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Army High Mobility Arty Rocket System (HIMAR) Crewmember (MOS 13M)

Army HIMAR Crewmembers (MOS 13M) are responsible for operating and maintaining the HIMAR rocket system.

The High Mobility Arty Rocket System (HIMAR) is a multiple launch rocket system.

The Army uses HIMAR to support infantry and tank units while in combat.

Learn more about the Army HIMAR Crewmember (MOS 13M) position by reading the entire article.

Education, Qualifications, and Training

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Army HIMAR Crewmembers (MOS 13M) deal with MLRS and ammunition. Image: Joint Base Langley-Eustis

MOS 13M are tasked with handling the multiple launch rocket system known as MLRS or HIMAR.

An Army HIMAR Crewmember (MOS 13M) supports other supplemental cannon artillery teams in the battlefield.

There primary objective is to support Army ground infantry.

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Education

In order to become an Army HIMAR Crewmember (MOS 13M) you will need a high school diploma or GED equivalent.

Then, you need to complete the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB).

Recruits must pass ASVAB Operators & Food (OF): 95 in order to remain considered for the military occupation specialty (MOS).

Qualifications

In order to qualify for MOS 13M you need to show no color discrimination between red and green.

The security clearance required for MOS 13M is “secret”.

The strength requirement is “moderately heavy”.

Those that want to become an Army HIMAR Crewmember have an interest in cannon and rocket operations.

The Army seeks individuals that are good with working in teams and able to multi-task.

You also need to be physically and mentally fit to perform under the pressures of combat.

It is also important to note that Army HIMAR Crewmember – 13M MOS is currently closed to women.

Training

All new recruits of the U.S. Army begin with Basic Combat Training (BCT).

Boot camp lasts 10 weeks and if you survive you transition into Advanced Individual Training (AIT).

AIT is short for Army HIMAR Crewmembers with just four weeks of training.

You will learn how to handle ammunition, operate guns, missiles, and rocket systems, as well as develop artillery tactics and battle strategy.

MOS 13M also learn how to calculate target locations either with electronic devices or manually.

What does an Army High Mobility Arty Rocket System Crewmember Do?

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MOS 13M use M270 Self-Propelled Loader Launchers during combat. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Army MLRS Crewmembers (MOS 13M) are vital to the success of battlefield combat.

There job duties include supporting infantry and tank units during combat, as well as responsibilities during peacetime.

13M MOS launches various missiles and ammunition in quick strike situations.

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Drive & Maintain Self-Propelled Launch Vehicles

Army HIMAR Crewmembers are experts at driving MLRS launch vehicles.

MOS 13M are trained to fire weapons on command.

The most common type of MLRS the use is M270 Self-Propelled Loader Launchers.

Ammunition & Resupply Vehicles

Another job duty of an Army HIMAR Crewmember is to reload ammunition and resupply vehicles.

The self-propelled launch vehicles need to perform in excellent condition during combat so there is plenty of service and maintenance performed on the vehicles when not on the battlefield.

MLRS Tests

During downtime MOS 13M will also spend time testing the fire control systems.

The tests are used to assess working parts of the MLRS.

Soldiers may also assist section chief in the supervision of operations, maintenance, and training.

There is also a need to lead and instruct the reconnaissance team in combat operations.

Radio Communications

MLRS teams use radio communications in the field like other teams of the Army.

As a result, it is your duty as an Army MLRS Crewmember to mount radio sets and communication systems on all vehicles.

Soldiers may have to switch to manual fire control entries during combat.

What does an Army HIMAR Crewmember make?

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The experience in the U.S. Army will produce leadership, discipline, and teamwork skills that translate well into any civilian job. Image: Army.com

Army HIMAR Crewmembers are not paid based on MOS, but rather Army rank and years of service.

Here is what you can expect to make in the U.S. Army based on rank:

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

The U.S. Army has several benefits included with a monthly salary:

  • Medical Insurance
  • Vacation Time
  • Retirement
  • Special Pay
  • Education: Army members can earn full-tuition, merit-based scholarships, allowances for books and fees, plus annual stipend for living expenses.
  • Housing: Allowances for living expenses, utilities, and maintenance.
  • Food: Allowance for the on-base dining hall and access to tax-free department and grocery stores.

Job Reviews

There is not a ton of job reviews available online regarding 13M MOS.

However, there are very good things to say about the U.S. Army in general.

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Civilian Job Opportunities

Army HIMAR Crewmembers (MOS 13M) do not have a direct job equivalent after leaving the military.

However, the skills you attain in leadership, discipline, and teamwork will serve you well in any civilian job.

Some MOS 13M have went on to work as bus drivers, truck drivers, heavy equipment operators, mechanics, business operations specialists, computer operators, radio operators, and first-line supervisors.

Summary

An Army HIMAR Crewmember (MOS 13M) is important to supporting ground infantry and tank units during combat.

It is a position that teaches you a lot about teamwork and performing well under pressure.

Resources:

  1. https://www.goarmy.com/careers-and-jobs/browse-career-and-job-categories/combat/multiple-launch-rocket-system-crewmember.html
  2. https://www.indeed.com/cmp/U.S.-Army/reviews
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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