Army allowing women to switch to combat jobs, including infantry

Sgt. Amanda Carrasco, 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, crosses the finish line during the 25th Infantry Division Pre-Ranger Female Screening, in Hawaii on November 25, 2014. Photo credit: Staff Sgt. Tramel Garrett

The US Army is trying their hardest to put females into combat occupational specialties, issuing a new set of reclassification options to accomplish the job.

Offering a new set of options for Army enlisted females, the Army is allowing women whose current MOS careers are going nowhere -due to their occupational specialty being overstrength- to transfer to the branches that were recently opened to their gender.

According to the Army Times, the Army plans to allow the reclassification of women into the previously barred 14 combat specialties as a secondary MOS, as many of these Occupational Specialties do not meet the requirements for a standard primary MOS change.

Women who meet the Reclassification In/Out call requirements to change their primary MOS do not require a waiver and can proceed with reclassing.

Due to the current drawdown, many combat MOSs are currently overstrength and closed to regular reclassification. Thus, to qualify for a new reclassification, active duty females must be serving in a currently over strength MOS and request a secondary MOS classification in one of the following branches:

  • 11B (infantryman)
  • 11C (indirect fire infantryman)
  • 12B (combat engineer)
  • 13B (cannon crewmember)
  • 13D (field artillery automated tactical data system specialist)
  • 13F (fire support specialist)
  • 13M (MLRS crewmember)
  • 13P (MLRS operational fire direction specialist)
  • 13R (field artillery Firefinder radar operator)
  • 19D (cavalry scout)
  • 19K (M1 tank crewmember)
  • 91A (M1 tank system maintainer)
  • 91M (track vehicle repairer)
  • 91P (artillery mechanic)

By classifying the combat MOS as a secondary, staffers are providing women opportunities to fill roles previously closed to them without losing their primary MOS for promotion purposes.

When more space becomes available, women may request to convert their primary MOS- likely when the Army gets smaller and specialties balance out. There are several requirements to be met, including being a non-promotable sergeant or below, meeting MOS standards and being recommended for reclassification by their immediate commander.

Soldiers who meet the requirements will attend classification training on a temporary duty en-route to their new units, while those who fail training will simply be reassigned to their primary MOS.

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    Andy Wolf is an Appalachian native who spent much of his youth and young adulthood overseas in search of combat, riches, and adventure- accruing decades of experience in military, corporate, first responder, journalistic and advisory roles. He resides in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains with his K9 companion, Kiki.

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