Army AH-64 Attack Helicopter Repairer (MOS 15R)
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Army AH-64 Attack Helicopter Repairer (MOS 15R): Career Details

Army AH-64 Attack Helicopter Repairer (MOS 15R) is responsible for the maintenance of the AH-64.

The AH-64 is one of the more advanced helicopters for the Army.

AH-64 helicopter is also known as the Apache.

Qualifications and Training

To be eligible for this position an individual must receive a score of 99 on the Mechanical Maintenance (MM) ASVAB test.

Once all medical, physical and other required entrance testing is complete, a recruit will attend Basic Combat Training for 10 weeks.

After Basic Combat Training, recruits will attend 17 weeks of Advanced Individual Training.

The 17 weeks will consist of both hands-on and classroom training.

Helpful skills related to this position include:

  • Having the ability to use both hand and power tools
  • An interest in aircraft and engine mechanics
  • Desire to work with mathematics and shop mechanics

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What Does an AH-64 Attack Helicopter Repairer Do?

Army AH-64 Attack Helicopter Repairer
Army AH-64 Attack Helicopter Repairer inspects the main rotor head of the Apache. Image: af.mil

Being an AH-64 Attack Helicopter Repairer means that you will be ensuring the AH-64 is safe and ready to fly for whatever mission it may be on.

About the Apache AH-64

The Apache attack helicopter is used by both the Active Army and Army National Guard armed reconnaissance battalions and cavalry units.

It is a helicopter that has tandem seats and two engines.

The Apache can destroy armor and targets using:

  • M230 300 mm cannon
  • Hydra-70 2.75 rockets
  • Laser guided and radio frequency missiles

This advanced helicopter has the latest communications, sensor, weapon and navigation systems.

It has infrared lasers, updated radio capabilities, Fire Control Radar and provides security to ground forces.

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Repairer Job Duties

This position requires individuals to work all around the world, day or night.

These professionals must be skilled in engine disassembly and repair.

They must know how to repair steel, fiberglass and aluminum airframes and coverings.

Part of the position includes fixing hydraulic, fuel and electrical systems.

The AH-64 Attack Helicopter Repairer will be required to prepare the aircraft for inspections and maintenance checks.

As part of the maintenance procedures, these specialist must document all maintenance activities.

A wide variety of tools such as wrenches and ratchets will be used.

They are required to be familiar with all tool types, document all tools and inventory all tools and components.

A combination of physical and technical maintenance is performed.

The specialist use interactive electronic technical manuals to perform and schedule maintenance.

Performing malfunction repair on the on-board systems, such as flight control, is also a task of the Repairer.

Physical components that the specialist may replace include removing and installing main turbine engines, rotors, transmissions, generators, horizontal stabilator and gearboxes.

The Apache aviation ground power unit will be operated by the Repairer.

Specialist will be required to provide periodic maintenance, servicing and lubricating the aircraft and all of its subsystems.

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This task could include changing the oil, replacing brake linings, checking lines for wear, adjusting the rotor blades, cleaning the aircraft/components or inspecting chemical levels (nitrogen) for the correct levels.

When the Apache aircraft has been in storage it is up to the Repairer to remove it from storage and complete pre-flight preparations including removing debri from the airfield.

You can view the Army video below for more details on the Apache and the AH-64 Attack Helicopter Repairer.

What Does an MOS 15R get Paid?

This is an entry-level Army position that would allow for both basic pay and benefits.

With no prior Military experience, fresh recruits can expect to be paid around $20,000.

Soldiers will be paid slightly lower during the first four months, but can expect their pay to follow the standard Army base pay below.

InsigniaPay GradeRankAbbreviationAvg. Monthly Pay
E-1PrivatePVT$1,681
E-2Private Second ClassPV2$1,884
army e 3 insignia - pfcE-3Private First ClassPFC$1,981
army e 4 insignia - specialistE-4SpecialistSPC$2,195
army e 4 insignia - corporalE-4CorporalCPL$2,195
E-5SergeantSGT$2,394
E-6Staff SergeantSSG$2,613
E-7Sergeant First ClassSFC$3,021
army e 8 insignia - master sergeantE-8Master SergeantMSG$4,345
E-8First Sergeant1SG$4,345
E-9Sergeant MajorSGM$5,308
E-9Command Sergeant MajorCSM$5,308
e 9 sergeant major of the army insigniaE-9Sergeant Major of the ArmySMA$5,308

Benefits

In addition to the base pay above, the Army also offers compensation, benefits and allowances.

Army soldiers are compensated with free housing and food while living on-base.

There are also opportunities for special pay or bonuses, depending on the situation and the current job outlook.

The Army offers free to low-cost medical and dental plus paid sick time, vacation and low-cost life insurance.

There are opportunities to support continued education while in the Army.

These opportunities include tuition assistance, scholarships and allowances for books and fees.

Most individuals pay very little to nothing to get a college degree.

 
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Job Reviews

Reviews related to this position discuss the position as being both stressful and exciting.

Previous Apache repairers discuss the long hours and amount of physical labor involved in the position.

They also discuss that working on the Apache can be exciting and traveling to different locations as being an experience you cannot get as a civilian.

Advancement in the position is based on how much effort you put into the position and your out-view of your situation.

You can find a few reviews from AH-64 Attack Helicopter Repairers below.

MOS 15R
Image: Indeed

Civilian Career Opportunities

Besides learning employable skills such as discipline and work ethic while in the Army, this position provides skills directly related to aircraft maintenance.

This position has skills related to airframe or general aircraft maintenance and inspection.

Job duties such as fiberglass repairing and experience with the tools used provides civilian opportunities in other maintenance areas outside of aviation, too.

Civilian job titles related to the MOS 15R position:

  • Aircraft Service Technician
  • Electric Motor Repairer
  • Fabricator
  • Machinery Worker
  • Equipment and Systems Inspector

Civilian aircraft maintenance tends to pay very similar to the Army, however jobs in aviation are not available in all locations.

Maintenance in other areas such as motor repair are more readily available, but tend to average slightly less pay.

This position is eligible for the PAYS program that guarantees a job interview with military friendly employers that may or not be in aviation or related to this position.

 
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Summary

Army MOS 15R
Army MOS 15R performing pre-flight checks. Image: af.mil

The Army AH-64 Attack Helicopter Repairer (MOS 15R) is responsible for the maintenance on the Apache helicopter.

The Apache helicopter is one of the Army’s most advanced attack helicopters capable of providing security to ground forces, foxed base operations, aerial escorts, conducting reconnaissance and engaging single or multiple enemies.

This is a position that can require long hours but can be exciting and rewarding.

The Army offers both base pay and benefits as MOS 15R.

Civilian Career Opportunities are related to aviation mechanics and mechanics in other career fields.

References

Army MOS 15R Career Details

Army COOL MOS 15R

Apache Attack Helicopter Details

Rob V.
Rob V.
Rob V. is the founder of OperationMilitaryKids.org. While he never actually served in the US Military, he has a passion for writing about military related topics. Born and raised in Woodbridge, NJ, he graduated from the New Jersey Institute Of Technology with an MBA in eCommerce. His hobbies include beach volleyball, target shooting, and lifting. Rob is also a commercially rated pilot with over 1,500 hours of flight time.

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