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What is an Armored Assault Vehicle Crew Member?

Also known as: Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle Crewman, Basic Tank and Assault Amphibious Vehicle Crewman, Assault Amphibious Vehicle Crewman, Light-Armored Reconnaissance Vehicle Crew Member.

An armored assault vehicle crew member holds a very important military position. Armored assault vehicle crew members are often dispatched all over the world, even in times of peace. They are prepared for combat at any time should it arise, and are ready to defend their country anywhere in the world.

What does an Armored Assault Vehicle Crew Member do?

Armored assault vehicle crew members are dispatched all around the world and are ready to defend at all times. They may also be used to scout and support other military units during battle.

There are two main types of crew members as distinguished by armor type:

  • Assault Amphibious Vehicle (AAV) and
  • Light-Armored Reconnaissance (LAR) vehicle.

Some general duties of an armored assault vehicle crew member include:

  • Driving assault vehicles through both land and water
  • Locating and engaging targets as needed
  • Receiving and delivering battle orders through communication equipment
  • Gathering intelligence about enemy, including strength and position
  • Maintaining vehicle and weapons
  • Reading maps and plans
  • Lifting, carrying, pushing, and pulling loads of up to 25kg

Teamwork is essential. Crew members must be able to work together efficiently and must be able to follow and execute orders quickly and correctly. Dealing with stress is standard, and members accept the challenge of being ready to face sudden danger at all times.

Excellent physical condition is required. Prior to enrolment, a physical examination must be passed. Working in this career requires a tremendous amount of physical activity, from lifting, carrying, pushing, and pulling objects, to operating heavy equipment. Crew members must also have good vision to be able to see clearly at a distance and have excellent judgment to determine a target’s location. Sometimes identifying small differences in colour, shades, and brightness can be crucial to a mission’s success, or even to another crew member’s life.

Crew members are prone to possible injuries such as cuts, bites, and minor burns often, and therefore must practice good judgment and preventative care by using protective items and equipment. Items such as safety shoes, safety glasses, safety gloves, hearing protection, hard hats, and floatation devices are usually worn.

What is the workplace of an Armored Assault Vehicle Crew Member like?

Armored vehicles are dispatched all over the world, so all climates and weather conditions can be encountered. Crew members will eat, sleep, and work either outdoors or in their vehicles. There is a lot of sound and noise, which can be distracting, and crew members will often be exposed to extreme conditions. These conditions include high-voltage equipment, combustibles, explosives, and chemicals. The work hours are subject to the nature of the job and travel is frequent. Armored assault vehicle crew members will often be away from family and friends for an extended amount of time, with the exception of leave and vacation times.

How can I become an Armored Assault Vehicle Crew Member?

There is no post-secondary education required for this position. Candidates can enrol for the military following their high school career and serve for a number of years. Basic job training takes around six to twelve weeks to complete. It generally consists of training, both inside and outside of the classroom, under simulated combat conditions. On-the-job training includes learning how to operate the vehicle, basic offensive and defensive strategies, map interpretation, scouting techniques, weapons training, and combat readiness. This on-the-job training will be done following the first few weeks of basic training.

For crew members that desire to advance to leadership ranks, there are some helpful fields of study, such as engineering, geography, physical science, history, and business administration. All of these subjects can be studied at any two- or four-year post-secondary institution but are not requirements to obtain this position or to advance to another position.

Before enrolling in the armed forces, a legal agreement called an enlistment contract must be signed. This involves a commitment to the armed forces for a number of years. Depending on the terms of the contract, two to six of these years are spent on active duty, and the remaining years are spent in the reserves. This contract also allows for the enlistee to receive multiple benefits and bonuses as long as the enlistee serves for the entire period on a satisfactory level.

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