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Railway Section Repairer (88T)-

OK, I’ve always known there are a lot of oddball Military Occupational Specialties in the Army. ┬áThe 88 series also has Watercraft Operator and Watercraft Engineer as well as Railway Operations Crewmember.

What’s the weirdest MOS you discovered?

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  1. 68R – Veternary Food Inspection Specialist….
    Just imagine the instructor at AIT – “It’s ALPO! Feed the dog ALPO!”
    I guess for the BNOC course they expand with goldfish food, maybe work in some TTPs for feeding boa constrictors. But they would wait for ANOC for the intro to feeding house cats.

    1. You do realize that the food inspection part is for people food. They just happen to be in the veterinary branch.

      As for why the Vet corps got stuck with the food inspection business, rather than say, QM corps or the Med branch, who the heck knows?

    2. There’s a reason for this, Brad. You know how many boxes of military foodstuffs I’ve seen that said “BUREAU OF PRISONS REJECT” (crossed out), “US AIR FORCE REJECT” (crossed out), “NOT FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION” (crossed out)?

      I suspect that the boxes the Army receives probably have the same stamps followed by “US NAVY REJECT.”

    3. truth be told, with the exception of all the rabbit they served in Germany, I thought we got pretty good food in garrison. Now, hot meals prepared by local host nation contractor support during Desert Storm was another matter.

  2. The Vets do the food inspections because the signs of disease in animals is a vet core competency. They originally had the task of inspecting the fresh meat in the TISA and commissaries and that expanded to all CL I.

    Back in the day there was an MOS of mathematician. They did all of the computations for the firing tables for mortars through Pershing missiles. I knew one of the last ones before they closed out the field. She retired as a master sergeant.

    There also used to be an MOS 57A…Duty Soldier. That was someone who could perform physical labor with a lot of supervision with a GT score below 68 (!) who could not be trusted in combat. They were dumber than a Stevedore!

    Then there was the 41J…. Office Machine Repairer. They fixed typewriters. I know one of those, too. He also retired as a master sergeant. And, yes, he is exactly as soldierly as what you would expect.

  3. My father was a food service paddle foot in the Air Farce and told me why the Vets were charged with the duty and it had nothing to do with their core competency. A competent butcher can tell you when meat is bad (and so could anyone else in food service) It was much like the AF doing away with Warrant Officers (it was social reasons). Certain things were placed with certain people because of lack of work. I never saw a military Vet that was even close to overwork, even though they also took care of our dogs as well as the few Military dogs the AF had on any installation. I saw some of the paperwork. All duly noted and signed by the local DVM. My father, and the Vets, thought the whole thing absurd.

    We had a few of those “MOS 57A” in the Navy as well. Although we had more colorful names for them. Brad’s “Moron Corps” wasn’t used while I was in, but none of us would disagree with it.

  4. Quartermaster,

    That may have been the Air Force way but I can tell you have seen A LOT of hard field work by Army Vets over the years. When I was a Mech Brigade S4 the Vet and techs from the FSB (now in the BSB) would inspect our chow…from the TISA warehouse through consumption. And they caught some problems with the early T – Rations which the food service specialists overlooked.

    Vets today are also a key link in the health of a command by working pest control issues…not just in garrison but also in the field. Vector control is key to health.

    This is in addition to taking care of working dogs….and at our training centers, livestock. You have to have livestock if you are going to have OPFOR and neutral role players in a training environment. You can’t fake a flock of sheep or goats!

    They may have been padding elsewhere but they are a key component to the Army Combat Health Services.

    And Brad…you are enough of an Old Soldier to know how to finish this old saw “The only stupid question is…..”!

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