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A ballistic missile is capable of traveling at speeds of up to 15 thousand miles per hour, reaching its target in a matter of minutes.

With a capacity for carrying nuclear, chemical, biological, or conventional warheads  these and other hostile airborne threats have the potential to cause devastating damage.

With only minutes to detect, identify, track, and intercept an incoming threat, our Troops must react quickly  and with precision that only the most advanced air defense and radar technology can provide.

To run these sophisticated systems, the Army relies upon the highly skilled men and women who serve in Military

Occupational Specialty: PATRIOT Fire Control Enhanced Operator/Maintainer.

Soldiers working in this MOS are responsible for operating and maintaining the PATRIOT surface-to-air missile system

with the ability to launch multiple variants of interceptors the PATRIOT System is capable of neutralizing multiple air threats.

Candidates for this MOS should have an interest in Missile Defense operations

Radar Operations/Theory

and be physically and mentally fit, with the ability to multi-task while under pressure, and working as part of a team.

To qualify for this MOS, you must complete 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training

followed by 20 weeks of Advanced Individual Training with on-the-job instruction at the U.S. Army Air Defense Artillery School in Fort Sill, Oklahoma

where you will learn Air Defense Artillery tactics, techniques and procedures as well as maintenance operations on the PATRIOT system.

After successful completion of training, you may be assigned to work supporting military operations around the world  in the field serving in an air

defense unit responsible for the transport, set up, and maintenance of the PATRIOT radar and fire control equipment

establishing radio and wire communications in the field

Identifying and engaging targets.

You may also be expected to provide real-time status reports during combat operations, fire the PATRIOT missiles, and perform tactical and technical operations.

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

Serve as a key component of the Army’s Air Defense Military Occupational Specialty: Patriot Fire Control Enhanced Operator/Maintainer.

PATRIOT Fire Control Enhanced Operator/Maintainer (14E)

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


A Patriot Fire Control Enhanced Operator/Maintainer operates and maintains one of the world’s most advanced missile systems – Patriot; the center piece weapon system of the Army’s air defense mission against multiple air threats to include ballistic missile, cruise missiles, and aircraft of all types. The 14E is responsible for operating and maintaining the five major parts of the Patriot Fire Control system: Radar Set, Engagement Control Station, Electronic Power Plant, Antenna Mast Group, and Battle Command Post. The 14E Soldier is also responsible for identifying, tracking, and combating those identified threats using a technology advanced interceptor missile that is capable of destroying enemy air threats at a moment’s notice.

Job Duties

  • Responsible for the movement and placement of the Patriot Fire Control systems in various locations and environments
  • Operate Patriot Fire Control electronic, hydraulic and mechanical components
  • Perform maintenance on radar, engagement control, target-identification, and communication systems.
  • Evaluate intelligence and identify targets; perform real-time status reporting during combat
  • Engage identified enemy targets threatening friendly forces
  • Establish and maintain digital, radio, and wire communications networks


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 Patriot Fire Control Enhanced Operator requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and 20 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:

  • Operating the Patriot Radar, and associated target-identification and command and control systems
  • Maintenance and troubleshooting on electronic, hydraulic and mechanical components
  • Operate digital data and communications networks
  • Identify and engage targets electronically
  • Air Defense Artillery tactics, techniques, procedures and air battle strategy

Helpful Skills

  • Interest in work requiring accuracy and attention to detail
  • Physically and mentally fit to perform under pressure
  • Ability to multi-task and remain calm in stressful situations
  • Ability to work as a team member

Required ASVAB Score(s)

Mechanical Maintenance (MM): 97

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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