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

Responses: 48


Have you ever been assigned to a Military Occupation Specialty (MOS) in MOS Field 19 - - Armor? If so, tell us what it was like. Did you love your job? Did you hate it? What was your average day like?

Scouts Out

I spent 4 years active duty as a 19D10-20. I did my time in Cold War Germany in a Cav unit and in an armoured unit. The Cav was 1st line defence for Germany and we stuck together through everything. We had a very short life expectancy, but that made us want to win by training harder and working harder. We training every way possible to win against our enemy. When we weren't training, we stuck together off duty as a unit. We spent a lot of time in the field, mud, rain, snow, heat, it didn't matter, we knew that if we didn't do it, we wouldn't be able to defend the people we were there to protect. Being a scout was some of the best times I had in the military. The training has helped me out in the civilian world to be able to handle anything that comes. Being able to think for yourself and do anything with nothing was taught to us and drilled into us. Being ready to do what's needed to win against anything put before you. That's what it's about. Scouts always together.
—Guest END

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

a family member

i need to why a guy the is spec force go to 19d he has two kids and a wife can u help me understand this
—Guest robert

Awesome MOS

I am a 19D. I graduated OSUT at Fort, Knox on Mar. 17, 2011. I am in the SCARNG. I have an outstanding unit and leadership which is a major factor in the Army experience. having been at my unit for a while the knowledge I have gained in being a 19D is extraordinary. I am currently a Bradley Driver which is awesome because I love the Bradley. We are almost always on the range, doing reflexive fire or small unit movemnets, or driving Bardleys and doing gunnery. It is a very demanding job and requires a well rounded person who is capable of quick thinking and fast paced learning. Alot of stamina and enduracnce of the mind a body. Very challenging. But if you are an active person and willing to be a team player and a leader as well as a quick learner, 19D is a great MOS for you.
—Guest Caleb


where the hell were all you stationed. im at ft bliss with 2-13 cav and i hate it. FML
—Guest ol dirty

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