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Thousands of soldiers' MOSs to be reclassified

Jun. 25, 2012 - 05:11PM   |   Last Updated: Jun. 25, 2012 - 05:11PM  |  
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The latest realignment of the Army's job classification system will translate into coding changes and several skill reclassification actions for thousands of soldiers.

Promotion-related aspects of the changes begin late this summer, so the first promotions for reclassified soldiers will occur Oct. 1, the beginning of fiscal 2013.

While the major overhaul of the military occupational specialty coding system that began in 2001 was completed last year, the system continues to evolve, generating job code additions and deletions based on force-structure changes and the introduction of new equipment and operational capabilities.

The Army revises the specialty classification system annually.

The current round of changes began June 1, and in most cases, will become effective Oct. 1 for the active and reserve components.

Certain changes at the grade of E-9 do not take effect until Dec. 30.

The MOS classification and structure system plays a key role in the Army's management of soldiers and jobs, as manning requirements in units are coded for specific grades and skills.

Personnel managers then use branch, area of concentration, MOS, skill identifier, special qualification identifier, additional skill identifier, language indicator and professional development proficiency codes to identify and then assign qualified soldiers to vacancies.

Soldiers enhance their professional development and promotion competitiveness by making sure they are MOS-qualified, and trained or experienced in skills that increase their versatility.

Enlisted soldiers who are in specialties slated for conversion, and who are serving an enlistment for which they received an enlistment or re-enlistment bonus, will not have those bonuses recouped.

Anniversary payments will continue for soldiers eligible for enlistment bonuses.

Promotable enlisted

To prepare for the Oct. 1 conversions, Human Resources Command is changing progression specialties for all promotable specialists and sergeants on the Army-wide E-5 and E-6 recommended lists, and on the monthly promotion lists for those grades. The changes will occur Aug. 13-24.

That means soldiers getting a new MOS who are boarded by their units Aug. 20-Sept. 7, and recommended for promotion in October, will compete for advancement in their new MOS.

Unit personnel sections should make sure that a soldier's new MOS is reflected in the Enlisted Distribution and Assignment System before their board appearance.

HRC also will resequence promotable staff sergeants, sergeants first class, master sergeants and first sergeants who are being reclassified to primary MOSs.

The resequencing, scheduled for Sept. 4-14, will ensure that affected soldiers will be promoted on time.

Army policy authorizes National Guard and Army Reserve soldiers to be promoted to locally identified vacancies created by positions changes in unit authorization documents.

Soldiers selected for such promotions should be within reasonable commuting distance of their new unit.

Included among the ongoing specialty and skill identifier changes:

• The assignment of new codes to command sergeants major and sergeants major that support the Army's leader development strategy for senior noncommissioned officers.

Called professional development proficiency codes, these designators will allow career managers to take a soldier's recent experiences and assignment history into consideration when filling E-9 positions across the various levels of responsibility.

The ongoing changes focus on soldiers who are qualified to serve in "nominative" positions as the senior enlisted advisers to general officer commanders.

• The establishment of a new MOS, 12A, to identify senior engineer positions and personnel in grade E-9.

The change requires sergeants major in MOS 12X and 12Z to transfer to 12A.

• Selected positions and personnel in the military intelligence career management field will be transferred to newly established MOS 35Q, cryptologic network warfare specialist.

CODE CHANGES

OFFICERS:

Revisions

AOC 13A is revised so that association with SI L8 (Joint Operational Fires and Effects Course) is authorized.

All 13A officers in the ranks of captain through colonel who have completed the JOFEC under the auspices of the Army Field Artillery School will be awarded skill identifier L8.

AOC 60N is revised so that association with SI N6 (pain management medicine providers) is authorized.

All 60N officers who have completed a one-year American College of Graduate Medical Education Fellowship in Pain Management and who have board eligibility or certification, or who have proof of a one-year fellowship in regional anesthesia/acute pain management, will be awarded SI N6.

Requests for award of N6 should be processed through the Office of the Surgeon General (DASG-PTZ) to Human Resources Command (AHRC-OPH-C).

The effective date of the award will be May 1, or the date training is completed, whichever is later.

AOC 60V is revised so that association with SI N6 is authorized.

