Army Patriot Fire Control ENH Operator Maintenance - MOS 14E
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Army Patriot Fire Control ENH Operator/Maintenance (MOS 14E)

Army Patriot Fire Control ENH Operators (MOS 14E) are tasked with placement, operation, and maintenance of the Patriot Fire Control system.

The Patriot Fire Control System is the primary method for the U.S. Army to combat against most air threats.

An Army Patriot Fire Control ENH Operator (MOS 14E) will work in a variety of environments and locations.

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Education, Qualifications, and Training

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MOS 14E are trained operators and mechanics of the Patriot Fire Control System. Image: U.S. AF Central Command

Army Patriot Fire Control ENH Operators are in charge of one of the most advanced missile defense systems in the world.

As a result, 14E MOS is a highly desirable position within the U.S. Army.

An Army Patriot Fire Control ENH Operator will use the Patriot Fire Control system for air defense against multiple types of threats including ballistic missiles and cruise missiles.

Since the Patriot Fire Control system is complex there is quite a bit of training that is necessary to become MOS 14E.

Education

Are you interested in joining the U.S. Army?

The first step is to make sure you have finished high school with a diploma or GED equivalent.

The military also has guidelines for acceptable heights and weights, PFT standards, and other required qualifications.

You will also need to take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB).

The ASVAB is a series of tests to learn what Army MOS is best for your skills.

In order to remain considered for MOS 14E Army Patriot Fire Control ENH Operator you must complete a score of Mechanical Maintenance (MM): 100 on the ASVAB.

Qualifications

After completing the ASVAB it is time to consider the other necessary qualifications of becoming MOS 14E.

Army Patriot Fire Control ENH Operators need to qualify for a secret security clearance.

The Army security clearance requires an intense background check that not only considers previous criminal activity, but also emotional and mental well-being.

You also need to have normal color vision in order to become 14E MOS.

The Army also mentions that you will do well as an Army Patriot Fire Control ENH Operator (MOS 14E):

  • If you work well as part of a team.
  • Demonstrate the ability to multi-task and remain calm under pressure.
  • Physically and mentally fit to perform under stressful situations.
  • Interest in work requiring accuracy and extreme attention to detail.

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Training

Army recruits start with boot camp in order to demonstrate that they can survive under the intense pressure and demands of the U.S. Army.

Basic Combat Training (BCT) lasts ten weeks for all new recruits, regardless of Military Occupation Specialty (MOS).

Those that are interested in becoming an Army Patriot Fire Control ENH Operator will progress from boot camp to Advanced Individual Training (AIT).

AIT is demanding for MOS 14E with 20 weeks of training.

Job training for MOS 14E takes place at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas.

You will learn how to operate the Patriot Radar as well as other target-identification and command and control systems.

Training will also consist of learning how to maintain and troubleshoot electronic, hydraulic, and mechanical components.

You will also learn how to identify and engage targets with electronic equipment.

Army Patriot Fire Control ENH Operators are capable of operating digital data and communications networks which is additional training you will receive during the extended AIT.

Lastly, learning in the classroom will take place with an introduction to Air Defense Artillery tactics, techniques, and procedures.

What does an Army Patriot Fire Control ENH Operator/Maintenance Do?

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Army Patriot Fire Control ENH Operators (MOS 14E) work as part of a larger air defense team. Image: U.S. AF Central Command

A Patriot Fire Control ENH Operator (MOS 14E) is part of a larger Army air defense artillery team.

The Patriot is a highly technical piece of equipment that requires more than one person to operate and maintain.

MOS 14E will work within a team and can get assigned to any one of the five stations.

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Patriot Fire Control System

MOS 14E Operators are trained experts of the Patriot missile defense system.

Army Patriot Fire Control ENH Operators will learn how to operate and maintain all five sections:

  • Radar Set
  • Engagement Control Station
  • Electronic Power Plant
  • Antenna Mast Group
  • Battle Command Post

Soldiers are responsible for identifying, tracking, and combating identified threats using a technology advanced interceptor missile that can destroy incoming air threats in seconds.

Air Defense Tactics

The U.S. Army relies heavily on the Patriot Fire Control system for air defense.

14E MOS are responsible for the movement and placement of the Patriot system, and thus will work in a variety of locations and environments.

As a result, an Patriot Fire Control ENH Operator (MOS 14E) will evaluate intelligence and identify targets, as well as perform real-time status reports.

Radio & Wire Communications

Patriot Fire Control ENH Operators established and maintain digital, radio, and wire communications networks.

These forms of communication are crucial in order to stay informed and aware while on the battlefield.

Maintenance

During peacetime 14E MOS will spend a fair amount of time checking the mechanical components of the Patriot Fire Control system.

The control system consists of electronic, hydraulic, and mechanical components.

You will perform maintenance on radar, engagement control, target-identification, and communication systems.

The job may seem trivial yet is vital to make sure the Patriot Fire Control System is in full working order when it is needed.

What does an Army Patriot Fire Control ENH Operator/Maintenance make?

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Salary in the U.S. Army is based on military rank and years of service. Image: Army.com

The Army pays service members based on rank and years of service, not MOS.

Here is a general idea of 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:

  • 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

Indeed.com has reviews for what it is like to work as an operator in the U.S. Army.

The general consensus is working as an Army Patriot Fire Control ENH Operator is great for building teamwork and travel opportunities.

The biggest con is time spent away from family and friends during deployment.

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Civilian Job Opportunities

There is no direct equivalent of MOS 14E in the civilian world.

However, Army Patriot Fire Control ENH Operators often transition into civilian jobs like electrical and electronics repairs.

Some work for private companies while others that are used to dealing with such a large organization in the military transition better with commercial industries.

The leadership skills and ability to perform under intense pressure in the Army will also serve you well for becoming a first-line supervisor or manager.

Summary

A Patriot Fire Control ENH Operator (MOS 14E) is responsible for a very important piece of the U.S. Army air defense system.

MOS 14E must be able to focus for long periods of time on detailed parts and machinery of the Patriot Fire Control System in order to make sure it is always in top working condition.

Resources:

  1. https://www.goarmy.com/careers-and-jobs/browse-career-and-job-categories/combat/patriot-fire-control-enhanced-operator-maintainer.html
  2. https://www.indeed.com/cmp/U.S.-Army/reviews?fjobtitle=Operator&fcountry=ALL
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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