BRIDGE CREWMEMBER (12C)

Bridge crewmembers provide bridge and rafting support for dry and wet gap crossing operations when a squad, section or platoon tackles rough terrain in combat situations.

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To maneuver across rough terrain and over natural and manmade obstacles on the battlefield, the Army relies on a team of highly skilled engineers to construct its own infrastructure. Bridges are an essential component of this infrastructure. Assisting in the preparation and construction of bridge sites, and conducting bridge operations, are the primary responsibilities of the Bridge Crewmember.

Soldiers in this M.O.S. may be responsible for operating light vehicles, cranes, and bridge trucks, including the Army’s sophisticated Dry Support Bridge, or DSB. Soldiers may also learn to perform duties as a deckhand on a bridge erection boat, install kedge and overhead anchorage systems, deploy rafts and launch and retrieve ribbon bridge bays, assemble and maintain military fixed and floating bridges, detect and disable mines, as well as preparing demolition firing systems and wire obstacles. This career field requires individuals who are interested in construction and engineering, who enjoy working outdoors and using hand and power tools, have the ability to work as a member of a team while maintaining safety awareness and are physically and mentally fit to perform labor-intensive, strenuous work under pressure.

After successfully completing Army Basic Combat Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, you will remain at that station and attend 6 weeks of Bridge Crewmember Advanced Individual Training. There you will learn basic construction methods and engineering principles, vehicle operation and bridge building, as well as rough carpentry and rigging.

After successfully completing your Advanced Individual Training, you may be eligible for worldwide assignments as a member of a Combat Engineer unit. You may also have the opportunity to advance in your career through additional technical, tactical, and leadership training. The skills you learn, such as teamwork, discipline, and leadership, may help you transition from the military to the civilian work force where you may find employment in the construction career field or with further education and certifications, in the engineering sector.

A crucial member of the Army combat engineer team is a Bridge Crewmember.

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