Today, I want to educate you about the Army 88H MOS, which is known as a Cargo Handling Specialist. Basically, Soldiers in this MOS are the “experts” for everything the Army moves by land, air or sea. This MOS is part of the Transportation Corps.
I had the opportunity to supervise several Soldiers in this MOS throughout my officer career, and I personally believe it is a great MOS. The Soldiers had a fun and challenging job and played a crucial role in moving equipment overseas and throughout the United States.
Here are a few of the 88H job duties:
- Responsible for cargo documentation
- Secure cargo
- Load and unload containers and supplies
- Operate Material Handling Equipment
- Prepare railroad shipments
- Operate cranes, winches and forklifts
- Rigs gear on ships
- Control aircraft loading and unloading
- Plan warehouse storage
- Operate ocean liner and vessel equipment
As an 88H, you could be assigned to:
- An S4 Shop
- A Transportation Company
- A port
- A MOB Station
- An airport
- A rail yard
- A warehouse
- Or just about anywhere else!
You might get assigned to a deployable unit. You might not. It just depends upon the needs of the Army. You could get deployed overseas, depending upon which type of unit you are assigned to, and the needs of the Army.
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From what I found online, here are the qualifications to serve in the 88H MOS:
(1) A physical demands rating of very heavy.
(2) A physical profile of 211222.
(3) Color discrimination of red/green.
(4) A minimum score of 90 in aptitude area GM.
(5) MOS qualification may be attained by meeting the civilian acquired skills criteria listed in AR 601-210.
Please note that you do not need to be a U.S. citizen or have a Security Clearance to do this job.
AIT for 88H MOS
From what I found online, the 88H attends AIT at Fort Eustis, Virginia, which is home of the USA Transportation School and Center. Fort Eustis is located in Newport News, Virginia. AIT lasts just seven weeks. Students receive classroom style instruction to learn how to do their job.
Life After the Army
I see this as a great MOS for life after the Army. You could have any of the following civilian careers:
- Forklift Operator
- Crane Operator
- Rail Yard Foreman
- Warehouse Manager
- Cargo Handler or Supervisor at Airport
Most of these are in demand jobs with a good starting wage.
The bottom line is that the 88H MOS is a great MOS for anyone looking to join the Army. It might not have all the thrill and excitement that the infantry offers, but it’s a very important job in the Army that will give you real world skills that you can use after you leave the Army.
What are your thoughts about this MOS? If you have ever served as an 88H Cargo Specialist, I would love to hear from you. Please leave a comment below to share your experience.
Former Army Major (resigned)
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