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Soldiers firing a mortar.

Indirect Fire Infantryman (11C)

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


The indirect fire infantryman is a member of a mortar squad, section or platoon. The mortar has the most power and range of any weapon in an infantry unit.

Job Duties

  • Set up, load and fire three types of mortars: 60mm, 81mm or 120mm
  • Employ crew and weapons in offensive, defensive and retrograde ground combat
  • Operate, clean and store automatic weapons
  • Employ, fire and recover antipersonnel and antitank mines
  • Locate and neutralize mines
  • Carry out scout missions to spot enemy troops and gun locations
  • Operate two-way radios and signal equipment to relay battle orders


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 an indirect fire infantryman requires 14 weeks, three days of One Station Unit Training, which includes Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training. Part of this time is spent in a classroom and part in the field under simulated combat. Your skills are kept sharp with frequent squad maneuvers, target practice and war games.

Helpful Skills

  • Interest in ammunition and weaponry
  • Readiness to accept a challenge and face danger
  • Physically and mentally in shape
  • Ability to work as a team member

Required ASVAB Score(s)

Combat (CO): 87

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 federal, state and local law enforcement.


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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