One of the most exciting combat career fields is the Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) Data Tactical Specialist in the Army. Serving in this career puts you on the front lines in combat, supporting tank and infantry units in the field. You will be working to supplement artillery cannon fire during combat conditions, and directing and operating various missile and ammunition systems for swift and overwhelming strikes. The MLRS Tactical Data Specialist transmits and records the necessary firing data to fire missiles and weapons in the MLRS system.
Some of the duties that a MLRS Data Tactical Systems specialist engages in includes: plotting intelligence data and gathering information, aiming and plotting various points of fire using charts and maps, transmitting and collecting data in real time, recording and keeping track of firing positions, mission reports and ammunition used and other missile operations. In addition, working in the Army as a Multiple Rocket Fire Direction specialist you will be asked to: transmit and record firing data using voice radio and fire direction systems, entering the operational and communications data into the MLRS system, and operating the MLRS system under orders and by direction. Basic Combat Training is the start of all careers in the enlisted Army. Following Basic training, you will proceed to individual advanced training where you will be taught a variety of skill sets and information that will assist you in doing your job. You will study for seven weeks in both live simulated fire exercise scenes and in the classroom. You will learn battle strategy and artillery tactics, plotting and navigation using charts and maps, operating and using communication systems that are unique to the MLRS system, and how to calculate targets manually and electronically for the MLRS system Crewmembers on the MLRS system are involved in precise orders and keeping detailed records, and performing in stressful situations. You are required to have normal color vision and normal hearing for this career. If you are in top mental and physical condition then you will excel at this position.
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If you work well with detailed information, and perform well under stressful situations, and if you are good with mathematics and calculating formulas swiftly, then this may be an ideal job area for you. If you have an interest in cannon or rocket operations, and like working under challenging and difficult situations then you may be well qualified for this Army skill specialty.