Posted on Jan 22, 2019
Johnathon Greer
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If I'm 42a do I work Monday - Friday or do they work on weekends. Also since its a desk job do they work from 8am-4pm or 5pm? When I'm stationed and actually working my job do we still have pt in the morning or is it up to us to stay in shape?
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LTC Jason Mackay
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Johnathon Greer you keep looking at this like a clock punching job. Shake your mental Etch-a-sketch.

42As largely work in S1 sections. They handle personnel actions like pay inquiry, awards, strength reporting, unit status reports, Manning/slotting, personnel actions for individuals (processing DA4187s). You would work in a Battalion, Brigade, or Division staff at the direction of your NCOIC or staff primary. Sometimes you work a “normal” duty day: 0630 formation, PT,0800 personal hygiene, 0900 work call, work, dismissed for the day 1700. Sometimes you are training, doing manifests for deployments, SRP, etc you work a shift or continuously until the mission is done. You’ll pull 24 hrs CQ or staff/runner/driver duty when you come up on the duty roster. You’ll get put on different work details as assigned. You’ll pull weekly maintenance on your unit equipment.

HR Companies are mostly 42As. They do personnel theater gateway and mail. Similar to above except what they do at work call.
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LTC Jason Mackay
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1700 is not etched in stone. You work until the mission is done.
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Even as a 91D working in the Orderly room for the 1SG and Commander. Sometimes I wouldn't be released until 1800-1900. Just depended on the needs of the COC. I learned a lot, as I never learned my job as a Delta until I made it to WHCA. But I never once thought of the military as a 9-5 job.
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You are a Soldier as a 42A.
You will work whenever the Chain of Command says you work.
Might be bankers hours. Might be many hours.
As for PT, different units do different things, but you can reasonably expect to report for PT in the morning.
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You will typically work from 9 a.m. to 5 PM. You'll come into work around 6 a.m. or so in order to conduct PT, which usually runs from 6:30 to 7:30 or 8.
It is a desk job, and when your unit goes to the field oh, you will go there as well. How late you work oh, and if you work on the weekends, is up to the type of shop you are in. Most of the time you only work Monday through Friday, unless there is some large Readiness preparation exercise that your unit is conducting. But, a properly staffed S1 shop that is not heading to the field or a deployment should only work Monday through Friday, nine-to-five.
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To go along with this all depends on what type of unit it is. As a 42A you can get stuck at any post into any type of unit. You could work under 1st Army and work every day except sunday. On pick up days of Saturday and work until 1900. You will still be stuck on CQ or a CQ runner doing a 24 hr shift. Any job in the Army isn't just a 9-5 unless your a GS worker then you will only work your hours and no more.
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