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Combat Engineer (21B)

Construction and Engineering Army MOS Information
  • Enlisted
  • Active Duty
  • Army Reserve
  • Closed to Women

Having a combination of combat ability and building skills is necessary when it comes to tackling rough terrain in combat situations. Combat Engineers primarily supervise, serve or assist as a member of a team. They provide much-needed combat engineering, such as building roads, constructing bridges or helping our forces to move across foreign land.

Some of your duties as a Combat Engineer may include:

  • Constructing trails, roads and field fortifications such as shelters, bunkers and gun emplacements
  • Assembling floating or prefabricated bridges
  • Operating various light or heavy engineer vehicles
  • Placing and detonating explosives
  • Loading, unloading and moving supplies and equipment using planes, helicopters, trucks and amphibious vehicles
  • Operating or serving as a crewmember on a combat engineer vehicle, armored vehicle launch bridge or an armored combat earthmover
  • Preparing and installing firing systems for demolition and explosives
  • Locating mines by visual means or by using a mine detector

Requirements:

Combat Engineers must meet very demanding physical requirements. Agility, balance and the ability to perform strenuous physical activities over long periods of time are a necessity.

Training:

Job training for Combat Engineers consists of nine weeks of Basic Training, where you'll learn basic Soldiering skills, and six weeks of Advanced Individual Training. Your on-the-job training primarily consists of manual work in a variety of construction projects that cover the following:

  • Basic construction methods
  • Basic engineering principles
  • Bridge building
  • Road maintenance and repair
  • Rough carpentry and rigging
  • Use of hand and power tools

Helpful Skills:

Helpful attributes include:

  • Ability to use hand and power tools
  • Interest in construction and working with your hands
  • Ability to think and remain calm under stress
  • Interest in engineering
  • Preference for working outdoors

Advanced Responsibilities:

Advanced level Combat Engineers supervise and train other Soldiers. As an advanced Combat Engineer, you may be involved in:

  • Directing and assisting in the operation of engineering wheeled or tracked vehicles
  • Determining zero settings and firing the combat engineer vehicle weapon systems
  • Directing the construction of fighting positions and wire entanglements
  • Controlling fire team movements
  • Placing explosives and clearing misfires
  • Conducting reconnaissance operations