When it comes to the different Military Occupational Skills (MOS), not all MOS’s are created equal. I’m not saying one MOS is better or more important than another one, but I will admit that certain MOS’s have much better career advancement opportunities. I mentioned in another blog post how critical it is to have at least two different MOS’s. If you really want to advance your Army career quickly, you need at least two different MOS’s.
For today’s post, I want to teach you how to pick a second Army MOS. I have four helpful tips to point you in the right direction. Let’s get started.
# 1 Find Out What MOS’s You are Eligible For
The first thing you need to do is find out what MOS’s you are eligible for. You might need to talk with your S1 NCO or a local recruiter. Find out what your test scores are. Find out what MOS’s your civilian job experience matches up with. Find out if the MOS has certain physical requirements and make sure you qualify.
The first step in the process is to get a list of all the different MOS’s in your state. Take that list and make a “top 10 list” of your favorite MOSs. Rank them from one to ten by how much they interest you. At that point you can find out which ones you are eligible for.
# 2 Pick One That Interests You
I really think it is smart to pick a MOS that interests you. The last thing you want is a MOS that you hate. Try to match up your skills, strengths and personality with the right MOS. You might not know exactly as to whether or not you will like a MOS ahead of time, but you do know what type of jobs you would naturally dislike. Make sure you eliminate those jobs from your list.
# 3 Pick One That Offers the Best Upward Mobility
The final step of the process is to pick the MOS with the most upward mobility. Of all your favorite MOS’s that you qualify for, which one offers the most upward mobility in your state? You should be able to find out pretty quickly. If you are a NCO, how many E-7, E-8 and E-9 slots are there for each MOS that you like? If you are an Officer, how many O-4, O-5 and O-6 slots are there for the MOS that you like? This will tell you which MOS is the best option for career advancement.
# 4 Look for Critical Officer/NCO Shortages
Once in a great while you get lucky and learn about critical MOS shortages for Officers and NCOs. If you know your state has a critical shortage for a certain MOS, it might be in your best interest to get qualified in that MOS as quickly as possible. See if your unit will send you to school to get qualified. If you know of a critical need, be smart and volunteer to fill it. This might be the best thing you can do to get promoted quickly.
In summary, these are four simple steps you can follow to pick a second Army MOS that will be the most beneficial for you. It might take you a few days to collect all this information so you can make an educated decision, but it will be time well spent. Bottom Line: If you are serious about your military career, please get second Army MOS as quickly as possible.
What are your thoughts? Please post your comments and questions below. Thank you.