Women in combat: Army to open 14K jobs, 6 MOSs – Military News | News From Afghanistan, Iraq And Around The World – Military Times


The Army will start placing women in as many as 14,000 combat-related jobs by opening up six military occupational specialties and placing women in 37 battalions across nine brigade combat teams.

On May 14, the Army will begin implementing the new Defense Department policy.

via Women in combat: Army to open 14K jobs, 6 MOSs – Military News | News From Afghanistan, Iraq And Around The World – Military Times.

The only MOS I find interesting here is the MLRS crewman. That’s an actual shooting job. What’s next? Cannon crewman?

Notice also the infrastructure work that has to be done to provide barracks for 21-30 trainees at schools at Ft. Benning.

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11 responses to “Women in combat: Army to open 14K jobs, 6 MOSs – Military News | News From Afghanistan, Iraq And Around The World – Military Times

  1. Does the Army use artillery units as provisional infantry units, like the Marine Corps does?

    • It has, and I’m curious how they’ll face that issue going forward. I can’t see them back-dooring women into infantry that way.

    • LT Rusty

      You can’t see the infantry back-dooring the …

      hm. You know, maybe I won’t finish that thought. Out loud, at least.

  2. xbrad, that was going to be my next question. If arty units are to be prov. infantry, would the females suddenly become non-deployable?
    LT Rusty, I can see the infantry back-dooring alot. Nasty creatures that they are. ;-))

    • I would guess they’d be deployable, but only at Bn or maybe Bde. level. That’s pure guesswork on my part, of course. And from what I’ve seen, fewer and fewer units are being used as provisional infantry, what with the end of the war in Iraq, and operations in A-stan beginning to draw down.

  3. Another corrosive act on the part of the increasingly PC military.

  4. Esli

    As someone who will be near and dear to this program soon, the slots are all in the HHC. It is opening to officers and NCOs with at least one other assignment. The officers are intelligence, adjutant general, physician’s assistants, and chaplains. The NCOs are from similar MOSs as well as supply. All are obviously subject to indirect fire but not nearly as likely to be on the road, and certainly not in direct combat (though I once took my S4 on a ground patrol in Baghdad, where he personally, and with great valor, engaged an air conditioning unit poking out from a wall, while meaning to shoot an armed individual).

    • Our ChemO once put a round through the range tower (while yours truly was in it!) during the pro-mask fam fire phase of rifle qual.

    • LT Rusty

      Our Chem warfare instructor (Army MAJ) put an atropine autoinjector into his thigh in class, does that count?

    • Rusty, how long did it take before he was out of the hospital? I was told as story about a Marine finding one on a Gator Freighter and set it off accidentally. According to my increasingly rickety memory he was in the Hospital a week.

    • LT Rusty

      QM-

      Same day, IIRC, but they might have kept him overnight. I think he took a couple days off afterwards, though. (It’s been 13 years or so since I was at DCA school, and my own memory is getting a bit fuzzy.)

      He’d passed the real and practice atropine and 2-pam chloride autoinjectors around, and the caps on the practice and war shot atropine injector got mixed up. He went to demonstrate, and after he realized what he’d done, gave a very heartfelt-sounding “oh shit.” Couple minutes after that he started getting really jittery, and he was talking about a mile a minute.