ARMY: National Guard officer vs active duty officer? other than the obvious!?

what are the differences other than the obvious? if you can land a good job out of of college is the national guard a good gig? i'm working on my degree in geography with a concentration in GIS. (GIS jobs typically pay about $55k~85k depending on where you work, exp,etc.) basically i'd make more money if i went the guard route, but would not experience that full army life.however could still get deployed and i guess that counts. but active guard for officers are like...less than 1% or something. and in active i'd get the whole experience. i want help choosing now because if i know i want to go national guard i can get a scholarship at this time. if i really want to go active, then i need to compete with the other cadets for an active slot, and especially an MI branch slot. for NG, i just have to find an MI unit and have them accept me. also, if i want to do something specific with MI (imagery) should i pick just any MI unit or the one that deals with battlefield surveillance? i ask because someone told me it doesn't matter what you pick specifically, as long as it's in the Military Intelligence branch, because you're an officer you don't really get to pick what job in the branch you want, and you dont do much of the technical stuff anyway. is that true? Bo jangles, what did you branch in? I didn't know the engineer branch used it more than MI. and I can see how field artillery would use it (always has been a lingering choice), but would I be doing much of it as an field artillery OFFICER? I'd really like to get good job training to further my career later on in life. MAJ kev, yes that does seem to be the determining question right there. what is most important. I was just wondering because of the two MI units here. The one I'm currently drilling with is a linguistics one that deals with interpreters, translators, counter-intelligence, interrogation, and signals intelligence. and then the one in southern california is listed as battlefield surveillance brigade that deals with interrogation, counterint, and long range surveillance. But after reading bo jangles answer i might consider a different branch altogether. ***----> Do I need to have an engineering degree to get into the engineering branch as an officer?

Asked By: chapstick - 9/1/2011
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Depends on what you want to do. The Guard is a good gig if you have a decent civilian career and can be a benefit to that career. The Engineers use GIS more than any other job (as do Artillery). I am fully GIS trained and I am a logistician and I use it pretty regularly (route trafficability, bridges, maintenance... More
Answered By: Bo Jangles - 9/1/2011
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I'm not sure you understand all the terminology you have thrown around in your question... More
Answered By: MAJ Kev - 9/1/2011
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