The award criteria and procedures are the same as for AOC 60N.

AOC 60W is revised so that association with SI N6 is authorized.

The award criteria and procedures are the same as for AOC 60N.

AOC 60P revised so that association with SI N6 is authorized.

The award criteria and procedures are the same as for AOC 60N.

BR 63 areas of concentration are revised so that association with SI N6 is authorized.

All BR 63 officers who have completed a two-year oral facial pain fellowship and who have board eligibility or certification may be awarded SI N6.

Requests for award of N6 should be processed through the Office of the Surgeon General (DASG-PTZ) to Human Resources Command (AHRC-OPH-C).

The effective date of the award will be May 1, or the date training is completed, whichever is later.

What's new

SI L8 (joint operational fires and effects) has been added to the officer classification system.

Association with AOC 13A in the ranks of captain through colonel is authorized.

SI N6 (pain management medicine providers) has been added to the officer classification system.

Association with AOCs 60N, 60V, 60W, 61P and BR 63 is authorized.

ENLISTED

Revisions

MOS 00Z All active and reserve-component soldiers serving in grade E-9 and assigned to an E-9 nominative position will be reclassified to 00Z and assigned the appropriate professional development code additional skill identifier per guidance from Human Resources Command, National Guard Bureau and Army Reserve Command.

Active-component reclassifications are to be completed by Dec. 30, and those for reserve soldiers by Sept. 30.

In related actions:

• The title of "command sergeant major" for MOS 00Z is changed to "command sergeant major nominative."

• Association authorized with newly established professional development code ASIs 8D (general officer level 2 CSM experience), 8E (general officer level 3 CSM experience), 85 (general officer level 4 CSM experience), 8T (senior level 2 SGM experience), 8U (senior level 3 SGM experience) and 8V (senior level 4 SGM experience).

• Soldiers serving in non-nominative 00Z E-9 positions will be reclassified to other military occupational specialties and assigned the appropriate professional development code ASI as determined by Human Resources Command, National Guard Bureau and Army Reserve Command.

MOS 12X has been revised so that E-9s who hold the specialty will be transferred to 12A in their current grade, retaining all SQI and ASI.

MOS 12Z has been revised so that E-9s who hold the specialty will be transferred to 12A in their current grade, retaining all SQI and ASI.

MOS 35N has been revised so that selected personnel and positions will be transferred to newly established MOS 35Q. Association with ASI N6 (cryptologic cyber analyst) no longer is authorized.

Soldiers in MOS 35N (signals intelligence analyst) who hold ASI N6 will be reclassified to 35Q. All ASI except N6 and T5 (target digital network analysis) will be retained.

MOS 35S is revised, so that soldiers in the specialty who hold ASI N6 will be transferred to 35Q, retaining all ASI except N6 and K2 (advanced communications signals analysis).

MOS 35T is revised, so that soldiers in the specialty who hold ASI N6 will be transferred to 35Q, retaining all ASI except M6.

MOS 35Z revised so that association with ASI N6 no longer is authorized.

MOS 94P is revised so that associations with ASIs A1 (M270AI MLRS and HIMARS) and H9 (HIMARS repairer) are deleted.

MOS 94X is revised so that associations with ASI A1 (M270AI MLRS and HIMARS) and H9 (HIMARS repairer) are deleted.

ASI A1 is revised so that association with MOS 94P and 94X no longer is authorized.

ASI E6 is revised to add association with MOS 35Q, and delete association with 35N, 35S, 35T and 35Z.

ASI K2 is not authorized to be associated with newly established MOS 35Q.

ASI T5 is not authorized to be associated with MOS 35Q.

What's new

MOS 12A has been established to identify senior engineer positions and personnel in grade E-9.

Duties, functions, positions and personnel will be transferred from MOS 12X and 12Z to 12A.

MOS 35Q will be established. Selected soldiers and positions from 35N, 35S and 35T will be transferred to 35Q.

Association with E6 (interactive on-net operator) is authorized.

What's gone

ASI H9 is deleted and association with MOS 94P and 94X no longer authorized.

ASI N6 is deleted, and its duties, functions, soldiers and positions transferred to MOS 35Q.

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