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PATRIOT Launching Station Enhanced Operator/Maintainer Details


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.