Army MOS 12D Army Diver
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  • Inspect and clean watercraft propellers and hulls
  • Salvage sunken equipment
  • Use explosives to clear underwater obstacles
  • Patrol the waters below watercraft at anchor
  • Assist with underwater construction of piers and harbor facilities
  • Survey rivers, beaches, and harbors for underwater obstacles
  • Patch damaged watercraft hulls using underwater welding equipment

Job training for a Diver requires nine weeks of Basic Training, where you'll learn basic Soldiering skills,
and 29 of Advanced Individual Training and on-the-job instruction, including practice in diving and repair
work. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field. Some of the skills you'll learn are:

  • Principles of scuba and surface-supplied diving
  • Underwater welding and cutting
  • Use and care of hand and power tools
  • Maintenance of diving equipment
  • Explosives

Advanced Responsibilities
Advanced level Divers provides guidance, supervises and trains Soldiers within the same discipline. As
an advanced level Diver, you may be involved in:

  • Perform as a lead diver during underwater work
  • Prepare patching materials and pumps for salvage operations
  • Prepare explosives for placement
  • Prepare rigging and lifting devices for salvage operations
  • Assist diving supervisors in preparing equipment for diving operations

Related Civilian Jobs
The skills you'll learn as an Army Diver will help prepare you for a future with oil companies, salvage
companies, underwater construction firms and police or fire rescue units. You'll receive diving
certifications that could help you in the civilian world. Operating and maintaining deep sea merchant
ships, tugboats, ferries, excursion vessels and other watercraft may also be career options for you to
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Army MOS 12D Army Diver    
Not all Army operations take place on land. Sometimes,
repair, construction and patrolling take place beneath the
surface. An Engineer Diver in the Army performs such tasks
as reconnaissance, demolition, and salvage, all while being

As an Army Diver, you'll specialize either as a scuba diver,
who works just below the surface of the water, or as a deep
sea diver, who usually works for long periods of time in
depths up to 190 feet. Some of your duties as a Diver may