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Old 12-11-2013, 02:04 PM   #1
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So I signed my contract in Nov for HMDA, my original ship date is 20140513. About two weeks ago my recruiter put in a DAR for me to leave earlier. I get a call this morning from Chief saying there is an opening for march. Here's the kicker...it will be for HM only, I won't be promised DA anymore. I told him to take it because I know I still have a chance for DA. But before they could accept it the system went down. So here's my question. Did I lose my original seating as HM? I want that rating and I know it's somewhat hard to come by. In everyone's opinion, did I do the right thing? Just want to hear unbiased opinions. Thank you in advance for taking the time out to help. Sorry for this being so long :-)
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Old 12-11-2013, 04:40 PM   #2
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I would have just stuck with your original ship date.. Now there is no telling when you will start your C-School could be whenever the Navy needs you.
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Old 12-14-2013, 08:20 PM   #3
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Well, if you want HMDA and you sign a normal contract for HM, you will NOT get DA. Yes, they are "Corpsman", but they are not the same contract. C Schools do not open for Dental, you have to already have it in the initial contract. So, if you want HMDA then I would keep the original ship date.
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Old 12-14-2013, 09:00 PM   #4
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You screwed up if that is what you want. Don't bitch or complain about it now because you are the one that made the decision. But once you get to bootcamp you will realize that everyone in the HM community wants to go FMF.
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Old 12-15-2013, 06:45 PM   #5
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How did this work out for you Aj? If the system went down before they hit the button, than you are most likely still HMDA as my best guest. Please confirm for us.
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Old 12-16-2013, 06:24 PM   #6
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I don't recall bitching nor complaining, just asking a simple question. Got an earlier ship date which is what I wanted. DA is just something I already know, not against learning something new or different.
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Old 12-16-2013, 09:51 PM   #7
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you might still have a chance to keep hmda though.. specially if the system went down and you didnt sign. I had to sign a new contract when I got a different rate and ship date.
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Old 12-26-2013, 09:06 AM   #8
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So, Dental used to be a rate of its own back in the day but now that it's merged into HM it's only available with a contract for it. If you really wanted to go dental then you've missed the opportunity for basic and advanced dental lab schooling (for now) but you have the option to go to many others. You have a good chance of getting a C school out of A school too if you have an 85+ GPA. I am an HM and I'm in C school for pharmacy tech right now.
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Old 12-26-2013, 04:39 PM   #9
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So, Dental used to be a rate of its own back in the day but now that it's merged into HM it's only available with a contract for it. If you really wanted to go dental then you've missed the opportunity for basic and advanced dental lab schooling (for now) but you have the option to go to many others. You have a good chance of getting a C school out of A school too if you have an 85+ GPA. I am an HM and I'm in C school for pharmacy tech right now.
What was your GPA? I'm currently HMDA but have been chewing on changing to HM for a while. I want to get into surgical tech or nuke med as a C school and would prefer hospital assignment over fleet.
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