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When commanders send troops into new and unfamiliar terrain, the ability to visualize the lay of the land in advance can be invaluable. From conditions and effects of terrain and weather on vehicle and troop movements, to points of tactical interest during combat, all aspects of the battlefield can be examined before boots ever hit the ground...

To help commanders visualize the battlefield and its terrain, the Army depends upon the specialized skills of the Geospatial Engineer. Soldiers in this MOS extract geographic data from satellite imagery, aerial photography, and field reconnaissance... Then use the geographic data collected to create and revise different types of maps. They are also responsible for creating and maintaining multiple geospatial databases; And preparing briefs covering all aspects of the terrain.Candidates for this MOS should have an interest in maps and geography, have basic computer skills, and the ability to conceptualize ideas into computer-generated 2-D or 3-D geospatial products.

Because of the sensitive nature of geospatial data, candidates must also qualify for a top secret clearance. After successful completion of Basic Combat Training, you will attend 18 weeks of Advanced Individual Training at the U.S. Army Engineer School at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri... Where you will learn the basics of Geographic Information Systems... Geographic analysis, and imagery interpretation and exploitation, And to prepare and present tactical decision aids.

After successful completion of training, you will work supporting Army operations in the field, and around the world. The teamwork, problem solving, and leadership skills gained by serving in this MOS can help you transition to a civilian career. Providing critical intelligence to ground forces... Military Occupational Specialty: Geospatial Engineer.


Geospatial Engineer (12Y)

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


Geospatial engineers are responsible for using geographic data that supports military/civilian operations for Disaster Relief and Homeland Security. They collect, analyze and distribute geospatial information to represent the terrain and its possible effects.

Job Duties

  • Extract geographic data from satellite imagery, aerial photography and field reconnaissance
  • Create geographic data and compile them into maps
  • Help commanders visualize the battlefield
  • Create and maintain multiple geospatial databases
  • Prepare military-style briefs covering all aspects of the terrain


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 geospatial engineer requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and 20 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 on-the-job instruction for geographic information systems.

Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

  • Basic knowledge of Geographic Information Systems
  • Geographic analysis
  • Imagery interpretation and exploitation

Helpful Skills

  • Interest in geography, maps and charts
  • Ability to demonstrate basic computer skills and work with drafting equipment
  • Conceptualize ideas into computer-generated 2-D/3-D geospatial products
  • Preference in a technical career field

Required ASVAB Score(s)

Skilled Technical (ST): 100, General Technical (GT): 100

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 engineer with the government or in the private sector.


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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