I'm fresh out of osut, in pre rasp right now. I wanted 11b like most 11c's. will chucks see much direct combat? I've heard we do mortars and 11b stuff but very seldom. I've also heard that being a mortarman is better and also heard it sucks. On deployment, are we only on mortars? Or do we get to use our m4s? Sorry if these questions are dumb, I'm fresh out of basic and know nothing about the army
Posted 3 y ago
Deployment stuff is all mission dependent. In my deployment, I was stuck on guard duty with 11Bs, so I got to do lots of room clearing training while other mortars went out and did mortar stuff. During 9months, I only touched a mortar system during one week for MORTEP. Being a chuck is great, at least in my experience. Everyone wants to do the video game stuff, but real life isn't usually like that. B's spend alot more time doing stupid details, carrying javelins/240's up mountains, and bounding with said equipment. When you see what impact mortars can have on the battlefield, you can really appreciate your job and take pride in what you bring to the company/battalion.
Honestly it is what you make of it. On my deployment to Afghanistan I was multi tasked with other things such as RTO and designated CLS. On many missions I carried the tube, small baseplate, mortar rounds, CLS bag, radio, M4 and everything else I needed which was quite a bit all at the same time. At some points I did 11B stuff like gunner in a turret, IED clearing team and some other things. I have both 11B and 11C as MOSes but my current primary is 11C. Being an 11C having to bear all of that extra weight is tough and seems harder when you're bogged down with so much extra gear. Through my experience I don't believe one is better than the other. We all work together as Brothers of the Blue Cord.