MOS 12D Diver

MOS Description

The diver supervises or performs underwater reconnaissance, demolition, repair, and salvage. For more information on MOS 12D, see this Army website.

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OSHA Regulations - Commercial Diver

Regulations regarding the Training of Commercial Divers are under the purview of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA considers an employer to be in compliance with federal training requirements if they have documentation which shows that the diver has completed training to the appropriate level at a commercial diving school in a particular state, military or federal school, or an Association of Commercial Diving Educators (ACDE) accredited school. Military job seekers should be prepared to provide their diving log book to prospective employers.

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In Demand

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The Skill Level reflects the level, based on MOS training and/or experience, the Soldier should be the most prepared to successfully earn the credential. See the Table Legend for details about each level.

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CA Eligible

This certification is eligible for CA.

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Reimbursement for exam fees has been approved for payment through the GI Bill.

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Some

Credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (at least one critical task but less than 80%)

Most

Credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%)

Other

Credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience

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High

Highly attainable: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

Medium

Moderate ease of attainment: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement = Associate's and/or prerequisite and/or minimum experience = more than 2 years and less than 10 years of experience.

Low

May be difficult to attain: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree, and/or minimum experience is 10 or more years.

Most – Tasks in these careers match most duties of the military job or specialty (approximately 80% or greater)
Some – Tasks in these careers match some duties of the military job or specialty (greater than 20% but less than 80%)
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