Finally, an opportunity to toot my own branch’s horn! In this article, I could go on and on forever about why the Armor Branch is the best branch in the Army…but, I will spare you and keep it short and sweet. Basically, Armor Officers are responsible for the tank and Cavalry (RECON) operations on the battlefield. The role of the Armor Officer is to be a leader in operations specific to the Armor Branch as well as leading others in many other areas of combat operations. Here are my Top 5 Reasons to Be an Armor Officer!
#5. Two MOS’s Rolled into One! As an Armor Officer you are qualified to be both an Armor Officer and a Cavalry (RECON) Officer. What other branch allows you to do that? One day you can be a PL on a 72-ton Abrams tank leading a platoon and the next the XO of a Cavalry LRS Squadron jumping from a C-130. To me, it is that broad scope that offers Armor Officers a lot of freedom to maneuver career wise. Personally, I am a PL for an MGS Platoon within an INF SBCT but I could move just about anywhere within an SBCT, HBCT and even an IBCT!
#4. Multiple Qualifications, Skills and Opportunities: As mentioned before, as an Armor Officer you will essentially have 2 MOSs. That makes you a highly trained and experienced asset to anyone. Just as an example, most Armor guys know just as much about tank warfare and tactics and mounted maneuver as they do about small unit tactics and leading dismounts. What does that mean? Well, let’s put it in an nice way to not offend my Infantry peers, but I can easily step in and do their job but they cannot do mine! In fact, as a 1LT in my MCCC course I was well above my fellow CPT peers when it came to the course because of my extensive training as an Armor PL. The things I was learning at Armor BOLC as a young LT were some of the same things being taught to CPTs at the MCCC course… Additionally, as the force begins to transition lighter and lighter (i.e. HMMVs and SBCTs, etc.), Armor Officers are becoming more and more essential as nobody understands mounted maneuver and logistics better than an Armor Officer! In fact, our SBCT just received Armor Officers as our BTN CDR and BTN XO! Don’t ever limit yourself to being just an Infantry Officer when, as an Armor Officer, you can be a Company Commander and/or higher of an Infantry Unit, SBCT or HBCT…
#3. Be a Part of a Deep, Rich History and Tradition: Nothing is more special to me than to say that I belong to the lineage of some of the greatest leaders the Army has ever seen, as an Armor Officer. From Pershing to Patton, Armor Officers have exercised their loud, no BS attitudes and leadership styles to become some of the greatest leaders and do some great things. Stemming back all the way to WWI, tanks and armored forces have been integral to the success of our Army and I am proud to say that I belong to that lineage. Being an Armor Officer consumes you…and I challenge you to talk with an Armor Officer and not have them talk your ear off about how awesome it is to be Armor!
#2. Lead Soldiers with the Heaviest and Most Sophisticated Technology in the Word! As an Armor Officer you will lead Soldiers and be responsible for the employment of some of the most tactically and technically sophisticated equipment in the Army…and the world! The M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tank is a 72 ton war-machine with the greatest target acquisition and fire control system in the world. As an Armor Officer, that is your baby and the Army gives you 4 of them! When we say, “One Shot, One Kill”…we mean it! From the LRAS, Raven, Kiowa and other equipment, RECON also has some high-speed gear that Cav Scouts use to find and destroy the enemy. Bottom-line, if you want to play with some of the Army’s best “toys”, then go Armor!
#1. Watch the video! Look, if you watch this video and don’t feel a little tingle or a sense of HOOAH! Then I don’t know what to do for you…
Remember, GO BIG! GO ARMOR! and IF YOU AIN’T CAV, YOU AIN’T SH!T!!!
If you have any comments or questions, just post them below. Thanks.
Former Army Major (resigned)
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