Posted on Apr 14, 2021
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So I’m considering re-classing to 12B. As a 92Y I don’t feel like I have the patience to deal with all the paperwork anymore, and being honest I’m not the best at it. I was wondering if anyone knows what it was like to go from office worker to essentially infantry, Are there any good civilian jobs for 12B, and if that option isn’t available then what would you recommend for someone like me?
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Lesson one: don't be the guy that becomes a 12B and then tells people you're "essentially infantry."

Find a job you like. If you like your MOS, you will stay in the military regardless of any civilian application for it. If you hate your job in the military, you won't want to get out and do it on the civilian side anyways. Just find something you like to do.
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LTC Jeff Shearer
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Jacob I try to say this sparingly but, wise! very wise.
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SFC David Hawk
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LTC Jeff Shearer - Ditto on the wise.
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Saying that Combat Engineer is essentially Infantry will annoy/piss off everyone that is Combat Engineer AND Infantry. Combat Engineer has lots of paperwork. Just like any other MOS. Also, it's math intensive. You don't want to be that person that calculated the math for explosives wrong and kill yourself and/or everyone around you......or trying to breach a wall and didn't use enough to knock a hole.
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SSG Brian G.
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*Cough* Oh lord, another one of THOSE guys. There is nothing that is "essentially" infantry. You either are or you are not. There is no essentially anything. 12b is combat Engineer and aside from wearing the uniform, carrying and employing your primary weapon and support weapons that is about as "essentially Infantry" and as close to it as you will get. 12B is NOTHING close to 11B. Period.

That said, ok so you dislike paperwork. lol And you are looking to go into 12B which is paperwork intensive with their training and issues. Dude, it's JUST paperwork, and that is really the least of things, all things considered.

You are an engineer. Cut and dried and yeah there is a fair amount of math involved.
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SFC Craig Titzkowski
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Engineer have a hard road to run your pack is heavier. Engineers are special people and none of them want to hear story of prior MOS's. Infantry gets it's respect but is a different beast. A good infantry guy is medium build thin and light full of energy. They move fast and will work as a great team. Engineer's are bigger stronger and slower on the move. Engineers are thinkers and save infantry life's. Engineers life is heavy and hard work and you will work as a team or fail. Engineer's are not for everyone. Maybe look for something that strikes a cord. Switching as a SGT your team and the squad will question your knowledge till you prove your self and saying stuff that came from the book won't work for any platoon they was experience. That's all I got
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