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On the battlefield, spotting an incoming threat in advance can be a critical advantage in protecting ground forces from aerial and missile attacks. In order to detect, locate, track and identify those incoming threats, the army relies on the highly skilled men and women who serve in military occupational specialty Air Defense Battle Management System Operator.

Soldiers working in this MOS provide situational awareness, target information, and early warning to air defense artillery systems.

Soldier: “We correspond with other air defense weapons systems. Sometimes being avengers or [unintelligible] weapons. Or we clear airspace, find tracks and make sure we know where everything’s at.”

Candidates in this MOS should have an interest in mathematics, as well as missile and rocket operations, and be physically and mentally fit, with the ability to multitask while under pressure and work as part of a team. To qualify for this MOS, you must complete 10 weeks of basic combat training followed by 16 weeks of advanced individual training with on the job instruction at air-defense artillery school in Fort Sill Okla.

Soldier: “Air defense is always growing and changing with new weapons and new  tactics they attack with, we have to develop new tactics to fight back and defend against them.”

Soldier: “They are a big asset to protection and overall ease to soldiers deployed right now.”  

After successfully completing training, you may be assigned to work supporting military operations across the globe, in the field or serving as an air-ground integrator manager responsible for planning, coordinating, and establishing connectivity in joint land and airspace networks. You may be expected to evaluate intelligence data, operate and maintain a variety of communications systems to sustain airspace superiority, and assure fire support and aviation operations are not in conflict, helping to maintain the unit’s ability to provide immediate counterfire.

You may also be responsible for equipment and unit emplacement, as well as technical inspections, adjustments and preventative maintenance checks and services.In addition, you may assist in the setup of radar equipment and shelter systems used to detect and track aircraft and transmit early warning information to air defense units such as the avenger, the counter rocket artillery and mortar system, or the patriot air and missile defense system.

Skills learned while serving in this MOS such as team work, discipline and leadership will help you transition from the military to the civilian employment sector in virtually any career you choose.

Soldier: “A lot of the training we do as a 14G is to acquire technical certification for it or network certification and that can be transferred to civilian jobs.”

serving a vital role in the air defense artillery teams mission to ensure air superiority. Military Occupational Specialty, Air Defense Battle Management System Operator.

Air Defense Battle Management System Operator (14G)

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The Air Defense Battle Management System Operator maintains, manages and operates modern complicated military computers on complex networks, communications equipment systems, and the Sentinel Radar in order to provide warning, detection, and protection for armed forces from aerial attack, missile attack, and aerial surveillance. Soldiers are responsible for integrating all air defense detection assets and firing units, maintaining tactical computer data links/networks that provide situational awareness, communication of detected threats throughout the air defense network, and serves as an air defense liaison to other services in all combat environments involving air defense.

Job Duties

  • Responsible for the movement, placement, operation, and maintenance of the Sentinel Radar system in various locations and environments
  • Operate and maintain Sentinel Radar electronic and mechanical components
  • Establish network interoperability with Allied, Joint, and other Air Defense units
  • Collect, integrate and process tactical battlefield information from multiple users and sensors through a network of Army and Joint-service automated battle command systems
  • Provide airspace situational awareness; deconflict and clear airspace to ensure air superiority
  • Evaluate intelligence data and identify targets; perform real-time status reporting during combat
  • Provide early warning and conduct engagement operations to destroy incoming rocket, artillery, and mortar threats


Those who want to serve must first take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, a series of tests that helps you better understand your strengths and identify which Army jobs are best for you.


Job training for an Air Defense Battle Management System Operator requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and 16 weeks 3 Days of Advanced Individual Training with on-the-job instruction. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and in the field under simulated combat conditions.  

Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

  • Operating and maintaining the Sentinel Radar and associated shelters
  • Plan, coordinate, and establish connectivity in Air Defense Local and Wide Area networks (LAN/WAN)
  • Maintenance and troubleshooting on electronic and mechanical components
  • Utilize digital data and voice communications equipment
  • Evaluate intelligence data for engagement operations
  • Air Defense Artillery tactics, techniques, procedures, and air battle strategy

Helpful Skills

  • Interest in work requiring accuracy and attention to detail
  • Interest in technical electronic, mechanical and computer systems
  • Physically and mentally fit to perform under pressure
  • Ability to multi-task and remain calm in stressful situations
  • Ability to adapt to a wide-range of working environments
  • Ability to work as a team member

Required ASVAB Score(s)

General Technical (GT): 98, Mechanical Maintenance (MM): 99

Learn more about the ASVAB and see what jobs you could qualify for.


Total compensation includes housing, medical, food, special pay, and vacation time. Learn more about total compensation.

Earn Cash For In Demand Jobs

You could earn up to $40,000 in cash bonuses just for enlisting under certain Military Occupational Specialties. Visit Jobs in Demand to see if this job qualifies for an enlistment bonus.

Education Benefits

In the Army, qualified students can earn full-tuition, merit-based scholarships, allowances for books and fees, plus an annual stipend for living expenses. Learn more about education benefits.

Future Civilian Careers

While there is no direct job equivalent in civilian life, the knowledge about electronics systems can assist you as an electrician in the civilian world.


Those interested in this job may be eligible for civilian employment, after the Army, by enrolling in the Army PaYS program. The PaYS program is a recruitment option that guarantees a job interview with military friendly employers that are looking for experienced and trained Veterans to join their organization. Find out more about the Army PaYS Program at


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Air Defense Battle Management System Operator