GEOSPATIAL ENGINEER (12Y)

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.

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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.