Marine Anti-Tank Missileman (MOS 0352) Job Facts

These Marines Are in Charge of Widely-Used Weapons Systems

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Military weapons systems have become so specialized and so high-tech that it takes special training (and often more than one person) to operate them safely and effectively. The responsibility of the anti-tank missileman, which is Marine military occupational specialty (MOS) 0352, is  the tactical employment of some very specific weapons.

Among them are the TOW (Tube-launched, Optically-tracked, Wire-guided) weapon system and the Javelin weapons system.

These are both widely used anti-tank missiles, and are capable of damaging and defeating tanks in battle, which is obviously crucial in a combat situation. 

In addition, MOS 0352 is responsible for anti-armor operations and tactical vehicle operations. They provide medium and heavy anti-armor fire in support of the infantry battalion, light armored reconnaissance (LAR) battalion, tank battalion, and the Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF).

These Marines are located in the anti-armor platoon within the weapons company of the infantry battalions and LAR battalions, the TOW platoons of the tanks battalions, and the TOW Company of the Tank Battalion. Non-commissioned officers are assigned as gunners and squad leaders.

Training Requirements for MOS 0352

To qualify for this job, Marines need a general technical (GT) score of 100 or higher on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB).

The Marine Corps infantry has two training schools Marines attend after basic training. Anti-tank missilemen will be required to complete the anti-tank assault guided missileman course at the School of Infantry at either Camp Pendleton in California or at Camp Geiger, a satellite facility of Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina.

They may also complete appropriate managed on-the-job training. 

Job Requirements for MOS 0352

Recruits for this MOS must have normal color vision, and vision of 20/200, correctable to 20/20. Their past driving record according to the National Driver Register, must show they are eligible for an SF-46 military driver's license, and they must possess the psychological and physiological qualifications required for licensing as a Government motor vehicle operator.

Similar Jobs to MOS 0352

The infantry assaultman provide rocket fire in support of Marine rifle squads, platoons, and companies within the infantry battalion. They're trained to use the anti-personnel obstacle breaching system (APOBS) as well as demolitions. This job is MOS 0351. Noncommissioned officers are assigned as gunners, team, squad, and section leaders.

And the LAV (light armored vehicle) crewman, which is MOS 0313, operate and maintain the LAV and its weapons systems. These vehicles, which are eight-wheeled and amphibious, are armored reconnaissance vehicles that can carry communications equipment. 

The LAV's role within a larger Marine expeditionary unit (MEU) is to conduct security, recon and screening missions for a larger force, with some independent operations.


Note that despite the name of the positions ( missileman, crewman) since women are now permitted in U.S. military combat situations, any of these jobs may also be held by female Marines. 

Related Marine Corps Jobs:

 Assaultman, 0351.

LAV Crewman, 0313.

Tank Crewman, 1812.

Above information derived from MCBUL 1200, parts 2 and 3