Advanced Military Career Agent
The Advanced Military Career Agent is one of the five career agents in the game, which show new players different types of PvE activities in EVE. The advanced military career agent missions teach you about PvE combat as well as some basic PvP combat techniques; you should complete the military career agent missions before you do them. In total these missions pay about 1.5M ISK in rewards.
The Swap (1 of 10)
Objective: Destroy rats.
If you've been doing the military career missions so far, then this mission will be a nice easy warm-up exercise. Take a fully fitted combat frigate (e.g. the one you've been using for the military career missions), fly to the deadspace mission area, and destroy three waves of Frigate rats.
Angel of Mercy (2 of 10)
Objective: Blow up your ship to destroy a structrure.
You will lose your ship in this mission! Luckily, your agent has given you a new Frigate ("rigged with explosives", although that's just flavour text; it's a normal ship); activate it. You could also use any other Frigate you have (but not a Corvette or another ship class) - but if you do, make sure there are no modules or cargo on it. Since you know you're going to lose it, insure it at the highest level you can afford to get a bit more money back.
Undock and warp to the mission's deadspace area, and activate the acceleration gate there. The target structure is there; approach it. When you get to within 0 m, your ship will explode, destroying the structure (enjoy the lightshow). You will be left floating in space in your pod; return to your agent's station. If you check your wallet you will notice that you received the insurance payout from losing your ship.
Your Undivided Attention (3 of 10)
Objective: Use a Warp Disruptor module on a rat.
Your agent gives you a Warp Disruptor module, which is one of the two common module types (the other being a Warp Scrambler) which prevents other ships from warping away. Fit it to your main combat frigate and undock.
Fly to the mission's deadspace location, target the "fleeing pirate" ship (despite the name, he will wait patiently for you), and activate your Warp Disruptor module. Any other nearby rats will warp off, and you have completed the mission. Return to your agent.
Warp Disruptors (and Scramblers) are particularly useful when fighting other players (PvP), as they will tend to warp off if they think that they are losing the fight, so you need to use a Warp Disruptor / Scrambler to force them to stay if you want to destroy their ship. Conversely, NPC ships (rats) will almost never warp away, so you almost never need to fit a Warp Disruptor / Scrambler in PvE combat.
A Friend in Need (4 of 10)
Objective: Use a Remote Armor Repair module to repair a friendly ship.
Your agent gives you a Remote Armor Repair module, which repairs the armor of another friendly ship. Fit it to your combat frigate (depending on what other modules you have fitted you may have to remove a turret; you can do so, as you won't need to fight any ships in this mission) and undock.
Fly to the mission location and locate the "damaged vessel". Target it, and, once you're in range (your Remote Armor Repair module has a maximum range, just like your guns), activate the Remote Armor Repair module. After the repair module completes a cycle, the friendly ship will warp off; you have completed your mission and can return to your agent.
Repairing other ships in combat (referred to as "logistics" in EVE) is an important but somewhat specialised part of EVE gameplay. Most fleets (except perhaps the very smallest gangs) will include one or several logistics ships, who will try to keep their fleetmates alive under fire. While this mission gives a very basic introduction, it over-simplifies things perhaps a bit too much. For one thing, the "damaged vessel" wasn't actually damaged (you could see their shield/armor/structure status when you targeted them). Additionally, the mission implies that using your repair module repaired the damaged vessel's warp drive - in reality, there is no way to "damage" a ship's warp drive, although you can (see mission 3) use modules to temporarily prevent ships from warping away.
The Stand (5 of 10)
Objective: Destroy at least 1 rat, then lose your ship.
You will lose your ship in this mission (again)! Unlike in mission 2 you will actually need to do some fighting beforehand, so fit your combat frigate with a few cheap weapons, minimal ammunition, and little else (everything you fit on and carry in your ship will be destroyed in this mission). If you haven't already done so, insure your ship to the highest level you can afford (in general, you should be insuring most of your ships at the start of the game).
Undock, warp to the mission's deadspace location, and activate the acceleration gate there. In the first deadspace pocket there is a lone rat; destroy it. Once it's destroyed, a large fleet warps in, including several cruisers (again, note their Overview icons), who will use Stasis Webifiers and other forms of electronic warfare on you. If you want to you can try and fight them, but you've got no hope. As the rats are not using Warp Disruptors on you, you could warp away and save your ship (which is what you'd normally do if you were overwhelmed), but in this case, the mission requires that your ship be destroyed by the rats.
Once your ship is destroyed, you will (once again) be left floating in your pod in space. Almost all rats (there are very few rare exceptions) ignore your pod (they don't try to destroy it or prevent you from warping away), so look around for a wreck with your character's name on it - that's all that's left of your ship. In EVE, when your ship is destroyed , half of the fitted modules and cargo are destroyed (along with all the fitted rigs), while the other half drop into space for anyone in the vicinity to pick up - and it's usually picked up by your victorious opponent (unless you were only fighting rats and there were no other players nearby). It's not uncommon for your ship to be destroyed while playing EVE, so learn to treat your ships as expendable (or as the first golden rule of EVE says, never fly what you cannot afford to lose).
You have completed the mission; return to your agent.
Don't Look Back (6 of 10)
Objective: Use an Afterburner module.
Your agent gives you a Civilian Afterburner; fit it to a ship (any ship will do, even your Corvette).
