In today’s post, I want to educate you about the Army 68R MOS, the Veterinary Food Inspection Specialist. We’re going to discuss the common duties, responsibilities and job description. We’ll also talk about the pre-requisites, AIT, career opportunities in the Army and life after the Army.
Although I have never served in this MOS myself, and have never met anyone who had this MOS, it sounds really cool tome. Personally, I love food, so I think I would do well in this MOS myself. In addition, this is definitely a MOS that can help you find a rewarding career after your time in the Army is up.
Duties, Responsibilities and Job Description
- Provide food safety, quality assurance and food defense
- Provide protection from intentional and unintentional contamination of food to all Department of Defense Activities
- Inspect all food items to ensure health and welfare of military personnel
- Prepare reports and correspondence
- Provide data entry
- Inspect all items to make sure they are in compliance with the contract
- Inspect meats, fruits and vegetables for freshness and check for damage during transit
- Evaluate labels, packaging and storage requirements
- Could work at a fixed facility or field unit
- Inspect and identify unsanitary conditions
Pre-requisites for the 68R MOS
To qualify for this MOS you must score a 95 or higher on the ST portion of the ASVAB test. No security clearance is required. Normal color vision is required. The strength requirement is moderately heavy. The physical profile requirement is 222221.
AIT for the 68R MOS
From what I found online, the AIT for this MOS is at Fort Sam Houston, Texas and is approximately 8 weeks long. During AIT, you will learn the following things:
- How to fill out reports
- How to inspect food
- How to enter data in computer programs
- How to identify unsanitary conditions
- How to operate and maintain inspection equipment
- And much more!
Career Opportunities in the Army
The 68R MOS offers a wide variety of career opportunities in the Army to include instructor, recruiter, career counselor, drill sergeant, staff NCO, and advisor. As you work your way up through the ranks, you can also take on leadership roles such as Squad Leader, Section NCOIC, or Platoon Sergeant. In addition, there are also opportunities to become a 640A Warrant Officer or commissioned officer.
Life After the Army
Once you decide to leave the Army, this MOS could prepare you for a wide variety of civilian jobs to include quality assurance, health inspector, agricultural inspector, or food laboratory technician. You could also work in a grocery store as a produce manager, department manager or store manager. Other opportunities include working with the state or federal government.
In summary, the Army 68R MOS is a great career choice for the right person. If you’re looking to learn a skill that you can use after you leave the Army, this might just be the perfect match for you. Just contact your local recruiter to find out what the current requirements and restrictions are.
On a side note, if you’ve ever served as a 68R before, I would love to hear from you. Please tell us what your experience at AIT was like, and what you did on a daily basis in the Army. Just leave a comment below to share your experience. Thanks.