Training for an M1Abrahms tank crewman begins as with all Marine enlisted candidates, Basic Combat training. After boot camp a M1 tank candidate will attend the M1A1 Armor course. This is a course of training involving both classroom training and combat skill training. The Tank crewperson works to keep their tracked vehicle in good repair, and to keep up with all maintenance during both land and amphibious operations
If you have good basic mechanical ability and the ability to use tools, and can work successfully in a team environment, and do not mind-closed spaces, this may be the job for you. The duty of a M1 Tank operator includes being able to perform basic tasks in a combined environment area inside combat vehicles. The enlisted person who seeks to join the Marine Corps that wants to be a M1 Tank crewman is a person who will have an adventurous and exciting job ahead of them. Training is conducted at Ft Knox, Kentucky and consists of both on the job training, as well as modified skills training conducted under simulated conditions. Upon graduation of the M1A1 armor course, a candidate is considered non-MOS qualified. After completion of the Reserve Tank Gunner/Commander course, the candidate will have an opportunity to demonstrate their skills to the instructor/inspector of the battalion. Upon successful demonstration of skills they may become billet certified as a M1A1 tank crew member. A M1A1 Tank crew or unit crewman knows various skills and performs operations in support of the mission assigned to the tank crew. The Tank crew of a M1A1 functions as a unit, to provide tactical employment, firing, and maneuvering. Tasks of a M1A1 crewman can include preparing the tank, assembling equipment, personnel and supplies for movement, preparation of ammunition for firing, driving the tank, aiming, loading, and firing operations in the M1A1 tank environment, locating targets, and other various tank crew type responsibilities.
To become MOS Qualified, the candidate will then attend a training course held also at Fort Knox Kentucky. Called the M1A1 Reserve Tank Gunner/Commander Course, it is a nineteen-day advanced training course that will teach and hone the necessary skills to be a certified M1A1 crewman.