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 (1939-1945) WWII Battles
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Lew & Ginny Gage
Cornish, NH, USA
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E-4 Specialist
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Military Occupational Specialty
Posted on: 3/21/2019 5:03:42 PM
I've come across my Dad's Separation Qualification Record and do not understand what one of the designations is. I got on one website that explained what the other items listed were, but I can't find:

Basic FA Tng 521

Does anyone know what that means?

Thank you!

Ginny Gage

OpanaPointer
St. Louis, MO, USA
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E-9 Sergeant Major
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Re: Military Occupational Specialty
Posted on: 3/21/2019 7:30:06 PM
He was in Basic Training at the time. Learning to walk in a straight line.

Lew & Ginny Gage
Cornish, NH, USA
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E-4 Specialist
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Re: Military Occupational Specialty
Posted on: 3/21/2019 7:42:35 PM
That's the first thing on the list, so that makes sense. And, now that you explained that, the other 4 "occupational specialty" items makes sense.

Thank you so much!

Ginny

OpanaPointer
St. Louis, MO, USA
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E-9 Sergeant Major
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Re: Military Occupational Specialty
Posted on: 3/21/2019 8:38:04 PM
No problem. I had to explain that kind of thing to my Mom "a few years ago."

richto90

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Re: Military Occupational Specialty
Posted on: 3/22/2019 7:54:50 PM
Its a bit redundant redundant. 521 was actually the SSN (no, not that acronym, it meant Specification Serial Number, now known as an MOS or Military Occupation Specialty) for a basic Soldier or Airman. In this context, OP is quite correct, he was in Basic Field Artillery Training as a Basic Soldier (AKA a "Private").

Lew & Ginny Gage
Cornish, NH, USA
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E-4 Specialist
Posts: 84

Re: Military Occupational Specialty
Posted on: 3/23/2019 1:39:28 PM
Wow! Thank you for the clarification.

I'm so glad I found so many of my Dad's papers, ribbons, etc. And, I'm glad he survived the war as my Mom was carrying me at the time!

He fought in the Battle of the Bulge. I'm reading Adam Makos "Spearhead" right now which covers that battle. Dad wasn't in a tank, however.

Very good book.

Ginny

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