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Air DefenseAir Defense

No target is too fast.

An Army on the ground has to defend against attacks from the air. Air defense Soldiers target and destroy any enemy that flies. With the ability to identify hostile aircraft using GPS, radio and the FLIR (forward-looking infrared receiver), air defense Soldiers track and eliminate targets using the AVENGER and PATRIOT missile systems. These systems are highly mobile and accurate, using laser range finders to identify targets.

Prepared and trained to reload missile systems and fire Stinger missiles, air defense Soldiers can eliminate anything in the air that poses a threat.

  • 14E PATRIOT Fire Control Enhanced Operator/Maintainer

    OVERVIEW
    A PATRIOT fire control enhanced operator is responsible for operating/maintaining the entire PATRIOT missile system. An important part of the Army’s air defense, they launch advanced-technology ammunition that is capable of neutralizing multiple air targets.

    JOB DUTIES

    • Responsible for placement of the PATRIOT system in the field
    • Real-time status reporting during combat
    • Maintenance on coordinate, communication and target-identification systems
    • Evaluate intelligence and identify targets
    • Establish radio and wire communications in the field


    TRAINING
    Ten weeks of Basic Combat Training and 20 weeks of Advanced Individual Training with on-the-job instruction. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field under simulated combat conditions.

    Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

    • Operating PATRIOT technology and rocket systems
    • Calculating targets manually and electronically
    • Artillery tactics and battle strategy


    HELPFUL SKILLS

    • Interest in missile and rocket operations
    • Physical and mental fitness to perform under pressure
    • Ability to multitask
    • Plotting and reading maps
    • Capability to work as a team member


    REQUIRED ASVAB SCORE(S)
    Mechanical Maintenance (MM): 104

    WARRANT OFFICER TRACK
    140E Air and Missile Defense (AMD) Tactician/Technician (PATRIOT Systems Technician)

    FUTURE CIVILIAN CAREERS
    While there is no direct job equivalent in civilian life, the skills you learn such as teamwork, discipline and leadership will help you in any civilian career you choose.

     

  • 14S Air and Missile Defense (AMD) Crewmember

    OVERVIEW
    An air and missile defense crewmember is responsible for operating the Avenger system, a lightweight, highly mobile weapon system that provides air defense protection against air and land attacks.

    JOB DUTIES

    • Operate the Avenger and Man-Portable Air Defense Systems weapons systems
    • Establish radio/wire communications and maintain situation maps
    • Perform target engagement evaluations
    • Operate “friend or foe” identification equipment
    • Resupply ammunition and prepare systems for firing

     

    TRAINING
    Ten weeks of Basic Combat Training and 10 weeks of Advanced Individual Training with on-the-job instruction. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field under simulated combat conditions.

    Advanced Individual Training: 10 weeks at Fort Bliss, TX

    Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

    •     Methods of computing target locations
    •     Ammunition-handling techniques
    •     Missile and rocket system operations
    •     Artillery tactics


    HELPFUL SKILLS

    •     Interest in mathematics
    •     Physical and mental fitness to perform under pressure
    •     Ability to multitask
    •     Interest in missile and rocket operations
    •     Capability to work as a team member


    REQUIRED ASVAB SCORE(S)
    Operators & Food (OF): 85

    WARRANT OFFICER TRACK
    140A Command and Control Systems Technician

    FUTURE CIVILIAN CAREERS
    While there is no direct job equivalent in civilian life, the skills you learn such as teamwork, discipline and leadership will help you in any civilian career you choose.


  • 14T PATRIOT Launching Station Enhanced Operator/Maintainer

    OVERVIEW
    A PATRIOT launching station enhanced operator works directly with the PATRIOT launching stations. An important part of the Army’s air defense, the PATRIOT missile system can launch advanced-technology ammunition that is capable of neutralizing multiple air targets.

    JOB DUTIES

    • Place the PATRIOT launching system in the field
    • Operate PATRIOT launcher electronic systems
    • Perform preventive maintenance
    • Handle and supply PATRIOT missiles
    • Establish radio and wire communications in the field


    TRAINING
    Ten weeks of Basic Combat Training and 13 weeks of Advanced Individual Training with on-the-job instruction. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field under simulated combat conditions. 

    Advanced Individual Training: 13 weeks

    Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

    • Operating PATRIOT technology and rocket systems
    • Artillery tactics and battle strategy


    HELPFUL SKILLS

    • Interest in missile and rocket operations
    • Physical and mental fitness to perform under pressure
    • Interest in electronics
    • Ability to multitask
    • Capability to work as a team member


    REQUIRED ASVAB SCORE(S)
    Operators & Food (OF): 92

    WARRANT OFFICER TRACK
    140E Air and Missile Defense (AMD) Tactician/Technician (PATRIOT Systems Technician)

    FUTURE CIVILIAN CAREERS
    While there is no direct job equivalent in civilian life, the electronic systems knowledge you'll gain can assist you as an electrician in the civilian world.



  • 14 Air Defense Artillery Officer

    OVERVIEW
    The air defense artillery officer leads the air defense artillery branch, which protects U.S. forces from aerial attack, missile attack and enemy surveillance. They must be experts in tactics, techniques and procedures for the employment of air defense systems.

    They also become experts in one or more of the following systems: the PATRIOT missile system and the AVENGER system.

