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Enemy target location is the key to battlefield success. 

Artillery crews rely on the Joint Fire Support Specialist to be their eyes and ears on the battlefield.     

In this Military Occupational Specialty, while working from forward position, you will be responsible for gathering intelligence and enemy target information to send to artillery, rocket and mortar crews who can then successfully engage and neutralize the enemy.    

Your duties will include the setup and operation of communications systems, encoding and decoding messages,  assisting in the preparation of fire support plans, coordinates and targets,  operating laser range finders and target devices,  and determining target location using computers or manual calculations.   

This career field requires individuals who are interested in cannon and rocket operations, and fire support situations, who 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 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 communications, mapping, and operating laser range finders and target devices.  

After successfully completing your Advanced Individual Training, you will be eligible for worldwide assignments.  As a Joint Fire Support 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. 

A crucial member of the artillery battlefield team. Joint Fire Support Specialist. King of Battle!  

Joint Fire Support Specialist (13F)

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


The joint fire support specialist is primarily responsible for the intelligence activities of the Army’s field artillery team.

Job Duties

  • Set up and operate communications systems
  • Encode and decode messages
  • Assist in the preparation of fire support plans, coordinates and targets
  • Operate laser range finders and target devices
  • Determine target location using computers or manual calculations


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 fire support specialist requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and 11 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
  • Ammunition techniques
  • Operating gun, missile and rocket systems
  • Artillery tactics, techniques and procedures

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): 96

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 learn will help prepare you for a career in computer consulting, technology support, data processing and other similarly related fields.


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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