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Armored Assault Vehicle OfficersIntelligence, Combat and Readiness
Armored assault vehicle officers work and train in all climates and weather conditions. To remain ready for combat, tank units must regularly train under simulated combat conditions. During these exercises, armored assault vehicle officers are on the move, working, eating, and sleeping outdoors and in tents. When not in training, these officers perform administrative duties in offices.
Average Military Salary
Armored assault vehicle officers direct the operation of tanks, light armor, and amphibious assault vehicle units on land or in aquatic environments. They direct crew members in the operation of targeting and firing systems and manage the operation of advanced onboard communications and navigation equipment. They also direct the transport of personnel and equipment during combat, formulate and implement battle plans, and coordinate with infantry, artillery, and air support units.
Officers typically enter the Military after they have completed a four-year college degree; enlisted service members can transition to officer positions through a variety of pathways and earn a degree while serving. Like other officers, armored assault vehicle officers complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities, military structure and etiquette, traditions, and leadership development. Additional training consists of classroom and field training. Job-specific training content may include:
- Armor operations, principles, and tactics
- Night maneuvers
- Leadership of a platoon
- Weapons and equipment maintenance
- Battle positioning and reconnaissance operations
- Ability to motivate and lead others
- Ability to work well under stress
- Interest in armored equipment and battlefield strategy
- Willingness to accept a challenge and face danger
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