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Field Artillery Meteorological Crewmember (13W)

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A Field Artillery Meteorological Crewmember is a member of the Army's field artillery team. Artillery are weapons that fire large ammunition or missiles to support infantry and tank units in combat. The Field Meteorological Crewmember monitors weather conditions and patterns so artillary units can fire and launch missiles accurately.

Here are some duties of a Field Artillery Meteorological Crewmember:

  • Operate meteorological equipment
  • Prepare electrical generators for operation
  • Operate electrical generators
  • Assemble, test and adjust transmitter
  • Obtain ballistic temperature and densities
  • Prepare meteorological balloons for launching


Field Artillery Meteorological Crewmembers must have the physical stamina to perform strenuous activities for long periods without rest. They're also required to have normal color vision.


Job training for a Field Artillery Meteorological Crewmember consists of nine weeks of Basic Training, where you'll learn basic Soldiering skills, and seven weeks 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 and field combat strategy

Helpful Skills:

Helpful attributes include:

  • Ability to think and remain calm under stress
  • Interest in mathematics
  • Ability to work as a member of a team
  • Interest in maps and weather systems
  • Ability to perform a wide variety of duties

Advanced Responsibilities:

Advanced level Field Artillery Meteorological Crewmembers supervise and train other Soldiers. As an advanced Field Artillery Meteorological Crewmember, you may be involved in:

  • Plotting weather data manually
  • Operating computers in weather station
  • Supervising the repair and maintenance of weather equipment, vehicles and electronics
  • Terminating weather flight operations