Light Tank Crewman (1736) Enlisted Personnel

As member of crew of a light tank or light tank-mounted assault gun used in the attack of enemy positions, performs one or more of the following duties: Drives the vehicle to secure maximum fire effect without undue exposure to enemy fire. Operates radio to maintain communication with other elements. Fires the weapons of the vehicle, including cannon and machine guns, to destroy enemy personnel, lines of communication, vehicles, pill boxes, and other targets, and to protect the vehicle against attack. Inspects and checks engines, oil levels, interphone headset communication, radio, vehicle operating equipment, turret mechanism, tracks, bogie wheels, ammunition, and weapons. Cleans and services .30- and .50-caliber machine guns and cannon, and bore-sights cannon.
At supervisory level, is responsible for control, coordination, and tactical employment of tank and crew members.
Must have sufficient knowledge of the tactical employment of light armored vehicles to be able to anticipate commands, take advantage of cover, and maneuver to obtain targets and secure good observation positions in reconnaissance. Must be skilled in entering and leaving vehicle under combat conditions and capable of fighting with hand weapons when dismounted. Must be familiar with the principles of armored reconnaissance. Must be able to employ the gunnery techniques of direct and indirect fire on moving and stationary targets.

Alternate nomenclatures:

  • Ammunition Handler
  • Assault Gun Crewman
  • Bow Gunner
  • Cannoneer
  • Gunner
  • Loader
  • Radio Tender
  • Tank Commander
  • Tank Driver
  • Tank Gunner