The Patriot Mobile Missile System is one of the main weapons systems that are maintained by the United States Army. It is considered a primary job in the operational US Army. It is one element of the front line defenses that women and men of the US Armed Forces maintain, as well as facilities and equipment. The control operator that mans the Patriot Missile System is the person that works directly with the commander, launching on command the missiles by direction. It consists of a power plant, a group communications relay, a control station, and as many as an eight missile launching system.
Dealing with the patriot missile system is a trained position, the missile system is able to launch and take out multiple sites and targets by firing up to eight missiles. Being a Patriot Missile operator sounds like an exciting job, and it is, but it?s not for lightweights. You should have normal color vision, and able to do strenuous activity for extended periods, sometimes without rest. You should be in good to excellent physical shape; you have to be able to maintain mental alertness and clarity during such periods of activity and stress. Skills learned, as a Patriot Missile system team member will be highly valuable in the civilian world after you leave the Army. To prepare for a job as an Army Patriot Missile Operator you will have to attend boot camp. You should you be in top physical shape, but also be able to interpret and understand charts, maps, and understand the color-coding on different types of ammunition. As a Trained Patriot Systems Missile Operator you will be trained and be able to perform the following operations:
-Supplying each of the Launching stations with missiles in the field.
-Loading and handling Patriot ammunition.
-Some of the duties of a Patriot Missile System Operator are:
-Using the Control station and operating, launching and firing the Patriot Missile system.
-Placement and movement of the Patriot system in the field.
-Performing various routine and preventative maintenance on the systems in the field.
Following boot camp, you will then attend advanced training. You will spend 11 weeks learning about how to operate advanced technology and artillery that are unique to the Patriot Missile System.