Army

18X:SPECIAL FORCES ENLISTMENT OPTION

18X (18 XRAY) isn't actually a Military Occupation Specialty (MOS), but you can select that as your pre-enlistment option as you depart for Basic Combat Training (BCT). You can still get to Army Special Forces from the Army and request a transfer to attend SFAS - Special Forces Assessment and Selection. But, the 18x is a way to "guarantee" the opportunity once the recruit completes Basic Combat Training, Advanced Individual Training (Infantry), and Airborne Training


Is there a clearance required?: Yes

Is this a combat or support MOS?: Combat


Military Duties:

The special operations weapons sergeant employs conventional and unconventional warfare tactics and techniques in individual and small unit infantry operations. This position trains and maintains proficiency in all Major Duties, and employs highly demanding conventional and high-risk unconventional warfare tactics and techniques in the employment of individual domestic, foreign small arms, light and heavy crew-served weapons, anti-aircraft and anti-armor weapons. They also supervise and perform construction of hasty fortifications and control execution of tactical conventional and unconventional operational employment and functioning of all types of U.S. light weapons (up to and including 50 cal MG), U.S. heavy weapons (up to and including the 4.2in and 120mm mortar and 106mm RR), man-portable air defense weapons and U.S. antiarmor weapons (including anti-tank missile systems), to perform tactical operations.

Military Duties Translated:

Patrol premises to ensure they are secure; may need to navigate ladders, ramps and stairs, as well as run on occasion. Use both hands to reach and grasp objects or items, or to use the phone to communicate with home base or to file reports. Work in weather environments that may sometimes be extremely hot or extremely cold, snowy or icy. Keep mental alertness and attention to detail high, no matter the circumstances. Maintain a neat and professional appearance, and provide excellent customer service as needed. Follow established security protocols while using initiative and good judgment.

Some civilian jobs best suited to this type of military experience:

Security Officer