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Field Artillery Surveyor (13S)

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A Field Artillery Surveyor 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.

Some of your duties as a Field Artillery Surveyor may include:

  • Providing firing position data
  • Recording field data
  • Preparing schematic sketches and marketing survey stations
  • Performing astronomic observations
  • Computing data in order to obtain unknown required field data
  • Performing preventive maintenance checks and services on vehicles, radios, weapons and all survey equipment


Field Artillery Surveyors must have the physical stamina to perform strenuous activities for long periods without rest. They're also required to have normal color vision in order to identify color-coded ammunition.


Job training for a Field Artillery Surveyor 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
  • Artillery tactics

Helpful Skills:

Helpful attributes include:

  • Ability to think and remain calm under stress
  • An interest in mathematics
  • Ability to work as a member of a team
  • Ability to perform a multiple duties at one time

Advanced Responsibilities:

Advanced level Field Artillery Surveyors supervise and train other Soldiers within the same discipline. As an advanced level Field Artillery Surveyor, you may be involved in:

  • Computing survey data
  • Performing calibrations and zero velocity updates
  • Performing maintenance checks and services on PADS system
  • Assisting in the collection, evaluation and dissemination of survey information