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Field Artillery Firefinder Radar Operator Details


OVERVIEW
The field artillery firefinder radar operator is responsible for detecting enemy forces and alerting the units in the Army. Using a "firefinder"-which is a highly specialized radar-they can detect various objects and their locations.


JOB DUTIES

  • Operate firefinder radar and other systems
  • Establish and maintain radio and wire communications
  • Construct bunkers and similar areas for other field artillery
  • Maintain firefinder radar with scheduled checkups


TRAINING
Ten weeks of Basic Combat Training and 10 weeks of Advanced Individual Training with on-the-job instruction. Part of this time is spent in the classroom, and part on firefinder equipment.

Advanced Individual Training: 10 weeks at Fort Sill, OK

Some of the skills you'll learn are:
  • Operating firefinder equipment
  • Basic workings of radar and identifying objects
  • Field tactics and combat communications
  • Calculating/recording speed, direction and altitude


REQUIRED ASVAB SCORE(S)
Surveillance & Communications (SC): 98


HELPFUL SKILLS

  • Interest in radar and electronics
  • Skills in geometry and math
  • Ability to maintain long periods of focus


WARRANT OFFICER TRACK
131A Field Artillery Targeting Technician


FUTURE CIVILIAN CAREERS
While there is no direct job equivalent in civilian life, the skills you learn such as teamwork, discipline and leadership will help you in any civilian career you choose.