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91E - Allied Trade Specialist


U.S. Army Spc. Brian Kilough, a metal worker, and native of Temple, Texas, assigned to 4th Support Battalion, Fort Hood, Texas, Multi-National Division-Baghdad, grinds a stack of metal sheets using a circular grinder, on Jan. 25, 2009, at Forward Operations Base Falcon, Baghdad, Iraq.

Basic Job Description

The allied trade specialist is primarily responsible for supervising and performing the fabrication, repair and modification of metallic and nonmetallic parts. They operate lathes, drill presses, grinders and other machine shop equipment.

Duties performed by Soldiers in this MOS include:

  • Fabricate, repair, and modify metallic and nonmetallic parts
  • Utilize such machines as engine lathes, utility grinders, power cutoff saws, hydraulic presses, drill presses, oxyacetylene, electric arc, inert gas welding machines and their associated attachments, accessories and tools

Training Information

Job training for an allied trade specialist requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and 13 weeks of Advanced Individual Training with on-the-job instructions. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field, including practice in machine operation.

Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

  • Machine types, setup and operation
  • Use of different metals
  • Safety procedures

ASVAB Score Required: 98 in aptitude area GM or 88 in aptitude area GM and 92 and aptitude area GT

Security Clearance: None

Strength Requirement: heavy

Physical Profile Requirement: 222222

Other Requirements

  • Normal color vision required
  • Near and distance visual acuity of at least 20/30 in each eye regardless of whether or not corrective lenses are worn
  • No more than one error on Titmus Stereo Circles at 16 inches or no errors on 8 positions of Verhoeff Stereoptor at 16 inches (Note: These are depth-perception tests)

Similar Civilian Occupations

  • The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career with factories and repair shops in many industries, including the electrical product, automotive and heavy machinery industries.

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