Army 13F MOS Overview: Fire Support Specialist

When a military has artillery that can fire miles upon miles, there needs to be those who relay to that artillery team where to aim their weapons. It cannot be a guessing game because there are friendly troops in the field too.

This is what the Army 13F Military Occupational Specialty, Fire Support Specialist is for.

In today’s post, I am going to give an overview of this Army job. I will give you all the information I can on this Army MOS. If you are planning on joining the Army, you will understand if this is the career path you want.

Army 13F Basic Job Description

Basically, the Fire Support Specialist is the intelligence for the Army artillery units.

Army 13F Responsibilities And Duties

The Fire Support Specialist has a long list of responsibilities and duties. Actually, he/she could be asked or ordered to do nearly anything within their unit. These are the primary duties:

  • The set up, dismantling and operation of communications systems.
  • Encoding and decoding messages.
  • Prepares and maintains daily staff journal, fire support situation map, status charts, capability overlay, and other fire support and target processing records.
  • Operate laser range finders and target devices.
  • Determine target location using computers or manual calculations.
  • Maintenance on section vehicles and generators and participate in organizational maintenance of equipment.
  • Etc…

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Requirements To Become an Army 13F

There are some strict requirements to attain this Army MOS:

  • Must be a United States citizen
  • Secret security clearance
  • PULHES 111111
  • Physical demands rating of very heavy
  • ASVAB score of 96 in Field Artillery
  • Normal color vision

Keep in mind that this Army job will put you in the heat of battle.

Training For The Army 13F

As with all Army soldiers, you will have to first satisfactorily complete Basic Combat Training (BCT). From there you travel to Fort Sill, Oklahoma for 6-10 weeks for Advanced Individual Training (AIT). You will learn the fundamentals of Call-For-Fire techniques as well as general field craft and small unit tactics.

Many 13Fs also attend Airborne training as in many cases they will need to parachute into locations to do their job.

Final Thoughts

While there are not many civilian jobs that call for this type of experience, you will learn many leadership skills that will help you greatly after Army service.

Some of the Additional Skill Identifiers that can help immensely are:

D3—Bradley Fighting Vehicle Operations and Maintenance.
F9—Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data System (AFTDS).
J3—Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle (BIFV) System Master Gunner.
L7—Joint Fires Observer.
5A—Joint Air Tactical Operations.
5U—Tactical Air Operations.

We would love to hear from any current or former Army Fire Support Specialists. Please tell our readers more about this Army job.

All comments and questions can be posted below.

Thank you and thanks for your service in the United States Army.

References

  1. https://www.goarmy.com/careers-and-jobs/browse-career-and-job-categories/combat/fire-support-specialist.html
  2. https://www.thebalancecareers.com/13f-fire-support-specialist-us-military-3345898
  3. http://www.armyenlist.com/mos/fire-support-specialist/
  4. https://www.army.mil/article/182107/fire_support_specialists_are_eyes_of_field_artillery
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forward_observers_in_the_U.S._military
  6. https://www.nationalguard.com/13f-fire-support-specialist
  7. https://www.rallypoint.com/answers/reclassing-to-13f-forward-observer-what-can-you-tell-me-about-this-mos
  8. http://www.army-portal.com/jobs/field-artillery/13f.html

About The Author

Greg Boudonck is a full time freelance writer and the author of over 50 books. He served in the United States Army in the early 1980’s and enjoys writing about military subjects. You can see Greg’s books on Amazon by searching his name and you can also visit his website at Lancerlife.com.

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