Patriot Fire Control Enhanced Operator/Maintainer (14E)

A Patriot Fire Control Enhanced Operator/Maintainer operates and maintains one of the world's most advanced missile systems – Patriot; the center piece weapon system of the Army's air defense mission against multiple air threats to include ballistic missile, cruise missiles, and aircraft of all types. The 14E is responsible for operating and maintaining the five major parts of the Patriot Fire Control system: Radar Set, Engagement Control Station, Electronic Power Plant, Antenna Mast Group, and Battle Command Post. The 14E Soldier is also responsible for identifying, tracking, and combating those identified threats using a technology advanced interceptor missile that is capable of destroying enemy air threats at a moment's notice.

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A ballistic missile is capable of traveling at speeds of up to 15 thousand miles per hour, reaching its target in a matter of minutes.

With a capacity for carrying nuclear, chemical, biological, or conventional warheads  these and other hostile airborne threats have the potential to cause devastating damage.

With only minutes to detect, identify, track, and intercept an incoming threat, our Troops must react quickly  and with precision that only the most advanced air defense and radar technology can provide.

To run these sophisticated systems, the Army relies upon the highly skilled men and women who serve in Military

Occupational Specialty: PATRIOT Fire Control Enhanced Operator/Maintainer.

Soldiers working in this MOS are responsible for operating and maintaining the PATRIOT surface-to-air missile system

with the ability to launch multiple variants of interceptors the PATRIOT System is capable of neutralizing multiple air threats.

Candidates for this MOS should have an interest in Missile Defense operations

Radar Operations/Theory

and be physically and mentally fit, with the ability to multi-task while under pressure, and working as part of a team.

To qualify for this MOS, you must complete 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training

followed by 20 weeks of Advanced Individual Training with on-the-job instruction at the U.S. Army Air Defense Artillery School in Fort Sill, Oklahoma

where you will learn Air Defense Artillery tactics, techniques and procedures as well as maintenance operations on the PATRIOT system.

After successful completion of training, you may be assigned to work supporting military operations around the world  in the field serving in an air

defense unit responsible for the transport, set up, and maintenance of the PATRIOT radar and fire control equipment

establishing radio and wire communications in the field

Identifying and engaging targets.

You may also be expected to provide real-time status reports during combat operations, fire the PATRIOT missiles, and perform tactical and technical operations.

Skills learned while serving in this MOS such as teamwork, discipline, and leadership will help you transition from the Military to the civilian employment sector in virtually any career you choose.

Serve as a key component of the Army’s Air Defense Military Occupational Specialty: Patriot Fire Control Enhanced Operator/Maintainer.