MOS 13F—Fire Support Specialist

Qualifications for initial award of MOS 13F, Fire Support Specialist:

PULHES: 111111
Physical Demands Rating: very heavy
Required ASVAB Score: FA: 96
Enlistment Bonus: Level 5
Security Clearance: Confidential for skill level 1 and 2, Secret for level 3+
U.S. Citizenship: Required
AIT Length / Location: 6 weeks at Ft Sill, Oklahoma
Other Requirements

Fire Support Specialist (MOS 13F) Description / Major Duties:

The fire support specialist leads, supervises, or serves as in intelligence activities including target processing in FA cannon battalions, division artillery, artillery and maneuver brigade and Corps headquarters and fire support elements (FSE).

Duties for MOS 13F at each skill level are:

MOSC 13F1O. 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. Assist 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 equipment.

MOSC 13F2O. 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 (Colt) in combat operations. Prepares observer target lists and assists in formulating offensive and defensive fire support plans. Initiates requests and adjusts field artillery, mortar, 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 (OP). Orients map and prepares terrain sketch and visibility diagram.

MOSC 13F3O. Instructs advises and evaluates forward observers and fire support personnel in tactics, techniques, and procedures. Supervise 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 defense of the section position. Assist senior targeting NCO in targeting cells.

MOSC 13F40. Leads and trains the targeting elements of the Divarty Tactical Operations Center (TOC), or FA Brigade TOC or the FSE 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 gunfire and close air support. Recommend employment of target acquisition assets and target selection standards to include Colt employment. Assist in the target analysis and fire planning at the brigade, division and Corps FSE. Supervise the performance of operator, crew and organizational maintenance on section vehicles.

Other Requirements for Award of MOS 13F:

(1) Normal Color Vision

Additional Skill Identifiers for MOS 13F:

D3—Bradley Fighting Vehicle Operations and Maintenance.
F9—Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data System (AFTDS).
J3—Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle (BIFV) System Master Gunner (skill level 4 personnel only).
L7—Joint Fires Observer.
5A—Joint Air Tactical Operations (skill level 3 and above).
5U—Tactical Air Operations (skill level 3 and above).

Article Last Modified: May 10, 2011

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