Tactical automated weapons fire and weapons control is a specialty that has a high demand in the War on Terror. The US Army trains its Tactical Fire Control Specialists to be one of the most versatile and expert of the weapons control personnel that work in the US Army Field Artillery specialty. The member of the Tactical Fire and Weapons Control specialty is the person responsible for the effective and safe operations of weapons. They work hand in hand with other Army Artillery personnel to ensure the safe and effective operation of tactical and offensive automated weapons. 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.
Can You Handle The Big Guns?
The skills and demonstrated leadership ability you develop serving in this specialty will serve you well in any civilian position that you choose. Artillery is large caliber ammunition and weapons used in battle and combat to support infantry units and troops. You may also be responsible for performing operator maintenance on sections vehicles and setting up artillery mobile weapons systems. 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. 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.
To operate as a Operations and Tactical Automated Weapons Fire Control Specialist you have to have good stamina and endurance, as you can be required to work for long periods without rest. 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. US Army Tactical Weapons 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.
You should have the ability to work as a member of a team, and have an interest in rocket and artillery operations. Army Tactical Weapons Fire specialists work in tactical computer weapons centers, preparing fuses and powder in ammunition for firing, and to help operate, establish, maintain and set up wire and radio communications in the field.