14G Air Defense Battle Management System Operator
The air defense battle management system operator is in charge of equipment systems that protect against aerial and space attack. Categorized as military occupational specialty (MOS) 14G, soldiers in this job are critical to operations of the Army’s air defense artillery team.
To be successful in this job, interest in missile and rocket operations, as well as an affinity for mathematics, are useful traits. You should be able to multi-task, even under the extreme pressures of combat situations, and like any role in the U.S. military, you must have the ability to work well as part of a team.
Duties for MOS 14G
One of the most important responsibilities of this job is providing situational awareness and warnings from airspace. These soldiers conduct the planning and execution of airspace management required for a supported echelon, and are responsible for air defense airspace management, overseeing cell equipment and march orders, and emplacements and level system maintenance.
MOS 14G will evaluate intelligence data for force and engagement operations. They have to keep a lot of crucial information up to date and be able to analyze data quickly in order to support their fellow troops. This job may spend a lot of time gathering information that is used at a moment's notice, so patience and focus are both really important character traits for soldiers who want to pursue this role.
Training Information for MOS 14G
Job training for an air defense battle management system operator requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and roughly 16 weeks of Advanced Individual Training with on-the-job instruction. As with most military jobs, some of this training time will be spent in the classroom and part is spent in the field under simulated combat conditions.
Soldiers training for MOS 14G will learn how to operate LAN (local area network), WAN (wide area network) and remote video displays, and how to evaluate intelligence data for force and engagement operations in joint, interagency, intergovernmental, and multinational (JIIM) networks. By the end of the training, you’ll be skilled in performing online and offline hardware and software diagnostics.
Qualifying as MOS 14G
To be eligible for MOS 14G, a soldier needs a score of 99 in the mechanical maintenance (MM) aptitude area and a 98 in the general technical (GT) aptitude area on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude (ASVAB) test.
You’ll need to be able to qualify for a secret security clearance for this MOS since you’ll be handling sensitive information. This will involve a check of your finances and any criminal background. Some drug-related offenses may be disqualifying for this job.
You must have a normal color vision, with no colorblindness, to qualify for this Army job.
Similar Civilian Occupations to MOS 14G
Because this is a position that is directly tied to military combat situations, there is no civilian occupation that is directly equivalent to MOS 14G. As with most Army jobs, however, the skills you learn as part of your training and during your tour of duty—such as teamwork, discipline, and leadership—will help you in any civilian career you choose.