If you are a NCO or Officer serving in the Army National Guard, it would definitely be in your best interest to get an additional Army MOS. In the paragraphs below, I want to share four good reasons to consider getting a second MOS.
# 1 Upward Mobility
Many states have limited upward mobility for certain MOS’s. For some MOS’s there might not be any positions available for promotions. This means you can get stuck with one rank until someone dies, retires or leaves the military. This is not the position you want to be in. For example, your state might only have one slot for an E-7 mortuary affairs NCO. If there are five or six promotable E-6 NCOs, it might be difficult to get promoted.
# 2 Learn New Skills
Another great thing about getting a second MOS is that you learn new job skills. These skills can help you in your military career, as well as your civilian career. People with more than one MOS have additional skills that make them a better leader. Being a good leader is about being well rounded and knowing a little bit about a lot.
# 3 Get Promoted Faster
Let’s face it, if you want to get promoted faster, this is probably the easiest way to do it. Many MOS’s have a lot of slots in each state, which means there are typically lots of promotions. These positions vary by state, based upon the force structure. If your primary MOS is really slow for promotion purposes, with limited upward mobility, get a second MOS with lots of slots at ranks higher than your current rank. This will help you immensely.
# 4 Get More Promotion Points
When you get an additional Army MOS, you can earn additional promotion and retirement points. These benefit you in the long run. Depending upon the length of the school, your new MOS might be worth 20 or more promotion points!
I’ve met lots of successful leaders in the ARNG and I have to tell you that all of them had at least TWO different MOS’s. This includes officers and NCOs alike. While I was in the ARNG, I was qualified with three different branches. Smart leaders understand that it is their job to manage their own career wisely. And one of the best ways to do that was to get a second (or third) Army MOS.
Do you have any other benefits you can think of for getting a 2nd MOS? Do you have any questions? Post them below. We will do our best to answer them. Thanks.