My Army MOS (job) is now almost obsolete, now what?

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When I enlisted in the United States Army back in the late 90s, I was excited at the military occupational specialty, or MOS I had. I was an enlisted records clerk. I was promised that the job had a future, and that if I ever got out there would be work for me.

The leading edge of technology at this point was something called a digital sender, that sent electronic files over the computer in a portable document format of a PDF. It was rad. I was going to master this technology and be the next Bill Gates or “You’re getting a Dell!” guy.

And now, here we are in 2022 and the PDF has become so common, we’ve got the technology on our phones.

What happened? My job became essentially obsolete. There are very few prosperous positions in the civilian sectors for it. Certainly not enough to pay the rent where I’m from.

This happens to so many veterans I know. Especially, combat arms where we’re almost corralled into security work. There is law enforcement, but transition services are lacking and we struggle juggling the academy and bills at the same time.

What we’re left doing is having to retrain. There are some great college programs out there that would love to have us. but what do we pick to avoid having to go through this again?

Ultimately, I’m saying that if you’re struggling with this, you’re not alone. Others are going through it including myself.

Have you successfully transitioned from your MOS into another field? Let me know in the comments below.

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