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68w option 40

Questions and Answers about obtaining an Option 40 Contract and other routes to serving as a Ranger in the US Army.

68w option 40

PostAuthor: bmahler » March 4th, 2010, 6:06 pm

I am "trying" to join the military. I have gone through my recruiter to obtain a 68w with an option 40. My recruiter phoned me today and said there are no contracts with the 68w. I am a college graduate, and am graduating in may with a masters degreee. I understand that has no significance, but I have decent scores on the asvab with an afqt score of 97 and gt score of 134. My wife and children have supported through this process over the last two months. I have always wanted to join the ranks of the army rangers. Now i feel like my life is turned upside down because I am unable to wait until ocotber for the new jobs to come open, and I am not joining without the option 40. I am currently a high school teacher and wanted to sign my contract this month so i could resign from my position without putting undue stress on my supervisor. Is there any hope for an option 40.. I contacted another recruiter from and he will not return my phone call. Please any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: 68w option 40

PostAuthor: Zonk 1/75 » March 4th, 2010, 8:25 pm

Read the rules and post an intro, as is required, before blurting out a conversation.

Search the site…… You will find that your inquiry has been covered probably about four times already this week. As a matter of fact most of the answers to any possible questions you might have are here.....
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Re: 68w option 40

PostAuthor: al_2ndWolfhounds » March 5th, 2010, 12:15 am

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Re: 68w option 40

PostAuthor: K.Ingraham » March 5th, 2010, 5:18 pm

The selection process begins with just getting the opt.40.
Good luck , the Regiment needs good 68Whiskies and your education will be an asset. You'll be OCS bound as soon as you're tabbed, I'd predict.

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Re: 68w option 40

PostAuthor: RngrDoc75 » March 7th, 2010, 5:51 am

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You are safe in enlisting with a 68W on an Airborne contract. You do not need a Ranger contract. If you are on an Airborne contract, you can either submit a Ranger volunteer packet at AIT which is easily worked because you are already locked in for airborne school. You can also volunteer once you are at Airborne school. Don't take any options without Airborne. If you are locked into coming to Benning for airborne school, then you can get to the Regiment.

You cannot normally submit a packet at AIT until week 6. Contact the Regiment Recruiter and you can get a waiver for that based on your education.

If you wait until airborne school to volunteer, then do it in the first week. The Regiment Recruiters are in the same building where you in-process.
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Re: 68w option 40

PostAuthor: RngrDoc75 » March 7th, 2010, 6:11 am

You can become a Ranger Medic without a Ranger Contract. In fact, the vast majority of Ranger Medics were NOT on option 40 contracts.

Get an option 4 (Airborne Contract) and still get to the Regiment with no problems.

With an airborne contract, you can either submit application at AIT or you can volunteer once you get to Airborne school. Regardless, an airborne contract gets you to Ft Benning. With an airborne contract, you are locked into an ABN school seat and you will be on orders from Ft sam Houston to Ft Benning following AIT.

If you volunteer while at Ft Sam, you can normally only do so after week 6. If your education is what you say, then you can request a waiver through the Regiment Recruiter. The instructors can get you a packet or you can go to the Regiment website and download a "68W AIT application".

If you volunteer while at ABN school, you need to do it in the 1st week. The Ranger Recruiter is in the same building where you do ABN school in-processing.
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Re: 68w option 40

PostAuthor: Earthpig » March 7th, 2010, 10:57 am

Looks like you got some good advice from RngrDoc75, who would know the current info on that particular MOS. Welcome to the site, and best of luck to you in reaching that dream.

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Re: 68w option 40

PostAuthor: bmahler » March 7th, 2010, 12:26 pm

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Thanks for all the advice. I really haven't asked about the option 4, I have only pursued the option 40 route. I am not sure if I will be able to obtain the option 4 now, with my recruiter and his superior not working with me, but I will prevail.

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Re: 68w option 40

PostAuthor: K.Ingraham » March 7th, 2010, 2:43 pm

bMahler,
Your recruiters will work with you. They need to show numbers for them to get their 'attaboys' and to meet their quotas. You come in demanding a hard-to-get Opt40, they see worktime spent on you when they could have enlisted three computer geeks, two truck drivers and an underwater messkit repair specialist with promises of 'learning a trade for big bucks when you get out'. MOSs that sell themselves.
Opt 4 isn't such a big deal, they should be able to get you that without eating into the sales time they need to recruit bunches of lesser beings.

68W is perpetualy short, and is an exception - others shouldn't expect to get to RASP from AIT or jump school so readily & should insist on the opt.40. In fact, you should anyway unless the bozos completely cut you out.
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Re: 68w option 40

PostAuthor: dcal7 » September 10th, 2010, 2:43 pm

Ranger RngrDoc75,

You said that bmahler's education would get him a waiver to submit the volunteer packet early, is this because he will have a graduate degree or will a BA work for the waiver as well?

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68w option 40

PostAuthor: Precision_Hell » February 28th, 2011, 9:53 am

Ranger RngrDoc75,

Excuse me if I'm hijacking this thread. I'd rather ask the question here so it will get answered for all future 68Ws to know.

What is the likelihood of a 68W with an Option 4 getting approved for RASP at AIT after week 6?

Is it extremely selective and competitive or is it first come first serve upon the completion of the application?

I ask because at MEPS today I was told Option 40 slots for 68W are non existent at this time and am in a similar situation to bmahler. They made it a point to call the ROC and see what they had all the way out to september.

I'm dedicated to the dream of becoming a Ranger Medic, and I have put a fair amount of time to get to even the point that I am out. I would hate to get to AIT and get trounced out by someone just wanting a change of station and I don't want to sign anything here that's short of giving me the opportunity of getting my foot in the door with the Rangers and giving it my all.

Thank you Rangers for the time and wisdom you have previously shared with me.
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Re: 68w option 40

PostAuthor: hit_it » March 3rd, 2011, 2:34 pm

While it does happen, the best bet is to have it garaunteed in writing. If they called the ROC, then they truly do not have it available to give.

What you do from now until the new fiscal year is on you. Remember what it si you truly want and if you decide to go another route then that is on you.

Personally, if you financial situation dictates, the few months of physical training, reading, school and learning from this site will do you good.
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68w option 40

PostAuthor: Precision_Hell » March 3rd, 2011, 4:45 pm

MSG Hit_it,

Sir, Thank you for the wisdom. That answers my questions. I saw Ranger Goon175s post from earlier today concerning the closing of a lot of MOSs and it makes the most sense for me to wait it out until the next fiscal year. I've gone too far already to have the rug pulled out from under me, I can just keep up with college, train even harder for the next 8 or so months and make sure my recruiter doesn't drop me or forget about me.

Bmahler,

Thank you for opening the topic.
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