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TRAIN TO FIGHT AND FIGHT TO WIN

Ground forces are warriors. They defend our country and way of life with cutting-edge weaponry and equipment. Infantrymen are trained to engage and destroy any threat, anywhere. Cavalry scouts report enemy movement to tank crews, who then maneuver their mighty Abrams tanks with devastating force.

 

From combat patrols to rescue efforts, these Soldiers are ready for any mission—including serving their states during natural disasters. Ground forces embody everything the Guard stands for and possess leadership skills that are dynamic in any workplace.

  • 11B Infantryman

    OVERVIEW
    The infantry is the main land combat force and fighting foundation of the National Guard. They are responsible for defending our country against any threat by land, as well as capturing, destroying and repelling enemy ground forces.  

    JOB DUTIES

    • Perform as a member of a fire team during drills and combat
    • Aid in the mobilization of vehicles, troops and weaponry
    • Assist in reconnaissance missions
    • Process prisoners of war and captured documents
    • Use, maintain and store combat weapons (e.g., rifles, machine guns, antitank mines, etc.)

     

    TRAINING
    Fourteen weeks of One Station Unit Training, which includes Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field.

    Advanced Individual Training: 4 weeks, 3 days at Fort Benning, GA

    HELPFUL SKILLS

    • Willingness to accept challenges
    • Ability to perform well under stress
    • Physically and mentally in shape
    • Ability to work as a team member

     

    FUTURE CIVILIAN CAREERS
    The skills you learn will help prepare you for any chosen career.

  • 11C Indirect Fire Infantryman (Mortarman)

    OVERVIEW
    The indirect fire infantryman supervises or is a member of a mortar squad, section or platoon. The mortar has the most power and range of any weapon in the infantry unit when on the battlefield.

    JOB DUTIES

    • Set up, load and fire three types of mortars: 60 mm, 81 mm or 120 mm
    • Employ crew and weapons in offensive, defensive and retrograde ground combat
    • Operate, clean and store automatic weapons
    • Employ, fire and recover antipersonnel and antitank mines
    • Locate and neutralize mines
    • Carry out scout missions to spot enemy troops and gun locations


    TRAINING

    Fourteen weeks, three days of One Station Unit Training, which includes Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training. Part of this time is spent in a classroom and part in the field under simulated combat. Your skills are kept sharp with frequent squad maneuvers, target practice and war games.


    Advanced Individual Training: 8 weeks at Fort Benning, GA

    HELPFUL SKILLS

    • Interest in ammunition and weaponry
    • Readiness to accept a challenge and face danger
    • Physically and mentally in shape
    • Ability to work as a team member


    WARRANT OFFICER TRACK
    131A Field Artillery Targeting Technician


    FUTURE CIVILIAN CAREERS
    The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career in federal, state and local law enforcement.

  • 12B Combat Engineer

    OVERVIEW

    Get your team out of any tough spot. Supervise and assist your team as it tackles rough terrain during combat operations. You will also construct fighting positions, prime and detonate explosives, and become an expert in general engineering.

    JOB DUTIES

    •    Build fighting positions, defensive positions, and floating or fixed bridges
    •   
    Place and detonate explosives
    •   
    Clear paths of obstacles
    • 
       Install firing systems for demolition
    •   
    Detect mines visually or with mine detectors


    TRAINING

    Fourteen weeks of One Station Unit Training, which includes Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field with on-the-job instructions.

    One Station Unit Training: 14 weeks at Fort Leonard Wood, MO 

    Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

    • Basic demolitions
    • Basic explosive hazards
    • Constructing wire obstacles
    • Fixed-bridge building
    • Basic urban operations
    • Operating heavy equipment


    REQUIRED ASVAB SCORE(S)

    Combat (CO): 87

    HELPFUL SKILLS

    • Ability to use hand and power tools
    • Perform strenuous physical activities over long periods of time
    • Interest in engineering
    • Enjoy working outdoors


    FUTURE CIVILIAN CAREERS

    The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career in the fields of construction, building inspection or building engineering.

