63J is a quartermaster mechanic...well that is what I call them. They get to work on everything that they dont already have a MOS for decon equipment, washer and dryers, fuel trucks pretty much anything with a small engine. mostly the ones that work for me dont mind getting corss-trained on wheeled equipment. Unless they go to a laundry and bath unit, 63J never get to do their jobs. This is definetly a slot MOS. I would tell your young friend to stay away from both 63J and 52C a 52C at the organizational unit gets to blow out a Air Filter on a 18,000 BTU air conditioner and if its more than that they send it to a direct support unit. They are not allowed to open the system at all, so they(52C) are limited. Promotion potential is slow to stagnant on the three mos's your young friend is looking at.
If your friend is intrested in computer stuff networking, baselines and software 74B is the way to go. If he is set on turning a wrench on stuff 63B's are about to combine with their direct support conterparts. This easily relates to civilian type training. If he wants to work with electronics there are some 30 series that are a general purpose electronic technician. I forgot to mention that there are some slots available for 52D's with an additional skill identifier that get to work on the unmanned aerial vehicles, but like anything else I am sure they are hard to come by. Just let us know what his intresets are and there are many of us in this forum that can guide him and not give him a spit shined picture of what that MOS does everyday.
dont do it..... try to land a job that will help you in the civilian world... I am a 52 Delta...im stuck now ..i been an E-5 for more than half my career... I am just hopin I can reclass when my time comes ...if not im out
Posts: 155 | Location: Fort Carson, Co | Registered: 07 April 2004
Originally posted by Echo: Thanks for the straight scoop... I know just how it goes... and that's what I'm trying to avoid with my advice for him.
My AD experience in the RA is dated by 30 years ago... but I see that some things haven't changed!
Any suggestions as far as modern-day repair type MOS's... Electronics/Electrical or Mechanical???
I would suspect that 63B's & 63S's and the like would have steady work.
How 'bout some of the 35 series?
Or other ones like Interior Electrician, Machinist, or even Plumber???
If you are interested in an electronics/mechanical job, I would check out 68A-Medical Equipment Repairer. You could work in a hospital or in a field unit. I just came back from Afghanistan. It is a very rewarding experience to see someone's life being saved by the equipment that you just worked on. There are also many opportunities in the civilian world. The requirements are pretty tough. The AIT is about 10-11 months long. Depending on your assignment, there could be opportunities for advanced training in Diagnostic Imaging, Anesthesia, or other areas. If you need to know anything else, let me know.
Posts: 12 | Location: Fort Knox, Kentucky | Registered: 14 June 2006