Air and Missile Defense Crewmember (14P)

An air and missile defense crewmember is responsible for operating the avenger system, a lightweight, highly mobile weapon system that provides air defense protection against air and land attacks. 

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Achieving air superiority is a crucialelement in protecting our Nation’s troops on the battlefield.

The United States Army’s Air Defense Artillery specializes in the use of antiaircraft weapons that protect ground forces from aerial and missile attacks, as well as enemy surveillance.

As an Air and Missile Defense Crewmember, you will learn to employ air defense systems that engage hostile airborne targets.

This Military Occupational Specialty is open to enlisted men and women who are physically and mentally fit to perform under pressure.

Being able to detect, track, intercept, and destroy incoming threats requires advanced knowledge of highly sophisticated computer controlled weapons systems.

Each Air and Missile Defense, or AMD crewmember, is trained to operate and fire the Counter Rocket Artillery Mortar or C-RAM, the Avenger weapon system, and the Man Portable Air Defense System known as MANPADS.

The C-RAM is a rapid-fire, radar-guided 20 millimeter gun that protects critical assets on the ground from indirect fire attack by rockets, artillery and mortars.

The Avenger is a highly mobile surface to air missile fire unit equipped with eight Stinger missiles. This shoot-on-the-move air defense system uses infrared targeting to take down low flying helicopters, planes and cruise missiles.

MANPADS operates as a shoulder-fired heat seeking surface-to-air missile, or SAM. AMD crewmembers are also trained to establish radio communications, track incoming targets, perform target engagement evaluation, and prepare systems for firing.

To become an AMD crewmember, Soldiers must be eligible for a Secret Clearance, and earn a qualifying score on the ASVAB, or Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test. Job training takes place at the U.S. Army Defense Artillery School at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

Soldiers will receive 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and 10 weeks of Advanced Individual Training with onthe- job instruction.

While in training, Soldiers will spend time in the classroom, and in the field under simulated combat conditions. The training and skills that Soldiers acquire as an AMD Crewmember 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 work sector.

The Credentialing Opportunities On- Line, or COOL website helps Army Service members find information on certifications and lic enses related to their jobs.

The Army depends upon this agile and adaptive ground-based arms to provide the final line of defense against airbased threats

Become a part of the world’s most versatile Fires Force – Military Occupational Specialty: Air and Missile Defense Crewmember.