Artillery Mechanic (91P)

The artillery mechanic is primarily responsible for supervising and performing maintenance and recovery operations of all self-propelled field artillery cannon weapon systems — including automotive, turret, fire control and chemical protection subsystems.

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The mission of mobile Field Artillery is to destroy, defeat, or disrupt the enemy with integrated fires to enable maneuver commanders to dominate in unified land operations. The U.S. Army uses the Paladin self-propelled howitzer to accomplish this mission and the men and women that troubleshoot and perform maintenance to keep these guns in the fight are that of the Self Propelled Artillery System Maintainer.

After successfully completing 10 weeks of Army Basic Combat Training, you will attend Advanced Individual Training at Fort Lee, Virginia where the Army will train you in the principles of the Paladin’s maintenance requirements first through an interactive digital technical manual, culminating with hands on training. This training includes the proper methods to check and repair the Paladin’s Hydraulic systems. Maintenance on the Paladin’s power drive from minor repairs to proper installation and repairs to the Paladin’s weapon systems and computers. You’ll also train to identify, use, and maintain a wide range of tools and to keep records using the Army’s preventive maintenance forms that help ensure each vehicle receives regularly scheduled service.

After your Initial Entry Training and Advanced Individual Training, you’ll work supporting Army operations where the Self Propelled Artillery System Maintainer is primarily responsible for supervising and performing maintenance of the Paladin self-propelled field artillery cannon weapon system, to include motor-pool transportation and daily inspections. Your duties may also require you to operate new equipment for testing and diagnostic purposes and to conduct recovery of disabled vehicles from the field in a safe and expedient manner in order to facilitate their repair.

Serving in this MOS can help you transition from the military to the civilian employment sector because your skills in leadership, teamwork, and problem-solving are skills and values in demand by civilian employers.

The Army’s use of the Paladin Self-Propelled Howitzer relies on the skills of the Self Propelled Artillery System Maintainer to keep them moving on.