Quarrying Specialists are responsible for creating the gravel necessary for Army National Guard construction projects. This process begins with blasting rock and ends with delivering the finished product to the site. In between, rock usually goes through two crushing stages and a washing station. Maintenance, repair, and upkeep of the machinery are also a part of this specialty.
The skills you learn as a Quarrying Specialist will help prepare you for a civilian career with building contractors, state highway agencies, rock quarries, well drillers or construction firms. There are a number of formal three-year operating engineer apprenticeship programs that you might qualify for as well. These programs, which are administered by the International Union of Operating Engineers and the Associated General Contractors of America, Inc., consist of at least three years or 6,000 hours of on-the-job training and 144 hours per year of classroom instruction.
Earn while you learn
Instead of paying to learn these skills, get paid to learn. In the Army National Guard, you will learn these valuable job skills while earning a regular paycheck and qualifying for tuition assistance.
Job training for a Quarrying Specialist consists of 10 weeks of Basic Training, where you'll learn basic Soldiering skills, and seven weeks of Advanced Individual Training (AIT), including practice operating construction equipment. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field.
Applicants must meet minimum qualifications. Actual MOS assignment may depend on MOS availability. Benefits subject to change.
- Paid training
- A monthly paycheck
- Montgomery GI Bill
- Retirement benefits for part-time service
- Low-cost life insurance (up to $400,000 in coverage)
- 401(k)-type savings plan
- Student Loan Repayment Program (up to $50,000, for existing loans)
- Healthcare Benefits Available
- High School Diploma or GED
- Must be between the ages of 17 and 35
- Must be able to pass a physical exam and meet legal and moral standards
- Must meet citizenship requirements (see NATIONALGUARD.com for details)
Most non-prior service candidates will earn between $196.26 and $254.91 per drill weekend)
Programs and benefits are subject to change.
With more than 370 years of service, the Army National Guard is the largest reserve component, as well as the oldest branch of the U.S. military. In the Guard, you get the training from us, serve in your own community, and enhance your marketability for the higher paying jobs you are now seeking. We provide our members with college tuition assistance and offer attractive benefits on top of paid training in all of our career fields. The Army National Guard has career opportunities in every State and U.S. Territory, more than 3,600 training locations, and more than 350,000 members. Visit the Army National Guard Web site at NATIONALGUARD.com.