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Maintaining the Army’s sophisticated state-of-the-art short-range air defense weapons systems are the most highly trained technically and tactically proficient professional soldiers in the world. Playing a vital role in the defense of the nation, these soldiers are an essential part of the army’s weapons maintenance team.

As a short-range air defense systems repairer, you will be responsible for servicing maintaining and repairing complex anti-aircraft equipment and weapons systems used to secure battlefield airspace and protect ground forces.

This army career requires individuals who enjoy working with their hands on highly technical electronic and mechanical systems, possess critical thinking skills and attention to detail, have a propensity for mathematics and problem-solving, and understand complex blueprints, wiring diagrams and schematics.

Soldier: “The importance of this job in the Army is to keep the skies clear from any enemy attacks.”

Soldier: “Troubleshooting, maintenance, everything, we work on it all.”

Your primary duties as a short range air defense system repairer will include servicing and maintaining, the army’s current primary air-defense system, the Avenger. The Avenger anti-aircraft system consists of mounted ready-to-fire stinger missile launchers and a .50 caliber machine gun, along with forward-looking infrared radar, optical sights and a laser range finder. This mobile, shoot on the run surface to air missile and gun weapon system is used to defend against enemy low-flying cruise missiles and enemy aerial vehicles helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft.

As a short-ranged aerial systems repairer, you will perform quality control measures, inspections and maintenance adjustments on test equipment, determine system shortcomings and malfunctions, and remove and replace defective gear assemblies and interconnecting cables.

Soldier: “Your training in AIT will teach you the basics of the system, how the schematics, how everything works. And then once you get to your first duty station, you will learn more in-depth systems and working in a field environment.”

After completion of ten weeks of army basic combat training, you’ll be assigned to the US army ordnance school at Fort Lee, Va, for seventeen weeks of Advanced Individual Training.

Your training will begin with basic electronic maintenance, then progress into technical and mechanical classroom courses with labs as well as training in a tactical field environment. After completion of your training, you’ll be eligible for worldwide assignment, where you may work in a maintenance shop, or deploy in a tactical field environment.

You’ll also be eligible for additional professional development courses, and technical training which will enhance your knowledge and leadership skills.

Soldier: “This job prepares you for  a civilian career by giving you the basic knowledge of schematics and the way energy and electricity works. It’ll help you out in just about any job you could possible do outside of the Army.”        

The Army skills, knowledge and experience you gain as a short range air defense systems repairer, will help you in your transition from the military to the civilian workforce, where you may find employment in electronics and mechanical maintenance career fields.

Short range air defense systems repairer. Keeping the Army in Action.

Short Range Air Defense System Repairer (94T)

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

Overview

As an essential member of the Army’s weapons maintenance team, the short range air defense system repairer is primarily responsible for performing and supervising maintenance on the AVENGER system, a lightweight, highly mobile and transportable surface-to-air missile/gun weapon system that provides short-range air defense protection against air and land attacks.

Job Duties

  • Determine malfunctions in electronics, electrical and cryogenic assemblies, module and circuit elements
  • Maintain gyroscopes, sights and other electro-optical fire control components
  • Repair and maintain missile mounts, platforms and launch mechanisms
  • Test and adjust weapons firing, guidance and launch systems
  • Inspect, test and adjust components
  • Remove and replace defective line units

Requirements

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.

Training

Job training for a short range air defense system repairer requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and 18 weeks of 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:

  • Principles and concepts of electronics and mechanics
  • Use electronic, electrical and mechanical test equipment
  • Understanding schematics, drawings, blueprints and wiring diagrams
  • Operate, test and maintain weapons systems

Helpful Skills

  • Interest in mathematics, science and electronic equipment or electrical equipment
  • High attention to detail
  • Interest in working with weapons

Required ASVAB Score(s)

Electronics (EL): 98

Learn more about the ASVAB and see what jobs you could qualify for.

Compensation

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 weapons repair skills you learn will help you progress at firms that design, build and test weapons systems for the military.

PARTNERSHIP FOR YOUTH SUCCESS (PaYS) Program

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 http://www.armypays.com.

 

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