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The Cannon Crewmember is a key member of a battlefield team that effectively engages the enemy with artillery fire in support of infantry and tank units.  

They are responsible for the operation of self-propelled and towed howitzer cannons, as well as ammunition trucks and a variety of other vehicles.  

The Cannon Crewmember’s duties and responsibilities also include, identifying and selecting correct ammunition, fuse setting on a variety of munitions, wire and radio communications,  reconnaissance operations, movement control, fire support execution, and performing maintenance on equipment and operating systems.  

Employing a variety of crew served and small arms weapons in offensive and defensive operations.  Talk about the MOS. What’s it all about. What do they do.   

This career field requires individuals who are interested in cannon operations,  who possess an ability to make quick decisions, and to work as a member of a team, and are physically and mentally fit to perform under pressure.  

Who would be perfect for this MOS? What does it take to succeed in this MOS?  

After successfully completing Army Basic Combat Training, you will attend 6 weeks of Cannon Crewmember Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Where you will learn how to fire on targets manually and electronically,  ammunition handling, and gun systems operations, and artillery tactics and battle strategy.  

What can you take away from working in this MOS? What have you learned? Best part of this MOS.   

After successfully completing your Advanced Individual Training, you may be eligible for worldwide assignments. You may have the opportunity to advance in your career through additional technical, tactical, and leadership training.  

The skills you learn such as teamwork, discipline, and leadership, may help you transition from the military to the civilian work force.  Cannon Crewmember; a crucial member of the artillery battlefield team. King of Battle.  

Cannon Crewmember (13B)

  • Enlisted
  • Officer
  • Active Duty
  • Army Reserve
  • National Guard
  • Entry Level


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


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.


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.


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

Earn Cash For In Demand Jobs

You could earn up to $40,000 in cash bonuses just for enlisting under certain Military Occupational Specialties. Visit Jobs in Demand to see if this job qualifies for an enlistment bonus.

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.


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 experienced and trained Veterans to join their organization. Find out more about the Army PaYS Program at


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