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Railway Operations Crewmember - 88U

  • Active/Reserve:Army Reserve
  • Officer/Enlisted:Enlisted
  • Restrictions:None


Railway operations crewmembers are primarily responsible for supervising and operating diesel-electric locomotives and related equipment. They also serve as a crewmember or brakeman in the makeup and movement of railway cars and trains.

Job Duties

  • Execute instructions received from signal towers, switches, other trains and trainmen
  • Signal with fuses, hands, flags, lamps and engine whistles
  • Perform car coupling and uncoupling operations
  • Check lashing and bracing to assure safe hauling of cargo
  • Administering lubrication orders on railway cars and making minor running repairs
  • Verify seals and seal numbers on freight cars
  • Requirements

  • Those who want to serve must first take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, a series of tests that helps you better understand your strengths and identify which Army jobs are best for you.
  • Training

    Job training for a railway operations crewmember requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and five weeks of Advanced Individual Training with on-the-job instructions. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field.

    Helpful Skills



    The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is an examination that is administered by the United States Military Entrance Processing Command. It is used to determine qualification and helps predict future academic and occupational success in the military.

  • Mechanical Maintenance (MM): 92
  • Compensation

  • Total compensation includes housing, medical, food, special pay, and vacation time.

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