Warp to the mission's location, and activate the acceleration gate there. In the first deadspace pocket, locate the "Asteroid Station" on your Overview and fly towards it (e.g. using the "Approach" command). Since the station is a long way away, activate your afterburner module to speed up your ship. When you get close to the station, the mission will be completed and you can return to your agent.
Weapon of Choice (7 of 10)
Objective: Use your race's other weapon system to destroy a rat.
In addition to the turret weapons you've been using up to now, each race also uses another weapon system:
Drones are small semi-autonomous spacecraft which you can order to attack hostile ships. Your agent gives you two light drones (Civilian Hobgoblin) drones; in order to use them, you must use a ship with a drone bay, such as the Gallente Velator Corvette, the Gallente Tristan or Imicus Frigates, or the Amarr Tormentor or Magnate Frigates (the Amarr Impairor Corvette or the Gallente Incursus Frigate would also work, although they both have very small drone bays that can only fit one of the two drones you were given). Activate one of these ships and move your drones into the ship's drone bay
Undock from the station. Once in space, note that a new window has appeared on your UI: the drone control window, which shows you which drones you have in your drone bay and which you have in space. Warp to the mission's location. There is a single weak rat there that you need to destroy, so you can take your time to learn how drones work. Select the drone(s) in your drone bay, right-click and select "Launch". Your drones will now start orbiting your ship (and you can see them in the "In Space" section of the drone control window), awaiting your command. Target the rat, and order your drone(s) to attack it by selecting them, right-clicking on them, and selecting "Attack" (alternatively, the much easier shortcut key is).
Note how your drone(s) fly towards the rat, and once they get close, start orbiting it and firing on it. While rats (and players) can and do attack drones, this rat will likely explode before it gets the chance. Once the rat has been destroyed, recall your drones to your drone bay (they won't follow you if you warp away), and return to your agent's station to complete the mission.
Missile ships use guided missiles which automatically home in on their target. Like guns, missiles have a limited range (roughly equivalent to their speed multiplied by their maximum flight time), but unlike guns, they are completely ineffective beyond their maximum range. Unlike guns they can't miss their target, but they do take time to cover the distance from your ship to the target, and will deal less damage to small and fast targets
The Pacifist (8 of 10)
Objective: Follow instructions and retrieve hostages from a structure.
You can use any ship you like for this mission. Undock from the station and warp to the mission's location.
A window will pop up with instructions from your (NPC) fleet commander, giving you detailed instructions; follow them closely. As soon as the fleet commander tells you to:
- Activate the acceleration gate
- In the first deadspace pocket, don't engage any enemy ships
- Fly to the prison structure and retrieve (loot) the hostage
- Return to your agent
This mission is very straightforward, and is intended to teach you to follow instructions from your fleet commander when flying in player fleets (there are no scenarios in EVE where you are flying in an NPC-controlled fleet).
Glue (9 of 10)
Objective: Use a Stasis Webifier on a rat.
Fit your ship with a Stasis Webifier ("web") module (either one you have lying around, or the Civilian module your agent gives you for this mission). Warp to the mission's location, approach the rat, and (once you're within range - webs have a maximum range, beyond which they have no effect) activate the module.
CONCORD ships will then warp in and destroy the rat. The mission is complete, you can return to your agent.
This mission is intended to teach you about using webs, but if you've previously done the military career agent missions you should by now be more than familiar with their use. Webs are very commonly used in PvP (although more rarely used in PvE), as they slow down the enemy ship, making them easier to hit, and making it easier for you to keep your ship at an ideal distance for the weapons you have fitted.
Reward: A Destroyer skillbook. Inject and start training it to at least level I, as you'll be flying a Destroyer in the next mission.
The Exam (10 of 10)
Objective: Destroy a rat.
Your agent gives you a Destroyer (e.g. a Catalyst). Destroyers are larger and slower than the Frigates you've been flying so far, but can mount many more weapons, making them particularly good at fighting Frigates. Assemble and activate your new Destroyer, then fit modules to it. It's recommended that you fit:
- As many turret weapons as will fit. You can strip your current ships of their module, or buy new modules from the market (they are not particularly expensive). It's best to only mount identical weapons (don't, for instance, mix long-range and short-range weapons, as no matter at what range you are, half your weapons will be ineffective).
- A propulsion module (afterburner or microwarpdrive).
You can fit the remaining slots on your ship with modules of your choice, if you want; a web probably isn't a bad idea. Keep in mind that you need to have trained at least level I in the Destroyer skill (that you received at the end the last mission) in order to fly your Destroyer.
Undock and warp to the mission location. There will be three rat Frigates for you to fight; one of them is the "terrorist leader" you're meant to destroy, the other are his wingmen. The terrorist leader will be flying a more advanced faction Frigate, which will warp disrupt (preventing you from warping away) and web (slowing you down) you.
Use the skills you've learned so far to win the fight. Keep at the appropriate range for weapons, turn on your propulsion module, use a web on your target (if necessary, and if you fitted one), and fire all your guns at one target it's destroyed. It's up to you whether you want to destroy the terrorist leader or his wingmen first - but keep in mind that as long as the former is alive, his warp disruptor will prevent you from fleeing should the fight go badly for you.
Once the terrorist leader has been destroyed, return to your agent.