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The PATRIOT Missile System is the Army’s most advanced mobile air defense weapon capable of neutralizing multiple air threats from tactical ballistic missiles and cruise missiles, to drones and advanced aircraft.

To effectively operate and maintain these sophisticated weapons systems, the Army relies upon the highly skilled men and women working in Military Occupational Specialty: Patriot Launching Station Enhanced Operator/Maintainer. Soldiers in this MOS work directly with the PATRIOT launching stations and their components, ensuring missiles are ready to fire the moment an airborne threat is detected.

Candidates for this MOS should have an interest in electronics, as well as missile and rocket operations. They should be physically and mentally fit, with the ability to multi-task 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 13 weeks of hands-on Advanced Individual Training at Fort Bliss, Texas where you will learn artillery tactics and battle strategy as well as how to operate PATRIOT technology and rocket systems. After successful completion of training, you may be assigned to work supporting military operations around the world in the field, in an air defense unit responsible for transporting the loading equipment and PATRIOT launcher stations then emplacing and operating them in assigned locations

You may be expected to install the launcher platform and antennas load PATRIOT missiles, and prepare the system for firing. In addition, you may perform crucial electronic diagnostic procedures and basic preventative maintenance on the launcher station and its control systems including troubleshooting, conducting performance tests, and correcting any malfunctions as well as performing Battle Damage Assessment Repair. You may also be expected to establish and maintain radio and wire communications assist in preparing tactical map overlays interpret flow charts, and analyze data.

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 an essential member of the Army’s Air Defense Artillery Team Military Occupational Specialty: Patriot Launching Station Enhanced Operator/Maintainer.

PATRIOT Launching Station Enhanced Operator/Maintainer (14T)

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


A Patriot Launching Station Enhanced Operator-Maintainer, is in charge of one of the world’s most advanced missile systems: the Patriot. The Patriot system is the center piece weapon system against multiple air threats, including  ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and aircraft. The operator-maintainer is responsible for operating and maintaining the Patriot Launching Station, which includes transporting, emplacement, electronic and maintenance.

The 14T is also responsible for the transport, preparation and loading of technologically advanced interceptor missiles that ensure the Patriot missile system is capable of tracking, launching, and destroying enemy air threats at a moment’s notice.

Job Duties

  • Responsible for the movement and placement of the Patriot Launching Station in various locations and environments
  • Operate Patriot Launcher Station electronic, hydraulic and mechanical components
  • Perform maintenance on the Patriot Launching Station
  • Transport, prepare, reload and resupply Patriot missiles
  • Establish and maintain digital, radio and wire communications


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 Launching Station Enhanced Operator/Maintainer requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and 13 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 Launching station and related missile loading systems
  • Maintenance and troubleshooting on electronic, hydraulic and mechanical components
  • Operate digital data and communication equipment
  • Movement and storage of ammunition
  • Artillery 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)

Operators & Food (OF): 92

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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