Posted on Apr 10, 2021
PFC Healthcare Specialist (Combat Medic)
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I joined the USAR recently and signed as a 68w. I leave for BCT in 23 days. I realize it’s a little late to switch MOS now because of the reservation made, but I was wondering if I could change to 12b later? My Recuiter said it’s possible off hand previously, but I don’t want to press him for more information less I make myself look flaky. Has anyone done this before?

Background: I originally inquired about active duty as 18x, my wife kept insisting I go reserve because she is DOD Navy and didn’t want to move; so, I finally asked to switch to USAR before MEPS. Later, my wife decided the benefits and travel would be great -maybe go DOD Army; so, embarrassed, I asked to go active duty after signing my contract (no progress after six months).

I already look like idk what I want to do.

I signed as a 68w with a pipe dream to make it to SOCM one day and hoped to land in a combat MOS (plus it was the only job available I would be okay with). Plus, my mom is in the medical field and I thought given my plumbing background, I’m not squeamish.

I have an Associates Degree and I’m a Master level Plumber (just need the paperwork) with a decade of HVAC experience. I signed at 30, still in great shape, 90 ASVAB, no medical waivers.

Originally, I was not interested in 12b. After sitting on my hands for six months, I’ve figured that given my pre-acquired skill set in construction, maybe I’d be best suited to stay in my niche and be a better asset to the Army even though it’s not a passion.

Questions:
-Can I switch MOS in USAR easily?
-From an outside perspective, should I stick with 68w or switch 12b?

Thanks
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SFC Senior Brigade Career Counselor
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You can switch jobs later on in the USAR, the issue is that the USAR is mostly support units. If you want combat jobs you'll want to switch over to the National Guard at the end of this enlistment. The USAR does have engineer units but I don't think they have any or many 12B in them.

If you want to go to SOCM you have to be sponsored by a USASOC unit. The course is PCS length so it's extremely expensive for a unit to afford. USACAPOC is the only USAR unit that would be authorized to send someone, and I don't think even they are authorized W1 medic slots
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SGT Erica Smith
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I was definitely in a reserve unit with almost nothing by 12Bs in it.
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SSG Operations Nco
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Yes, there are quite a few combat engineer units and a few sapper units spread around the USAR.
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SSG Detachment Ncoic
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Was under USACAPOC, no w1 slots for medics. The cost alone is prohibitive and most CA companies in the reserves only have 68W medical operations sergeant slots, no actual CA medic slots in the teams.
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As a former 12B you won't build very much. There are separate construction MOSES. That said it's a fun job. Lots of explosives and breaching.

Best of luck.
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1LT Manager Of Customer Care
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Yes you can switch fairly easily after your first term or possibly earlier if there are more vacancies in the MOS you'd like. Depending on whether or not you received a bonus, you may have to pay it back.
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