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Cannon Crewmember (13B)

  • Enlisted
  • Officer
  • Active Duty
  • Army Reserve
  • Open to Women
  • Entry Level

Overview

Cannon crewmembers work the howitzer cannons that support infantry and tank units during combat, and play crucial roles in the Army’s success on the battlefield.

Job Duties

  • Wire and radio communications
  • Identify target locations
  • Operate self-propelled howitzers, ammunition trucks and other vehicles
  • Participate in reconnaissance operations

Requirements

Those who want to serve must first take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, a series of tests that helps you better understand your strengths and identify which Army jobs are best for you.

Training

Job training for a canon crewmember requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and seven weeks of Advanced Individual Training. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field under simulated combat conditions.

Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

  • Calculating targets manually and electronically
  • Handling ammunition
  • Operating gun systems
  • Artillery tactics and battle strategy

Helpful Skills

  • Interest in cannon operations
  • Physically and mentally fit to perform under pressure
  • Ability to make quick decisions
  • Capable of working as a team member

Required ASVAB Score(s)

Field Artillery (FA) : 93

Learn more about the ASVAB and see what jobs you could qualify for.

Compensation

Total compensation includes housing, medical, food, special pay, and vacation time. Learn more about total compensation.

Education Benefits

In the Army, qualified students can earn full-tuition, merit-based scholarships, allowances for books and fees, plus an annual stipend for living expenses. Learn more about education benefits.

Future Civilian Careers

While there is no job equivalent in civilian life, the skills you learn such as teamwork, discipline and leadership, will help you in any career you choose.

PARTNERSHIP FOR YOUTH SUCCESS (PaYS) Program

Those interested in this job may be eligible for civilian employment, after the Army, by enrolling in the Army PaYS program. The PaYS program is a recruitment option that guarantees a job interview with military friendly employers that are looking for experience and trained Veterans to join their organization. Find out more about the Army PaYS Program at http://www.armypays.com.

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