FORT LEE, Virginia – With fewer than 100 people Army-wide, maintenance support specialists for test measurement and diagnostic equipment – those belonging to the military occupational specialty 94H – are rare.
The average soldier could make an entire career without meeting someone from this MOS; however, without them, individuals could not, for example, safely drive tactical vehicles or properly maintain weapons, generators, or a long list of other equipment.
In other words, 94Hs are rare, but they are far from inconsequential, as Sgt. 1st Class Kenneth Hyche, a senior instructor who used a broad stroke to describe the impact of MOS on the military.
“A 94H is basically a calibrator,” he said of the Army Support MOS. “They calibrate whatever the military uses to maintain equipment.”
“Everything” includes wrenches, micrometers, calipers, wet bulb indicators and oscilloscopes, manometers, radiation detectors, thermometers and many more.
Calibration is the practice of comparing standards using test and diagnostic devices to certify the operability of tools and equipment against a known standard, according to Master Sgt. Jesse Revis, also 94H instructor.
“Once you have this comparison, you can determine if an item needs repair, service, or maintenance, or if it’s too broken to be used any longer, especially if it has a safety issue,” he said. he declared.
Collectively, the operability of these tools forms the basis of the mode and level of operation of the Army.
“We exist as a safety function to make sure anything that tests, measures or diagnoses a problem is read correctly,” Revis said.
Serving as the Army’s “security function” requires 33 weeks of training. The 94H course is the longest at Fort Lee, consisting of a 10-week core electronics portion and eight modules that include administrative requirements and working with specific tools.
“At the moment we are working with a small base of tools that students will actually see (once assigned to their units),” said Hyche, noting that the tools can be used to “calibrate thousands of types of equipment. different”.
Tim Coyne, the course manager for 94H, said the course is heavily geared towards hands-on training.
“It’s about 70 percent practical work and 30 percent lectures,” he said. “It’s very often that they get a lecture and turn around and walk over to a bench and do the job that they just lectured on.”
Because the course is technical and packed with content, the instructional environment is designed to make military personnel feel comfortable, according to Revis.
“When the students arrive for the first time, they are a little apprehensive,” he said. “They don’t know what the environment will look like. We have a lot of information to teach them – for most people 33 weeks is a long time – but for what we do, it’s very little time to teach them everything they need to know. So we are really trying to create an environment where they can learn effectively.
To this end, students are encouraged to engage with instructors, Hyche pointed out.
“The instructors will do everything possible to make sure that the students are familiar with the subject,” he said. “They will question them and question them. If they don’t get the right answers, they’ll bring them back to the bench for a recast. “
The instructors are “very thorough” in making sure that the students meet the educational requirements, added Hyche, “because they know that once they leave here they will have to work with the same students as they did. they trained “.
In order to produce the best graduates, a low instructor-to-student ratio of 1 to 6 is standard for the course, and this is an important factor in countering lower ability levels and overcoming the high technical focus of the course, Coyne noted.
“Students virtually receive individual instructions throughout the POI,” he said. “It’s very close to on-the-job training, as instructors show students how things are done in the field. “
Due to the high qualification requirements and extensive high-tech training that 94H students receive, they are the target of outside interests.
“The attrition rate is high because these soldiers can come out of the military and be successful in the civilian workforce,” observed Damon B. Dean, director of the weapons and electronics training department at Ordnance School. “The technical competence is high and there is a high demand for it. On the other hand, soldiers can benefit from their stay. On the one hand, they develop their skill levels in depth. “
Revis is a soldier who chose to continue his service in the face of a civilian job offer. The six-year-old said he was offered a high-paying position with another federal agency, but the school environment and community of Fort Lee provided a certain stability that he could not ignore.
“I made the decision to stay and I’m pretty happy with it overall,” said Revis, noting that he is passionate about teaching and drawn to the technical characteristics of MOS.
The feeling of Revis is shared by the students. Pfc. Manuel Umana, 36, was enrolled at another MOS school when an injury disqualified him. He chose 94H without really knowing it. But after more than 30 weeks of school, his decision is made.
“I love it,” said the Hollywood, California native. “It’s a blessing in disguise. I have come to appreciate so many new things. I didn’t know I liked this stuff.
Pvt, 19 years old. Noah Engel said he came across the 94H MOS while in his recruiter’s office and was sold after watching a video. Since then, the Ridgecrest, Calif. Native has come to love the “technicalities, being able to see the results and having a guaranteed job every day.”
Both Umana and Engel are active duty soldiers who are destined for Fort Bragg, North Carolina and South Korea, respectively. They are likely to be assigned to a maintenance company in a combat support battalion.
The 94H course consists of approximately nine classes and has an average of 54 graduate students per year.
|Date posted:||22.09.2021 16:10|
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