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What MOS works well after service?

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My grandson is planning on enlisting in the Marines this year and head to boot camp next summer when he graduates High School.
He is very much undecided on what to do (or try for) that will translate to a civilian career later on. I never served in the military, what MOS' are there in the Corps that would serve him well?
His interests are welding, mechanical and girls.
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5811 - Military Police


https://militaryyearbookproject.com/military-occupation-codes/usmc/field-58-military-police-and-corrections/mos-5811-military-police#:~:text=MOS 5811, Military Police Military police perform assigned,law enforcement requirements in peacetime and combat operations.

I was one. Handled everything from standing a post for 12 hours to dispatching, traffic enforcement, thefts, bar fights, domestic violence, suicides, fatal crashes, and no-kidding murders. I even got to intern with CID (Criminal Investigation Division; basically, the detectives) for a month. Not a bad way to spend four years and the MOS translates very well into civilian law enforcement.

Now, my experience is about 25 years old, but it's probably still the case that much of what will be available to him will be determined by his ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) scores. The better the scores, the more options.

I don't know about welding and mechanical stuff, but if women are a real priority for him he might want to consider the Air Force. The most recent figures I've seen are that women comprise about 20% of the Air Force, 19% of the Navy, 15% of the Army, and about 8% of the Marine Corps. ;)
 

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5811 - Military Police


https://militaryyearbookproject.com/military-occupation-codes/usmc/field-58-military-police-and-corrections/mos-5811-military-police#:~:text=MOS 5811, Military Police Military police perform assigned,law enforcement requirements in peacetime and combat operations.

I was one. Handled everything from standing a post for 12 hours to dispatching, traffic enforcement, thefts, bar fights, domestic violence, suicides, fatal crashes, and no-kidding murders. I even got to intern with CID (Criminal Investigation Division; basically, the detectives) for a month. Not a bad way to spend four years and the MOS translates very well into civilian law enforcement.

Now, my experience is about 25 years old, but it's probably still the case that much of what will be available to him will be determined by his ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) scores. The better the scores, the more options.

I don't know about welding and mechanical stuff, but if women are a real priority for him he might want to consider the Air Force. The most recent figures I've seen is that women comprise about 20% of the Air Force, 19% of the Navy, 15% of the Army, and about 8% of the Marine Corps. ;)
Aw hell no! I did 36 years in LE and unless he spends a career at in the .mil I wouldn't recommend it to anyone these days!:cop::crazy:
 

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Aw hell no! I did 36 years in LE and unless he spends a career at in the .mil I wouldn't recommend it to anyone these days!:cop::crazy:
It depends on where you are. Plenty of cities and communities still appreciate their good law enforcement. Not every place is Portland or Baltimore.
 

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My grandson is planning on enlisting in the Marines this year and head to boot camp next summer when he graduates High School.
He is very much undecided on what to do (or try for) that will translate to a civilian career later on. I never served in the military, what MOS' are there in the Corps that would serve him well?
His interests are welding, mechanical and girls.
Mechanics in the Army work long hours. As a missile tech I had a lot of time off. Welding might not be too bad but I would advise the longest school possible in a technical field. Aviation maintenance might lead to high pay but IDK for sure. Jobs where most of your nights are free will make it possible to take college classes. That is a far better way to spend time than drinking with the guys in your platoon.
 

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I was able to get a good start on a career not with a specific mos but with having an MOS that required a Top Secret security clearance via a Military Intelligence MOS. In my case it was a Electronic Warfare Thech job. I was able to get a civilian job while I completed engineering school because they needed people cleared to that level and it was easier to train you for the job than run through the year plus getting the clearance. It is also hard to off shore to a third world country jobs that require clearances. When I finished engineering school I kept with it via a DoD contractor job and that was in 1999 and still there. Just something else to consider. Generally pay is also higher if the job requires high level clearances even for lower level jobs because of the time and expense getting cleared.
 

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The USMC trained me as a Field Artillery Surveyor (part of the fire controlman MOS 0844) which led me to become a Geodetic Surveyor on a NASA contract when I got out....and eventually a Registered Professional Land Surveyor.
 

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The Marines have Drones, anything Drone is going to transfer to the civilian world plus real great pay.
 
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My start as a 5914/5924 has served me well. With the missile system electronics tech I’ve come all the way up to run a test lab at NASA.
 

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Machinist.

Allied Trade Specialist (91E)
The allied trade specialist is primarily responsible for supervising and performing the fabrication, repair and modification of metallic and nonmetallic parts. They operate lathes, drill presses, grinders and other machine shop equipment.

It is a good trade. It is challenging, and fulfilling. It is a man's trade..................you have to use your mind, you get to produce a product, be a part of building, and you get to work with machines!
 

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Sniper.

The Mafia is always hiring:p
 

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I was a Combat Photographer and I still do photography. Not many others in my field could make it as pros though.
If I were to recommend an MOS, I’d say something in the Airwing, aivionics or some such job that will always be necessary. My gig is a luxury to most people, keeping planes or helicopters up, not so much.
 

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My brother went in as some electronics MOS. It added 2 years to his enlistment for the schooling (at 29 palms). He went in with that goal though. He wanted the training that they offered. He is now one of the lead engineers at Microsoft all with a high school diploma and his Marine Corps training
 
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