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Old 04-28-2019, 12:01 PM
 
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I did five years in the Army starting in 2004, as a 92Y (supply grunt). I picked that MOS basically by default since I was doing the minimum enlistment period (two years). I remember though at the MEPS, the NCO who was doing the final MOS selection said, "Oh, no 92Y slots available right now, how about ammo supply specialist or cav scout?" I sat there thinking in silence for a couple minutes until he said, "Oh, here's a 92Y slot I found." This NCO's demeanor was kind of shady during this.

Do these NCOs at MEPS get a 'hot list' of most-critical job openings every day, and are they incentivized to fill them and not give a crap about what the recruit had worked out with their recruiters previously?
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Old 04-28-2019, 12:26 PM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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Do these NCOs at MEPS get a 'hot list' of most-critical job openings every day, and are they incentivized to fill them and not give a crap about what the recruit had worked out with their recruiters previously?
"There are approximately 9,500 Soldier and civilian recruiters working out of more than 1,400 recruiting stations across America and overseas"

Not normally, I don't know... I have not dealt with "MEPS" in a very long time...


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Old 04-28-2019, 04:21 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Do these NCOs at MEPS get a 'hot list' of most-critical job openings every day, and are they incentivized to fill them and not give a crap about what the recruit had worked out with their recruiters previously?
Yes, of course they get a list of what needs to be filled. That's their job. They work for the Army.

No, they're not inventive, but they can't give you jobs they don't have available. If they have 20,000 11B openings, and only 10 openings for another MOS, of course they are going to have to talk some people into 11B. It's just math. Supply and demand.
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Old 04-28-2019, 05:06 PM
 
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Yes, of course they get a list of what needs to be filled. That's their job. They work for the Army.

No, they're not inventive, but they can't give you jobs they don't have available. If they have 20,000 11B openings, and only 10 openings for another MOS, of course they are going to have to talk some people into 11B. It's just math. Supply and demand.
I hear you. In my case my chosen MOS was one of the most common ones in force that, as far as I know, is virtually always available. So I suspect the NCO was lying to me for some reason. Or if he wasn't, he might have said, "that's unusual... let's have you come back next week when another slot will likely be open" etc. But maybe he was told not to do that. And it also would have been nice if my recruiters had given me more of a heads-up about what might happen.
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Old 04-29-2019, 04:07 PM
 
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Of course they do.

I went in with the idea of signing up to be a Seabee. Next thing I know I'm being talked into signing a contract to go Aircrew with the promise of a 10K sign on bonus. I never even heard of aircrew before this moment in time. But, it seemed cool enough so I took it.

The guy next to me wanted to be a machinist mate but got talked into being a steel worker in the Seabees.
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Old 05-17-2019, 10:44 PM
 
Location: Honolulu, HI
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My experience with MEPS has been as a mom (all 3 kids served). My oldest and my youngest were able to pick their jobs prior to going down to MEPS. The middle one, however, did not. I went to MEPS with all of my kids. The middle one was a very girly girl and had her heart set on something in an office. When we got back to the NCO for job selection, he looked online and and told my daughter all that he had open was 91B (wheeled vehicle mechanic). Needless to say, my girly girl was very upset. The guy asked her what she wanted, one of which was 92Y. He said there were no open slots. I told him that I knew that all he had to do was make a phone call (husband is active duty), and he kind of chuckled, picked up the phone, made one call, and low and behold a 92Y slot was open, with Airborne (which we had also been told was not available).
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Old 05-17-2019, 10:51 PM
 
Location: Fuquay Varina
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I hear you. In my case my chosen MOS was one of the most common ones in force that, as far as I know, is virtually always available. So I suspect the NCO was lying to me for some reason. Or if he wasn't, he might have said, "that's unusual... let's have you come back next week when another slot will likely be open" etc. But maybe he was told not to do that. And it also would have been nice if my recruiters had given me more of a heads-up about what might happen.
Maybe he was trying to help you, you never know.

When I went to Meps they tried to upsell me also based on my asvab score. I just wanted to be an IC Electrician and they were trying to get me to go to nuke school or ET.
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Old 05-18-2019, 08:55 AM
 
Location: St Paul, MN
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Yes, of course they get a list of what needs to be filled. That's their job. They work for the Army.

No, they're not inventive, but they can't give you jobs they don't have available. If they have 20,000 11B openings, and only 10 openings for another MOS, of course they are going to have to talk some people into 11B. It's just math. Supply and demand.
^^^This

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My experience with MEPS has been as a mom (all 3 kids served). My oldest and my youngest were able to pick their jobs prior to going down to MEPS. The middle one, however, did not. I went to MEPS with all of my kids. The middle one was a very girly girl and had her heart set on something in an office. When we got back to the NCO for job selection, he looked online and and told my daughter all that he had open was 91B (wheeled vehicle mechanic). Needless to say, my girly girl was very upset. The guy asked her what she wanted, one of which was 92Y. He said there were no open slots. I told him that I knew that all he had to do was make a phone call (husband is active duty), and he kind of chuckled, picked up the phone, made one call, and low and behold a 92Y slot was open, with Airborne (which we had also been told was not available).
Seriously!?!?! How was that even allowed??? ...how embarrassing that mustíve been for them.


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Maybe he was trying to help you, you never know.

When I went to Meps they tried to upsell me also based on my asvab score. I just wanted to be an IC Electrician and they were trying to get me to go to nuke school or ET.
Yep, my son was wanting culinary, took the practice asvab in the office...the conversation quickly turned to nuke.
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Old 05-21-2019, 02:34 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley, CA
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Yep, my son was wanting culinary, took the practice asvab in the office...the conversation quickly turned to nuke.
Isn't that a 92G? I've heard that some folks who do that go on to be chefs...
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