  • 13J Fire Control Specialist

    OVERVIEW

    The fire control specialist integrates and processes tactical battlefield information from multiple users and sensors through a network of Army and JOINT automated battle command systems.

     

    JOB DUTIES

    • Operate communications systems
    • Primary tactical data system operations
    • Data base management
    • Fire mission processing

     

    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 field artillery automated tactical data system specialist requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and seven weeks of Advanced Individual Training with on-the-job instructions. 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:

    • Computing target locations
    • Operating gun, missile and rocket systems
    • Artillery tactics

     

    HELPFUL SKILLS

    • Interest in cannon and rocket operations
    • Physically and mentally fit to perform under pressure
    • Ability to multi-task
    • Capable of working as a team member

     

    REQUIRED ASVAB SCORE(S)

    Field Artillery (FA): 93

     

    COMPENSATION

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

     

    EARN CASH FOR IN DEMAND JOBS

    You could earn up to $40,000 in cash bonuses just for enlisting under certain Military Occupational Specialties.

     

    EDUCATION BENEFITS

    In the Army, qualified students can earn full-tuition, merit-based scholarships, allowances for books and fees, plus an annual stipend for living expenses.

     

    FUTURE CIVILIAN CAREERS

    The skills you will learn will help you in any civilian career you choose. The experience you gain from dealing with various computer and communication systems can also be used in jobs such as computer programmer or telecommunication specialist.

  • 14G Air Defense Battle Management System Operator

    OVERVIEW

    The Air Defense Battle Management System Operator maintains, manages and operates modern complicated military computers on complex networks, communications equipment systems, and the Sentinel Radar in order to provide warning, detection, and protection for armed forces from aerial attack, missile attack, and aerial surveillance.

     

    Soldiers are responsible for integrating all air defense detection assets and firing units, maintaining tactical computer data links/networks that provide situational awareness, communication of detected threats throughout the air defense network, and serves as an air defense liaison to other services in all combat environments involving air defense.

     

    JOB DUTIES

    • Responsible for the movement, placement, operation, and maintenance of the Sentinel Radar system in various locations and environments
    • Operate and maintain Sentinel Radar electronic and mechanical components
    • Establish network interoperability with Allied, Joint, and other Air Defense units
    • Collect, integrate and process tactical battlefield information from multiple users and sensors through a network of Army and Joint-service automated battle command systems
    • Provide airspace situational awareness; deconflict and clear airspace to ensure air superiority
    • Evaluate intelligence data and identify targets; perform real-time status reporting during combat
    • Provide early warning and conduct engagement operations to destroy incoming rocket, artillery, and mortar threats

     

    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 an Air Defense Battle Management System Operator requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and 16 weeks 3 Days of Advanced Individual Training with on-the-job instruction. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and in the field under simulated combat conditions.  

    Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

    • Operating and maintaining the Sentinel Radar and associated shelters
    • Plan, coordinate, and establish connectivity in Air Defense Local and Wide Area networks (LAN/WAN)
    • Maintenance and troubleshooting on electronic and mechanical components
    • Utilize digital data and voice communications equipment
    • Evaluate intelligence data for engagement operations
    • Air Defense Artillery tactics, techniques, procedures, and air battle strategy

     

    HELPFUL SKILLS

    • Interest in work requiring accuracy and attention to detail
    • Interest in technical electronic, mechanical and computer systems
    • Physically and mentally fit to perform under pressure
    • Ability to multi-task and remain calm in stressful situations
    • Ability to adapt to a wide-range of working environments
    • Ability to work as a team member

     

    REQUIRED ASVAB SCORE(S)

    General Technical (GT): 98, Mechanical Maintenance (MM): 96

     

    COMPENSATION

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

     

    EARN CASH FOR IN DEMAND JOBS

    You could earn up to $40,000 in cash bonuses just for enlisting under certain Military Occupational Specialties.

     

    EDUCATION BENEFITS

    In the Army, qualified students can earn full-tuition, merit-based scholarships, allowances for books and fees, plus an annual stipend for living expenses.

