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Effectively engaging the enemy with artillery and rocket fire is the job of the Army’s Fire Control Specialist.

In this Military Occupational Specialty, working as a member of a team, you will be responsible for integrating and processing enemy target information into a network of Army and JOINT automated battle command systems used for indirect fire support.

Your duties will also include coordinating and establishing fire direction operations, setup of mission command support systems, and communication equipment,
orchestrating fire mission processing, fire support planning, fire support execution, movement control, and performing maintenance on equipment and operating systems.

This career field requires individuals who are interested in cannon and rocket operations, who qualify for a secret clearance, possess an ability to multi-task, and to work as a member of a team. Have strong communication skills with attention to detail, and are physically and mentally fit with the ability to perform under pressure.

After successfully completing Army Basic Combat Training, you will attend 7 weeks of Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, where you will learn radio operations, manual gunnery, and computer based fire control systems.

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

The skills and knowledge you acquire may help you transition from the military to the civilian work force, where you may find employment in the telecommunications industry or as a computer programmer.

Fire Control Specialist; a crucial member of the artillery battlefield team, King of Battle.

Fire Control Specialist (13J)

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


The fire control specialist integrates and processes tactical battlefield information from multiple users and sensors through a network of Army and JOINT automated battle command systems.

Job Duties

  • Operate communications systems
  • Primary tactical data system operations
  • Data base management
  • Fire mission processing


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 field artillery automated tactical data system specialist requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and seven weeks of Advanced Individual Training with on-the-job instructions. 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:

  • Computing target locations
  • Operating gun, missile and rocket systems
  • Artillery tactics

Helpful Skills

  • Interest in cannon and rocket operations
  • Physically and mentally fit to perform under pressure
  • Ability to multi-task
  • 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

The skills you will learn will help you in any civilian career you choose. The experience you gain from dealing with various computer and communication systems can also be used in jobs such as computer programmer or telecommunication specialist.