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Old 08-07-2012, 08:40 PM #1051
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I live here in Northern Virginia. I got out last May. Got a job with DHS and they just moved offices to Crystal City. Thus, I can either drive an hour in the car in traffic and pay 140 bucks a month to park in Crystal City, or I can take Metro. Which takes me through the Pentagon.
Whatcha doin for em?
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Old 08-07-2012, 08:49 PM #1052
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I work for a DHS agency, really glad I didn't end up in DC I heard it is kind of a **** show and huge dick measuring contest there

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I feel like Im being tricked into studying like some boot, Im going through coaches course and the last few days of classes Im like okay great refresher and its all **** Ive known for years and Ive got a test tomorrow over topics like, marksmanship fundamentals and whats the purpose of a BZO, etc.
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Old 08-07-2012, 09:18 PM #1054
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You are being tricked... or... you are above the intended student knowledge level.
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I really feel also that this course is made for pogs that have never touched a weapon beyond the once a year they are required to qualify.

I dont know though, Ill never say Im the smartest person but I feel really stupid over this entire process currently.
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Old 08-07-2012, 09:27 PM #1056
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I work for a DHS agency, really glad I didn't end up in DC I heard it is kind of a **** show and huge dick measuring contest there
Half the government is a DHS agency now. The problem is they don't acknowledge it and as a result, the whole reason behind DHS gets lost.

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I really feel also that this course is made for pogs that have never touched a weapon beyond the once a year they are required to qualify.

I dont know though, Ill never say Im the smarted person but I feel really stupid over this entire process currently.
Close. The course is designed for you to TEACH POGs who only touch a weapon once a year how to qualify on it.

Only reason I took the course is because when I went through, they were calling it the "Combat Marksmanship Instructor" course. Which sounds cooler. And they let us do more combat oriented stuff once a couple SNCOs went away.
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The instructors are one SNCO and 2 SGT's. Im only doing this to have another check in the box for gunny once that time comes.
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Old 08-07-2012, 11:58 PM #1058
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that sounds kind of cool. You should pm me more info.


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That and for POGs.
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Old 08-08-2012, 09:22 AM #1059
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The instructors are one SNCO and 2 SGT's. Im only doing this to have another check in the box for gunny once that time comes.
Nice. Just treat it like that then.

Though you do get to shoot pistol. Then you get pulled for Line NCO for the pistol range. Then you get to see what magnificent screw ups officers and SNCOs are with pistols. Nothing better than kicking a female captain off the range because she ND'd and nearly took of her foot.

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that sounds kind of cool. You should pm me more info.

That and for POGs.
You'd be taking a pay cut. It's pretty much beneath you. And I think you'd be more likely to find work in DHS's Office of Intelligence and Analysis. Or with the FBI.
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You'd be taking a pay cut. It's pretty much beneath you. And I think you'd be more likely to find work in DHS's Office of Intelligence and Analysis. Or with the FBI.
E-5 pay living in the barracks...... and i'd be taking a pay cut?

...and I hate investigations, so FBI is out.


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Old 08-08-2012, 10:01 AM #1061
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Given your background and your MOS, you should be able to do far better than low 50s in the DMV area.

FBI really has the push on the intel side here in the states. There's always other intellgince agencies though
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Old 08-08-2012, 10:07 AM #1062
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I've noticed most of the intel agency jobs tend to be ladder positions, so even if you had to start out low you would be looking at a huge salary increase in 3-4 years on the job.
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Given your background and your MOS, you should be able to do far better than low 50s in the DMV area.

FBI really has the push on the intel side here in the states. There's always other intellgince agencies though
Geography plays a very large role in wage. I got in 20k above average wage for my area at $55k, less take home than when I was in as an E6 out in town w/dependent, but retain more than I did while in (figure that one out). I guess... for my area, I am ******-rich?
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Yea, 50k around here is almost poor. Basically, I pay rent and food and I have a little cash leftover to drive to work, pay for cable and phone, and maybe see a movie a couple of times a month
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Yea, 50k around here is almost poor. Basically, I pay rent and food and I have a little cash leftover to drive to work, pay for cable and phone, and maybe see a movie a couple of times a month
try making 42k....lol...but yes DMV is uber exspensive.
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Old 08-08-2012, 01:43 PM #1066
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try making 42k....lol...but yes DMV is uber exspensive.
Try making 12/hr as a temp
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Old 08-08-2012, 02:45 PM #1067
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try....well ****, you make 50k so that's more than I make so your rebutal is invalid...
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My wife and I were temping for about 5 months prior to getting this job. Heck, she still is ...

I sort of had to break it to her that unless I get another job or a massive pay raise, I don't see us buying a house any time soon. I'm going to start looking for a way to move out of this area. I love it here. I was born here and raised here. But I just can't afford to live here
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Old 08-08-2012, 03:41 PM #1069
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yea I hear you man it's hard...I'm honestly probably going to move to Florida where my parents live now and live for free while going to school should I get out...now way I could afford to live off the stipend here from the GI Bill
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Old 08-08-2012, 09:03 PM #1070
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Well try making 80k and living in BFE Louisiana!
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You taking home 80k and having whatever left after the wife is done with it, is 2 different things.
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