Job Family: Combat Operations Armored Assault Vehicle Crew Members
Services Offering this Occupation
Army  | Marine Corps  | National Guard

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Photo 1: Soldier discusses tank progress. Photo 2:
Crew members survey combat area.

David Meyers
Occupation: Armored Assault Vehicle Crew Member

I entered the military immediately after high school and served for four years. I accomplished a lot in time. I was unsure what I wanted to do in…

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Short Description
In peacetime, the role of armored units is to stay ready to defend our country anywhere in the world. In combat, their role is to operate tanks, amphibious assault vehicles, and other types of armored assault vehicles to engage and destroy the enemy. Armored units also conduct scouting missions and support infantry units during combat. Crew members work as a team to operate armored equipment and fire weapons to destroy enemy positions. They normally specialize by type of armor, such as tanks, light armor (cavalry), or amphibious assault vehicles.

What They Do
Armored assault vehicle crew members in the military perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Drive armored land or amphibious assault vehicles in combat formations
  • Locate, operate target sighting equipment and engage targets
  • Operate communications and signaling equipment to receive and relay battle orders
  • Gather and report information about enemy strength and target location
  • Perform preventive and corrective maintenance on armored vehicles and mounted weapons systems
  • Read maps and battle plans

Helpful Attributes
Helpful attributes include:
  • Ability to follow directions and execute orders quickly and accurately
  • Ability to work as a member of a team
  • Ability to work well under stress
  • Readiness to accept a challenge and face danger

Training Provided
Job training consists of classroom and field training under simulated combat conditions. Further training occurs on the job and through training exercises. Course content typically includes:
  • Vehicle operations
  • Armor offensive and defensive tactics
  • Map reading
  • Scouting and reconnaissance techniques
  • Weapons training

Work Environment
Armored assault vehicle crew members, like other combat troops, work in all climates and weather conditions. During training exercises, as in real combat conditions, crew members work, eat, and sleep outdoors and in vehicles.

Civilian Counterparts
Although the job of armored assault vehicle crew member has no equivalent in civilian life, the close teamwork, discipline, and leadership experiences it provides are helpful in many civilian jobs.

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