Posted on Nov 9, 2018
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I'm prior service doing the blue to green program, and the only job they could offer me was 92F, not because of my ASVAB score but because that was the only job available. I just want to know how AIT is in general and what I have to look forward to these next 3 years? And any advice on this job would be appreciated. ?
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LTC Jason Mackay
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Cpl (Join to see) day to day will vary by unit type....but this will be a common theme: PMCS, recirculating, recirculating, recirculating, fuel filter effectiveness test, recirculating, accountability reporting monthly.

If you are in a CSSB it will be PMcS, redirculating, recirculating, recirculating, fuel filter effectiveness test, recirculating, accountability reporting monthly. You may spend a lot of time driving to deliver it to a tank rack modules (TRM akin to the new HIPPO for water) swap, tanker exchange, or belly to belly transfers with BSBs and FSCs. Our Unit at Carson used to go to Denver and pick up the fuel from the DESC vendor and push it to Carson and distribute it to units in Garrison...kind of what they did doctrinally. Don't know if they still do that.

If you are in aviation you'll be testing your fuel like crazy (aquaglow for water content). Hot and cold refuel. You may have to learn all the FARP tasks including arming the aircraft.

If you are in an FSC, you will be doing tactical refuels or ROMs. Sometimes you end up running a tactical retail point in a tactical assembly area or support area. Gunnery support in Garrison.

If you establish a fuel farm, that is a very cool capability requiring constant recirculating through the filters and fuel water separators. Establishing the farm is very challenging and requires some real thought. The equipment must be maintained with vigilance to ensure your hoses and pumps are not dry rotted or seals blown. I don't know if they still use FSSPs.

The Army worked dillegently after ODS to go to a single fuel battlefield, after putzing around with 5-6 different fuel types. With lead pipe cruelty, everything became JP8 or obsolete. Then during the GWOT we picked up UAVs that needed AVGAS, a bunch of NTVs that needed MOGAS, we had contractor aircraft that wanted JET-A or straight diesel II. Then there were one offs we had to get 500gallons of to last 6 months. The BSB I was with in Afghanistan had five fuels we received, stored, issued, dispensed and distributed. We ran a helicopter friendly habitat, so we had 50K hot refuel supplied by assault hose line from the million gallons worth of bags.

You'll work with 92Ls at the lab to ensure fuel quality.
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More than likely you’ll be assigned to operate heavy wheeled vehicles as well as being a fueler. Pmcs’ing vehicles will happen daily. Being prior service, look forward to being given some responsibilities, but I don’t think they’ll make you a platoon guide. You can also volunteer for rasp or ranger school at ait if you wish I believe.
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SPC Kyle Rauch
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Try getting into an aviation unit.
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Can I ask, why is it better to go to an aviation unit?
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SPC Kyle Rauch
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Its a different experience. I was with ground units for a long time before I got the chance to work with helicopters. Cpl (Join to see)
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Cpl (Join to see) I have been an Aviation Refueler for a while at an Army Airfield, and I have enjoyed every moment of it... from the incentive flights to the many different VIPs I have met.
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