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WO1 Automotive Maintenance Warrant Officer
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Some people love us, most people hate us. We never seem to fix anything, we never do anything right, we’re the unit’s red-headed step children, when we do something good it was by luck, every 91 series Soldier has a 90 GT score, we don’t know how to do our jobs.. and the list goes on. All of this you’ll most likely experience as a 91B and obviously (you’ll see) and of course not all of this is always true. This can be a rewarding MOS, but you need to be proficient and bring results to the table to get the respect you’re looking for. Sure, you’ll turn wrenches.. A LOT. But, if you’re ever able to attend the Wheeled Recovery Specialist course (91B’s ASI H8) then this MOS will take on a different life for you than just turning wrenches. You’ll get to recover all types of equipment; from HMMVW’s to M1068’s, even M88’s. Honestly, I hated being a 91B in my early years in the service; until I was actually able to perform my duties as my unit’s “H8 guy.” I’ve been H8 since AIT. Another added bonus is that 91B’s can literally go anywhere, and support anyone (i.e. Ranger Battalion, Special Forces/Special Operations, and all of the other cool inbetween units) as maintenance is always needed on something. When it comes to deployment you could be a FOBBIT or if you’re H8 you could be in the mess with the rest. What I’m getting at is, if you do choose to become a 91B or already are one, make sure you’re bugging your NCO’s for the opportunity to go H8 - that experience alone may change your entire outlook on what a 91B is/does. As far as turning wrenches, it’s also rewarding in knowing that you fixed mission essential equipment that got LTC Snuffy from point A to point B safely with no break downs. Even if you don’t get praised for it, I can guarantee you that the work would be much appreciated. However, if you break something or caused something to break due to your own mistake then you’ll definitely hear about it. In my 8 years as a mechanic I’ve seen a lot of highs and a lot of lows. At the end of the day, it’s just like evrything else in the military - it’s what you make of it. Not only am I a 91B, but I’m a very passionate one. Go Ordnance!
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thanks for the response! definitely what I was looking for, I will definitely look into the H8 opportunity as I am currently waiting to reclass in a couple of months.
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Yea SSG Carpenter nailed it perfectly. First unit I was attacked to infantry and loved it, second unit was a transportation unit and hated life
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I think it really depends on how you look at things man. I love being a mechanic so being a mechanic in the army for me at least is pretty awesome! I'm on my third deployment and all three I have been the lone mechanic so its really cool because I run the show maintenance wise. My only real knock on the life could be said about any mos, I butt heads with my current leadership so I'm working to get my points and get my time so I can get my 6 and stop taking crap from them haha but over all being a mechanic is a great but pretty dirty job if you do it right haha.
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SPC Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic
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Really depends on what unit you in. As a junior enlisted solider its ok. Just expect long ass hours and for 88M to run to run for every damn thing
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