Armored Assault Vehicle Crew Member ... (Military - Enlisted)  What They Do

Just the Facts


Works as a member of a team to operate armored equipment and fire weapons to destroy enemy positions. Normally specializes by type of armor, such as tanks or water assault vehicles.

This career is part of the Government and Public Administration cluster National Security pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Drives armored land or amphibious assault vehicles in combat formations.
  • Locates, operates target sighting equipment and engages targets.
  • Operates communications and signaling equipment to receive and relay battle orders.
  • Gathers and reports information about enemy strength and target location.
  • Performs preventive and corrective maintenance on armored vehicles and mounted weapons systems.
  • Reads maps and battle plans.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 20 lbs., sometimes up to 50 lbs. You might do a lot of lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Requires getting into awkward positions
  • Exposed to conditions such as high voltage electricity, combustibles, explosives, and chemicals more than once a month
  • Exposed to hazardous situations involving possible injury such as cuts, bites, stings, and minor burns more than once a month
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Moving the arms, legs and torso together when the whole body is in motion
  • Judging how far away an object is, or which of several objects is closer or farther away
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Detecting sounds and hearing the differences between sounds of different pitch and loudness
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying objects

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Overnight travel