Blog and Photo by U.S. Army
Much like becoming one of our U.S. Army Soldiers, working on one of the fastest and most technologically advanced NHRA Top Fuel dragsters requires advanced technical training and dedication to teamwork. From the clutch specialist to the crew chief, each member of the U.S. Army Racing team is an expert in the field, propelling the dragster to more than 80 career wins and eight NHRA Top Fuel World Championships.
In the Army, a newly enlisted Soldier must complete Basic Combat Training (BCT), where they learn tactical and survival skills and the Army Core Values, before entering Advanced Individual Training (AIT), where they then receive the training to perform their specific Army career, or Military Occupational Specialty (MOS). During AIT, the Soldier receives hands-on training and field instruction, making them an expert in their respective field. During the course of the Soldier’s career in the Army they continue to enhance their skills through ongoing education and training setting them up to transition to a civilian CTE career after completing service.
Similarly, many members of the Army Racing team have graduated from technical colleges and/or completed internship programs where they received hands-on training to learn the necessary engineering and mechanical skills required to assemble a dragster that makes over 10,000 horsepower and reaches speeds of 330 miles per hour in three seconds.
The training that Soldiers and the Army Racing team receive allow their teams to be versatile and able to easily and confidently adapt to changes they’re faced with – both in the field and on the race track – while working seamlessly together. These key attributes are the driving forces that have led to the Army’s recognition as one of the world’s most elite teams and to the success of the Army Racing team.
Interested in learning more about careers in the U.S. Army? Your local recruiter and Education Services Specialist are available to answer any questions. Or, if you prefer to begin research on your own, there are a multitude of resources available to you online. Visit goarmy.com and ArmyEdSpace.com to learn more about careers in the U.S. Army.
The following video reflects the advanced qualities of the U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster. For more information about the Army Racing team, visit goarmy.com/army-racing.