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AVENGER Crewmember (14S)

Combat Army MOS Information
  • Enlisted
  • Active Duty
  • Closed to Women

An Avenger Crewmember is a member of the Army's field artillery team. The Avenger system is a lightweight, highly mobile and transportable surface-to-air missile/gun weapon system. It provides mobile, short-range air defense protection against air and land attacks. The Avenger Crewmember serves as a member of the highly mobile Avenger operations team.

Here are some duties of an Avenger Crewmember:

  • Prepare, operate and fire the Avenger and Man Portable Air Defense System weapons systems
  • Establish and maintain radio and wire communications
  • Assist in maintaining situation maps
  • Perform target engagement evaluations
  • Apply infrared techniques to detect and engage targets
  • Operate 'friend or foe' identification equipment
  • Resupply ammunition
  • Prepare systems for firing

Requirements:

Avenger Crewmembers must have the physical stamina to perform strenuous activities for long periods without rest. They're also required to have normal color vision in order to identify color-coded ammunition and to read maps and charts.

Training:

Job training for an Avenger Crewmember consists of nine weeks of Basic Training, where you'll learn basic Soldiering skills, and 10 weeks of Advanced Individual Training. Part of this time is spent in a classroom and part in the field under simulated combat. Some of the skills you'll learn are:

  • Methods of computing target locations
  • Ammunition-handling techniques
  • Gun, missile and rocket system operations
  • Artillery tactics

Helpful Skills:

Helpful attributes include:

  • Ability to think and remain calm under stress
  • An interest in mathematics
  • Ability to work as a member of a team
  • Interest in cannon and rocket operations
  • Ability to perform a wide variety of duties

Advanced Responsibilities:

Advanced level Avenger Crewmembers are involved in:

  • Supervising, preparing and firing of the Avenger/Man Portable Air Defense System weapons systems
  • Collecting and consolidating intelligence information
  • Processing special and periodic reports
  • Preparing and maintaining situation maps
  • Transmitting intelligence and grid locations of incoming targets
  • Designating fighting positions