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Forward Observer (13F)

OVERVIEW

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.

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 locations using computers or manual calculations

TRAINING

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

  • Ammunition techniques

  • Operating gun, missile, and rocket systems

  • Artillery tactics, techniques, and procedures

REQUIRED ASVAB SCORE(S)
Field Artillery (FA): 96

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ASVAB

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

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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