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Old 09-29-2016, 09:22 PM
 
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Hello everyone I am joining the national guard and am having trouble choosing an MOS. I originally signed up for 31B (military police) because I am interested in law enforcement but I do not want to be a police officer. Since I'm not interested in eventually becoming a cop I have been thinking about 12w (carpentry and masonry specialist) because they would teach me how to build and it would give me goood skills if I ever needed to fix up my own home. I would like a little insight on AIT for both, drill weekends, and what deployments might be like. I know you can't predict what will happen but some insight as to what you saw or what you went though would help. Thank you!!
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Old 09-30-2016, 09:59 AM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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There are 65 jobs for MOS 12w in 31 different states... I imagine they differ. Each of the listed jobs has a different job description, but I did not look to see how different they really are.

You can see the list here: National Guard Jobs: Search Results
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Old 09-30-2016, 10:57 AM
 
Location: Quincy, MA
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Choose whatever will help you in the civilian world. If you have no desire to be a police officer then there's no point in being a 31B. Some of your AIT credit will transfer over well into the civilian world/college credit so look for what will be best for you. When i enlisted I had 12N,91B and 42A as options. I have been a 42A paratrooper for just over four years and my resume looks good because of it. I plan to go to school and get into teaching, lots of these skills will transfer over. Think about what you want to do in life and go from there. Good luck bro
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Old 10-01-2016, 08:42 PM
 
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Most Military Police do very little if any police work. Your duties are mostly combat support, such as rear area security, route security, fixed point physical security, traffic control posts, etc. You can spend years on active duty and not spend a day doing police work of any kind. I look at MPs kinda like light infantry; they are capable of engaging in combat and, sometimes, it is more politically expedient to deploy MPs to an area instead of designated infantry/combat arms.
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Old 10-02-2016, 08:11 PM
 
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Piffler what types of things did you do as a 42A?
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Old 10-03-2016, 06:08 AM
 
Location: Quincy, MA
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Piffler what types of things did you do as a 42A?
Here is a basic overview Human Resources Specialist Jobs (42A) | GoArmy.com

It really depends. I have been in charge of personnel actions, strength management, awards and badges. As a skill level 1 pretty much any of those options. As a HR NCO I am pretty much involved in everything. The only thing I have never done is Postal operations. Overall it's not a bad job, I have done some pretty awesome things but mainly because I'm airborne. I am transferring over to the reserves while I go back to school full time so I can let you know how that is when I start.
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