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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 12-31-2009, 03:54 AM Thread Starter
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MOS that transfer to Civilian jobs

Currently Im in a combat MOS (13F) and I know that with this MOS, it probably wouldnt help me to do anything in the civilian world (correct?). I'd really like to come out of the Army and be able to do something with the skills the Army taught me, and if I re-up after my current 3 year enlistment I could change my MOS.

So my question is, besides for the 68 (medical) and 21 (construction) series fields, what are some MOSs that could translate to jobs in the civilian world? What would those jobs be?

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If you were in any form of leadership position (even over 5 guys or whatever) there's always project management.

I'd also suggest looking for companies who tend to hire veterans for miscellaneous work.

There are quite a few low-level computer jobs which require minimal actual computer knowledge, as well as various white-collar paperwork positions.

Or, if all else fails, there's labor.

Do you have any college experience? High School major? Anything of that sort?
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The ones I have seen people move right into their civilian counterpart jobs are Intelligence, Communications (esp SATCOM), medical, Admin (HR), and supply.
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I'm not positive, but I'd think anything electrical would too.
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I didn't mention aviation b/c many civilian aviation jobs are going away.

I forgot to mention IT (35T). Those guys get high end schools that most computer science & IT professionals don't get until much later in their carreers.
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There is all sorts of things that translate over, you just have to know what you want.


For me it was Computer Systems on tactical weapon systems. I did two tours and got out and walked right into a nice cushy contracting job doing the SAME thing for about a 40% raise (before tax).

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Do you have any college experience? High School major? Anything of that sort?
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There is all sorts of things that translate over, you just have to know what you want.

For me it was Computer Systems on tactical weapon systems. I did two tours and got out and walked right into a nice cushy contracting job doing the SAME thing for about a 40% raise (before tax).
Can you give me some more details? What was your MOS and what do you now?

What opportunities does gettin a top secret clearance open for you? Also, my sister is Military Intel (deployed as of Monday) and she said there are a few civilian possibilites that helps you with. Does anyone know of those?

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Can you give me some more details? What was your MOS and what do you now?

What opportunities does gettin a top secret clearance open for you? Also, my sister is Military Intel (deployed as of Monday) and she said there are a few civilian possibilites that helps you with. Does anyone know of those?

I was Navy we have a different system, we didn't have MOS per se.

I was a Fire Controlmen NEC1144 Aegis Computer Technician. I ran the computers that did all command and control as well as display, sensor, missile control yada yada.


As far as getting a TS and going into intel. There is a LOT of opportunity on the Civilain side JUST for having that clearance. This can be a lot of things. Nuclear Power, intel, Government Service, Defense Contracting and the MILLIONS of variations there, IT and Physical Security, there are almost endless applications.

Like I said, it just depends on what you want to do.

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TS clearances open up a world of jobs on the outside. Ie: Security Clearance Jobs - ClearanceJobs.com
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TS clearances open up a world of jobs on the outside. Ie: Security Clearance Jobs - ClearanceJobs.com
Yup

Not to mention that if you can't find a job after being in intel, you aren't trying very hard. Most of the spook types I worked with in the service had jobs lined up a year before they got out.

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Yes there are military jobs that directly transfer into civilian employment but most servicemembers forget about the intangible quallities they possess and therefore neglect to add them to their resumes. (e.g. Duty and Work Ethic, Honesty and Integrity, the ability to establish and achieve goals sometimes under extremely stressful environments)

Those are the qualities that employers look for and they seek out prior service members because those qualities take time to instill. Also, with those qualities you can pretty much learn ANY job.

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anything aviation.... pretty much.... i was a 15y (armament and avionics on apaches)
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anything aviation.... pretty much.... i was a 15y (armament and avionics on apaches)
Cool. I'm flight school for Apache's right now.


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