15th MEU Realism Unit - Armor


1842 Armor Crewman

A truly unique role within the Unit is the 1842 Armor Crewman. Previously divided into 1812 M1A1 Crewman and 1833 AAV Crewman, the new, customized 1842 Armor Crewman is responsible for both platforms. On any given week an e-Marine of the Armor Composite Platoon could find themselves in either an M1A1 Abrams or an AAV-P7/A1 based on the needs of the mission.

The modern 62-ton M1A1 Abrams main battle tank is the undisputed King of the Battlefield. It is one of the heaviest, most advanced, and best armed tanks in the world. Highly mobile and extremely dangerous, the Abrams takes control of the area and maintains a strong base for the infantry unit it is supporting. Crews of the M1A1 Abrams are highly technical and well trained, not only in the operation of the platform itself, but also in identification and destruction of enemy platforms, and in providing quick and direct support to the infantry units it is attached to in support.

As one of the most unique platforms in the US military arsenal, the AAV-P7/A1 has been a lynchpin of US Marine Corps strategy for 40 years. The amphibious tractor ('amtrack') is a natural component of the Marine infantry unit and its mission; capable of sea travel these amtracks are able to transport a Marine unit from the naval fleet, through the water, and onto land. Their mission does not stop at the shore, however. Armed with a .50 caliber machine gun and a Mk19 40mm grenade launcher the AAV is capable of not only defending itself in the open water, but also in direct support of the Marine infantry company. The crew of the AAV must be prepared for a variety of situations and roles, since on any given day it may be asked to drive from the naval fleet to the shore, disembark its infantry cargo, support them as a mobile gun platform, and even transport wounded and supplies to and from the frontline.

Roles of the 1842 Armor Crewman:

Armor Driver
Armor Gunner
Armor Commander


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