Combat Artillery repair and maintenance, as well as the maintenance of small arms is a specialty that is vital in today’s Marine Corps. The ability of a Marine unit to complete its mission rests on the reliability and performance of its equipment as well as its personnel, and it is the job of the Marine Corps Artillery and Small Arms repairer to keep the weapons and armor in top running order. Marine Corp forces use field artillery and weapons to lay down fire on the enemy, and they must have teams of specialists that are trained to provide immediate service and maintenance at a moments notice for equipment needing repair.
Many of the weapons used in the Marine Corps today in the Field Artillery have components and electrical systems used to help aim and fire the weapon, as well as they are used to locate the target. It is the artillery and small arms repairer’s mission to keep these weapons operating and ready to go. Some of the roles and responsibility for the Artillery repairer and small arms technician include cleaning and lubricating sights, gyroscopes and other electronic fire aiming components, maintaining and repairing platforms, launch mechanisms and missile mounts, maintaining and repairing infantry weapon sighting systems, and the repair and maintenance of naval gun sight systems.
Job training for the Marine Artillery Small Arms repair specialist starts out with Basic Combat Training for 9 weeks. You will work and learn basic soldiering and how to become a Marine Enlisted person. After Basic training you will spend 13 weeks of individual advanced training where you will be taught how to use drawings, blueprints schematics and wiring systems, how to use mechanical and electronic test equipment, how to maintain, test and operate specific artillery and small arms weapons systems, and learn about fire control systems found on ships and on shore bases.
If you have an ability or flair for science and math, and have an interest in working with weapons, as well as the ability to remain focused and accurate in tense situations, and if you have any experience with electrical or electronic equipment then you may be well suited for this job position. Advanced enlisted Marine Corps Artillery repairers often supervise and train other soldiers.