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

Just the Facts


Armored assault vehicle crew members work as a team to operate armored equipment and fire weapons to destroy enemy positions. They normally specialize by type of armor, such as tanks, light armor (cavalry), or amphibious assault vehicles.

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


A person in this career:

  • Operates tracked and wheeled vehicles over varied terrain and roadways in combat formation and armor marches
  • Drives the unit, operates the breaching/bridging systems, and provides protection
  • Participates in reconnaissance, security, cordon/search, and other combat operations
  • Serves as a member of an LP/OP (listening/observation post) while employing principles of cover and concealment
  • Gathers information on the size, activity, location, unit, time, and equipment of the enemy
  • Performs or manages reconnaissance of fording sites, tunnels, and bridges, and reports on information collected
  • Maintains responsibility for individual weapons, crew-served weapons, and the maintenance of assigned vehicle and equipment
  • Manages distribution and adjusts direct and aerial fires in combat
  • Employs operations security (OPSEC) and casualty evacuation (CASEVAC) measures
  • Coordinates and conducts platoon resupply

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.
  • Requires getting into awkward positions
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • Exposed to hazardous situations involving possible injury such as cuts, bites, stings, and minor burns more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves use of special protective items such as a breathing apparatus, safety harness, full protection suit, or radiation protection

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