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  • MontanaKid
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    91 MOS

    During Vietnam, the 91 prefix was assigned for the medical MOS. Medics assigned to infantry would have three different MOS. A newly graduated medic from AIT at Fort Sam Houston was designated 91A10 or medical corpsman. When that medic was promoted to E-4 (Specialist 4th Class back then) the MOS changed to 91B20 or medical specialist. There was no school at that time for 91 Bravo. It was simply awarded when E-4 was reached. The other specialty was 91C or clinical specialist. 91 Charlies went to another 9-month school after the 91 Alpha training. They could perform advanced skills such as minor surgery, etc. They would become E-5, which for medics in those days was Specialist 5th Class, rather than buck sergeant as in other MOS's. I suppose part of the reason is that they had no command responsibility. There were numbered suffixes as well, such as 91B40, 91B60. These numbers went with higher rank attained by the 91Bravo. Other letter designations ie 91 Delta, 91 Echo etc, were for other medical specialties such as x-ray, lab etc, but these guys would be found in hospitals or troop clinics, not in infantry battalions. Women were trained in most of the 91 MOS specialties. But back then they belonged to the Women's Army Corps (WAC). Enlisted women generally did not serve even in combat support hospitals. Not many enlisted were assigned to Vietnam and those that were were part of large installation medical facilities, such as in Saigon. Army nurses of course, all RNs and also officers, would serve in combat support hospitals.

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  • 101combatvet
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    Originally posted by Jeffy View Post
    The Army medic thread and the Army sniper training remarks on another thread reminded me to revisit some Vietnam Era Army MOS questions. (I take the resident experts at their word that US Army had no MOS for sniper during the VN Era.) I'm usually looking for casualty data per MOS (i.e., rate aka % loss incountry per each MOS), a statistic which no one has ever chosen to tabulate and make available, so far, except for MOS 11E. This time, I was just browsing.

    A number of websites post a list of Army MOS for the era, like
    http://www.americanwarlibrary.com/vietnam/vwamos.htm . Looking them over, I see the lists are not created equal. For example, this one
    http://www.ichiban1.org/html/history_mos.htm
    lists 25 Army musician MOS, including stuff like 02F Band Member Tuba Player, 02G Band Member Flute Or Piccolo Player, 02H Band Member Oboe Player, etc. That' all fine, and nice to see such a detailed list.

    What strikes me odd, though, is this:
    13E MOS (according to various lists) included all the following:
    Cannon Fire Direction Specialist,
    CHART OPERATOR
    CHRONOGRAPH OPERATOR
    FIELD ARTILLERY OPER/FIRE DIR ASSISTANT
    FIRE DIRECTION COMPUTER
    INTELLIGENCE SPECIALIST*
    RECON SERGEANT

    In our AO, the FO was often just a Recon Sergeant E-5 or E-6 13E at most. A guy in that job who saw a lot of action not only got no CIB, but by the 13E MOS of Record you can't tell him apart from an FDC guy or a Chronograph Operator. Seems to me if they had a separate MOS for Tuba Player,...sheesh.

    JM$.02

    *I think the Intel MOS 13E might be a misprint/typo error, but I'm too lazy to cross-check it.
    http://www.armyreal.com/MOS/mos_42r_tuba.html

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  • Half Pint John
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    My MOS was away out there with 93H/J

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  • Jeffy
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    MOS

    The Army medic thread and the Army sniper training remarks on another thread reminded me to revisit some Vietnam Era Army MOS questions. (I take the resident experts at their word that US Army had no MOS for sniper during the VN Era.) I'm usually looking for casualty data per MOS (i.e., rate aka % loss incountry per each MOS), a statistic which no one has ever chosen to tabulate and make available, so far, except for MOS 11E. This time, I was just browsing.

    A number of websites post a list of Army MOS for the era, like
    http://www.americanwarlibrary.com/vietnam/vwamos.htm . Looking them over, I see the lists are not created equal. For example, this one
    http://www.ichiban1.org/html/history_mos.htm
    lists 25 Army musician MOS, including stuff like 02F Band Member Tuba Player, 02G Band Member Flute Or Piccolo Player, 02H Band Member Oboe Player, etc. That' all fine, and nice to see such a detailed list.

    What strikes me odd, though, is this:
    13E MOS (according to various lists) included all the following:
    Cannon Fire Direction Specialist,
    CHART OPERATOR
    CHRONOGRAPH OPERATOR
    FIELD ARTILLERY OPER/FIRE DIR ASSISTANT
    FIRE DIRECTION COMPUTER
    INTELLIGENCE SPECIALIST*
    RECON SERGEANT

    In our AO, the FO was often just a Recon Sergeant E-5 or E-6 13E at most. A guy in that job who saw a lot of action not only got no CIB, but by the 13E MOS of Record you can't tell him apart from an FDC guy or a Chronograph Operator. Seems to me if they had a separate MOS for Tuba Player,...sheesh.

    JM$.02

    *I think the Intel MOS 13E might be a misprint/typo error, but I'm too lazy to cross-check it.
    Last edited by Jeffy; 25 Mar 16, 16:00.

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