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Military Occupation Specialty Codes
Charles D. Carter sent Nike Hercules MOS and MOS Vietnam era July 2012.
Also "There are several good citations at the bottom. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_military_occupation_code"
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 Staff Officer 1180 Missile Fire Unit Commander 16B Launcher Missile Crewmember 16C Integrated Fire Control Crewmember 221B Launcher Missile Assembly Technician 222B Integrated Fire Control Technician 22F Electronics Mechanic 22G Launcher System Repairman 22H Missile Internal Guidance Repairman 22L Test Equipment Repairer 22M Missile Repair Technician 22N Missile-Launcher Repairer 23G Integrated Fire Control Mechanic 23M Acquisition Radar Repairman 23N Target Tracking Radar Repairer 23U High Power Radar Simulator Repairer 23W Maintenance Chief 24P Defense Acquisition Radar Mechanic 24Q Integrated Fire Control Mechanic 24U Custodial Mechanic 25B Fire Unit Integration Facility Repair 251B Missile System Repair Technician 46C Missile Mechanic 46D Mechanical Repairman 95B Military Policeadditions
- 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
Adventures in the real world -
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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