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PostTue Nov 12, 2019 4:35 pm 
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Pahoehoe, if there was any "luck" involved, it was dumb luck.  In 1972, U.S. troops were being withdrawn from Vietnam, yet the draft was still in effect.  In fact, I was lottery #69 of the last group called up which extended to lottery #95.  Having just finished my first year of college and about to be drafted, and dealing with youthful uncertainty, I enlisted.  Within 6 months, the draft ceased to exist.  doh.gif

Nordique, thanks for your service and sacrifice.   I met all the requirements and served honorably, attaining the rank of Sergeant, E-5. Though trained as an Infantryman, I ended up working for the Commanding Officer and staff . (clerk typist/ secretary)

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The Requirements of the Army Honor Guard
The United States Army's 3rd Infantry Regiment, nicknamed "The Old Guard," offers soldiers one of the service's most special assignments. The regiment, founded in 1784, serves as the Army Honor Guard, and is tasked with escorting the president, standing watch over the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery, providing military funeral escorts and even protecting Washington, D.C. in times of emergency. Soldiers must meet a number of criteria in order to join the Army's Honor Guard.

Fitness/Appearance
Due to the fact that the 3rd Infantry Regiment has such a visible and high profile position as the Army's Honor Guard, it requires all soldiers to meet appearance and fitness standards. Males must be between 5 feet, 10 inches and 6 feet, 4 inches tall in order to be in the Honor Guard, while females must be between 5 feet, 8 inches and 6 feet, 2 inches tall. All soldiers must also be within the Army's height and weight regulations and must be score at least 230 out of 300 on the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT). Finally, all soldiers must have free range of motion in all of their limbs and must not have a body profile that would restrict the execution of sharp, crisp movements.

Education
All soldiers in the Army Honor Guard must meet the basic educational requirements to join the Army. Enlisted members must have a high school diploma or its equivalent, while officers are required to have a bachelor's degree. All soldiers must also score above a 31 on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery's (ASVAB) Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT) portion, which uses the test's arithmetic reasoning, math knowledge and verbal composite scores. Finally, all soldiers must also score at least a 110 on the general technical (GT) section of the ASVAB, although this requirement is waiverable for well-qualified soldiers.


Character
The 3rd Infantry Regiment has the critical security task of escorting the president of the United States. As such, all soldiers that join the Army Honor Guard must have clean criminal records. Soldiers should have no civil convictions or convictions under the Uniform Military Code of Justice (UMCJ) and should have a record free of any drug- or alcohol-related incidents.

Army Requirements
All members of the Army's Honor Guard and the 3rd Infantry Regiment must be on active duty and cannot be members of a reserve component such as the Army Reserve or Army National Guard. Soldiers must be U.S. citizens, hold one of 35 military occupational specialties (MOS) and have an exceptional service record in order to be selected as a member.


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PostTue Nov 12, 2019 4:46 pm 
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Get Out and Go wrote:
Nordique, thanks for your service and sacrifice.  I met all the requirements and served honorably, attaining the rank of Sergeant, E-5.

Seems like somewhere along the way you attained the rank of Sergeant, "First Class." wink.gif
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PostWed Nov 13, 2019 4:09 pm 
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Get Out and Go:
Nordique has evidently deleted his post that seemed to contrast your service with his in an uncomplimentary fashion.
Your gracious reply further highlights the character of the soldiers of the distinctive unit in which you honorably served.  Truly first class, as so artfully noted by catsp.  Thank you for your service.
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PostThu Nov 14, 2019 11:00 am 
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catsp wrote:
Get Out and Go wrote:
Nordique, thanks for your service and sacrifice.  I met all the requirements and served honorably, attaining the rank of Sergeant, E-5.

Seems like somewhere along the way you attained the rank of Sergeant, "First Class." wink.gif

Sergeant is E5.  Sergeant First Class is an E7.

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PostThu Nov 14, 2019 4:06 pm 
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Backpacker Joe wrote:
catsp wrote:
Get Out and Go wrote:
Nordique, thanks for your service and sacrifice.  I met all the requirements and served honorably, attaining the rank of Sergeant, E-5.

Seems like somewhere along the way you attained the rank of Sergeant, "First Class." wink.gif

Sergeant is E5.  Sergeant First Class is an E7.

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PostThu Nov 14, 2019 8:27 pm 
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The father of a friend of mine was drafted and to be sent to a deadly place during Vietnam.

Then someone of some level of authority learned he played the organ exceptionally well.

He ended up in relative safety doing clerical work and playing the organ.  His unit got annihilated.

He called it luck when he told me the story.
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