Top 8 National Guard Careers

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I have had young people ask me what is the best job to go after in the Army National Guard. That can be a difficult question to answer because so much depends on that person’s education, desires and what he/she deems bad or good.

I decided to write a post on this subject and take a look at the most sought after career paths in the National Guard. But before doing that, let’s look at the jobs you probably do not want… The worst ones.

The Worst Jobs In The National Guard

These are the jobs that no one really wants. Do keep in mind that because no one wants them, the Army National Guard is “pushing” recruiters to fill these jobs. So….

92G Food Service Specialist

The cook has a job that many have no desire to take on. While the job is not really all that difficult, the hours suck. You will be up before most others and you will work late to ensure everyone has their stomach full.

11B Grunt

This was my MOS and I am proud of it, but I would never wish the job of infantry on any new recruit, unless I had a disgusting hate for them.

The job is dangerous as hell since you are the first one in and you will walk, run, carry and lift. It is muddy and sweaty and sometimes you will cry for your Mommy.

46R Public Affairs Broadcast Specialist

This is the person doing those news briefs and such on radio and video. In a way, it could be a cool job, but on the streets of Baghdad or Kandahar?

Remember, you are still wearing an Army uniform and your weapon is a camera or recorder. They will not stop bullets from an AK.

91B Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic

I know there will be some who scream foul saying this is a great job. The fact is, if you love oil and grease and filthy hands that will never get clean, this may be a great fit for you.

But, like the cook, the hours are long as you try to keep the stuff rolling. Long, dirty and officers yelling for their Hummer first. I think I would rather be an 11 Bravo.

92M Mortuary Affairs Specialist

All I can say Mr Recruiter is NO THANKS!

Dealing with death day in and day out does not sound like a career anyone would want. But there are some cut out for it.

Okay, let’s move on to…

The Top 8 National Guard Careers

I will start at #10 and work up to #1.

#8: 74D CBRN Specialist

They say CBRN which is shortened from Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Specialists. While not a sexy job if you have to clean up a spill, it is very high paying and the opportunities in the civilian world are numerous.

Much of a CBRN’s job consists of training soldiers on safety when working with any of these types of weapons.

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#7: 92Y Unit Supply Specialist

While it carries a ton of responsibility, if you are a person who likes having power, this is the job for you.

As HeMan would say: “I have the power!”

You receive and distribute Army supplies.

I have spoke with many current and ex-supply specialists and they always say it is the best of all Army jobs.

#6: 15Q Air Traffic Control Operator

The pay is fantastic and the opportunities in the civilian world are huge.

Air traffic control carries a lot of responsibilities, but you have set hours and you stay busy.

This is not a job where you will be finding “busy work” to look like you are doing something for your pay.

#5: 88N Transportation Management Coordinator

Transportation management coordinators are primarily responsible for scheduling and selecting the modes of transportation for personnel and equipment.

Your duties will be similar to say a UPS or FedEX manager. And there you go when it comes to a civilian job. The Army experience will put you at the top of the pack when looking for civilian employment.

#4: 63 Dental Corps Officer

You will be responsible for running an Army dental clinic. If need be, you are considered medical personnel in combat situations.

The pay is fantastic and the opportunities after the Army are numerous.

#3: 15 Helicopter Repair

Depending on which helicopter is your specialty, that will determine the letter behind your MOS number. A Blackhawk repair person is a 15T and an Apache is a 15R… Etc…

This is a great job and pays quite well.

The Army uses many helicopters and this is a highly needed MOS.

#2: 12B Combat Engineer

If you are a person who has a desire to blow things up, this may be the perfect job for you.

Do keep in mind this is a dangerous MOS because you will be in the midst of battle.

The combat engineer has the duties to clear the way so infantry and cavalry can move forward in the battle.

You will build defensive structures as well as offensive ones.

#1: 42B Human Resources Officer

You are the middle person between command and the soldier. This job is about ensuring the personal welfare of each soldier and their family.

This job has a great chance of opportunity after Army. With this experience, you could land a job with a huge corporation.

This is one of the highest paying jobs in the United States Army National Guard.

Final Thoughts

If you are considering joining the National Guard, all of these careers would be a wise choice.

We would love to hear comments from other soldiers and officers here.

If you have any questions, just post them below.

Thank you.



About The Author

Greg Boudonck is a full time freelance writer and the author of over 50 books. He served in the United States Army in the early 1980’s and enjoys writing about military subjects. You can see Greg’s books on Amazon by searching his name and you can also visit his website at

1 thought on “Top 8 National Guard Careers”

  1. Abigail Osborn

    Are medical, specificially 68W, a good mos? If not 68W then what other med one would be good? I’ve scored decently well on the practice ASVAB tests and I’m training to be a civilian paramedic too.
    We do get to choose the specialization if it matches with test/physical results right?

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