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Field Artillery Automated Tactical Data System Specialist (13D)

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  • Closed to Women

A Field Artillery Automated Tactical Data Systems Specialist is an important member of the Army's field artillery team. Primarily responsible for operating field artillery tactical data systems on a Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) Team. MLRS teams are used to support infantry and tank units while supplementing cannon artillery in combat. They're also involved in launching various missiles and ammunitions in quick strikes during combat.

Here are some duties of a Field Artillery Automated Tactical Data Systems Specialist:

  • Establish, maintain and operate communications systems
  • Assist in the preparation of computer centers for operation
  • Prepare field artillery tactical data systems for operation
  • Determine target location using computers or manual calculations

Requirements:

Field Artillery Automated Tactical Data Systems Specialists must have the physical stamina to perform strenuous activities for long periods without rest. They're also required to have normal color vision to read color-coded ammunition, maps and charts.

Training:

Job training for a Field Artillery Automated Tactical Data Systems Specialist consists of nine weeks of Basic Training, where you'll learn basic Soldiering skills, and seven weeks, one day of Advanced Individual Training. Part of this time is spent in a classroom and part in the field under simulated combat. Some of the skills you'll learn are:

  • Methods of computing target locations
  • Ammunition-handling techniques
  • Gun, missile and rocket system operations
  • Artillery tactics

Helpful Skills:

Helpful attributes include:

  • Ability to think and remain calm under stress
  • Ability to work as a member of a team
  • Interest in cannon and rocket operations
  • Ability to perform multiple duties at one time

Advanced Responsibilities:

Advanced level Field Artillery Automated Tactical Data Systems Specialists supervise and train other Soldiers. As an advanced Field Artillery Automated Tactical Data Systems Specialist, you may be involved in:

  • Assisting in the supervision of all fire control operations
  • Performing computer operations, fire mission processing, fire plan schedules and database construction
  • Initiating computer center operations
  • Performing maintenance on section equipment