Forward Observer (13F)
A Forward Observer also known as a fire support specialist is primarily responsible for the intelligence activities of the Army National Guard's field artillery team.
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 locations using computers or manual calculations
Job training for a fire support specialist requires 10 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 takes place 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 are:
Computing target locations
Operating gun, missile, and rocket systems
Artillery tactics, techniques, and procedures
REQUIRED ASVAB SCORE(S)
Field Artillery (FA): 96
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Interest in cannon and rocket operations
Physical and mental fitness to perform under pressure
Ability to multitask
Capability to work as a team member
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.
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