A Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) Crew member is an important part of the Army’s combat team. MLRS teams are used to support infantry and tank units while supplementing cannon artillery in combat, but they also have responsibilities during peacetime. The MLRS launches various missiles and ammunition in quick strikes during combat. The crew members are responsible for operating and maintaining the entire MLRS system.
Some of your duties as a MLRS Crew member may include:
Drive self-propelled MLRS launcher and re-supply vehicles
Perform maintenance on MLRS launcher and re-supply vehicles
Reload ammunition on launcher and re-supply vehicles
Test and maintain the fire control system as needed
Mount radio sets and communication systems in all MLRS vehicles
MLRS Crewmembers constantly lift heavy objects and perform strenuous activity for long periods without rest. Being in top physical and mental shape is definitely a plus in this job. Normal color vision is a requirement and helps to distinguish between red/green in order to identify color-coded ammunition.
Job training for an MLRS crewmember requires nine weeks of Basic Training, where you learn basic Soldiering skills, and four weeks of Advanced Individual Training and on-the-job instruction. Part of this time is spent in a classroom and part in the field under simulated combat conditions. Some of the skills you will learn are:
Methods of calculating targets electronically and manually
Operating gun, missile and rocket systems specific to the MLRS
Artillery tactics and battle strategy
Advanced level MLRS Crew members provides guidance, supervises and trains other Soldiers within the same discipline. As an advanced level MLRS Crewmember, you may be involved in:
Assist in management and supervision of all MLRS operations, maintenance and training
Lead the reconnaissance team in combat to determine routes and firing locations
Make manual fire control entries
Enter weather data into the fire control system
Related Civilian Jobs
While there is no direct job equivalent to MLRS Crew member in civilian life, the skills you learn such as teamwork, discipline and leadership will help you in any civilian career you choose.
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Cannon Crewmember (13B)