Initial Training Overview:
Job training for a Fire Support Specialist consists of nine weeks of Basic Training, and seven weeks, one day of Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Part of this time is spent in a classroom and part in the field under simulated combat.
Additional Training Information:
During Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training (AIT), the Army limits a soldier's personal freedom, using a "Phase System," which grants increased freedom, based upon phase of training. For details, see Army Training Phase Restrictions
The training course provides a working knowledge for skill level 1 Fire Support Specialist in the following areas: Map Reading, Land Navigation, Observed Fire Procedures, Digital Operations, Fire Support Team Vehicle Maintenance, and Laser Operations. Some of the topics covered in the course include methods of computing target locations, ammunition-handling techniques, gun, missile and rocket system operations, and artillery tactics.