Army Fire Support
– Fire Support Specialist
Major duties. An Army fire support specialist
leads, supervises, or serves in intelligence
activities including target processing
in FA cannon battalions, division artillery,
artillery and maneuver brigade and Corps
headquarters and Fire Support Elements.
(1) Skill Level 1. An Army fire support specialist establishes, maintains
and operates radio and wire communications
and speech security equipment including
encoding and decoding of messages using
CEOI or grid thrust line templates.
Prepares and maintains daily staff journal,
fire support situation map, status charts,
capability overlay, and other fire support
and target processing records. Assists
in preparation and dissemination of
fire support plans, coordinating documents,
and target lists and provides liaison
support. Assists in initiating requests
for field artillery, mortar, naval gunfire,
and aerial delivered munitions. Emplaces,
maintains, and assists in the operation
of laser range finders, target designation,
and night observation devices Operates
and performs operator maintenance on
section vehicles and generators. Performs
crew maintenance and participates in
organizational maintenance of section
(2)Skill Level 2. Assists fire support
sergeant in training of subordinates
in fire support procedures, techniques,
and tactics, and supervision of section
operations, maintenance, and training.
Leads and trains the forward observer
team and Combat Observation Lasing Tech
in combat operations. Prepares observer
target lists and assists in formulating
offensive and defensive fire support
plans. Initiates requests and adjusts
field artillery, mortar, and naval gunfire
using all methods of adjustment including
continuous and coordinated illumination.
Initiates suppressive and screening
fire to support scheme of maneuver and
performs crater analysis. Selects and
occupies observation post. Orients map
and prepares terrain sketch and visibility
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(3) Skill Level 3. An Army fire support specialist instructs advises
and evaluates forward observers and
fire support personnel in tactics, techniques,
and procedures. Supervises the performance
of operator, crew, and organizational
maintenance on section vehicles and
equipment. Leads and trains the fire
support team (FIST) operations at company
level. Supervises and directs the construction,
camouflage, and de fense of the section
position. Assists senior targeting NCO
in target ing cells.
(4)Skill Level 4. Leads and trains
the targeting elements of the DIVARTY
Tactical Operations Center (TOC), or
FA Brigade TOC or the fire support element
at battalion or higher levels during
combat operations. Advises and assists
fire support sergeants of subordinate
elements in fire planning and coordination
techniques. Drafts fire support plans
for tactical operations orders and plans.
Coordinates plans for company, battalion,
and brigade fire support and integrates
them with the overall scheme of maneuver.
Recommends the employment of fire support
means to include naval gun fire and
close air support. Recommends employment
of target acquisition assets and target
selection standards to include COLT
employment. Assists in the target analysis
and fire planning at the brigade, division,
and Corps fire support element (FSE).
Supervises the performance of operator,
crew, and organizational maintenance
on section vehicles.
Physical demands rating and qualifications
for the initial award of MOS.
(1) A physical demands rating, of very
(2) A physical profile, of 111111.
(3) Normal color vision.
(4) A minimum score, of 100 in aptitudearea
(5) Skill levels 1 and 2 soldiers must
possess a CONFIDETIAL Security Clearance,.
(6) Skill level 3 and 4 soldiers must
possess a SECRET Security Clearance,.
(7) Formal training (completion of
MOS 1 3F course conducted under auspices
of USA FA School) mandatory.
(8) A U.S. citizen.
NOTE: This job closed to women.
Additional skill identifiers
(1) F9–Advanced Field Artillery Tactical
(2) P5–Master Fitness Trainer.
(3) Q8–Tactical Air Operations.
(4) 2S–Battle Staff Operations (skill
level 3 ad above).
(5) 4A–Reclassification Training.