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Soldiers rely on their weapons to help maintain superiority on the battlefield. Although Soldiers are responsible for the upkeep of their own weapons, this repairer is the one who maintains and repairs our small arms and towed artillery.

As a Small Arms Towed Artillery Repairer, the Army will train you to repair and adjust a wide variety of arms.

This Military Occupational Specialty is open to enlisted men and women who are physically and mentally fit to perform the associated duties.

Testimonial on the assessment and selection of Soldiers for this MOS.

To become a Small Arms/Towed Artillery repairer, Soldiers must earn a qualifying score on the ASVAB, or Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test.

After completing 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training, Soldiers will receive 16 weeks of Advanced Individual Training at Fort Lee, Virginia.

While in AIT, Soldiers will spend both in the classroom and in the field.

Training begins with an overview of the terms and basic functioning of fire arms. You’ll also train in the importance of preventative maintenance and the use of proper safety procedures.

Then, covering one weapon at a time, you’ll train to assemble and disassemble, as well as adjust and repair many different weapons. Plus train in the maintenance and proper use of precision tools.

While the 9MM pistol, the M16A2, and M4 rifle are among the Army’s more well-known weapons, you’ll also train to maintain shotguns, sniper rifles, machine guns, mortars, and howitzers.

After your initial entry training and advanced individual training, you’ll work supporting Army operations day or night where you may trouble shoot and correct malfunctions in all the weapons you covered in your training. Such as problems with loading, firing, and recoil.

In addition, you may inspect and maintain other aspects of weapons like their elevation systems and travel locks.

You may also check the tolerance of a 50 caliber machine gun, the wear on the barrel of an M16A2 rifle, or work with team members to repair larger firing support or suspension systems.

If you’re working out of a vehicle, you’ll be expected to maintain it and the tools you’ll carry in it.

The training and skills that Soldiers acquire as a Small Arms/Towed Artillery Repairer can lead to positions of greater responsibility in the Army and will continue to benefit the Soldier after their service as they enter the civilian sector.

Soldiers depend on their weapons in training or combat, and their confidence depends on you.

Military Occupational Specialty – Small Arms Artillery Repairer.

Small Arms/Artillery Repairer (91F)

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


The small arms/artillery repairer is responsible for keeping a wide array of weapons — from small arms to field artillery and large ballistic missiles — operating properly.

Job Duties

  • Perform field and sustainment maintenance on small arms, infantry weapons and towed artillery


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 small arms/artillery repairer requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and seven weeks of Advanced Individual Training with on-the-job instructions. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field.

Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

  • Electronic and mechanical principles and concepts
  • Understanding schematics, drawings, blueprints and wiring diagrams
  • Operating electronic, electrical and mechanical test equipment
  • Operation, testing and maintenance of specific types of weapons systems

Helpful Skills

  • Sound in science and math
  • Interest in working with electronic or electrical equipment
  • Work requiring accuracy and attention to detail
  • Interest in working with weapons

Required ASVAB Score(s)

General Maintenance (GM): 93
General Maintenance (GM): 88, General Technical (GT): 85

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 as an electronic mechanic, an avionics technician or a missile facilities repairer with firms that design, build and test weapons for the military.


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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