A PATRIOT Launching Station Enhanced Operator is an important part of the Army’s air defense artillery team. The PATRIOT missile system teams are used to launch advanced-technology ammunition capable of neutralizing multiple air targets. The PATRIOT missile system consists of an engagement control station, electronic power plant, communication relay group and up to eight launching stations. The PATRIOT Launching Station Operator works directly with the PATRIOT launching stations.
Some of your duties as a PATRIOT Launching Station Enhanced Operator Maintainer may include:
Place the PATRIOT launching system in the field
Supply launching station with PATRIOT missiles
Operate specific PATRIOT launcher electronic systems
Perform preventative maintenance on PATRIOT launching stations
Handle PATRIOT ammunition
Establish and maintain radio and wire communications
PATRIOT Launching Station Enhanced Operators 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 also required in order to read color-coded ammunitions, maps and charts.
Job training for a PATRIOT Launching Station Enhanced Operator requires nine weeks of Basic Training, where you learn basic Soldiering skills, and 13 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’ll learn are:
Operating technologies specific to the PATRIOT system
Operating gun, missile and rocket launching systems specific to the PATRIOT
Artillery tactics and battle strategy
Advanced level PATRIOT Launching Station Enhanced Operators provides guidance, supervises and trains Soldiers within the same discipline. As an advanced level PATRIOT Launching Station Enhanced Operators, you may be involved in:
Provide guidance on technical issues
Supervise placement of the launching station of the PATRIOT system and reloading of
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The skills you will learn as a PATRIOT Launching Station Enhanced Operator, such as teamwork, discipline and leadership, will help in any civilian career you choose. You will also gain knowledge about electronics systems that can help you become an Electrician in the civilian world.
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