Posted on May 5, 2018
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I have looked at the career map for 91b but it seems pretty vague and generalized. What advice do you guys have for a 91B to get ahead of their peers in a quick manner?
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CW3 Kevin Storm
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First learn your field, don't be a parts swapper. What caused the failure. The newer systems have more electrical failures then the older systems which have mechanical failures. The Army does a poor job teaching you the nuance's of reading schematics. Learn that , understand it, learn to read the power flow of electricity, and fluids.
Print out a chapter a night on given technical manual, and learn it. There are a lot of wrench turners who want to take short cuts, and will go to someone who will give them the answer. I always send people back tot he manual, or ask what their readings were, if they couldn't tell me, then what are you doing? Nothing right. You have no clue. Be the person who has the clue. Be the one who isn't afraid of the mystery cause.

For professional development: read you regs, not just the book from PX. Take classes, both military and civilian. You are in a field where the person who has knowledge is the one who moves a head. I also highly advise learning to speak professionally, see if their is a local chapter of Toastmasters. Any person with stripes can stand in front of a formation and bark. Now think, how many NCO's or Officers have you had to listen to who could not talk publicly? Nothing is more irritating than standing back listening to "Uhhh today's safety brieif is uhh, err, be safe. Don't err uhh do bad stuff. "
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SPC Lee Taylor
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Back when I was in they also had an Apprenticeship program for those in a mechanical field. You had to complete so many hours in various tasks. And you have to learn to know what certain sounds mean usually and be able to look things up in the manuals. You have to become one of the people that others would go to to find out information for your job.
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CW3 Kevin Storm
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They should go back to that. I hate the parts swapper mentality.
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SPC Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic
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no one cares and its true the civilians are doing work, and not even my motorsgt seems to know how to fix things, the 5988s arent taken seriously or the pmcs, everyone i work with just takes the easy way out and does things we arent supposed to do, and signs off and they dont even do anything. Ive learned to replace a few things on the exterior and engine compartment wise, but im not happy with what the daily tasks turned out to be. i feel like im stuck in disappointment of this mos... I thought id be enjoying it, but i mostly chose it originally for self knowledge of vehicle maintenance and know that i think of it i was also trying to leave my home situation asap and should of just waited a few more months for other mos choices. Ive had alot of different jobs and experiences in my young life, and just know when im not content or fulfilled or feel satisfaction with something. Ive talked with another battalion ssg on a staff duty shift about it and he told me he used to be 91b and had the same experience and as a pfc he reclassed, ive talked to retention and there arent many choices i have either to swap too but im hoping im lucky enough to be able to reclass very soon as PV2, if not PFC in april...at this point i just want out no matter what.
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MSG Senior Maintenance Supervisor
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Be more than a 91B. Learn other MOSs while in the motor pool coach teach and mentor your soldiers go to NCO of the month boards take pride in everything you do PT PT PT show others you are a leader and that you care then when you make E6 I’ll be here for more advice for you. I came in as a 63B now 91B and everything I’m telling you is the basics.
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SSG(P) Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic
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Why do you suggest not changing your mos from 91b msg?
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MSG Senior Maintenance Supervisor
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I guess for me I am kind of bias coming up a mechanic and reaching E8 in 15 years. If your looking at promotion it’s one of the MOSs you can fast track in next to 11B and 92A being at top. Not saying you can’t or shouldn’t it’s all about preference.
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SSG(P) Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic
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Is carrer progression still that fast for 91b on the reserve side?
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Not the same
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SGT David A. 'Cowboy' Groth
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Show that your willing to work above and beyond. Several of my former comrades worked hard and took all the schools they could, one later became the head of Bn Maint.
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