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Modern reliable facilities are crucial in supporting the training and battlefield operations of the U.S. Army.  Plumbers are invaluable assets that ensure buildings, structures and support systems are operating reliably and efficiently. Army plumbers are responsible for installing and repairing water, gas, and petroleum pipeline systems.

As a Plumber, you may maintain, install or repair, pressurized water systems, basic water supply and distribution systems, pipe systems for waste water, valves and fixture control devices. You may also inspect plumbing systems and components for proper installation, install cast iron, copper and plastic pipes and fittings or draw a plumbing job plan and materials list. This career field requires individuals who enjoy working with their hands and have an interest in plumbing, math and shop mechanics, have a preference for physical work and possess the ability to work with detailed plans.

After successfully completing Basic Combat Training, you will attend 6 weeks of Joint Services Advanced Individual Training at Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas. There you will learn how to install and repair a variety of pipe systems, threading and soldering techniques, the use of plumbing, masonry and carpentry tools and the installation, operation, maintenance and repair of hydraulic and pneumatic systems. You may also be eligible for additional professional development courses and technical training which will enhance your knowledge and leadership skills. The skills, knowledge and experience you gain as a Plumber may help you in your transition from the military to the civilian work force where you may start your own plumbing business, or find employment with a mechanical or plumbing company, or in building maintenance.

Playing a critical role in Army operations is a Plumber.

Plumber (12K)

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


Army plumbers and pipe fitters are responsible for installing and repairing plumbing and pipe systems.

Job Duties

  • Maintain heating systems, basic water supply and water distribution systems
  • Pipe systems for waste water
  • Basic plumbers repair and maintenance
  • Maintenance for plumbing fixtures, pipes, stacks, brackets, traps, vents and insulation
  • Construction plans and drawings


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 plumber requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and seven weeks of Advanced Individual Training. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field with on-the-job instructions, including practice with carpentry and masonry tools.

Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

  • Installation and repair of pipe systems, plumbing fixtures, boiler controls, water purification and distillation systems
  • Maintenance and repair of hydraulic and pneumatic systems

Helpful Skills

  • Interest in math and shop mechanics
  • Preference for physical work
  • Ability to work with detailed plans

Required ASVAB Score(s)

General Maintenance (GM): 88

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 a mechanical or plumbing contracting company.


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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