The M1 Abrams Tank Crewman is the part of the Army team who works to operate equipment and employ weapons on command. The M1 Abrams Armor crewman fires weapons and operates armored equipment to destroy enemy emplacements and positions. During peacetime armor and tank units train to be read to perform their role at a moments notice and to keep a high degree of military readiness. During times of war and conflict, the M1 Abrams Tank and its crew work to perform amphibious assault, tank operations, and combat missions as part of the United Stated Armed Forces anywhere they are called upon anywhere on the globe. Tanks operate to defend against and destroy the enemy, and the M1A2 Abrams tank uses shock effect, firepower, and mobility to close up with the enemy and to extinguish and destroy enemy forces.
As a Abrams M1A2 tank armor crewman, you will be called upon to fire and load guns, employ turrets in support of the assigned mission, operated wheeled and tracked vehicles over terrain, operate firing controls and main gun equipment, and to follow orders as directed by the tank commander. You will work to assist in target identification and neutralization, as well as target location and detection duties. You will be responsible on command to operate radio systems to communicate with other tanks, and with the leaders of the task force to complete your tank mission.
Working as an Abrams M1A2 Army Armor Tank Crewmember you will use two way radios to stay in close working contact with the main battle force and to pass communications both to the battlefield commanders and to receive and disseminate information received as orders from headquarters units. You will secure and maintain battle positions as directed, and selecting tank routes and navigating. You will read compasses, battle plans and maps. Training for Armor crewmember starts with basic combat training for 9 weeks, where you will be taught the Army way of life. After Basic training you will advance to individual advanced training for 15 weeks called One Station Unit Training. Part of your training will be under simulated combat training conditions, and part will be in the classroom. Tank crews participate in combat training, and war games. You will learn how to read maps, tank operations, and defensive and offensive Armor Tank operations.