Each month throughout 2016, On Your Guard is spotlighting a “hot job.” What defines these featured jobs as “hot”? One all-important benchmark: the number of times people searched for it on the National Guard jobs board. Here’s what’s hot this month.
In this job, or what we call your military occupational specialty, (MOS), you’ll get under the hood of all kinds of wheeled modes of transportation, including armored vehicles. You’ll inspect, service, maintain, repair, and test wheeled vehicles and any kind of associated material handling systems, like trailers.
This is a highly physical job, but it also requires an interest in learning how things work and good troubleshooting skills to keep vehicles in top working order.
To get a better idea of the role a 91B has in keeping his or her Unit moving, watch this video, and then read more about training and the benefits of serving in the National Guard.
After basic training, you’ll have about 12 weeks of advanced individual training (AIT) where you’ll learn about the ins and outs of engines, electrical wiring systems, and vehicle recovery operations. This on-the-job instruction in the field and the classroom takes place at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C.
Guard service is unique in that Soldiers serve part-time and close to where they live. That gives them an opportunity to have a civilian career, too. Good mechanics are always in demand at repair shops, auto dealerships, state highway agencies, and even farm equipment companies.
The Guard also offers great education benefits like tuition assistance, which can be used at a vocational school for additional training or college. Other benefits include health and life insurance and home loan assistance.