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PATRIOT Fire Control Enhanced Operator/Maintainer Details


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.