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  • U.S. Army Diver jumping into water.

    Diver (12D)

    A diver performs tasks such as reconnaissance, demolition and salvage in underwater conditions. They specialize in either scuba diving (below the surface of water) or deep-sea diving (longer periods of time in depths up to 190 feet).

    • Active/Reserve: Active Duty
    • Officer/Enlisted: Enlisted
    • Restrictions:None
  • Soldiers standing outside during the day reviewing a book.

    Technical Engineer (12T)

    The technical engineer supervises or participates in construction site development in areas such as technical investigation, surveys, drafts and construction plans/specifications. They conduct land surveys, make maps and prepare detailed plans for construction projects.

    • Active/Reserve: Both
    • Officer/Enlisted: Enlisted
    • Restrictions:None
  • Bridge Crewmembers building an Improved Ribbon Bridge (IRB).

    Bridge Crewmember (12C)

    Bridge crewmembers provide bridge and rafting support for dry and wet gap crossing operations when a squad, section or platoon tackles rough terrain in combat situations.

    • Active/Reserve: Both
    • Officer/Enlisted: Enlisted
    • Restrictions:None
  • Engineer Soldiers performing basic demolition.

    Combat Engineer (12B)

    Combat engineers primarily supervise, serve or assist as a member of a team when they are tackling rough terrain in combat situations. They provide their expertise in areas such as mobility, countermobility, survivability and general engineering.

    • Active/Reserve: Both
    • Officer/Enlisted: Enlisted
    • Restrictions:None
  • Soldiers assess an area.

    Power Distribution Specialist (12Q)

    The  power distribution specialist is primarily responsible for the electrical distribution system in the Army.

    • Active/Reserve: Army Reserve
    • Officer/Enlisted: Enlisted
    • Restrictions:None
  • Soldiers carrying a ladder and other tools to use on buildings which will be deconstructed during an engineer project.

    Interior Electrician (12R)

    The interior electrician is primarily responsible for the installation and maintenance for all of the Army’s interior electrical systems.

    • Active/Reserve: Both
    • Officer/Enlisted: Enlisted
    • Restrictions:None
  • Engineer Team

    Engineer Officer (12A)

    An engineer officer is responsible for providing full support to the wide range of engineering duties in the Army. They can help build structures, develop civil works programs and even provide combat support.

    • Active/Reserve: Both
    • Officer/Enlisted: Officer
    • Restrictions:None
  • Soldier using a circular saw to cut a board to size.

    Carpentry and Masonry Specialist (12W)

    A carpentry and masonry specialist is responsible for general heavy carpentry and masonry duties.

    • Active/Reserve: Both
    • Officer/Enlisted: Enlisted
    • Restrictions:None
  • Quarrying Specialist (12G)

    Quarry specialists help construct airfields, roads, dams and buildings by moving tons of earth/materials with heavy types of machinery.

    They operate powered machines that are used in cleaning, crushing, drilling, grading and detonating rock at construction sites.

    • Active/Reserve: Army Reserve
    • Officer/Enlisted: Enlisted
    • Restrictions:None
  • Soldier smooths a wet concrete surface .

    Concrete and Asphalt Equipment Operator (12V)

    Concrete and asphalt equipment operators are responsible for supervising or operating all equipment used in concrete and asphalt production, which is integral to the construction of airfields, roads, dams and buildings.

    • Active/Reserve: Army Reserve
    • Officer/Enlisted: Enlisted
    • Restrictions:None
  • Soldier drilling into the foundation of a multipurpose building being built.

    Plumber (12K)

    Army plumbers and pipe fitters are responsible for installing and repairing plumbing and pipe systems.

    • Active/Reserve: Both
    • Officer/Enlisted: Enlisted
    • Restrictions:None
  • Soldier identifies a location on a map.

    Geospatial Engineer (12Y)

    Geospatial engineers are responsible for using geographic data that supports military/civilian operations for Disaster Relief and Homeland Security. They collect, analyze and distribute geospatial information to represent the terrain and its possible effects.

    • Active/Reserve: Both
    • Officer/Enlisted: Enlisted
    • Restrictions:None
  • Soldier installing a light fixture.

    Prime Power Production Specialist (12P)

    The prime power production specialist performs electrical assessments, facilities maintenance and quality assurance/quality control operations. He or she supervises, operates, installs and performs direct support/general support-level maintenance on electric power plants, consisting of prime power generator sets of 500 KW and higher along with associated auxiliary systems and equipment. Other duties include serving as LNO and technical advisor to FEMA and other federal organizations.

    • Active/Reserve: Both
    • Officer/Enlisted: Enlisted
    • Restrictions:None
  • Soldier operating a grader.

    Horizontal Construction Engineer (12N)

    Horizontal construction engineers use bulldozers, cranes, graders and other heavy equipment to move tons of earth and material to complete construction projects for the Army.

    They are also responsible for operating tractors with dozer attachments, scoop loaders, backhoe loaders, hydraulic excavators, motorized graders and scrapers.

    • Active/Reserve: Both
    • Officer/Enlisted: Enlisted
    • Restrictions:None
  • U.S. Army Firefighters putting out a fire.

    Firefighter (12M)

    Army firefighters are responsible for protecting lives and property from fire. They control fires and help prevent them in buildings, aircrafts and ships.

    • Active/Reserve: Both
    • Officer/Enlisted: Enlisted
    • Restrictions:None

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