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Readers Respond: Do You Have Experience in MOS Field 19 - - Armor?

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If i was to tell you any thing about being a scout is that it is hard work but it dosent bother me at all knowing that out of the army i have some of the best leadersship you can get, I like knowing when shit hits the fan" And if you choose this MOS IT WILL " that you have the best around you. I look at pogs and i just get sick there a joke. but my only real advise is whatever you do just do it active i went NG.. Worst mistake ever!!!
—Guest Spc Rothwell Scout


"19K T.W.O.T. Dont do this MOS. Just go Scout. I have not seen a tank for two years, since I was in OSUT. Been 88M, 11B, 42A, and every other god forsaken MOS while being a Tanker. I suppose its not meant to be, but I have been bounced around and never got to do my job. Just go 19D.—Guest wasted training" I would Agree with this guy. I graduated OSUT from Knox in May of 2011. It is now, 26July12 and I have not seen a tank since OSUT... Like him, I've pretty much been doing other MOS type shit, Been deployed, I got to play 11b over there. foot patrols and air assaults... I guess it's just my unit and shit, or fort riley.. But I feel as if I have wasted quite a bit of my time. ++ There is nothing beneficial in the civilian world that comes from being a tanker. My point. Think about your life as a civilian if you are not going to make this a career.
—Guest absurd.


yeh i just got accepted to 19d calvery scout and just woundering whats in store for me?
—Guest cody

Rat Pack II

Vietnam Era Navy, who went into the "olive drab Army" who was also a "Rat Packer" 76-80, with Mack, Radar, et al...Excellent times and brothers!

Scouts out

I am medically retired now. I was a 19D for 6yrs and I could have not asked for a better job or life. I miss every day that I'm not there. If you get the chance to be a scout take it and run with it. No matter what some of these folks say it does give you experience for civilian life. Leadership.
—Guest death before surrender

Scout by GOD

I have read a bunch of these comments both the good and the bad. I will tell you this, I would not trade my 6+ years as a Scout for anything in this world. I have been hot, cold, frozen, wet, dirty, muddy. The best MOS there is, people do look at you different when you tell them you are/were a scout. The Cav units have a distinct espirit de corp. Stestons, Spurs, & Sabres. They are all of very proud of their unit history. It is a very hard job, but the friends I made are life long friends. For the naysayers out there that say there is no skills in this MOS that transfer to the civilian world, they are very short sighted. How about self discipline & teamwork. Those 2 skills alone transfer to ANY civilian job.
—Guest Robert Haynes

Missin' the good life...

Used to be a scout till i reclassed to Mortuary Affairs. You got two sides to the army. The combat arms side and the "POG" side. From personal experience i am telling you now. If you are a scout, stay scout. sure theres long days but even with as much as we were in the field and deployed, i still was able to spend more time with my family than here in the "POG" side. if you hate the tedious, petty, monotonous bull shit of uniform inspections, motorpool maintenance, "hey-you" details, late days of sitting around on your thumb, and formations out the ass, then by all means get out of scout world. if you enjoy 90% of your leadership being unable to pass height/weight while yelling at you for not passing your PT test, or your SGM without a combat patch telling you how to be a better soldier, or watching squared away soldiers who fuck up once by being late, losing their rank, while shitbags get a promotion just for putting on their boots. Stay scout, hang in there, drink water. Scouts Out!
—Guest LawDog

Changes needed

Cav Scout OSUT is held at Fort Benning, GA and is 18 weeks long. I have the papers to prove it, as I just signed a contract with the US Army with this MOS.
—Guest PFC Jones

Airborne cav

19d. As I sit here frozen in graffenwhor I can tell u that being a scout blows. But my sadistic guys and myself enjoy suffering for the sheer fact that everyone else is sittin at home on moms tit while we fuck shit up. So if u have insomnia, an urge to go deaf, wonder what all stages of hypothermia feel like, like burning shit in buckets, enjoy long walks to no where with heavy shit, and loosing ur god damn mind as well as a little piece of ur soul with every projectile that exits the weapon system u are currently operating then 19d is ur path. If this does not sound appealing to u for months/years at a time please be a cook. Sincerely, 99% of the airborne cav community
—Guest 173rd abct

Vietnam MOS 11D 10R8

Help me understand the rest 11 Infantryman, D Armor Recon Specialist, 10 don't know, R8 Don't know.
—Guest David Wysocki

Vietnam 11D 10R8

My dad was a 11 D10 R8, what does that mean, I never got to talk with him about anything, I have papers with several MOS designations 11D10, 11D20, and 11D10 R8.
—Guest David Wysocki


For all of you griping about not doing this MOS, maybe you should look back on what you may not have listened to from your drills or NCOs. Is being a scout tough? Yep. Are we just highly specialized infantrymen? Yep. Are we sitting out on a mountaintop while everyone else is sitting on the FOB? Yep. Do we have short battlefield lifespans and a short shelf life in the job? Yep, it tears our bodies apart, just like the rest of the Army. Is there a legitimate job for you on the outside? Maybe, if you apply yourself. I've done the job for 12 years, and the only guys I have heard gripe about it were the ones who were sent packing cause the applied themselves to other things instead of doing their jobs and being the best they could be at it. Nobody forced you to pick the job, accept the fact that you made a poor choice for yourself. Don't worry though, the rest of us will be out at night creeping, cause we love it, and wouldn't change any of it.
—Guest Angry Scout

Not Ft. Knox

It's being conducted in Fort Benning, GA. They relocated the training there
—Guest PV2 Lora

best job the army has.

I love my job. I weigh only 137 and i can carry 100+ pounds for miles. Builds a unique character. SCOUTS OUT!
—Guest Dustin


im a scout, and i cant wait to get out of this mos...i been to afghanistan and i experienced nothing but BS...worst equipment, worst COPs (wouldnt consider it a COP), worst details, and where im at, the WORST leadership...i dont know if its just my unit, but its absolutely horrible here...2 weeks till ETS :)
—Guest not sure about this

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