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Army MOS 12B Combat Engineer

Having a combination of combat ability and building skills is necessary when it comes to tackling rough terrain in combat situations. Combat Engineers primarily supervise, serve or assist as a member of a team. They provide much-needed combat effectiveness to the maneuver force by accomplishing mobility, and limited counter mobility, limited survivability and general engineering task.

Some of your duties as a Combat Engineer may include:
Construct fighting positions, for individuals and weapons
Construction of fixed and floating bridges
Construction of obstacles and defensive positions
Place and detonate explosives
Conduct obstacle breaching operations
Conduct assault river crossing operations
Execute target demolition
Prepare and install firing systems for demolition and explosives
Detect mines by visual means or by using a mine detector
Prepare route clearance operations – RG-31, husky, Buffalo

Combat Engineers must meet very demanding physical requirements. Agility, balance and the ability to perform strenuous physical activities over long periods of time are a necessity.

Job training for Combat Engineers requires 14 weeks of One Station Unit Training, which includes Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field to include on-the-job instruction. Your on-the-job training primarily consists of manual work in a variety of training. Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

Basic demolitions
Basic explosive hazards
Constructing wire obstacles
Fixed Bridge building
Basic urban operations
Operating heavy equipment, JAB, ABV, ACE, AVLB, Buffalo, HEMMIT

Advanced Responsibilities
Advanced level Combat Engineers provides guidance, supervises and trains other Soldiers within the same discipline. As an advanced level Combat Engineer, you may be involved in:

Direct and assist in the operation of engineering wheeled or tracked vehicles
Direct the construction of fighting positions and wire entanglements
Control fire team movements
Place explosives and clear misfires
Conduct reconnaissance operations
Conduct Urban Breaching Operations