The 42A Course will teach you about preparing Military Correspondence AR25-50, processing DD93s, SGLI, Evaluations, perstats, annual audits, awards, promotions, flagging actions, administrative actions , medical/dental readiness, a bunch of other things. The F5 course will teach you everything you would need to know to work at the window at an APO and provide all postal services. You also learn about how the run the operations part of the APO.
F5 school was pretty fun. Major attention to detail is needed. You will learn how to process the different types of everyday mail from certified to insured. The rules and regs that go with it so you don't end up in jail for screwing up the mail process. We were lucky enough to have 2 teachers from the school house fly down to our unit before deploying. It's a fun course but do your homework mail is nothing to play with
I was an AGR Training NCO (USAR). MOS 42A / ASI F5 because I was assigned to a Postal Unit. I was the PSG when we deployed to Bagram, Afghanistan in 2003-04. 42A need to type 25 WPM and that’s not hard. The rest is attention to detail. I’m retired now and work for Immigration in the mailroom. Good, steady job! Hope this helps.
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