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army mos 88M Motor Specialist, army promotion cut off 88M

Army MOS 88M Motor Transport Specialist AKA army truck driver
The United States Armed forces own and operate over 50,000 heavy trucks and transport vehicles, which include
water/fuel tank trucks, semi-tractor trailers, troop transports, heavy equipment transports, and passenger buses.
Transportation is the backbone of Logistics, and therefore Motor Transport Operators (88Ms) are the backbone of
the Army’s support and sustainment structure, providing advanced mobility on and off the battlefield. To operate
and maintain the Army’s complex vehicle systems, Transportation Corps Soldiers must be of the highest quality,
with unparalleled motivation and self- discipline.

Motor Transport Operators are primarily responsible for supervising or operating wheel vehicles to transport
personnel and cargo. Some of your duties as a Motor Transport Operator may include:

  • Operate all wheel vehicles and equipment over varied terrain and roadways for support of Army or Joint-
    service operations
  • Operate vehicle mounted, automated information, communication, and navigation systems
  • Manage load, unload, and safety of personnel being transported
  • Oversee and check proper loading and unloading of cargo on vehicles and trailers
  • Secure cargo against inclement weather, pilferage, and damage
  • Operate vehicle component material handling equipment (MHE), as required
  • Employ both mounted and dismounted land navigation techniques
  • Must be knowledgeable with the operation of radios and weapons when they are mounted on the vehicle
  • Employ convoy defense techniques
  • Perform vehicle self-recovery and field expedient repairs, to include towing vehicles
  • Identify, correct, or report all vehicle deficiencies; supporting mechanics where necessary
  • Prepare vehicle for movement/shipment by air, rail, or vessel

Job training for a Motor Transport Operator requires 10 weeks of Basic Training, where you’ll learn basic
Soldiering skills, and seven weeks of Advanced Individual Training, including hands-on training with some of the
world’s most unique and complex vehicle systems. Part of this time is spent in classroom and simulation, but over
200 training hours are spent in actual vehicles and field training environments. Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

  • Basic and advanced medium/heavy vehicle control and operation, with/without semi-trailer, on/off road
  • Accident prevention and local driving laws
  • Safety check procedures
  • Proper use of operator records, maintenance, and accident forms
  • International road signs
  • Basic vehicle maintenance
  • Transporting hazardous materials

Advanced Responsibilities
Advanced level Motor Transport Operators provides guidance, supervises and trains other Soldiers within the
same discipline. As an advanced level Motor Transport Operator, you may be involved in:

  • Organize and participate in convoys
  • Dispatch vehicles and verify vehicle logbooks
  • Receive and fill requests from authorized persons for motor transport
  • Compile time, mileage, and load data
  • Plan and supervise convoy and truck company defenses
  • Operate the Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Transport (HEMTT), Heavy Equipment

Related Army Positions
Railway Equipment Repairer (88P)
Transportation Management Coordinator (88N)

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