     

    FUTURE CIVILIAN CAREERS

    While there is no direct job equivalent in civilian life, the knowledge about electronics systems can assist you as an electrician in the civilian world.

     

  • 19D Cavalry Scout

    OVERVIEW
    The cavalry scout is responsible for being the eyes and ears of the commander during battle. They engage the enemy in the field, track and report their activity, and direct the employment of weapon systems to their locations.

    JOB DUTIES

    •     Secure and prepare ammunition on scout vehicles
    •     Perform navigation during combat
    •     Report information on terrain, weather and enemy
    •     Collect data to classify routes, tunnels and bridges


    TRAINING
    Sixteen weeks of One Station Unit Training. Some of it takes place in the classroom, but most of it will be spent primarily in the field. Whether it’s taking part in squad maneuvers, target practice or war games, cavalry scouts are constantly refining their skills to keep themselves sharp.

    One Station Unit Training: 16 weeks at Fort Benning, GA

    HELPFUL SKILLS

    •     Readiness to accept a challenge and face danger
    •     Top physical and mental shape
    •     Ability to work as a team member


    REQUIRED ASVAB SCORE(S)
    Combat (CO): 87

    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.

  • 19K M1 Armor Crewmember

    OVERVIEW
    The M1 armor crewmember is responsible for operating armored equipment such as the M1A2 Abrams to destroy enemy positions. As part of the tank and armor unit, they are ready to defend our country anywhere in the world.

    JOB DUTIES

    •     Operate tracked and wheeled vehicles over various terrain
    •     Use communications equipment to receive and relay battle orders
    •     Load and fire guns
    •     Read maps, compasses and battle plans


    TRAINING
    Job training for an M1 armor crewman requires 15 weeks of One Station Unit Training. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field under simulated combat.

    Advanced Individual Training: 15 weeks at Fort Benning, GA

    Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

    •     Tank operations
    •     Armor offensive and defensive tactics
    •     Map reading and scouting techniques
    •     Field combat strategy


    HELPFUL SKILLS

    •     Readiness to accept a challenge and face danger
    •     Top physical and mental shape
    •     Interest in medicine and science
    •     Ability to work as a team member


    REQUIRED ASVAB SCORE(S)
    Combat (CO): 87

    FUTURE CIVILIAN CAREERS
    The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career in any field you choose, but especially in the mechanics repair industry.


  • 11 Infantry Officer

    OVERVIEW
    The infantry officer is responsible for leading the infantry and combined armed forces during land combat.

    JOB DUTIES

    • Coordinate the employment of Infantry Soldiers at all levels of command in U.S. and multinational operations


    At increasing levels of leadership, an infantry captain’s responsibilities may include:

    • Commanding and controlling the infantry and combined armed companies and company-sized units (200 - 300 Soldiers)
    • Developing doctrine, organizations and equipment for unique infantry missions 
    • Instructing Infantry skills at service schools and combat training centers
    • Serving as an Infantry advisor to other units, including Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve organizations


    TRAINING
    Job training for an infantry officer requires completion of the 17 week Infantry Officer Basic Course. This course will emphasize leadership, tactics and technical competence that are common to the infantry. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field.

    Infantry officers can also volunteer for airborne and ranger school or for specific developmental assignments in airborne and ranger units.

    HELPFUL SKILLS

    • Self-discipline, confidence and intelligence
    • Physically and mentally fit 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. An officer in the Army is closely related to managerial positions in corporations.

     

  • 19 Armor Officer

    OVERVIEW
    Armor officers are responsible for tank and cavalry/forward reconnaissance operations on the battlefield. The role of an armor officer is to be a leader in operations specific to the armor branch and to lead others in many areas of combat operations.

    JOB DUTIES

    • Command the armor units and combined Armed Forces during land combat
    • Coordinate the employment of armor Soldiers at all levels of command


    TRAINING

    Job training for an armor officer includes completion of the Armor Officer Basic Course, where you learn the skills and operational aspects that are used in an armor platoon. Cavalry officers will need to complete the Scout Leaders and Cavalry Leaders courses.

    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. An officer in the Army is closely related to managerial positions in corporations.


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