    JOB DUTIES

    • Coordinate the air defense target engagement process in joint and multinational operations
    • Employment of air defense artillery Soldiers at all levels of command


    TRAINING
    Job training for an air defense artillery officer includes completion of the Air Defense Artillery Officer Basic Course. This will provide in-depth knowledge on leadership, tactics and the operational aspects of weapons/vehicles.

    HELPFUL SKILLS

    • Self-discipline, confidence and intelligence
    • Physical and mental fitness to perform under pressure
    • Ability to make quick decisions
    • Capable of bearing numerous responsibilities

         
    FUTURE CIVILAN CAREERS
    The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career in fields such as business management. Being an officer in the Army is closely related to holding a managerial position in a corporation.


  • 140A Command and Control Systems Technician

    DUTIES

    • Supervise and coordinate operations, data link management, maintenance and training associated with: Forward Area Air Defense (FAAD) Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (C4I) systems; PATRIOT with the automated Battery Command Post (BCP); Air and Missile Defense (AMD) Planning Control System (AMDPCS); Brigade Combat Team (BCT); Theater Missile-Warning Detachment (TMWD), previously known as the Joint Tactical Ground Station (JTAGS), with related equipment.
    • Responsible for coordinating the activities of computer technicians, for the maintenance of computers off the shelf, and common hardware software, including related equipment.
    • Estimate repair priorities based on fix-or-fight criteria and availability of required funds and equipment.
    • Advise the commander on system use, capabilities and configuration management for all Guard AMD C2 systems.
    • Responsible for material reporting and readiness, system use, and crew certifications.
    • Act as instructor for Soldiers and officers, teaching the use of available equipment and adapting the software that best supports Guard AMD C2 protocol.
    • Analyze and interpret data employed in the communications systems for a joint theater to support developing or sustained operations with the C2 equipment on hand, and when necessary, serve as the detachment commander.
    • Serve as the Guard track data coordinator for the regional area AMD coordinator, and the regional interface control officer (RICO).
    • Manage configuration for the AMDPCS, including related equipment.
    • Serve as data link manager, providing prioritization and standard operating procedures for joint interoperability.
    • Can serve in other nominative positions Guard-wide, with duties as instructors, career managers or staff positions in directorates.


    MINIMUM PREREQUISITES

    • Be a SGT (E-5) or above, 14J with four years' experience.
    • 14J SPC (P) will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
    • Hold MOS 14S with five years' MOS experience and three or more years' documented experience with UNIX, computer repair or tactical communication, and a mechanical or electrical score of 100 or more.
    • Have a written recommendation from a senior warrant officer (CW3 or higher) in the career field for which you are applying (variations allowed based on limited population).
    • Have a physical profile of not less than 111121 (physical profile waivers may be considered on a case-by-case basis).


    Note: Army National Guard programs and benefits are subject to change. Your local warrant officer recruiter has the most up-to-date information about job availability and bonuses in your state.

     

  • 140E Air and Missile Defense (AMD) Tactician/Technician

    DUTIES

    • Serve as a subject matter expert on the employment and operations of Air and Missile Defense (AMD) systems as a tactical control officer (TCO) at the battery level, tactical director (TD) at the battalion level, and air defense artillery fire control officer (ADAFCO) at the brigade level.
    • Monitor/identify aircraft according to established procedures, initiate and monitor engagements of threat aircraft and missiles, and plan/develop AMD designs in support of assigned/contingency missions.
    • Advise the commander on capabilities and limitations of the AMD system.
    • Supervise organizational maintenance of equipment in an AMD unit.
    • Monitor the AMD system and related support equipment to detect, diagnose and repair operator error and/or system malfunctions.
    • Coach, teach, mentor and evaluate Soldiers in AMD system operating tactics, techniques and procedures, Joint Kill Chain (JKC) functions, maintenance procedures, use and care of special tools and support equipment, and The Army Maintenance Management System (TAMMS).
    • Evaluate the effectiveness of maintenance programs and tactical crew training.
    • Monitor and coordinate installation of modifications of the AMD system.
    • Implement proper safety and security procedures applicable to the operation and maintenance support of the AMD system.
    • Advise the commander on all tactical and technical considerations at all levels.


    MINIMUM PREREQUISITES

    • Must be a SSG or above with five years' experience in MOS 14E or 14T (recruiter, drill sergeant and other nontechnical duties are not considered field experience).
    • Must possess a minimum of two years' leadership experience (documented on an NCOER) in a feeder MOS (waivers will be granted on a case-by-case basis for National Guard/Reserve).
    • Must submit copies of all NCOERs. The preponderance of your NCOERs must reflect outstanding and exceptional duty performance ratings noted with "Among the Best" ratings by the rater and "Successful" and "Superior" ratings by the senior rater.
    • Applicants from sister services or feeder MOSs will be considered based on qualifications and experience.
    • Must have a physical profile of 111121.
    • Must have a minimum of six semester hours of college-level English and math from an accredited academic institution. Speech and public speaking courses are not considered as meeting this requirement even if administered by the English department of an institution. Successful completion of the CLEP general examination in English and math is the only acceptable alternative.
    • Must have a written recommendation from a senior warrant officer (CW3-CW5) who holds MOS 140E.


    PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

    • Must have successfully completed the PATRIOT Master Gunner Course (T4 ASI).
    • Must have served a minimum of two years as a tactical control assistant/tactical director assistant and/or system maintenance NCOIC.


    NOTE: Army National Guard programs and benefits are subject to change. Your local warrant officer recruiter has the most up-to-date information about job availability and bonuses in your state.

     

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