14S - Air and Missile Defense (AMD) Crewmember

An 'Avenger' Missile System On Alert In Washington
••• An 'Avenger' missile system is positioned on a hill with the U.S. Capitol visible in the background February 12, 2003, in Washington, DC. At the time, this U.S. Army weapon was part of a multi-agency effort to provide the U.S. Capital area with greater protection against a possible attack from the air. Mark Wilson / Getty Images

Basic Job Description

An Air and Missile Defense Crewmember is a member of the Army's air defense artillery team using the AVENGER system. The AVENGER system is a lightweight, highly mobile and transportable surface-to-air missile/gun weapon system. It provides mobile, short-range air defense protection against air and land attacks. The Air and Missile Defense Crewmember serves as a member of the highly mobile Avenger operations team.

Duties performed by Soldiers in this MOS include:

Prepares, operates and fires the AVENGER and Man Portable Air Defense System weapons systems. Establishes and maintains radio and wire communications. Assists in maintaining situation map. Performs target engagement evaluation. Applies infrared techniques to detect and engage targets. Operates identification, friend or foe programmer/charger. Resupplies ammunition and prepares systems for firing. Performs emergency procedures for weapons systems. Maintains sight alignment on systems. Operates and maintains system carriers.

Supervises and assists the preparation and firing of the AVENGER/ Man Portable Air Defense System weapons systems. Collects and consolidates intelligence information. Processes special and periodic reports. Prepares and maintains situation map. Transmits intelligence and grid locations of incoming targets. Designates fighting positions.

Alerts firing batteries. Transmits alert status and readiness changes.

Training Information

Job training for an air and missile defense crewmember requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and 10 weeks of Advanced Individual Training with on-the-job instruction. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and in the field under simulated combat conditions.

Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

  • Methods of computing target locations
  • Ammunition-handling techniques
  • Missile and rocket system operations
  • Artillery tactics

ASVAB Score Required: 85 in aptitude area OF

Security Clearance: Confidential

Strength Requirement: heavy

Physical Profile Requirement: 111121

Other Requirements

  • Normal color vision required
  • Distance vision correctable to 20/20 without multifocal lenses
  • Minimum height of 64 inches
  • Must be U.S. Citizen

Similar Civilian Occupations

There is no civilian occupation that is directly equivalent to MOS 14S. However, the following civilian occupations make use of the skills developed through MOS 14S training and experience.

  • Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics
  • Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment
  • First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers
  • Truck Drivers, Light or Delivery Services