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To maneuver across rough terrain and over natural and manmade obstacles on the battlefield, the Army relies on a team of highly skilled engineers to construct its own infrastructure. Bridges are an essential component of this infrastructure. Assisting in the preparation and construction of bridge sites, and conducting bridge operations, are the primary responsibilities of the Bridge Crewmember.

Soldiers in this M.O.S. may be responsible for operating light vehicles, cranes, and bridge trucks, including the Army’s sophisticated Dry Support Bridge, or DSB. Soldiers may also learn to perform duties as a deckhand on a bridge erection boat, install kedge and overhead anchorage systems, deploy rafts and launch and retrieve ribbon bridge bays, assemble and maintain military fixed and floating bridges, detect and disable mines, as well as preparing demolition firing systems and wire obstacles. This career field requires individuals who are interested in construction and engineering, who enjoy working outdoors and using hand and power tools, have the ability to work as a member of a team while maintaining safety awareness and are physically and mentally fit to perform labor-intensive, strenuous work under pressure.

After successfully completing Army Basic Combat Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, you will remain at that station and attend 6 weeks of Bridge Crewmember Advanced Individual Training. There you will learn basic construction methods and engineering principles, vehicle operation and bridge building, as well as rough carpentry and rigging.

After successfully completing your Advanced Individual Training, you may be eligible for worldwide assignments as a member of a Combat Engineer unit. You may also have the opportunity to advance in your career through additional technical, tactical, and leadership training. The skills you learn, such as teamwork, discipline, and leadership, may help you transition from the military to the civilian work force where you may find employment in the construction career field or with further education and certifications, in the engineering sector.

A crucial member of the Army combat engineer team is a Bridge Crewmember.

First in, last out!

Bridge Crewmember (12C)

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


Bridge crewmembers provide bridge and rafting support for dry and wet gap crossing operations when a squad, section or platoon tackles rough terrain in combat situations.

Job Duties

  • Operate bridge truck and light vehicles
  • Perform duties as a deckhand on the bridge erection boat
  • Assist in the preparation of a bridge site, rafts and bridge operations
  • Installation of kedge anchorage systems, wire obstacle material, overhead anchorage systems and demolition firing systems
  • Launch and retrieve ribbon bridge bays
  • Assembly and maintenance of military fixed and float bridges


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 bridge crewmembers requires 14 weeks of One Station Unit Training, which includes Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field with on-the-job instructions.

Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

  • Basic construction methods and engineering principles
  • Bridge building
  • Road maintenance and repair
  • Rough carpentry and rigging
  • Use of hand and power tools

Helpful Skills

  • Ability to use hand and power tools
  • Perform strenuous physical activities over long periods of time
  • Interest in construction and engineering
  • Enjoy working outdoors

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 practically any position in the field of construction.


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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