MOS 88U—Railway Operations Crewmember

Qualifications for initial award of MOS 88U, Railway Operations Crewmember:

PULHES: 222232
Physical Demands Rating: moderately heavy
Required ASVAB Score: MM: 92
Enlistment Bonus: None
Security Clearance: None
U.S. Citizenship: Not Required
AIT Length / Location: 5 weeks at Ft Eustis, Virginia
Other Requirements

Railway Operations Crewmember (MOS 88U) Description / Major Duties:

The railway operations crewmember supervises and/or operate diesel electric locomotives and related equipment; serve as crewmember or brakeman in makeup and movement of railway cars/trains; and dispatches trains or operates railway station, railway signals and switches and controls train movements.

Duties for MOS 88U at each skill level are:

MOSC 88U1O. Interprets train orders. Executed instructions received from signal towers, switches, other trains and trainmen. Signal with fuses, torpedoes, hands, flags, lamps and engine whistles. Perform car coupling and uncoupling operations. Inspects cars at route stops; adjusts lashing and bracing to assure safe hauling of cargo. Advises dispatcher of arrival and departure times for all passing trains; compiles records of locations of all rolling stock. Performs lubrication orders on railway cars and makes minor running repairs. Seals cars and records seal numbers.

MOSC 88U2O. Supervises and provides technical guidance to subordinates performing their duties. Operate the locomotive's controls and safety appliances. Observes interprets, and executes instructions received from signal towers, switches, other trains and trainmen. Coordinates train movements; complies with operating timetable, rule book, and other specific instructions. Receives requisitions for empty cars and authorizes movement to locations for loading. Complies performance and delay reports for each trip and turns in locomotive inspection report showing equipment defects which require correction.

MOSC 88U30. Supervises handling, classification and switching of cars and trains in railway yards; maintains record of daily movement of cars. Rebored receives, writes and transmits train orders; keeps crews informed of changes inroad condition and schedules. Review operation and inspection reports. Investigates train schedule delays and recommends corrective action. Assign locomotive operators and crewmen.

MOSC 88U40. Establishes liaison with using agencies and representatives of civilian and military railroads. Supervise receipt and transmission of telephonic and telegraphed messages relating to train movements. Review time sheets to keep abreast of each scheduled train passing through territory. Investigates accidents and unusual operating incidents and recommends corrective action. Assist in providing staff supervision of subordinate unit railway operating activities.

Other Requirements for Award of MOS 88U:

(1) Normal color vision.

(2) Formal training (completion of MOS 88U course conducted under the auspices of the Transportation School) mandatory or meet the Army Civilian Acquired Skills Program (ACASP) per paragraph paragraph (a) below.

(a) Have 2 years of experience, or combination of formal training and experience totaling 2 years as:
Locomotive engineer.
Road engineer, freight.
Station-agent or station-master.
Train dispatcher.
Hostler, outside.
Fireman, locomotive.

Additional Skill Identifiers for MOS 88U:

P5—Master Fitness Trainer.
2B—Air Assault (personnel only).
2S—Battle Staff Operations (SL 3 and above).
4A—Reclassification Training.
5W—Jumpmaster (personnel only).
6T—Military Auditor (Reserve Component personnel only).
8P—Competitive Parachutist (skill level 2-4 personnel only).

Article Last Modified: February 26, 2011

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