any combat situation I'm ever likely to face.
To clear it up, let's run through the process. First, you talk to a recruiter. He runs you through the description and, if you're still interested, runs you through some preliminary paperwork. Then you get your papers in order to go to MEPS, or the Military Entrance Proccessing Station, or something like that. Anyway, you go there to take a test called the ASVAB and get a physical. After that, you fill out some more paperwork. Then you enlist and ship off to basic. Six weeks later, you finish basic and ship off to tech school for job training. In my case, tech school takes about 27 weeks. After you finish tech school, you come back to base and work full-time for two months.
So basically, I have to miss a whole school year to go to basic. Why do they make it so hard for me and then complain about not meeting recruitment goals?


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