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Armored Assault Vehicle Officer ... (Military - Officer)  What They Do

Just the Facts


Directs and leads tank and armor units in the military. Normally specializes by type of tank unit, such as armor, cavalry, or amphibious assault.

This career is part of the Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security cluster Security and Protective Services pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Gathers and evaluates intelligence on enemy strength and positions.
  • Formulates battle plans.
  • Coordinates actions with infantry, artillery, and air support units.
  • Directs communications, location and construction of positions, and camouflaging of positions and equipment.
  • Directs operations and employment of tanks, armored vehicles, support infantry and related equipment.
  • Plans and supervises tactical and technical training of an armored unit.
  • Directs training, administration, supply maintenance, transportation, and security activities of the unit.
  • Commands attached elements.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 20 lbs., sometimes up to 50 lbs. You might do a lot of lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling.
  • Requires getting into awkward positions
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • Exposed to conditions such as high voltage electricity, combustibles, explosives, and chemicals more than once a month
  • Exposed to hazardous situations involving possible injury such as cuts, bites, stings, and minor burns more than once a month
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Moving the arms, legs and torso together when the whole body is in motion
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Detecting sounds and hearing the differences between sounds of different pitch and loudness
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying objects

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Overnight travel