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Army MOS 18B Special Forces Weapons Sergeant

Special Forces Teams are among the most specialized combat forces in the Army. They experience rigorous mental and physical training in order to carry out their missions in a quick and extremely effective manner. The Special Forces Weapons Sergeant is a crucial member of this team and must be ready to perform a variety of tasks anywhere in the world on a moment’s notice.

Special Forces Soldiers in the Army conduct offensive raids, demolitions, intelligence, search and rescue and other missions from air, land or sea. Special Forces Weapons Sergeants are the weapons specialists. They’re capable of operating and maintaining a wide variety of U.S., Allied and other foreign weaponry.

Some of your duties as a Special Forces Weapons Sergeant may include:

Go behind enemy lines to recruit, train and equip friendly forces for guerrilla raids
Clear mine fields, both underwater and on land
Carry out demolition raids against enemy military targets
Employ warfare tactics and techniques in infantry operations
Conduct offensive raids or invasions of enemy territories
Maintain proficiency with all foreign high-density light and heavy weapons
Evaluate terrain
Select weapons placements and sites
Assign targets and areas of fire
Read, interpret and prepare combat orders

Special Operations Forces have very demanding physical requirements. Good eyesight, night vision, and physical conditioning are required to reach mission objectives via parachute, land or water. Excellent hand-eye coordination is also required to detonate or deactivate explosives. In most instances, Special Operations Forces Team Members are required to be qualified divers, parachutists and endurance runners.

Due to the wide variety of missions, Special Operations Weapons Sergeants are trained swimmers, paratroopers and survival experts, as well as trained in many forms of combat. Training for the Special Operations Weapons Sergeant consists of 43 weeks of formal classroom training and practice exercises. Some of the skills you learn are:

Physical conditioning, parachuting, swimming and scuba diving
Using land warfare weapons and communications devices
Handling and using explosives
Bomb and mine disposal

Related Civilian Jobs
As a Special Operations Weapons Sergeant, you’re trained to defend against dangerous forces. The skills you acquire during your training as a Special Operations Weapons Sergeant will most certainly prepare you for a future civilian career in law enforcement. People depend on police officers and detectives to protect and defend their lives and property. A Special Operations Weapons Sergeant is perfectly suited for positions such as these. Also, the extensive leadership training you’ll receive will enable you to move directly into practically any civilian management
position in the corporate world.

Related Army Positions
Special Forces Communications Sergeant (18E)
Special Forces Medical Sergeant (18D)
Special Forces Engineer Sergeant (18C)

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