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  • 51C MOS

    Is anyone familiar with this MOS? I am looking at switching possibly, as an email I received stated that the DoD values the training and experience that comes with it. I'm also excited about the opportunities of deploying to humanitarian missions. Any information would be appreciated.

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    Re: 51C MOS

    51C is Acquisition Corps. I work in an Active Duty TDA unit where all of our Officers and NCOs are 51 series, and we Civilians undergo the same Defense Acquisition training.

    http://asc.army.mil/web/career-devel...lanning-steps/

    I'm not sure as to the availability of this MOS in the National Guard though. Anyone have any insight? I don't think this is something Recruiters would be familiar with since it's an NCO/Officer accession only branch.

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      Re: 51C MOS

      Originally posted by ThirteenFox View Post
      Is anyone familiar with this MOS? I am looking at switching possibly, as an email I received stated that the DoD values the training and experience that comes with it. I'm also excited about the opportunities of deploying to humanitarian missions. Any information would be appreciated.
      51C is an incredibly small MOS in the Guard. Very few positions on contingency contracting teams, very limited promotions.

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        There's an opportunity in my state, that's why I'm looking into it. I'm somewhat interested in the opportunity.

        Im guessing I should restate my question: Is this actually a need commodity within the DoD and Federal job community (I'm looking for a job there following my graduation). I know my experience as a 13F brings out "bleh" with the State Department, and other agencies.
        Last edited by ThirteenFox; March 25th, 2013, 10:23 PM.

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          Re: 51C MOS

          Originally posted by ThirteenFox View Post
          There's an opportunity in my state, that's why I'm looking into it. I'm somewhat interested in the opportunity.

          Im guessing I should restate my question: Is this actually a need commodity within the DoD and Federal job community (I'm looking for a job there following my graduation). I know my experience as a 13F brings out "bleh" with the State Department, and other agencies.
          If you're looking to get a good Federal Civilian job, yes. This MOS would set you up for that especially within DoD. The 51C MOS would give you all of the Defense Acquisition courses also necessary as a Civilian, thus you'd already be Defense Acquisition certified in Contracting.

          It's very transportable too because every federal agency needs Acquisition Specialists and Contract Specialists (1101 and 1102 series, respectively).

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            Re: 51C MOS

            Originally posted by eqmcclure View Post
            If you're looking to get a good Federal Civilian job, yes. This MOS would set you up for that especially within DoD. The 51C MOS would give you all of the Defense Acquisition courses also necessary as a Civilian, thus you'd already be Defense Acquisition certified in Contracting.

            It's very transportable too because every federal agency needs Acquisition Specialists and Contract Specialists (1101 and 1102 series, respectively).
            Maryland has some 51 series positions. I work for Army contracting command (not in contracting though)and the gentleman who sits behind me is in the MD guard and also was in the 51 series (on the officer side) for awhile.

            If you were to get into that field and get your level 2 certification I could almost walk you on to a GS position where I work. To do this on the civilian side you need a bachelors degree with at least 8 classes in business, law, accounting, economics, etc (similar type areas) to be eligible.

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              Re: 51C MOS

              Originally posted by show_stopper999 View Post
              Maryland has some 51 series positions. I work for Army contracting command (not in contracting though)and the gentleman who sits behind me is in the MD guard and also was in the 51 series (on the officer side) for awhile.

              If you were to get into that field and get your level 2 certification I could almost walk you on to a GS position where I work. To do this on the civilian side you need a bachelors degree with at least 8 classes in business, law, accounting, economics, etc (similar type areas) to be eligible.
              What career field are you in, Sir? I'm a 0343 - Program Analyst.

              I've got a bunch of friends down here at ACC HQ since they moved the flagpole to Redstone. Our local colleges started offering Acquisition focused classes right before I graduated and added concentrations to tack on to Business degrees, and those who've taken advantage of it too can generally walk into the GS type jobs. I took advantage of it and it certainly helped me.

              My wife did the same, and she's an 1102 - Contract Specialist with the Army Corps of Engineers. Career opportunities abound for Contracting folks.

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                Re: 51C MOS

                Originally posted by eqmcclure View Post
                What career field are you in, Sir? I'm a 0343 - Program Analyst.

                I've got a bunch of friends down here at ACC HQ since they moved the flagpole to Redstone. Our local colleges started offering Acquisition focused classes right before I graduated and added concentrations to tack on to Business degrees, and those who've taken advantage of it too can generally walk into the GS type jobs. I took advantage of it and it certainly helped me.

                My wife did the same, and she's an 1102 - Contract Specialist with the Army Corps of Engineers. Career opportunities abound for Contracting folks.
                I'm in CP-35, Intelligence and Security. The whole career thing is a sticking point I have. My career field has a much lower glass ceiling. Because my fiancee is an 1102 also at ACC-APG, she'll very likely achieve the same grade as me and pass me before I get my next promotion. There are so many opportunities for 1102 types, especially when certified, it's ridiculous. Right now they're having trouble finding people with the proper certification and experience required to fill GS-13 positions. We have a whole division with only two of them right now.

                A side note is the "military integration". We now have a "brigade" of about 20 soldiers at our location. People dont know how to act around them. We have weekly military integration in progress review meetings to ensure a smooth transition.

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                • #9
                  Re: 51C MOS

                  Originally posted by ThirteenFox View Post
                  There's an opportunity in my state, that's why I'm looking into it. I'm somewhat interested in the opportunity.

                  Im guessing I should restate my question: Is this actually a need commodity within the DoD and Federal job community (I'm looking for a job there following my graduation). I know my experience as a 13F brings out "bleh" with the State Department, and other agencies.
                  Yes, 51C is in great demand in both DOD and the civilain agencies, I happened to be a 51C and an 1102 (Contract Specialist), best career choice I ever made, let me know if you have any additional questions....

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