Army MOS 12B Combat Engineer
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Army MOS 12B Combat Engineer  See also College Credits for Army MOS 12B
Having a combination of combat ability and building skills is necessary when it comes to tackling rough terrain in
combat situations. Combat Engineers primarily supervise, serve or assist as a member of a team. They provide
much-needed combat effectiveness to the maneuver force by accomplishing mobility, and limited counter mobility,
limited survivability and general engineering task.

Some of your duties as a Combat Engineer may include:

  • Construct fighting positions, for individuals and weapons
  • Construction of fixed and floating bridges
  • Construction of obstacles and defensive positions
  • Place and detonate explosives
  • Conduct obstacle breaching operations
  • Conduct assault river crossing operations
  • Execute target demolition
  • Prepare and install firing systems for demolition and explosives
  • Detect mines by visual means or by using a mine detector
  • Prepare route clearance operations - RG-31, husky, Buffalo

Requirements
Combat Engineers must meet very demanding physical requirements. Agility, balance and the ability to perform
strenuous physical activities over long periods of time are a necessity.

Training
Job training for Combat Engineers requires 14 weeks of One Station Unit Training, which includes Basic Training and
Advanced Individual Training. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field to include on-the-job
instruction. Your on-the-job training primarily consists of manual work in a variety of training. Some of the skills you'll
learn are:

  • Basic demolitions
  • Basic explosive hazards
  • Constructing wire obstacles
  • Fixed Bridge building
  • Basic urban operations
  • Operating heavy equipment, JAB, ABV, ACE, AVLB, Buffalo, HEMMIT

Advanced Responsibilities
Advanced level Combat Engineers provides guidance, supervises and trains other Soldiers within the same
discipline. As an advanced level Combat Engineer, you may be involved in:

  • Direct and assist in the operation of engineering wheeled or tracked vehicles
  • Direct the construction of fighting positions and wire entanglements
  • Control fire team movements
  • Place explosives and clear misfires
  • Conduct reconnaissance operations
  • Conduct Urban Breaching Operations
  • Conduct Counter Explosive hazards
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