Five Reasons to be a 92Y in the Army National Guard

I don’t think most people dream of becoming a 92Y Supply Specialist when they join the Army. I know I sure never would have thought it was important when I was a new Private. I quickly learned that property accountability exists at every level in the Army, and we sure sign for a lot of stuff at the user level.

The Fort Lee Quartermaster website gives a lot of information for people wanting to learn more about what the Quartermaster branch provides the Army. When a Soldier goes to AIT, they will learn everything regarding the request, receipt, issue and maintenance/establishment of accountability of equipment. They also learn how to secure and run a small arms room.

This is a lot of responsibility for a private to learn, which I think is awesome. Here are five reasons to serve as a 92Y:

  1. You learn the importance of accountability for more than just yourself. This was already touched on above, but I want to reiterate it here. The military in general is known for giving a lot of responsibility to inexperienced and young people. That is why it makes us grow up in many ways. I think learning this skill is important, and working in the supply room teaches you how to manage more than just your own OCIE record.
  2. You can become a warrant officer. Put in enough time as a leader and do a good job, and you can earn the opportunity to become a Warrant Officer. If you find that you are good at being a 92Y, and enjoy it, you can become a Property Book Officer and continue to learn more while being a commissioned officer.
  3. You can be on inspection teams. I think this is pretty awesome. This year, our COMET team had different NCOs and a Warrant Officer on it. They all had a different area of expertise, but understood what to look for in a unit’s success with maintenance and supply. This is a new way to challenge yourself and to help others get better in the process.
  4. You can be a senior logistics advisor. This means that in your brigade, you can be the senior advisor for all things logistics. You can take the skills you have learned throughout your career and apply them to help make the entire brigade function better. You can do all this, and train your section of Soldiers to aspire for supply excellence, too.
  5. You can become an AGR. The AGR Supply NCO is a valuable position. If you aren’t a supply specialist before you become an AGR, you have to get MOS qualified. This will open you up to a whole world of opportunity. Don’t shy away from this challenge, be willing to do this job and it will enhance your career by having this credential. 

Bottom Line: Serving as a 92Y is valuable and rewarding. You can help your commander succeed and achieve greater positions of responsibility outside of your unit. What do you think?  Leave a comment below to share your thoughts.

chuck holmes

Chuck Holmes
Former Army Major (resigned)

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3 thoughts on “Five Reasons to be a 92Y in the Army National Guard”

  1. I think most jobs in the service are great if that's what your looking for. If you want to driving tanks or flying helicopters a supply position may not be for you. I've worked on the flight line, in medical and in an administration position and I really enjoyed them all.

    Two of the things you mentioned that grabbed my attention were the ability to become a Warrant Officer. If you are interested in this as an end goal, this seems a pretty good way to start your journey. Also if the AGR position is something you are in the market for this is a good way to start that journey as well. You will get a lot of experience and should be able to set up a great network of colleagues.

  2. Hi Candace – thank you for sharing the stepping stones to promotion. I think it is so important for people to have a general – and at the very least – a very good idea of what they are doing and where they are going when it comes to a military career – or any career for that matter! With my son weighing his options (he graduates high school this year) it blows my mind that he isn’t a kid anymore but a young man who will be making adult decisions, taking charge, and being more and more independent. Stepping stones in a military career are as important as learning your A,B,Cs to read. Thank you for sharing.

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