MOS 88U Railway Specialist

MOS Description

The Railway Specialist provides rail network capability and infrastructure assessments. Performs and assists with rail planning. Coordinates the use of Host nation or contracted rail assets. Performs Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) duties to oversee contracts. For more information on MOS 88U, see this Army website.

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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

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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.

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