Marine Corps

7212:Low Altitude Air Defense (LADD) Gunner (MOS 7212)

Responsible for preparing and using weapons systems in support of MAGTF air defense. These may include surface-to-air missiles or other LADD weaponry to protect flightlines and nearby personnel.


Is there a clearance required?: No

Is this a combat or support MOS?: Support


Military Duties:

According to the LAAD Gunner’s Handbook, the primary mission for the LAAD is to support the MAGTF commander by providing close in, low altitude, surface-to-air weapons fires. Through this primary mission, they provide defense to forward combating areas, maneuver forces, installations, vital areas and independent and special operations. The second mission is to defend MAGTF vital areas, installations and independent and special organizations with task-organized ground security defense. Gunners provide ground security defense when they are not engaged in air defense operations. LAAD Gunners use the mobile Stinger antiaircraft missile. The Stinger missile is light weight and provides both mobility and flexibility. Stinger Missiles, such as the FIM-92, weigh just over 34 pounds and are infrared, homing missiles that track and engage an aircraft to an altitude of 10,000 feet.

Military Duties Translated:

While there is not a civilian equivalent that directly relates to the main job function of LAAD Gunner, there are civilian positions available that use some of the skills learned. Experience working with ordnance allows for civilian positions as Ordnance Handlers or working in stores that sell firearms. Positions in security or civilian police also relate to skills learned in the Military. LAAD Gunners perform maintenance duties that relates to Mechanics, Installer and Repairer civilian positions. The Marine Corps also participates in USMAP, which allows Marines to participate in Department of Labor apprenticeship programs. Through the USMC COOL program, Marines can earn credentials told other civilian careers.

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

Mechanic