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Army opening 33,000 jobs to women

Jan. 23, 2014 - 06:00AM   |  
The Army is opening more jobs to women in combat units starting this spring.
The Army is opening more jobs to women in combat units starting this spring. (Army)
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These jobs are opening to women in combat units below the brigade level, the Defense Department announced Jan. 17:
12C Bridge Crewmember
12D Diver
12H Construction Engineering Supervisor
12N Horizontal Construction Engineer
12R Interior Electrician
12X General Engineering Supervisor
12Y Geospatial Engineer
12Z Combat Engineering Senior Sergeant
13T Field Artillery Surveyor/Meteorological Crewmember
13Z Field Artillery Senior Sergeant
14J Air Defense C41 Tactical Operations Center Enhanced Operator-Maintainer
14S Air & Missile Defense AMD Crewmember
15E Unmanned Aircraft System
15W Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Operator
25B Information Technology Specialist
25C Radio Operator-Maintainer
25E Electromagnetic Spectrum Manager Nodal Network Systems Operator-Maintainer
25F Network Switching Systems Operator-Maintainer
25L Cable Systems Installer-Maintainer
25P Microwave Systems Operator-Maintainer
25Q Multichannel Transmission Systems Operator-Maintainer
25S Satellite Communications Systems Operator-Maintainer
25T Satellite/Microwave Systems Chief
25U Signal Support Systems Chief
25W Telecommunications Operations Chief
25X Senior Signal Sergeant
25Z Visual Information Operations Chief
27D Paralegal Specialist
29E Electronic Warfare Specialist
31B Military Police
35F Intelligence Analyst
35G Imagery Analyst
35L Counter Intelligence Agent
35M Human Intelligence Collector
35N Signals Intelligence Analyst
35P Cryptologic Linguist Intelligence Senior Sergeant/Chief
35T Military Intelligence Systems Maintainer/Integrator
35X Intelligence Sergeant
35Z SIGINT Senior Sergeant/Chief
37F Psychological Operations Specialist
38B Civil Affairs Specialist
42A Human Resources Specialist
46Q Public Affairs Specialist
46R Public Affairs Broadcast Specialist
56M Chaplain Assistant
68S Preventive Medicine Specialist
68W Health Care Specialist
74D CBRN Specialist
79S Active Duty Career Counselor
88M Motor Transport Operator
88N Transportation Management Coordinator
89B Ammunition Specialist
89D EOD Specialist
91B Wheeled Vehicle Repairer
91C Utilities Equipment Repairer
91D Power Generation Equipment Repairer
91E Allied Trades Specialist
91F Small Arms/Artillery Repairer
91G Fire Control Repairer
91H Tracked Vehicle Repairer
91J Quartermaster and Chemical Equipment Repairer
91L Construction Equipment Repairer
91X Maintenance Supervisor
91Z Senior Maintenance Supervisor
92A Automated Logistical Specialist
92F Petroleum Supply Specialist
92G Food Service Specialist
92R Parachute Rigger
92S Shower/Laundry & Clothing Repair Specialist
92W Water Treatment Specialist
92Y Unit Supply Specialist
94E Radio & COMSEC Repairer
94F Computer/Detection Systems Repairer
94M Radar Repairer
94W Electronic Maintenance Chief
94Z Senior Electronic Maintenance Chief
00B General Officer
01A Officer Generalist
12A Engineer
12B Combat Engineer
14A Air Defense Artillery
25A Signal, General
27A Judge Advocate General
31A Military Police
35D All Source Intelligence
36A Financial Manager
37A Psychological Operations
38A Civil Affairs AA and USAR
42B Human Resources Officer
50A Force Development
51A Systems Development
51C Contract & Industrial Management
51R Systems Automation Acquisition & Engineering
51T Test & Evaluation
51Z Acquisition
56A Command & Unit Chaplain
57A Simulations Operations Officer
59A Strategist
60A Operational Medicine
61N Flight Surgeon
62B Field Surgeon
65D Physician Assistant
70B Health Services Administration
70H Health Services Plans, Operations, Intelligence, Security, and Training
70K Health Services Material
90A Logistics
91A Maintenance & Munitions Material Officer
92A Quartermaster, General
011A Branch MOS Immaterial
120A Construction Engineering Technician
131A Field Artillery Targeting Technician
140A Command and Control Systems Integrator
150U Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems Operations Technician
153D UH-60 Pilot
154C CH-47 Pilot
155A Fixed Wing Aviator Aircraft Nonspecific
251A Information Systems Technician
254A Signal Systems Support Technician
255A Information Services Technician
255S Cyberspace Defense Technician
255Z Cyberspace Network Operations Technician
290A Electronic Warfare Technician
350F All Source Intelligence Technician
740A Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear CBRN Warrant Officer
890A Ammunition Technician
915A Automotive Maintenance Warrant Officer
915E Senior Automotive Maintenance Officer
919A Engineer Equipment Maintenance Warrant Officer
920A Property Accounting Technician
921A Airdrop Systems Technician

The Army will open about 33,000 positions to female soldiers in April as part of the Defense Department’s ongoing effort to open all military jobs to women.

The move, announced Thursday, comes a year after DoD eliminated its direct ground combat exclusion policy. The policy, which was put in place in 1994, barred women, regardless of their military occupational specialty, from being assigned to combat units below the brigade level.

In May 2012, after requesting an exception to policy, the Army launched a pilot program and began assigning women to maneuver battalion headquarters in nine active-duty brigade combat teams.

A year later, the Army expanded that effort to 17 more BCTs – eight in the active Army and nine in the Army National Guard – and placed women in maneuver battalions in MOSs that were already open to women.

Thursday’s announcement is the continuation of that effort, opening jobs in already open MOSs in maneuver battalions across the Army except in special operations units.

In April, when the service completes its latest Congressional notification, the Army will have opened to women about 55,000 positions in open MOSs across all three components since May 2012, said Col. Linda Sheimo, chief of the Command Programs and Policy Division at the Army G-1.

“Opening these positions ensures the Army is properly managing the talent of all our service members, balancing readiness and the needs of a smaller force, and positioning all soldiers for success with viable career paths,” Sheimo said.

The 33,000 additional positions that will be opened in April, following the completion of the Congressional notification process, will include jobs in 132 MOSs, Sheimo said.

These jobs will be in the Army’s remaining BCTs as well as numerous other smaller units that are not part of a BCT, such as combat engineer battalions, she said.

Over the past two years, the Army assigned about 570 women to the first nine BCTs and the 17 that were added last summer.

The service then conducted surveys to get feedback from soldiers in these units before moving forward with the decision to open the rest of the Army’s combat units, Sheimo said.

“We’ve had pretty positive feedback,” she said, adding that the feedback prompted the Army to continue opening more units.

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