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First Stryker maintainers class graduates from Army Ordnance School.

On 16 February 2012, 20 Soldiers graduated from advanced individual training at the Army Ordnance School at Fort Lee, Virginia, to become the Army's first military occupational specialty (MOS) 91S Stryker systems maintainers.

During the 17-week course, MOS 91S Soldiers acquired skills previously performed by three specialized maintainers. Before the MOS was created, Soldiers trained on Stryker systems were MOS 91 B wheeled vehicle mechanics who were awarded the additional skill identifier (ASI) R4 (Stryker maintainer) after completing a 4-week course on the automotive portion of the Stryker system. Stryker maintenance also required an MOS 91 K (armament systems mechanic) and an MOS 91 C (air-conditioning/refrigeration mechanic), each with an AS1 R4 identifier, to fix other components of the system.

The new MOS not only provides the Army with Soldiers specifically dedicated to maintaining this type of vehicle, reducing the number of maintainers needed for each Stryker repair; it also provides a better avenue for the Army to track Soldiers with Stryker training and place them with the Army's Stryker brigade combat teams, which are based in just six locations.

The Ordnance School is expected to graduate 250 students from MOS 91S training this year.

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Publication:Army Sustainment
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Date:May 1, 2012
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