I went to meps with the idea that i would not settle for anything less other than an 11x option 40. After getting through all the medical business and finally getting to sit down with the counsellor, I was ready to walk out of his office with nothing to show. I have read a few places on here, and the general consensus is that, do not settle. I did not settle, I told the counsellor i wanted an 11x with an opt 40. He said it was not going to happen. I walked out. He called me back in and called the ROC. The ROC couldn't find one, so I walked out. I walked to the front desk after waiting some time for my recruiter to get there, and i got a message on the paging system, that i was wanted by the guidance counsellor. I went back in to see what they had to offer. The ROC called the Department of the Army, and from what he "says", is that the 11x opt 40's are going to be booked for quite a while.
He said the ROC did come up with a 25C with an opt 40, and a 13F with an opt 40. I told him that it was not good enough, that i wanted the 11x option 40 and nothing else. The counsellor called in a 1SG to have a talk with me. I knew the 13F was a forward observer, but i didn't really know their role within the 75th and the little fine points of the MOS. I ended up putting in a temporary reservation for the 13F opt 40, and go back this Monday to finish up the security clearance and sign the papers (If the 13F is what i want). If the 13F doesn't sound very promising, ill just be bullheaded and piss the fat guidance counsellor off a little more by telling him i changed my mind.
And now, finally my question. How does a 13F fit in with the 75th? I mean, does the 13F always go out with the unit he is embedded with?, or does he only go out on certain missions. I don't know if a 13F always sticks with the unit even in an urban environment, since an air strike or artillery strike will probably flatten a few houses with some civilians inside. But it seems the more i find out about the 13F, and the more i think about it (from my limited knowledge on the matter), i grow increasingly enthusiastic about it.
Thank you to those Rangers and other service members who will help me sort this confusion out.