Thousands of Positions in 132 Army Jobs Will be Opened to Women

By Chris Carroll
Stars and Stripes


Starting in April, female soldiers will be eligible to serve in about 33,000 positions previously off-limits to them because of a now-canceled policy designed to keep women out of combat.

The positions are in 132 military occupational specialties, including Black Hawk pilot, paralegal specialist and geospatial engineer.

Women had already been doing each of the jobs elsewhere in the Army, officials said. What’s new is that they will soon be eligible to serve in direct ground combat units below brigade level throughout the Army.

“This will allow more flexibility in determining how who gets assigned to a position,” said Col. Linda Sheimo, head of the command programs and policy division for the Army deputy chief of staff for personnel.

“The focus of the Army implementation plan is to have the best soldier in our Army, and we are on track to accomplish that.”

The Army opened 22,000 such positions beginning in May 2012, when it allowed women to begin serving in maneuver battalions in nine brigades as part of an assessment period.

The number of brigades was expanded to 26 last summer.

Almost 600 women have since been assigned to those brigades.

The Department of Defense notified Congress of the Army’s latest move on Jan. 17. The positions should open up around April 4, unless Congress passes legislation to prevent it, she said.

Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced the end of the ground combat exclusion policy in January 2013, shortly before he left the Pentagon.

The newly announced positions open to women do not include MOSes such as infantry, nor do they cover special operations units.

U.S. Special Operations Command is conducting its own assessment of how to open additional jobs to women.

According to the timeline Panetta announced, the military has until 2016 to fully integrate women into the force.

When asked about the opening of combat unit positions to women in a press briefing Thursday, Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel shares Panetta’s commitment to integrating female troops as much as possible.

“And he’s committed, as was Secretary Panetta before him, to removing as many barriers to that service as possible and to make the military service a vocation that one wants to pursue and can pursue for a career,” Kirby said.

The jobs …

The Department of Defense has notified Congress of the following positions that are now open to women:

12C Bridge crew member

12D Diver

12H Construction engineering supervisor

12N Horizontal construction engineer

12R Interior electrician

12X General engineering supervisor

12Y Geospatial engineer

12Z Combat engineering senior sergeant

13T Field artillery surveyor/meteorological crew member

13Z Field artillery senior sergeant

14J Air defense C41 tactical operations center enhanced operator-maintainer

14S Air & missile defense (AMD) crew member

15E Unmanned aircraft system

15W Unmanned aerial vehicle operator

25B Information technology specialist

25C Radio operator-maintainer

25E Electromagnetic spectrum manager nodal network systems operator-maintainer

25F Network switching systems operator-maintainer

25L Cable systems installer-maintainer

25P Microwave systems operator-maintainer

25Q Multichannel transmission systems operator-maintainer

25S Satellite communications systems operator-maintainer

25T Satellite/microwave systems chief

25U Signal support systems chief

25W Telecommunications operations chief

25X Senior signal sergeant

25Z Visual information operations chief

27D Paralegal specialist

29E Electronic warfare specialist

31B Military Police

35F Intelligence analyst

35G Imagery analyst

35L Counter intelligence agent

35M Human intelligence collector

35N Signals intelligence analyst

35P Cryptologic linguist intelligence senior sergeant/chief

35T Military intelligence systems maintainer/integrator

35X Intelligence sergeant

35Z SIGINT senior sergeant/chief

37F Psychological operations specialist

38B Civil affairs specialist

42A Human resources specialist

46Q Public affairs specialist

46R Public affairs broadcast specialist

56M Chaplain assistant

68S Preventive medicine specialist

68W Health care specialist

74D CBRN specialist

79S Active duty career counselor

88M Motor transport operator

88N Transportation management coordinator

89B Ammunition specialist

89D EOD specialist

91B Wheeled vehicle repairer

91C Utilities equipment repairer

91D Power generation equipment repairer

91E Allied trades specialist

91F Small arms/artillery repairer

91G Fire control repairer

91H Tracked vehicle repairer

91J Quartermaster and chemical equipment repairer

91L Construction equipment repairer

91X Maintenance supervisor

91Z Senior maintenance supervisor

92A Automated logistical specialist

92F Petroleum supply specialist

92G Food service specialist

92R Parachute rigger

92S Shower/laundry & clothing repair specialist

92W Water treatment specialist

92Y Unit supply specialist

94E Radio & COMSEC repairer

94F Computer/detection systems repairer

94M Radar repairer

94W Electronic maintenance chief

94Z Senior electronic maintenance chief

00B General officer

01A Officer generalist

12A Engineer

12B Combat engineer


14A Air defense artillery

25A Signal, general

27A Judge advocate general

31A Military Police

35D All source intelligence

36A Financial manager

37A Psychological operations

38A Civil affairs (AA and USAR)

42B Human resources officer

50A Force development

51A Systems development

51C Contract & industrial management

51R Systems automation acquisition & engineering

51T Test & evaluation

51Z Acquisition

56A Command & unit chaplain

57A Simulations operations officer

59A Strategist

60A Operational medicine

61N Flight surgeon

62B Field surgeon

65D Physician assistant

70B Health services administration

70H Health services plans, operations, intelligence, security and training

70K Health services material


90A Logistics

91A Maintenance & munitions material officer

92A Quartermaster, general

011A Branch MOS immaterial

120A Construction engineering technician

131A Field artillery targeting technician

140A Command and control systems integrator

150U Tactical unmanned aerial systems operations technician

153D UH-60 pilot

154C CH-47 pilot

155A Fixed wing aviator (aircraft nonspecific)

251A Information systems technician

254A Signal systems support technician

255A Information services technician

255S Cyberspace defense technician

255Z Cyberspace network operations technician

290A Electronic warfare technician

350F All source intelligence technician

740A Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) warrant officer

890A Ammunition technician

915A Automotive maintenance warrant officer

915E Senior automotive maintenance officer

919A Engineer equipment maintenance warrant officer

920A Property accounting technician

921A Airdrop systems technician

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