One of the most exciting specialties in today’s United State Marine Corps is the job of MIAI Tank Crewman. The Tank crew of a M1A1 functions as a unit, to provide tactical employment, firing, and maneuvering. The Tank crewperson works to keep their tracked vehicle in good repair, and to keep up with all maintenance during both land and amphibious operations. The duty of a M1 Tank operator includes being able to perform basic tasks include preparing the tank, assembling equipment, personnel and supplies for movement, preparation of ammunition for firing, driving the tank, aiming, loading, and firing operations.
Working as a M1 Tank crewman is a person who will have an adventurous and exciting job ahead of them. A M1A1 Tank crew or unit crewman knows various skills and performs operations in support in a combined environment area inside combat vehicles. Tasks of a M1A1 crewman can include locating targets, and other various tank crew type responsibilities of the mission assigned to the tank crew. M1 tank candidate will attend the M1A1 Armor course, normally right after boot camp or basic training. Upon graduation of the M1A1 armor course, a candidate is considered non-MOS qualified. This is a course of training involving both classroom training and combat skill training. Training is conducted at Ft Knox, Kentucky and consists of both on the job training, as well as modified skills training conducted under simulated conditions. If you have good basic mechanical ability and the ability to use tools, and can work successfully in a team environment, and do not mind-closed spaces, this may be the job for you. This is a job that calls for precision operations, so you have to be a detailed person and able to focus well. There are different requirements to serve as a Marine Corps M1A1 tank crewman. You must have Normal Color Vision and normal hearing, Normal Vision correctable to 20/20 as well as Combined score on the GT section of the ASVAB tests of 90 or higher.
Training for an M1Abrahms tank crewman begins as with all Marine enlisted candidates, Basic Combat training. After advanced training, if a graduate wants to become MOS qualified, there is an additional training course, which is also held at Fort Knox Kentucky.
Called the M1A1 Reserve Tank Gunner/Commander Course, it is a specific course designed to lead to qualification. It is a nineteen-day advanced training course that will teach and hone the necessary skills to be a certified M1A1 crewman. Upon successful demonstration of skills they may become billet certified as a M1A1 tank crewman.