The Tactical Weapons and Automated Fire Control Specialist is one of the more advanced technology careers that is found in the Army Field Artillery specialty. The Tactical Weapons Fire Control Specialist is charged with operating Directional and Operations fire control systems, systems that fire missiles and large ammunitions in support of tank and infantry units. Artillery is large caliber ammunition and weapons used in battle and combat to support infantry units and troops. The member of the Tactical Fire and Weapons Control specialty is the person responsible for the effective and safe operations of weapons and the transmitting and recording of accurate weapons fire data.
Some of the responsibilities for the Tactical Automated Fire Systems and Control specialist may involve setting up and loading of various large bore and artillery weapons, preparing and operating TAFCS equipment, helping and assisting in setup and maintenance of the Tactical computer weapons center, preparing fuses and powder in ammunition for firing, and to help operate, establish, maintain and set up wire and radio communications in the field. You may also be responsible for performing operator maintenance on sections vehicles and setting up artillery mobile weapons systems.
To operate as a Operations and Tactical Automated Weapons Fire Control Specialist you have to have good stamina and endurance, these personnel operate for long periods of time without relief or breaks, and you have to have normal color vision and normal hearing, as you are required to use color coded information relating to both weapons types and firing equipment coding. Training for this specialty begins with Army Basic Combat Training for 9 weeks. After you are done with basic training, then you will proceed to individual specialized training for three weeks, where you will learn in the classroom and in simulated battle conditions. You will study and learn gun, missile and systems rocket operation, tactics and methods of artillery operations, methods and means to compute target locations, and general ammunitions handling procedures.
Personnel that are selected to serve in this specialty have to have the demonstrated ability to think clearly and remain calm during periods of stress, they must have the ability to work as a member of a team, and have an interest in rocket and artillery operations. The skills and demonstrated leadership ability you develop serving in this specialty will serve you well in any civilian position that you choose.