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Firefighter - 12M

  • Active/Reserve:Both
  • Officer/Enlisted:Enlisted
  • Restrictions:None


Army firefighters are responsible for protecting lives and property from fire. They control fires and help prevent them in buildings, aircrafts and ships.

Job Duties

  • Perform rescue and firefighting operations during structural fires, aircraft crashes, vehicle emergencies and natural cover fires
  • Drive firefighting trucks and emergency rescue vehicles
  • Give first aid to injured personnel
  • Perform emergency response duties during hazardous materials incidents
  • Inspect aircraft, buildings and equipment for fire hazards
  • Teach fire protection procedures and repair/refill firefighting equipment
  • Requirements

  • Those who want to serve must first take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, a series of tests that helps you better understand your strengths and identify which Army jobs are best for you.
  • Training

    Job training for firefighter requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and 13 weeks of Advanced Individual Training. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field, including practice in fighting fires. Some of the skills you'll learn about:

  • Fighting different types of fires
  • Firefighting equipment operations, first aid and rescue procedures
  • Helpful Skills

  • Ability to remain calm under stress
  • Willingness to risk injury to help others
  • Ability to think and act decisively

    The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is an examination that is administered by the United States Military Entrance Processing Command. It is used to determine qualification and helps predict future academic and occupational success in the military.

  • General Maintenance (GM) : 88
  • Compensation

  • Total compensation includes housing, medical, food, special pay, and vacation time.

  • See the whole list of Army Occupational Specialties here

    To learn more about the Army's rank structure, see our complete list of Army ranks.
    To see a list of military medals and decorations that can be earned by servicemembers in the Army and other branches of the military, see our list of military decorations and medals.