The infantry is the main land combat force and backbone of the Army.
They are responsible for defending against any threat by land, as well as capturing, destroying and repelling enemy ground forces.
There are different roles inside of our Infantry Platoon(s). The starting roles are:
Once you have served in our Infantry Platoon for a while there are multiple options for leadership billets in the future such as the roles of Fire Team Leader and Squad Leader.
The Combat Lifesaver Course is a medical training course conducted by Medical MOS Instructors within the unit, intended to provide an intermediate step between the buddy aid-style basic life support taught to every soldier during BCT and the advanced life support skills taught only to Combat Medics (MOS 68W).
As a CLS you are first and foremost a member of a fireteam. But when the situation calls for it you are capable of supporting your fireteam and/or squad with extra medical support and equipment.
This can be because the Squad medic is unavailable and a first responder is needed or you might be assisting your Squad Medic with a medical procedure on the spot.
You will also be called upon to fill-in for an absent Squad medic every now and then when needed, which is an important position and can bring you closer to growing towards the spot of Combat Medic (68W)!
As a Warrant Officer you`ll perform all military aircraft operations (e.g., reconnaissance, security, gunnery, rescue, air assault, mine/flare delivery, internal/external load, and paradrop/rappelling operations).
You`ll also perform aerial route, zone, and/or area reconnaissance in support of combat maneuver operations. In our unit you'll routinely participate in training operations that include combat, combat support, or combat service support operations in combination with our JTAC.
The designated marksman (DM) or squad designated marksman (SDM) is a military marksman role in an infantry squad.
The DM's role is to supply rapid accurate fire on enemy targets at ranges up to a maximum of 874 yards (800 m) with a rifle capable of semi-automatic fire called a designated marksman rifle equipped with a telescopic sight.
Like snipers, DMs are trained in quick and precise shooting, but unlike the more specialized "true" sniper, they are an intrinsic part of an infantry fireteam and intended to lay down accurate rapid fire at valuable targets as needed, thus extending the reach of the fireteam.
A combat engineer (also called field engineer or pioneer) is a soldier who performs a variety of construction and demolition tasks under combat conditions. The combat engineer’s goals involve facilitating movement and support of friendly forces while impeding those of the enemy.
Inside of the 501st the Combat Engineer billet (12B) is combined with that of a Grenadier inside of a regular fire team (in most cases, exceptions can apply).
One Combat Engineer is allowed per team. The main goal of a Engineer within the unit is to find and destroy IEDs , set explosives to enemy fortifications and/or weapons and build fortifications when needed.
The primary role of a combat medic specialists in the U.S. Army is providing medical treatment to wounded soldiers. These medics serve as the basic or first tier of the Army medical system accompanying units as small as platoons (approximately 12-40 soldiers) during training and deployments.
Medics provide initial emergency medical care, evacuation, and supervision to other soldiers with medical training (such as Combat Lifesavers) as well as provide medical advice to unit chains of command (Platoon HQ etc).
Only CLS can apply.
Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) is the term used in the United States Armed Forces and some other military forces for a qualified service member who directs the action of combat aircraft engaged in close air support and other offensive air operations from a forward position.
The term that is used in most other countries, as well as previously in the US and in the relevant NATO standard is Forward Air Controller.