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Building and maintaining the structures that support Army operations is the responsibility of the Carpentry and Masonry Specialist. As a Carpentry and Masonry Specialist your duties and responsibilities include: constructing and maintaining rigging devices, trusses and other structural assemblies, assisting in the building layout, framing, sheathing, fabrication and roofing of a variety of structures, performing duties of basic carpentry and masonry skills and assisting in a variety of combat engineer missions.

This career field requires individuals who are interested in creating and building structures using construction and engineering techniques, who are good in math and enjoy working outdoors using hand and power tools, have the ability to work as a member of a team while maintaining safety awareness and are physically and mentally fit to perform labor intensive, strenuous work under pressure.

After successfully completing Army Basic Combat Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, you will remain at that station and attend 9 weeks of Carpentry and Masonry Specialist Advanced Individual Training. There you will learn how to interpret construction drawings and read blueprints, the basics in concrete technology, materials, proportioning and control tests, the proper use of a variety of hand tools and construction equipment and vehicles, concrete placing, consolidation and finishing, along with edging, jointing, curing and protection, the basics in wooden structure framing, insulation, roofing and flooring along with structural steel and prefabricated building assembly.

After successfully completing your Advanced Individual Training, you may be eligible for worldwide assignments as a member of a Combat Engineer unit. You may have the opportunity to advance in your career through additional technical, tactical, and leadership training. The skills you learn such as teamwork, discipline, and leadership, may help you transition from the military to the civilian work force where you may find employment in the construction career field; or with further education and certifications, in the engineering fields.

Carpentry and Masonry Specialist; a crucial member of the Army combat engineer team.

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Carpentry and Masonry Specialist (12W)

  • Enlisted
  • Officer
  • Active Duty
  • Army Reserve
  • National Guard
  • Entry Level


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

Job Duties

  • Construct and maintain rigging devices, trusses and other structural assemblies
  • Assist in building layout, framing, sheathing, fabrication and roofing structures
  • Perform basic carpentry and masonry skills
  • Assist in the performance of combat engineer missions
  • Construct concrete form work for slabs, walls and columns


Those who want to serve must first take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, a series of tests that helps you better understand your strengths and identify which Army jobs are best for you.


Job training for a concrete and masonry specialist requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and nine weeks of Advanced Individual Training. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field with on-the-job instructions.

Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

  • Basics in concrete technology, materials, proportioning and control tests
  • Proper use of finishing tools
  • Placing, consolidation and finishing
  • Edging, jointing, curing and protection
  • Basics in structure foaming, roofing and flooring

Helpful Skills

  • Enjoy doing physical work
  • Interest in science and math
  • Preference for working outdoors
  • Interest in working with your hands

Required ASVAB Score(s)

General Maintenance (GM): 88

Learn more about the ASVAB and see what jobs you could qualify for.


Total compensation includes housing, medical, food, special pay, and vacation time. Learn more about total compensation.

Earn Cash For In Demand Jobs

You could earn up to $40,000 in cash bonuses just for enlisting under certain Military Occupational Specialties. Visit Jobs in Demand to see if this job qualifies for an enlistment bonus.

Education Benefits

In the Army, qualified students can earn full-tuition, merit-based scholarships, allowances for books and fees, plus an annual stipend for living expenses. Learn more about education benefits.

Future Civilian Careers

The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career in commercial and residential construction.


Those interested in this job may be eligible for civilian employment, after the Army, by enrolling in the Army PaYS program. The PaYS program is a recruitment option that guarantees a job interview with military friendly employers that are looking for experienced and trained Veterans to join their organization. Find out more about the Army PaYS Program at


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