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The PATRIOT..., it is the world's most advanced air and missile defense system..,

Evaluating and communicating critical information about incoming targets is the job of the Air Defense Enhanced Early Warning System Operator.

Soldiers serving in this military occupational specialty play a vital role in air and space defense by identifying, tracking, engaging and neutralizing enemy targets.

You will be responsible for the preparation and deployment of Air Defense equipment and weapons into forward area of operations..,

...establishing radio and wire communications..,

...system emplacement and initialization..,

...maintaining maintenance reports and schedules..,

...establishing a PATRIOT Battery Command Post and its integration into a Tactical Control Station..,

...analyzing intelligence and reporting to higher commands, often while working in multi-national areas of operation.

You may also be part of an air defense command, engaged in operations and intelligence functions of liaison units.

This Army career requires individuals who are effective communicators, team members and leaders..,

...have an interest in rocket operations and technical electronic and mechanical systems.., ability to multi-task; possess critical thinking and mathematical skills with attention to detail..,

...and are physically and mentally fit with the ability to perform under pressure.

After completion of 10 weeks of Army Basic Combat Training you will be assigned to the U.S. Army Air Defense Artillery School at Fort Sill, Oklahoma for 20 weeks of Advanced Individual Training.

Your training will encompass technical and mechanical classroom courses with labs, as well as training in a tactical field environment.

After completion of your training you will be eligible for worldwide assignment as part of U.S. Army PATRIOT battalions and batteries, Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense batteries, or at the Space and Missile Defense Command.

You will also be eligible for additional professional development courses and technical training which will enhance your knowledge and leadership skills.

The skills, knowledge and experience you gain as an Air Defense Enhanced Early Warning System Operator will help you in your transition from the military to the civilian work force..,

...where you may find employment in rocket and mechanical maintenance career fields.

Air Defense Enhanced Early Warning System Operator, First to fire!

Air Defense Enhanced Early Warning System Operator (14H)

  • Enlisted
  • Officer
  • Active Duty
  • Army Reserve
  • National Guard
  • Entry Level


The Air Defense Enhanced Early Warning Systems Operator evaluates and communicates critical data about incoming enemy aerial and missile attacks and aerial surveillance by operating, maintaining and managing modern complicated military computers on complex networks, and utilizing sophisticated communications equipment. These Soldiers are responsible for the preparation and deployment of air defense equipment and systems, setup of a unit command post, establishing communication and network interoperability and integrating with Allied, Joint service and other Air Defense units.

The 14H Soldier maintains computer data links and networks that provide early detection and tracking of possible air threats from the earth’s surface to space, providing the units with situational awareness and current air threat data which enable their engagement and destruction by Air Defense units.  They also serve as an air defense liaison to other services in all combat environments involving air defense.

Job Duties

  • Responsible for the movement, placement, operations and maintenance of air defense and space early warning and command and control systems in various locations and environments
  • Perform data connectivity between various networks and communication systems
  • Establish network interoperability with Allied, Joint service 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 air and space situational awareness; provide real-time status reporting during combat
  • Evaluate tactical electronic intelligence data for intelligence operations in a joint network
  • Provide early warning and conduct engagement operations to destroy enemy incoming tactical ballistic missile 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 Enhanced Early Warning Systems Operator requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and 11 weeks and 3 days of Advanced Individual Training. 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:

  • Responsible for the movement and placement of Air Defense radars, target detections systems and associated shelter systems in various locations and environments
  • Operate and maintain Air defense radars, target detection systems 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, critical thinking, 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): 95, Mechanical Maintenance (MM): 96

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

The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career in Information Technology, Information Networks Administrator and Air Traffic Controller.


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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