29E Electronic Warfare Specialist

I am currently down here at Fort SIll and will be going into this course. It is the Army's newest MOS and little information is known. I will use this thread to provide information on this MOS. Currently the AIT is 10 weeks long at lovely Fort SIll and for Paygrades E5-E8 and CW2-CW4.
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I'm a little cautious of this MOS. Has anyone considered the long term promotion and outside job potential. It seems as we drawdown in OIF and OEF, there wouldn’t be very many people needed in this MOS and I can’t imagine there are many civilian jobs that these skills can be applied to.

I think what really gets me, is I’m seeing a lot of 25 and 35 series Soldiers (MOSs with outstanding job potential after leaving the service) trying to leave their job for a one time bonus and an MOS that no one really seems to know much about. I considered it myself, but that bonus isn’t big enough to give up on my MOS. Too big of a gamble, but to each his own.
As current in service you will stay at either the IHG Lodging on post which was really nice or one of the hotels off post. The instructor cadre are all prior-service contractors and have a vast amount of knowledge.

I see alot of people going into this MOS but please do so for the right reason don't just go because the promotion points are low or because of the bonus. Because the grass may seem greener on the other side when it isn't.

Just imagine would you choose the MOS if it didn't offer a bonus. Also remember the bulk of the MOS will likely be SSG/SFC so do the math on that one as there will be only so many MSG/SGM slots.

This isn't a "leadership" position also you will 99% spend the rest of your career in an BN level and higher staff section. The higher the level of the section the lower you will be on the totem pole. So if you are the type of person who wants more rank so you can lead more Soldiers or lord your paygrade over others it won't really work. Kind of like your Batallion/BDE Career Counselor. You are there to advice the commander on the EW spectrum. You have to sell the importance of EW to you unit. If you can't sell it they will find other ways for you to be gainfully employeed.

And best believe if you want to progress in this MOS it's about what have you done in this MOS not how you helped shoot at gunnery.
I just talked to a E7 that went through the course. He said it is a really good course. I am getting ready to reclass to it in December. I am currenly in the CREW/Crew Master Gunner Course at Ft. Huachuca.The EW will work at either batallion / Brigade level. Lot of stuff to learn with this job. Duke / CVRJ2 are the main systems but there are others you will learn about and it is really good stuff to know.
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Originally posted by tonyb822:
i am looking into this as well...does anyone know if you get out after a while of service say 6yrs, would there be any type of DA/DOD position on the civilian side of the house?


Tonyb,
you wouldn't have any expierence to warrant a DOD position in this job...Remember you are competing again Navy, and AF as well as Marine personnel who have been doing this job for longer (E1-E9 01-08) and for example the AF/NAVY actually utilize more equipment and monitor more assets...You only request to use there toys...

As of right now it's to early to say what positions would be open other then instructors and an FSR for Crew devices.

This MOS is for Intergrating EW into plans and operations. You won't be operating to many set pieces, and you also won't be flying Air EA like the AF and Navy will so right there let's you know who'd be more qualified and have more training.

Most Electronic Attack assets aren't organic to Army units but are to AF and Navy units.

If you are looking for something that will translate to positions on the outside involving the spectrum look into Intel, or Signal...

But this could all change in the future. If I were the DA lol,I'd take all aspects of Electronic Warfare and give it to the EW career field. This will centralize Electronic Attack, Electronic Protection, and Electronic Support.

So 29E, 25E, 35S, 33W would all be under the same CMF.
So 29E, 25E, 35S, 33W would all be under the same CMF.[/QUOTE]

You know i wonder if the army is already looking at that because im a 35S and the CC just told me that they are going to start putting us in BCT's when i talked to him about reclassing to 29E.
KingofMinot2,
Can you please tell me if the course work is hard? does it include alot of math? Are the instructors willing to help you grasp difficult areas? Any info of the course work will help. I am scheduled for Jan class and desprately needs some info.


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Originally posted by KingofMinot2:
As current in service you will stay at either the IHG Lodging on post which was really nice or one of the hotels off post. The instructor cadre are all prior-service contractors and have a vast amount of knowledge.

I see alot of people going into this MOS but please do so for the right reason don't just go because the promotion points are low or because of the bonus. Because the grass may seem greener on the other side when it isn't.

Just imagine would you choose the MOS if it didn't offer a bonus. Also remember the bulk of the MOS will likely be SSG/SFC so do the math on that one as there will be only so many MSG/SGM slots.

This isn't a "leadership" position also you will 99% spend the rest of your career in an BN level and higher staff section. The higher the level of the section the lower you will be on the totem pole. So if you are the type of person who wants more rank so you can lead more Soldiers or lord your paygrade over others it won't really work. Kind of like your Batallion/BDE Career Counselor. You are there to advice the commander on the EW spectrum. You have to sell the importance of EW to you unit. If you can't sell it they will find other ways for you to be gainfully employeed.

And best believe if you want to progress in this MOS it's about what have you done in this MOS not how you helped shoot at gunnery.
Candee, the course isn't hard. I mean we had failures yes. I recall we started with 27 and 14 graduated.

There isn't alot of math but we did do a view formulas. I will just be straight up with you. You will have to read and start reading on your own. You will have to soak up FMs 3-0,5-0,7-0, 3-36 (Start here first).

Also do the recommended pre-course modules.

I would say to actually seek out a 29E in your unit if you are in 4/10. Talk to them. Not someone who did the job as an extra detail, or someone like that. Because the job is a bit more broad then what they are realizing. Talk to the actual 29.
I've been trying to access the course at hom but I can't for some reason, I figured I have to be on a gov PC...is that why?

Also did you have a PT test?

BTW I'm not in 4/10 and dont have any 29E in my BN or BDE...you are my only lifeline...lol

Thanks for answering my questions

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Originally posted by KingofMinot2:
Candee, the course isn't hard. I mean we had failures yes. I recall we started with 27 and 14 graduated.

There isn't alot of math but we did do a view formulas. I will just be straight up with you. You will have to read and start reading on your own. You will have to soak up FMs 3-0,5-0,7-0, 3-36 (Start here first).

Also do the recommended pre-course modules.

I would say to actually seek out a 29E in your unit if you are in 4/10. Talk to them. Not someone who did the job as an extra detail, or someone like that. Because the job is a bit more broad then what they are realizing. Talk to the actual 29.
Candee, I am going to the course in January as well... Actually the course starts on my b-day Jan 10... My buddy just graduated from the October class and he said it was real easy.. He was a honor grad.. Finished third in his class. There isnt alot og math.. U just have to know how the formulas look pretty much from what he told me.. Also, they did pt everyday because they had two failures I think.. Also, its a lot of power point and u have to give a presentation.. Dont sweat it.. Pay attention and be pro active... U'll b fine.. I trust what my buddy told em about the course.. C ya at Sill..
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Originally posted by KingofMinot2:
29E is it's own CMF. That's just an idea that I thought of from my point of view. But I am 1000% sure more knowledgeable people have already thought about this years before the MOS became real.


So what branch does it fall under then?
How did the coarse go? I am looking into this MOS and thought this thread would be a little more detailed...

Can anyone enlighten this subject alittle more.

Like what exactly is AIT like, what are the duty assignments like. I have never seen a 29E so I am very curious as to where they are stationed.

Any more details anyone could share would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.

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