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Tactical Automated Fire Control Systems Specialist (13C)

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A Tactical Automated Fire Control System Specialist is an important 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. Tactical Automated Fire Control System Specialists primarily serve as members of teams that operate Tactical Fire Direction Systems (TAFCS) equipment and are responsible for recording and transmitting firing data.

Here are some duties of a Tactical Automated Fire Control System Specialist:

  • Determine target locations using computers or manual calculations
  • Establish, maintain and operate radio and wire communications
  • Set up and loading artillery weapons
  • Prepare ammunition, fuses and powder for firing
  • Assist in the preparation of a computer center for operation and shutdown
  • Prepare TAFCS equipment for operation
  • Operate and performing operator maintenance on section vehicles and generators


Tactical Automated Fire Control System Specialists must have physical stamina to perform strenuous activities for long periods without rest. Normal color vision is also required in order to read color-coded ammunition, maps and charts.


Job training for a Tactical Automated Fire Control System Specialist consists of nine weeks of Basic Training, where you’ll learn basic Soldiering skills, and three weeks, two days 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 a wide variety of duties

Advanced Responsibilities:

Advanced level Tactical Automated Fire Control System Specialists supervise and train other Soldiers. As an advanced level Tactical Automated Fire Control System Specialist, you may be involved in:

  • Assisting fire control officers in the supervision of section training,maintenance and operations
  • Performing computer operations
  • Training and supervising Soldiers
  • Initiating computer center operations

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