Mos 7212 - Low Altitude Air Defense (LAAD) Gunner

Marine Corps Enlisted Job Descriptions

a soldier holding a weapon and looking into its scope

Sgt. Austin Hazard

  • Type of MOS : PMOS
  • Rank Range: MGySgt to Pvt
  • Job Description: LAAD gunners operate and perform prescribed maintenance on LAAD surface-to-air weapon systems.

Job Requirements

  1. Must possess a GT score of 90 or higher.
  2. Non-MOS qualified prior service Reserve Marines, or other Reserve Marines who hold a PMOS other than 7212, may be certified for MOS 7212 by attending the LAAD Gunner Course. If the course is not available in a timely manner, or a Marine is unable to attend the course, a unit commander may certify a Marine to be fully qualified and award AMOS-only 7212 upon successful completion of the Alternate Training Instructional Program (ATIP) of Marine Force Reserves, as described in COMMARFORRES Order 1535.1.
  3. Must possess a valid state driver's license.
  4. Driving record search conducted by the National Driver Register.
  5. Cannot be left eye dominant.
  6. Must have a secret security clearance.
  7. Physical profile category A.
  8. Must have normal color vision.
  9. Must have 20/20 vision (may be correctable to 20/20 with eyeglasses or contact lenses).
  10. Hearing loss no greater than 15 dB between 500-2,000 Hz.
  11. Not less than 5 feet 4-inches in height, or more than 6 feet 2-inches in height.
  12. Must be a U.S. citizen.


(1) MGySgt to Pvt:

(a) Performs the prescribed procedures for the receipt, transportation, handling, and maintenance of LAAD weapons.

(b) Learns and follows standing operating procedures for the deployment and employment of LAAD weapons.

(c) Maintains a working knowledge of threat aircraft characteristics and capabilities.

(d) Accurately locates and reports firing positions using a map.

(e) Complies with established rules of engagement and firing doctrines.

(f) Evaluates target course, speed, range, and relative position.

(g) utilizes established "safe corridors" and applicable fire control restraints in the operating area.

(h) Learns aircraft traffic patterns at each airfield near gunner positions firing.

(i) Responds to all defense warnings and conditions of readiness with appropriate actions regardless of restraints imposed by each weapon's control/condition.

(j) Conducts daily inspections of LAAD weapons and their components and ancillary equipment.

(k) Complies with safety precautions, especially concerning backblast zone and backstop considerations.

(l) Handles misfires, hangfires, and duds.

(m) Performs emergency destruction of LAAD weapons and ancillary equipment when necessary.

(n) Operates organizational communications equipment using proper radio/telephone procedures, and using alternate communication means when required.

(o) Reports unidentified aircraft to the air control system utilizing established procedures.

(p) Submits action reports.

(2) MGySgt to Cpl:

(a) Performs the duties of a LAAD section leader.

(b) Employs operates, and maintains the Tactical Defense Alert Radar 9TDAR).

(c) Interfaces the TDAR with an automated Marine Air Command and Control system (MACCS).


(3) MGySgt to SSgt:

(a) Performs the duties of a LAAD platoon sergeant supervising the emplacement and employment of LAAD sections.

(b) Prepares map overlays and plotting boards depicting the disposition and status of LAAD sections and teams.

(c) Supervises unit and individual training and maintains training records.

(4) MGySgt to GySgt.

Performs duties as operations chief of a LAAD battery.

(5) MGySgt.

Performs duties as operations chief of a LAAD battalion.

  • Related Department of Labor Occupation Codes :​ No civilian equivalent.
  • Related Marine Corps Jobs: None.

Above information derived from MCBUL 1200, parts 2 and 3