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During decisive moments in the heat of battle, the Army engages the most advanced mobile land-based armor vehicles in the world to disable and destroy the enemy. 

The M1 Abrams tank is operated and maintained by Soldiers working in MOS M1 Armor Crewman. 

These are strong, self-disciplined men and women, with the ability to remain calm under stress, and who are ready to defend our country anywhere in the world. 

Soldiers applying for this MOS attend fifteen weeks of One Station Unit Training at the US Army Armor School located at Fort Benning, Georgia where they train for engagement on the integrated battlefield. 

Skills learned during training include map reading and land navigation… 

…operating and maintaining an Abrams tank in all types of terrain and weather conditions… 

… movement in combat formation… 

…armor offensive and defensive tactics… 

… breaching obstacles, fortifications and barrier construction… 

…establishing firing positions… 

… target detection and identification… 

…gun turret operations and ordinance… 

… Communication through conventional technology and visual signals… 

… Operator maintenance and service on turret, weapons, controls and communication equipment… 

… and how to perform vehicle recovery and refueling operations. 

Soldiers also receive instruction on individual and crew served weapons including the M4 carbine, the M9 pistol… 

… the M240 and M2 machine guns, 

and the M1 family tank gunnery. 

After successfully completing this training, Soldiers are commonly assigned to an armored unit in support of Army missions as a Loader or Driver for an M1 Abrams tank. 

In this MOS, Soldiers train rigorously…

Not just in classrooms… but in realistic field environments… and battlefield simulators.

Discipline, physical and mental stamina, tactical and technical proficiency, and the ability to work as a member of a cohesive team are essential characteristics of an M1 Armor Crewman.

M1 Armor Crewman may have the opportunity to pursue additional military training, skill identifiers, and certifications such as M1A2 Master Gunner, Stryker Brigade Combat Team, and Air Assault.

Serving in this position, Soldiers may also have the opportunity to apply for and earn national certifications and credentials through the Army's Credentialing Opportunities On-Line website - further assisting in the transition from the military back to the civilian employment sector.

Becoming an M1 Armor Crewman is a unique and challenging career choice for qualified Soldiers.

Continuing a proud tradition as team members of the Combat Arm of Decision...

Military Occupational Specialty… M1 Armor Crewman!

M1 Armor Crewman (19K)

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


The M1 armor crewman is responsible for operating armored equipment such as the M1A2 Abrams to destroy enemy positions. As part of the tank and armor unit, they are ready to defend our country anywhere in the world.

Job Duties

  • Operate tracked and wheeled vehicles over various terrain
  • Use communications equipment to receive and relay battle orders
  • Load and fire guns
  • Read maps, compasses and battle plans


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 a M1 armor crewman requires 15 weeks of One Station Unit Training. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and in the field under simulated combat.

Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

  • Tank operations
  • Armor offensive and defensive tactics
  • Map reading and scouting techniques
  • Field combat strategy

Helpful Skills

  • Readiness to accept a challenge and face danger
  • Top physical and mental shape
  • Interest in medicine and science
  • Ability to work as a team member

Required ASVAB Score(s)

Combat (CO): 87

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 any field you choose, but especially in the mechanics repair industry.


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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