Each month throughout 2015, On Your Guard is spotlighting a “hot job.” What defines these featured jobs as “hot”? One all-important benchmark: number of times people searched for it on the National Guard jobs board. So, here’s what’s hot for August.
Do you love hands-on, get-messy projects? And by that we mean, do you see yourself tackling large outdoor jobs rather than sitting behind a desk? And finally, have you ever thought it would be cool to operate construction equipment? If you answered “yes” to these questions, then you may be a perfect fit to train as a 12V Concrete and Asphalt Equipment Crewmember in the Army National Guard.
Whether assisting combat engineer missions or rebuilding after a natural disaster, concrete and asphalt crews are pretty important to the Guard. Crewmembers learn how to operate concrete mixers, asphalt distributers, aggregate spreaders, and asphalt kettles so they can help the Guard complete hundreds of construction projects (think roads, airfields, building foundations, dams, etc.).
Plus, part-time Soldiers with 12V skills can apply for in-demand civilian positions with commercial and residential construction companies, state highway agencies, rock quarries, well drillers, building contractors and more.
Watch this video about the 12V military occupational specialty (MOS) to get a first-hand look at what crewmembers do, and then read on to learn more about training and benefits.
Concrete and Asphalt Equipment Crewmembers must first attend 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training, followed by 4 weeks of Advanced Individual Training that includes both classroom learning and hands-on, in-the-field instruction.
12Vs are eligible for any of the Guard’s outstanding education benefits, healthcare and life insurance, retirement programs, and more.