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Army MOS 13S and 13T Field Artillery Surveyor and Meteorological Crew Member

A Field Artillery Surveyor/Meteorological Crew member is a member of the Army’s field artillery team. Artillery systems are weapons that fire large ammunition or missiles to support infantry and tank units in combat. The Field Artillery Surveyor/Meteorological Crewmember is responsible for monitoring weather conditions and patterns so artillery units can fire and launch missiles accurately, and for making sure the artillery weapons are placed with exact precision so the weapon systems can deliver accurate and lethal firepower.

Some of your duties as a Field Artillery Surveyor/Meteorological Crew member may include:

Operate meteorological equipment
Monitor flight progress and system status during flight
Compute total and free balloon lift for helium and hydrogen
Record field data, prepares schematic sketches and marks survey stations.
Perform astronomic observations
Prepare meteorological balloons for launching
Input upper air information into computer assisted artillery meteorology models to develop
meteorology data.

Perform preventive maintenance checks and services on vehicles, radios, weapons and all survey equipment

Assemble and operate computer and peripheral equipment.
Perform operator maintenance on electronic and manual meteorology and survey equipment.

Job training for a Field Artillery Surveyor/Meteorological Crewmember requires nine weeks of Basic Training, where you’ll learn basic soldiering skills, and seven weeks and one day of Advanced Individual Training and on-the-job instruction. Part of this time is spent in a classroom and part in the field under simulated combat. Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

Methods of computing target locations
Artillery tactics
Ammunition-handling techniques
Gun, missile and rocket system operations
Artillery tactics and field combat strategy

Advanced Responsibilities
Advanced level Field Artillery Surveyor/Meteorological Crewmembers provide guidance, supervise and train other Soldiers within the same discipline. As an advanced level Field Artillery Surveyor/Meteorological Crewmember, you may be involved in:

Compute survey data
Perform calibrations and zero velocity updates
Assist in the collection, evaluation and dissemination of survey information
Manually plot weather data
Operate computers in weather station
Terminate weather flight operations

Related Civilian Jobs
While there is no job equivalent to Cannon Crew member in civilian life, the skills you learn such as teamwork, discipline and leadership, will help you in any civilian career you choose.

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