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Military Occupation Specialty Codes
Charles D. Carter sent Nike Hercules MOS and MOS Vietnam era July 2012.
from Jos Weijenberg March 2008
On your MOS info pages you give some information on occupation codes. Attached you will find some additional information related to foreign occupation codes.
After my training on Fort Bliss I worked a couple years (1969-1972) as a radar/computer (electronic) technician on an IFC of the Netherlands Airforce in Germany. Looking at the training chart my occupation was “4B-222BX/121-226.1X”. Based on some examination results forms, I followed the 24Q20X course. Normally they referred as '226' to the IFC technician. I am not sure if this reference is also used on US-sites.
The attached charts are from a Fort Bliss information pamphlet “Foreign Student Program”. If you are interested in this document (16 pages) for your archive I can sent you a scan.
David Novak pointed out Vietnam-era MOS codes: Army
and addsLooks like by the copy of orders I have kept, MOS designations from nnn.n to a 5 digit alphanumeric one occurred somewhere late 1965 to early 1966. During that period I went from a 229.1 to 26J20, ABAR mechanic. Don't remember much about the change other than remembering the designations
The following are selected for "Nike" or "HERCULES".1177 "Air Defense Missile Staff Officer, Nike Hercules" 1180 "Missile Fire Unit Commander" - Commissioned - as opposed to Warrant Officer 16B HERCULES Missile Crewmember 16C HERCULES Fire Control Crewmember 221B "Missile Assembly Technician, Nike" 222B "Missile Fire Control Technician, Nike" 22F HERCULES Electronics Mechanic 22G NIKE Launcher System Repairman 22H NIKE Internal Guidance Repairman 22L NIKE-HERCULES Test Equipment Repairer 22M NIKE Missile Repairman 22N NIKE-HERCULES Missile-Launcher Repairer 23G NIKE-HERCULES Fire Control Mechanic 23M NIKE Acquisition Radar Repairman 23N NIKE-HERCULES Track Radar Repairer 23U NIKE-HERCULES High Power Radar Simulator Repairer 23W NIKE Maintenance Chief 24Q NIKE-HERCULES Fire Control Mechanic 24U NIKE-HERCULES Custodial Mechanic 251B "Air Defense Missile System Repair Technician, Nike" 46C HERCULES Missile Mechanic 46D NIKE Mechanical Repairmanadditions - latest near the top
- 25B - FUIF (Fire Unit Integration Facility) repair - The interface between a fire unit and adcap or alcop. Ed Wright Aug 2007
- 95B - Military Police - "just about every site had it." (Hercules nuclear?) from Tony Tannucilli -Feb 2007
- 24P - Defense Acquisition Radar Mechanic - 73 to 75 I was a 24P - Defense Acquisition Radar Mechanic. As such I was traned to work on the LOPAR, ABAR (also called AAR), HIPAR, the Battery Terminal Equipment and all the scopes. - COL William Oseles
- I (Chuck Zellers) was
- MOS 179.10 IFC Operator 1960-1963
- MOS 229.1 Defense Acquisition Radar Maintenance (ABAR) 1963-1965
- MOS 26J20 ABAR 1966 (on my separation orders, Jan 1966)
- 35F 55G 11B Dave Sharp (November 2005) sent the following info:
I also noticed you made no mention of the nuclear weapons training center at Sandia base NM (It is closed now)
Yes ALL 35F's went thru a basic 55G missile, soldering, mechanical handling training course at Redstone Arsenal Al then on to Sandia Base for the electronics and nuclear portions. My class started with 275 and only 5 finished so the wash out rate is tremendous. As always everyone can be 11B, or if you made it to Sandia you would still be a 55G. If you were US (drafted) you could only be a 55G. You HAD to be RA to make 35F.
The Redstone course trained us in Nike (Ajax and Herc), Pershing, Sergeant, Honest John,Hawk, and the 8" and 6" cannons, and a few others. All nuclear tipped weapons.
- Jerry M Tow (Conyers, GA) sent:
" Just a note on AADCP and Missile Master "Blue Room" MOSs. From 1959 to 1962 the following were the MOS for personnel involved in directing firing batteries. 151.xx for AADCP and 186.xx for missile master.. Job titles were assigned as to your rank;AADCP 151.xx Plotter E-1,2,3 Missile Plotter E-1, 2, 3 Teller E-4, 5 Crew chief E-5, 6 Missile Master 186.xx Target Tracker E1,2,3 Senior Target Tracker E-4,5 Height Finder E-5, 6 Friendly Protector E-6, 7 Crew Chief E-6, 7 "
Steve Bardowsk also contributed to this list
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firstname.lastname@example.org reports via David Novak
On ed thelen's website you listed both 16k and 17h as "fire distribution crewman". It was changed from 17h to 16k during the months of February/March, 1968. I entered the service with the guarantee to be a 17h. While in basic, I was told the MOS no longer existed and the major at Ft. Campbell said I could be a 16h. So, instead of going for on-the-job training (ojt) for 17h in Mpls/St Paul, when I finished basic i was sent to Ft. Bliss for advanced individual training (ait) for 16h.
When I arrived at Ft. Bliss, the officer overseeing the operation saw what had happened to me and had me on a plane for Mpls/St Paul for ojt training in 16k. Seems they had to get me there within 36 hours after basic or I could have got out on "breach-of-contract". I arrived at the site in Mpls/St Paul 34 hours after basic. They said there was an ait school at Ft. Bliss, but the only 16k's I ever met were all ojt.
Updated March, 2008
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