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ARLINGTON, Va. — The Army has updated the list that tells enlisted soldiers if the service will consider allowing them to switch to another job, and which alternatives have the room and training slots to permit the move.

The reclassification "in/out" list, issued by the Human Resources Command as a Military Personnel Message, supersedes information issued in February; the new list expires Nov. 1.

Army rules allow enlisted soldiers to change military occupational specialties, or "voluntarily reclassify," if they have more than 24 months left on their contracts. Less time than that, and they are not allowed to request a voluntary reclassification — they have to try and change jobs when they re-enlist.

But with some exceptions, the Army only lets soldiers move out of their career field and into a new one if the "out" field is overstaffed and the "in" field is undermanned.

And since the movement of soldiers retiring or leaving the force shifts the balances between career fields constantly, Human Resources officials have to update the "in/out" list up to four times each year.

The message includes a table showing soldiers which career fields — by rank — have shortages, which are balanced and which are over strength.

Open career fields for first-term soldiers and junior noncommissioned officers are those proving particularly critical to the missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, such as 37F psychological operations specialist, 89D explosive ordnance disposal, 14E Patriot fire control operator, 31E internment and resettlement specialist, 88M motor transport operator, 31B military police, and 35L counterintelligence agent.

Additional "in" career fields apply broadly across the entire Army, like 21K plumber, 92A automated logistics specialist, 92R parachute rigger and 21C bridge crewmember.

Other undermanned jobs, the message said, include 13P Multiple Launch Rocket System fire direction specialist, 14J air defense C4I — for command, control, communications, computers and intelligence — and maintainer, 21C bridge crewmember, 25P microwave systems operator and maintainer, 42A human resources specialist, 63B wheeled vehicle mechanic, and 68W health care specialist.

Meanwhile, on Oct. 1, the Army will be changing some of the codes and titles associated with 11 of its MOSs [see list].

The Army periodically modifies MOS codes as technologies and tactics change, which in turn alters soldiers’ job responsibilities, officials said.

MOSs can be merged, and sometimes an MOS is eliminated completely, the way 96R ground surveillance system operator, will be as of Oct. 1.

For the full list, go to https://perscomnd04.army.mil/milpermsgs.nsf/WebFrameset?OpenFrameSet; Milpers message 08-176


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