The Artillery Surveyor is a member of the field artillery team. Artillery are weapons of large caliber that are used to support tanks and infantry in combat. The Army Field Artillery surveyor specialist is charged with helping to determine and target missiles and large ammunition that are typically fired by the Field Artillery. Some of the responsibilities of an Army Field Artillery surveyor include recording data from the field, preparing sketches, schematics and surveys. Working to compile and perform astronomic observations, and computing data and required field information.
In the position of Field Artillery Surveyor you will work to compute firing data for engaging the enemy, and working to operate and provide service and preventative checks on weapons, radios, vehicles and survey equipment. Personnel that work in the Field Artillery position must have good physical strength and stamina, as they are often required to work for long periods of time without a break. Candidates must have normal sight and hearing, and normal color vision because much of the job deals with color-coding of ammunition and charts.
Training for a Artillery Surveyor Specialist begins with basic combat training the same as any Army enlisted position. After 9 weeks of basic training then you will progress to a 7 week individual enlisted advanced training school. You will learn in simulated combat conditions, and in classroom training methods of target location, along with basic artillery tactics and methods of battlefield targeting. If you have an aptitude with mathematics, and can work as a member of a team, and can multi task with the ability to perform a number of duties at one time then this may be the field for you.
Artillery surveyor specialist perform checks and services on the PADS weapons systems, assist in the evaluation, dissemination and collection of targeting and survey information, perform zero velocity updates and calibrations, and computer data for target surveys. Advanced level Artillery Surveyors train and supervise soldiers who are junior in rank. The skills and training you receive as a Army Field Artillery Surveyor will give you leadership and discipline, as well as a background in mapping and charting methods that will serve you well in any civilian career that you select. Jobs in the construction field as a surveyor or site estimator are fields that you may especially be qualified in.