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11B--Infantryman

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Basic Job Description

Note: You cannot enlist with a guarantee for MOS 11B. Instead, you enlist under the Army's 11X, Infantry Enlistment Option, and during training you will be designated as either MOS 11B, Infantryman, or MOS 11C, Indirect Fire Infantryman.

The infantry is the main land combat force and backbone of the Army. It's equally important in peacetime and in combat. The Infantryman's role is to be ready to defend our country in peacetime and to capture, destroy and repel enemy ground forces during combat.

Duties performed by this MOS include:

Assists in the performance of reconnaissance operations. Employs, fires, and recovers anti-personnel and anti-tank mines. Locates and neutralizes mines. Operates, mounts/dismounts, zeros, and engages targets using night vision sight. Operates and maintains communications equipment and operates in a radio net. Operates in a NBC contaminated area. Constructs field expedient firing aids for infantry weapons. Performs as a member of a fire team during a movement to contact, reconnaissance, and security, an attack, defense, situational training exercises and all infantry dismounted battle drills. Processes prisoners of war and captured documents.

Leads an infantry team in combat operations, providing tactical and technical guidance to subordinates and professional support to both superiors and subordinates in the accomplishment of their duties. Leads, supervises, and trains subordinate personnel. Calls for and adjusts indirect fire. Evaluates terrain and selects weapon emplacement. Controls organic fires. Installs and recovers anti-handing devices on anti-tank mines and electrical and non-electrical demolition charges. Supervises construction of hasty fortifications and re ceipt, storage, and issue of ammunition. Records operational information on maps. Receives and implements combat orders, di rects deployment of personnel in offensive, defensive, and retro grade operations. Requests, observes, and adjusts direct supporting fire. Evaluates terrain and supervises the emplacement of sighting and firing all assigned weapons. Uses maps and map overlays, performs intersection and resection, and determines elevation and grid azimuths. Leads a fire team during a movement to contact, reconnaissance and security, an attack, defense, situational training exercises, and all infantry dismounted battle drills.

Initial Training Information

Job training for Infantryman requires 14 weeks of One Station Unit Training (OSUT), which includes Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training.

ASVAB Score Required: 90 in aptititude area CO.

Security Clearance: None required

Strength Requirement: very heavy

Physical Profile Requirement: 111221

Other Requirements

  • Color discrimination of red/green.
  • Correctable vision of 20/20 in one eye; 20/100 in other eye.
  • This job is closed to women.

Similar Civilian Occupations

There is no civilian occupation that is directly equivalent to MOS 11B. However, the following civilian occupations make use of the skills developed through MOS 11B training and experience.

  • Security Guards
  • Training and Development Specialists

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