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Fire Support Specialist Details


OVERVIEW
The fire support specialist is primarily responsible for the intelligence activities of the Army's field artillery team.


JOB DUTIES

  • Set up and operate communications systems
  • Encode and decode messages
  • Assist in the preparation of fire support plans, coordinates and targets
  • Operate laser range finders and target devices
  • Determine target location using computers or manual calculations


TRAINING

Ten weeks of Basic Combat Training and six weeks of Advanced Individual Training with on-the-job instruction. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field under simulated combat conditions.

Advanced Individual Training: 7 weeks, 1 day at Fort Sill, OK

Some of the skills you'll learn:
  • Computing target locations
  • Ammunition techniques
  • Operating gun, missile and rocket systems
  • Artillery tactics, techniques and procedures


REQUIRED ASVAB SCORE(S)

Field Artillery (FA): 96


HELPFUL SKILLS

  • Interest in cannon and rocket operations
  • Physical and mental fitness to perform under pressure
  • Ability to multitask
  • Capability to work as a team member


WARRANT OFFICER TRACK
131A Field Artillery Targeting Technician


FUTURE CIVILIAN CAREERS

The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career in computer consulting, technology support, data processing and other related fields.