Looking for someone who is familiar with the 09L program

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  1. Crystal

    Crystal Officer Candidate

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    My boyfriend's MOS is 09L. He is looking to change that but is getting different answers from his sergeants. So I am looking for someone who can answer some questions about changing his MOS.
     
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    It is possible for him to switch MOSs, but may or may not be allowed depending on the necessity and priority of the position he currently occupies, and interpreters/translators (MOSC 09L) are generally in very high demand and limited in their numbers. Take it from someone fluent in several languages; its hard to find people that speak, understand and can transcribe a language to and from several parties. When the USMC, USN or USAREUR visit Norway for exercises like Joint Viking or Cold Response they're greeted in English rather then Norwegian, due in part to Norwegian's high English proficiency, but also the US Military's limited pool of linguistic experts fluent in our national languages (Bokmål and Nynorsk) and even less who could properly converse in the minority languages of Kven or the various Sami languages (found in Northern Norway where Joint Viking, Arctic Specialist and several other exercises take place). The limited pool of viable interpreters/translators might contribute to an inability to switch MOSs due to an essential necessity for qualified and in demand persons, especially those already trained to perform the task.

    In Afghanistan you're unlikely to find many enlisted persons that speak Persian-Afghan, Pushtu-Afghan or any other regional dialect or language, and while there are resources available to those seeking to switch MOSC (more on that in a minute), those resources might be denied out of necessity and due to a shortage of viable replacements. In the US Military I'd wager there isn't exactly a glut of people fluent in the dialects and languages of the Middle East and Central and South Asia (areas including Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, all places with a US military presence). Because they are in demand and in limited supply and take time to replenish via retraining or vetting (for foreign nationals) under-staffing in the 09L MOSC may restrict reallocation.

    But there are resources he can explore. A MOS can be switched via re-enlistment or by taking advantage of under-staffing where the US Military might move you to a different MOS if your MOS is overstaffed and if your enlistment period is coming to a close and they feel you'd be better served elsewhere. Generally this only applies to the first enlistment though and the further along in your military career you go, the more concrete your career becomes.

    BEAR - Bonus, Extension and Retraining might also be an option if he qualifies. BEAR is generally used to extend one's enlistment period and offers bonuses for switching to selected MOSs.

    In/Out reclassification calls are the US Military's equivalent of an internet job board. They target overstaffed MOSs and specific pay-grades. An enlisted person can only switch their MOS via an In/Out call if they are in an overstaffed MOS and there is a demand at their pay scale. In/Out calls are not applicable to soldiers close to re-enlistment. They must opt to switch their MOS via the re-enlistment process instead.

    Other then that the Military might reassign you if your MOS times-out or you do. Most programs have a maximum time-in-service period meaning eventually you'll lose your qualification for that position and either be reassigned automatically or asked to switch your MOS. You may also ask to switch your MOS if your eligibility times-out. This however is not an easy route and switching MOS via ineligibility is only granted with good reason.

    There are resources he can use but at the end of the day it's up to the service and their staffing needs. He may have better luck if he chooses to explore re-enlistment, but if he's already passed his first enlistment the number of options diminishes. Understaffed MOS will be priority positions to be filled so if he can work out which MOS has staffing needs they are going to be the best option if he can (or chooses to) explore any of the reclassification options.

    I hope this helps and would gladly field any additional questions,

    Kat.
     
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    @Kat This is not your typing. If this is your typing i know military would have use you for something else :) You have a nice day :)
     
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    Why wouldn't it be my writing? Reverse search any of the text, it only links back to my post above.

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    It's based on my knowledge of military affairs, which is known to be quite extensive around in the internet (on other fora as well).
     
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