Posted on Feb 13, 2018
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SPC Celeste O
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Well, first ask yourself what interests you darlin. Nobody could know but you. From there, I’d google what MOS’ include [said interests], interview people in that MOS, (could search it here on RP, maybe ask a recruiter abt options, then, in the wisdom of Timothy Ferriss, “Chase what excites you!”
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I've been asking myself this for the last year. Feeling like a soldier (being in the field, at the range, tactical training) 'excites' me. I spend a lot of my off time working on firearms and going to the range. Sitting at a desk trying to figure out why people's Outlook isn't working, definitely doesn't excite me. But thank you for your help!
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You sound a lot like me, cheers and keep your head down!
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CSM Richard StCyr
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Go Army Engineers, there are Combat, Bridge or Construction related MOSs in the 12 series that are interesting, challenging and have easily recognized and transferable, marketable job skills for when you get out.
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CSM,

12B is one of the MOS's I was looking into. I have a friend in the 82nd that told me once I completed AIT and reported to my follow-on assignment, I wouldn't get to do any Engineer training. He put it 'you'd basically be an infantryman without the blue cord'. Thank you for your feedback!
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CSM Richard StCyr
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SSG (Join to see) - There are a myriad of tasks that require sustainment training to maintain proficiency, things like the many different forms of Engineer reconnaissance, demolitions, route clearance operations, minefield breaching, wire obstacles and on and on.
If your buddies unit isn't doing sustainment training on those low cost, high payoff types of things it may be an issue with unit leadership and not the MOS.
As a combat heavy construction guy we had our construction missions plus all those common engineer tasks to train on and the guys were plenty busy both in and out of the field.
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CPT Lawrence Cable
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CSM Richard StCyr - I agree with you, there are certainly a number of interesting and challenging jobs in the 12 series. I branch transferred from the Infantry and found that the officer side of things offered a lot more challenges and opportunities than you would get as an Infantry Platoon leader. I spent all my time in Divisional Combat Engineer companies and I liked the job and work, but it does not translate very well into the civilian world. If I were looking at an after Army career, I would recommend something on the Heavy Side.
Are we back to 12 again? I thought they had changed the MOS to 21 now.
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CSM Richard StCyr
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CPT Lawrence Cable - Yes the Construction guys have run the gauntlet from 12 to 51 to 21 and now they are back at 12 series for all Engineers. the Construction MOSs are now H, N, W, R, E, K, V and I may have missed a couple, I can't remember what letter designator the soils and survey guys, firemen, divers or the geospatial and map guys are now.
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SSG Warren Swan
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You need to stop and write down what interests you. Then write down what you do and do not like about your MOS. I was a 25B, and believe me, there's a lot more to it than the S6/Help desk. I'd look at SF. I've worked with some of their commo SGT's, and those guys were freakin awesome. Learned a lot on the fly, and they were excellent teachers on various systems. Cyber also would be an excellent choice. Downside is you'll have various companies looking to drag you out of uniform with big money and it will be tempting to do.

Don't rush into it. Be skeptical and observant. If you can, talk to folks in the field and ask as much as you can or are cleared to know. Talk to folks who are either one or two ranks up from you, and one down. This way you get more of a picture of the whole being you can work any of those positions. Check the in/out calls on the MOS that interest you, and data mine to see what promotion projections are for SNCO or if you can go Warrant. If you have a family, PLEASE talk to them also. Make them part of your decision, being what you do affects them too. Wish you the best.

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