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Cyber Squad Chat

posted Nov 10, 2011, 5:53 AM by Brandon McGuire   [ updated Nov 10, 2011, 6:08 AM ]

(Original Date: Wednesday, February 3, 2010)

Tonight I was invited to a “Cyber Chat” with other “future soldiers” that are all in the same 25 series of MOS (job type … or Military Occupation Specialty) that I’ll be doing. The 25 series of jobs in the army are all in the signal (communications) field. I will be a 25B (Information Technology Specialist), but there are a number of other specialties such as 25F (Network), 25S (Satellite), and even 25M (Multimedia Illustrator)

There were around 25 people logged into the chat along with a moderator. The chat took me a bit to get into. It didn’t seem to want to work at all in either Firefox or Safari (the Mac web browsers that I normally use). I fired up my Parallels program so I could launch Windows XP and then tried using Internet Explorer. At first it didn’t work with it, but I realized I didn’t have java installed on my Windows session. So I after I installed java, I was finally able to join the chat a little late. Once I was in, it was a little hard to keep up with all the chatting going on. Looks like there were people from all over the US. Most of the chatters were younger as expected in the 17 to 24 age range. There was a 34 year old and even a 38 year old, so surprisingly I wasn’t the oldest. There was one quote I thought was pretty funny, a guy said, “I’m not looking forward to shaving my facial hair. I have an epic beard going on. My recruiter calls me baby Jesus”

I also ran across some training on the future soldiers website. It’s full of stuff that we will need to know before we get to basic training. I should have checked out this site a little earlier. After the chat was finished, I went through two of the training sessions and took the tests after. I scored 100% on military time (pretty easy). I then scored a 90% on the phonetic alphabet. The phonetic alphabet uses entire words to replace letters. This keeps any misunderstanding from happening. For instance instead of saying a letter B or P they say “bravo” or “papa”. The only reason I missed one is because for “X” I spelled it X-Ray instead of X-ray. I’ll be taking more of the mini training sessions soon.
what website did you use to test yourself on the phonetic alphabet?
please and thank you
Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 06:02 PM
I actually used a piece of paper that my recruiter gave me. It had the basics on it like ranks and the phonetic alphabet. But that is a good idea, I'll have to add that to my website. Give me a few days and I'll put it on my Misc Links page.
Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 09:23 PM