Old 02-12-2005, 11:49   #1
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talk about multi-tasking...

Man i didn't know that 18C consisted of so many things. This might be even better than I expected. It sounds a little like a change. I've been doing paperwork and fixing all electronic euiptment that these guys break from pluggers to satcom radios, now it's my turn. Love the job description and the video that is posted on the site.
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Old 02-12-2005, 13:58   #2
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Old 02-12-2005, 14:01   #3
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Multi taskings

No matter how you look at it, when all else fails the task will be pased to the engineers. Be it building, wiring, fixing or digging somehow they'll all look at you and say it's your job. As an engineer, after you get on a team, you should also be almost as up to speed on the 18B stuff as the weapons guys. Then you'll need to know how to use the primary radios and treat the wounded. Yeah, over time you'll get real good at multi tasking.

It's not so important to know everything about engineering as it is to know where to find the info and apply it.

There is a big bronze statue of some dude down at Ft Benning. He has his arm up in the air and it says "Follow me". The rest of the sentence is "I'm right behind the engineers." That's an old time 12B dig on the infantry.

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Old 02-14-2005, 22:07   #4
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things i have done as an SF engineer....

taught two stations for the 11B/C SQT and EIB test...(employment of the M72A2 LAW and 4.2 inch mortar FDC)...advised the 39th Engr. Bn. on the construction of the kiddie jump tower...which i ran during Armed Forces day and during the 39th's organization day...built picnic tables...removed a tree stump from the golf course...taught basic math during detachment cross training...did so well at that, was roped into teaching basic math to foreign wives for the NCO wives' club (don't ask...let's just say some CSMs have a lot of pull)..advised and assisted with the maintenance and reconstruction of both 34' jump towers and obstacle courses...range NCOIC for a mortar range, because the 11B/Cs were busy training...constructed mortar pits (some folks seem to have an allergy to shovels)...conducted the measurements necessary to conduct parachute operations from rotary winged aircraft (being a jumpmaster helped, but i was tasked because i was an engineer)...hanging all the posters and charts in the team room...making pigeon holes for distribution in the team room...helped the guys from support company self-recover a 2 1/2 ton truck stuck in the mud...drove a 5 ton dump truck to sand a road...designed (if you want to call it that) PSP helicopter landing pads...poured new sidewalk by the B team headquarters...repaired the hot water heater in the team house...installed a new junction box in the team house...booby trapped an outhouse...helped the B team SGM hot wire his car...repaired shingles on the B team headquarters roof...taught basic explosives recognition to local police agencies...taught demolitions to reserve SF...taught advanced demolitions to conventional engineers...taught weaoons guys to count past ten...taught the XO how to open the door...and as Pete said, i was able to teach anything the weapons guys could teach...

then on Tuesday....
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Old 02-15-2005, 17:22   #5
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Old 02-15-2005, 18:04   #6
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Much Respect........
keep that to yourself...the attitude i would be looking for is 'cool, i wanna do that'...

i'm not all that impressed with arrogance, but a confident willingness makes an engineer...at least from my narrow minded world view...
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Old 02-15-2005, 22:06   #7
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IMHO, multitasking is the fate of engineers

I've done some of those in civilian setting. When you are recognized as engineers whether from education, training, experience, or reputation, suddenly you're expected to be jack-of-all-trades. You are expected to fix what's broken, recover what's lost and so on, even if it's not related to your specific knowledge/discipline

In a similar fashion, when something is broken, missing, out of order, etc., suddenly you are at fault even if the problems have absolutely nothing to do with you....the management folks are good at this but that's another story
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Old 02-16-2005, 02:43   #8
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you are right.

lksteve you're right, and that is exactly what i did. That 18C was that first job I picked on my list. And that is to that I'm a 35F . I fix Electronic Equipment so it only natural that i would have picked 18E first. But after watching the 18C video on here i knew i picked the right job first.
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Old 02-16-2005, 09:43   #9
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Instead of picking what MOS you want, you might want to concentrate on passing selection first. Seeing as how that a pre-requisite for the rest of the Q and all that.
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Old 02-16-2005, 14:15   #10
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Roger.

You are right. It's a goal. I want it. So if I think or say what i want to be, it'll happen.
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So if I think or say what i want to be, it'll happen.
I call that big talk for a kid who hasn't even made it through SFAS yet.

This is not your world, and we are not living through an episode of "Twilight Zone".

Personally, I would stop the bragging till I had actually done something, but you keep on selling woof tickets if you want.

I will personally visit you at SFAS to see if you are still there on the last day. If not, after all this, you better be in Womack.

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Old 02-16-2005, 16:14   #12
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You are right. It's a goal. I want it. So if I think or say what i want to be, it'll happen.
I have followed these round and rounds you have with everybody here. I would say your tag line about sums it all up. You don't know yet if you're the hunted or the hunter. You're standing like a deer caught in the headlights and the big truck of life is about to run you down.

It's not enough to be running. In this line of work the only runners are hunters and I think a true hunter is going to find you in the very near future. Your fate will then become known here.

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Old 02-16-2005, 18:06   #13
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Understand.

I respect both of your comments and replies you both The Reaper and Pete have both Been there Done that and have the t-shirt for it. You are definitely where I want to be. I guess what some people use as motivation others see as arrogance. I know that I'm not going to do everything perfect when i go thru the course, I just know I'm not going to quit. Reaper I'll definitely Take you up on that offer. I know if I do get hurt I'll be at Womack for a while before they get to me so I know you'll have time to come and harass me. That's if I'm not dead by then, we are talking about Womack where it takes two hours to get a prescription filled.....
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