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    A Sgt. in my unit noticed that my attitude is changing (do well at tasks, but no enthusiasm whatsoever) every time we have drill and suggested that I look into finding out if I can get awarded 31E for my civilian experience. Does anyone know any information on this? Years of experience, college credits, supervisory experience?

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    Re: MOS Award for Civilian Experience

    Not sure if civilian experience would directly cross. I'm going to guess that you are a corrections officer in civilian life and 31E is Internment / Resettlement Specialist. Biggest problem is a military prison is a lot different than a civilian one. In a civilian prison inmates have substantial rights remaining. In a military prison you are dealing with foreigners, troops that are about to become civilians, and the whole UCMJ. This could cause the wrong decisions being made at given times due to distinctly different training on how to handle a situation. With all that said some sort of training would still be required. If your going to change make it big, nothing is better than gaining a completely new skill. Or if you really want you could try using your civilian experience and current military position to go for a Warrant Officer Position.

    Biggest thing is make sure you don't jump out of one rut to end up in a deeper rut 6 months later.

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      I ran through a similar experience a while ago. What you're looking for is a MOS waiver that'll eventually go up to NGB. I was trying to get it for 25F based on my civilian and prior military experience. Unfortunately NGB determined I didn't have enough experience to merit that MOS and my PS MOS didn't transfer over to the Army; so I enlisted under a different MOS and ended up in AIT earlier this year.

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        Re: MOS Award for Civilian Experience

        Originally posted by Mom's Mistake View Post
        I ran through a similar experience a while ago. What you're looking for is a MOS waiver that'll eventually go up to NGB. I was trying to get it for 25F based on my civilian and prior military experience. Unfortunately NGB determined I didn't have enough experience to merit that MOS and my PS MOS didn't transfer over to the Army; so I enlisted under a different MOS and ended up in AIT earlier this year.
        I will like to see the regs on that because you have to go through MOS formal schooling to be awarded an MOS. If that is the case, I know some smart IT guys that should be awarded 25B. I do not think it works that way. The only time I see something when education comes into play; is with direct commissioning.

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          Re: MOS Award for Civilian Experience

          Originally posted by Charlie_Hustle View Post
          A Sgt. in my unit noticed that my attitude is changing (do well at tasks, but no enthusiasm whatsoever) every time we have drill and suggested that I look into finding out if I can get awarded 31E for my civilian experience. Does anyone know any information on this? Years of experience, college credits, supervisory experience?
          I knew civilian cops that had to go through 31B school to become MPs. I can see where your help you get a slot but not the formal MOS. When I switched to another unit and reclassed, I had the experience of the job but still had to go to Fort Dix to get the schooling.

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            Re: MOS Award for Civilian Experience

            Originally posted by fmcityslicker View Post
            I will like to see the regs on that because you have to go through MOS formal schooling to be awarded an MOS. If that is the case, I know some smart IT guys that should be awarded 25B. I do not think it works that way. The only time I see something when education comes into play; is with direct commissioning.
            It's possible to be equated a MOS based off of prior military/civlian experience. The branch proponent is the final approving authority. I have a Soldier in my unit that did it. I will say it's rare though and it most cases really not needed as RC schools are typically very short.

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              Re: MOS Award for Civilian Experience

              I've also seen 88M awarded based off civilian truck driver experience. I want to note this was an additional MOS, you would first have to already have attended AIT for some MOS.

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                Re: MOS Award for Civilian Experience

                Excellent information. I had five MOSes before crossing over and I always had to go to the school to get the MOS. I see some comments that it relates to a secondary MOS versus primary but I am still curious on the process and regulations.

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                  Re: MOS Award for Civilian Experience

                  Originally posted by fmcityslicker View Post
                  Excellent information. I had five MOSes before crossing over and I always had to go to the school to get the MOS. I see some comments that it relates to a secondary MOS versus primary but I am still curious on the process and regulations.
                  If you look in the ECM clicky here it lists all the MOS's that you are able to join with based off Civlian Aquired Skills. This allows you to join as an E4, go to basic, and then skip all or some of AIT and go right to the unit.

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