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Armored Assault Vehicle Crew Members
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Armored Assault Vehicle Officers
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Combat Mission Support Officers
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Special Forces Officers
Combat Operations
Photo 1: Soldiers ready for battle. Photo 2: Soldier surveys combat area.

Combat operations occupations refer to those specialties, such as infantry, artillery, and special forces, that operate weapons or plan and execute special missions during combat situations. They normally specialize by the type of weapon system or combat operation. These personnel maneuver against enemy forces, and position and fire artillery, guns, and missiles to destroy enemy positions. They may also operate tanks and amphibious assault vehicles in combat or scouting missions. When the military has difficult and dangerous missions to perform, they call upon special forces teams. These elite combat forces stay in a constant state of readiness to strike anywhere in the world on a moment's notice. Special forces team members conduct offensive raids, demolitions, intelligence, search and rescue, and other missions from aboard aircraft, helicopters, ships, or submarines. Occupations in this career field focus on the planning and execution of military tactics in a combat situation.

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