Marine Corps

1812:M1A1 Tank Crewman (MOS 1812)

Tank crewmen are responsible for all aspects of the M1A1 tank. They understand how to grease, maintain, and prepare M1A1 tanks for deployments and for combat operations.


Is there a clearance required?: No

Is this a combat or support MOS?: Combat


Military Duties:

M1A1 Abrams Tank Crew MOS is part of the Marine Ground Combat MOSs. The Ground Combat teams seize and occupy terrain to win battles with hand-to-hand combat within specialties. Marine Corps M1A1 Tank Crewman operate, maneuver and complete maintenance on the M1A1 tank. The M1A1 Abrams Tank is the main battle tank used by both the Marines and the Army. The Tank has a Smooth Bore Cannon and multiple Machine guns. It is capable of maximum speeds of over 42 mph, generally operates with a 4 person crew and operates in any weather condition. This tank provides close range firepower to destroy enemy vehicles, while providing protection to the crew.

Military Duties Translated:

Marines who work in this MOS gain skills related to ammunition handling, heavy equipment repair and transportation. Civilian career opportunities as Explosives Workers or Ordnance Handling Experts are available that relate to the experience working with and loading ammunition. Civilian careers as Bus and Truck Mechanics, Diesel Engine Specialist or Heavy Equipment Mechanic relate to maintenance activities performed in this position. Skills learned in transportation duties relate to civilian careers as Transportation Managers. The Marines also provides apprenticeship opportunities through USMAP that increases civilian career opportunities.

Some civilian jobs best suited to this type of military experience:

Bus Driver