Posted on May 2, 2019
PFC Rto
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I would like to know what it is like being a 19k?
Posted in these groups: Armor 19K: Armor Crew Member
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SSG Armor Crew Member
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It really depends on your unit, your optempo, and your chain of command. I’ve had great chains of command with great experiences and I’ve had crap chains of command with poor experiences. The optempo right now in the ABCT is very high; do not expect to spend much time at home. You will be in the field a lot; that being said, the field is where we actually get to do our job, and the job is extremely gratifying and a lot of fun. You can’t find anything else like it!

If you don’t mind hard work and take pride in your work, you will find 19K gratifying. It will be hard if you have a family, however, if you get assigned to an ABCT. If you’re young, single, and enjoy the outdoors and hard, sometimes extremely frustrating work with some of the best friends you’ll ever make, a tanker’s life is the life for you.
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SFC Platoon Trainer
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Good post Louis. Good to see pragmatic comments once in awhile.
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SFC Ron Shaffer
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Not sure how it is now with tanks being embedded with infantry. I retired in 2002 and loved it. I served on the M60A1, M60A3, M1IP and retired on the M1A1. Looking back there is no other job I would have wanted to be other than on tanks. That is my new tank that we got once we landed in Saudi during the first gulf war. Best tank I ever had. Never broke down the 2 years it was mine.
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CPL Robert Crain
CPL Robert Crain
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Great Tank, M1A1 Abrams, went to Desert Storm with one. Started on M60A3, transitioned in 1988 to the M1.
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SSG Rajeev Kirpalani
SSG Rajeev Kirpalani
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Best Job Ever
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SGT Dave Matteson
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My point of view is this...it is a big pain in the A55! BUT it can be fun, rewarding, and confidence building. It will take a lot out of you and it will put a lot into you. I was infantry and there 42 of us in a platoon. In a tank platoon there is only 16 of you taking care of 4 68 ton babies. This is an MOS where you are a team or crew but ear the name TANKER. My MOS' are 11B/11M/19K. But that is my point of view. Others, will have a different opinion.
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