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MOS 79S, Career Counselor

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79S Specifications & Qualifications | Reclassification | Options

Career counselors are Soldiers who have successfully completed the Army Career Counselor resident course of instruction, are reclassified into PMOS 79S, and are assigned full-time Career Counselor duties.

Career Counselors, as the commander’s Army Retention Program leaders, managers, administrators, and expert advisors, will be assigned to the commander’s special staff, and are under the direct supervision of the command sergeant major or the commander. The career counselor responsibilities at all levels will adhere to specific retention directives and guidance from the command senior career counselor.

Soldiers must meet the following prerequisites for reclassification:

■ Be in the rank of SGT(P) with less than 12 years or SSG with less than 15 years active service. Additionally, SSGs must have no more than 2 years time in grade.

■ Meet the prerequisites stated in DA Pam 611-21.

■ Qualifying Scores:
- Minimum score of 100 in aptitude area GT and 100 in aptitude area ST in ASVAB tests administered prior to 2 January 2002.
- A minimum score of 100 in aptitude area GT and 96 in aptitude area ST on ASVAB tests administered on and after 2 January 2002.

■ Soldiers must possess a valid Secret security clearance or higher level investigation for initial award and to maintain the MOS.

■ Must have 36 months time remaining in service upon completion of the Career Counselor Course. Action must be taken prior to course attendance.

■ Be recommended by a LTC or higher commander. Additionally, all applicants for PMOS 79S must be interviewed and endorsed by a Command Career Counselor (Retention SGM).

■ Soldiers currently assigned to U.S. Army Recruiting Command (USAREC) and successfully performing duties as a recruiter or detailed recruiter are presumed qualified. Recruiters may apply through Headquarters, USAREC, to Commander, HRC for final approval. Detailed recruiters may apply for training and reclassification to Career Counselor 6 months prior to completion of their detailed tour.

■ Successfully complete the Army Career Counselor Course conducted under the auspices of the Army Recruiting and Retention School, Fort Knox, KY.

Soldiers may request reclassification into MOS 79S regardless of the in/out calls for their primary MOS (PMOS).

Application processing procedures of Soldiers to attend the 79S Career Counselor Course.
79S Reclass Request (DA Form 4187 (Example))

1. DA Form 4187 must specify training for PMOS or SMOS in a TDY enroute or TDY and return status.

2. Updated Enlisted Records Brief (ERB).

3. DA Form 705 (APFT Scorecard) dated within 6 months of submission of packet.

4. DA Form 3349 (Permanent only, if applicable).

5. DA Form 5500 (Body Fat Content Worksheet (Male)) or DA Form 5501 (Body Fat Content Worksheet (Female)) (if applicable).

6. Joint Personnel Adjudication System printout or verification of security clearance.

7. Immediate and battalion level commander endorsements.

8. Recommendation of career counselor (PMOS 79S) and command career counselor (first PMOS 79S sergeant major in command chain, if applicable).

9. Soldier’s statement verifying he or she meets all prerequisites of DA Pam 611–21 may be included in the DA Form 4187 or on a separate memorandum.

10. Last five NCOERS (if applicable).

Interested NCOs should contact their servicing Career Counselor for assistance in volunteering for reclassification. Information concerning reclassification can be found in Appendix 9 of AR 601-280, Army Retention Program.

Soldiers who received a reenlistment bonus for their current term of service may be subject to recoupment due to this reclassification.

For questions concerning reenlistment or reclassification, Soldiers and leaders should contact their servicing Career Counselor. Career Counselors with questions pertaining to reclassification should contact the Retention and Reclassification Branch at HRC.

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