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Rocket and missile systems play a crucial role as part of the Army’s field artillery arsenal.  

They ensure battlefield success by supplementing rocket and missile artillery in support of infantry and tank units during combat.  

Operating and maintaining this essential equipment, is the responsibility of the Multiple Launch Rocket & High Mobility Artillery Rocket System Crewmember.    

This career field requires individuals who are interested in rocket and missile technology, and qualify for a secret clearance, are physically and mentally fit to perform under pressure, and have an ability to work as a member of a team.  

After successfully completing Army Basic Combat Training, you will attend 6 weeks of Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.  

You will be responsible for operating and maintaining the entire multiple launch rocket system,  driving and maintaining the M270A1 (M.L.R.S.) and the M142 High Mobility Rocket System (HI-MARS),  resupplying vehicles, reloading ammunition, testing and maintaining the fire control systems, missile and rocket pods, and radio sets and communication systems in all vehicles.    

After successfully completing A.I.T, you will be eligible for worldwide assignments.  As a M.L.R.S. & HI-MARS Crewmember, you may have an opportunity to advance in your career through additional technical, tactical, and leadership training.    

The skills, knowledge, and leadership experience you acquire may help you transition from the military to the civilian work force in whatever career you may choose to pursue.  Multiple Launch Rocket System and High Mobility Artillery Rocket System Crewmember; an essential member of the field artillery team, King of Battle. 

Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS/HIMARS) Crewmember (13M)

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


A multiple launch rocket system crewmember is responsible for operating and maintaining the entire multiple launch rocket system. They support infantry and tank units by supplementing cannon artillery during combat.

Job Duties

  • Drive and maintain the self-propelled launch vehicles
  • Reload ammunition and resupply vehicles
  • Test and maintain the fire control systems
  • Mount radio sets and communication systems in all vehicles


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 multiple launch rocket system crewmember requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and four weeks 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:

  • Calculating target locations manually and electronically
  • Handling ammunition
  • Operating gun, missile and rocket systems
  • Artillery tactics and battle strategy

Helpful Skills

  • Interest in cannon and rocket operations
  • Physically and mentally fit to perform under pressure
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Capable of working as a team member

Required ASVAB Score(s)

Operators & Food (OF): 95

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 skills you learn such as teamwork, discipline and leadership will help you in any civilian career you choose.


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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