Motor transport operators in the Army do what the job title suggests: they operate wheeled vehicles (so, cars and trucks but not tanks or planes) to transport Army cargo and personnel. It may not be the most high-adrenaline or high-profile job in the armed services, but motor transport operators play a key role in keeping the Army moving and getting things from Point A to Point B both on and off the battlefield. This important job is categorized as military operational specialty (MOS) 88M.

Is there a clearance required?: No

Is this a combat or support MOS?: Support

Military Duties:

There's a long list of duties for Army motor transport operators. In addition to operating all-wheel vehicles and equipment over all different types of terrain, they manage the loading and unloading of personnel and cargo being transported, whether in a vehicle or via a trailer. These soldiers are tasked with using defense techniques to protect convoys, and managing and correcting any malfunctions or problems with vehicles. They prep vehicles for movement, such as readying a Jeep being transported via cargo plane or ship. And Army motor transport operators oversee the safety of not only their vehicles but their cargo and passengers as well. It's up to them to make sure any transport operations go smoothly from start to finish.

Military Duties Translated:

Drive safely along designated routes. Obey traffic laws, safety procedures, and transit regulations. Pick up and drop off passengers at designated locations. Follow a specific timetable while on duty. Assist passengers with disabilities to get on the bus. Prevent or stop unruly behavior from passengers. Communicate with passengers and employers regarding delays or any issues along a route. Check the bus tires, lights, and oil when needed for basic maintenance

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

Bus Driver