One of the most interesting enlisted specialist careers is the US Army weapons and tactical fire careers. The Army maintains its own Operations and Directional fire control support specialists, they work on both ammunition and missiles. 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. You may also be responsible for performing operator maintenance on sections vehicles and setting up artillery mobile weapons systems. Training for this specialty begins with Army Basic Combat Training for 9 weeks.
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. 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. Artillery is large caliber ammunition and weapons used in battle and combat to support infantry units and troops. The skills and demonstrated leadership ability you develop serving in this specialty will serve you well in any civilian position that you choose. Setup and maintenance of the Tactical computer weapons center will be part of your duties, as well as 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 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. 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. You must have the ability to work as a member of a team, and have an interest in rocket and artillery operations.
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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. 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.
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