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Army Enlisted Job Descriptions & Qualifications
13R -- Field Artillery Firefinder Radar Operator
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Major duties. The field artillery firefinder radar operator operates or provides leadership in the operation of field artillery radar systems.

(1) Skill Level 1. Establishes and maintains radio and wire communications; prepares for operation, and operates and maintains firefinder radars and associated equipment. Constructs fortifications, bunkers, and crew-served weapons emplacements. Operates and performs operator maintenance on prime movers, radar system, and associated equipment.

(2) Skill Level 2. Leads and supervises the preparation for operations and operates and maintains firefinder radars. Assists section chief in controlling soldiers and equipment also provides technical guidance to lower grade soldiers. Takes part in the reconnaissance and selection of site for emplacement of radar. Supervises and schedules operational maintenance on radar and associated equipment. In the absence of the section chief, assumes the duties of the section chief.

(3) Skill Level 3. Leads and supervises the combat operation of firefinder mortar locating radars. Leads, trains, and supervises soldiers in operation and maintenance of radar and associated equipment. Provides leadership and training for integrated target acquisition operations. Instructs soldiers in radar operation, tech niques, and procedures. Leads and supervises unit maintenance on firefinder radar and ancillary equipment, and operator maintenance on organic communications equipment and vehicles. Evaluates, processes, and reports target information to Bn/Divarty. Recom mends positioning of direct support target acquisition radar assets, sectors of search, and radar zone positioning. Recommends cueing guidance to Bn/DIVARTY counterfire officer for weapon locating radars.

(4) Skill Level 4. Leads and supervises the combat operations of radar platoons. Leads soldiers performing duties of FA firefinder radar operator. Conducts map and ground reconnaissance of general position areas for relocation of weapons locating radar. Coordinates survey data. Ensures radar visibility diagrams are constructed cor rectly for posting on battery capabilities chart. Conducts, coordinates, and evaluates platoon training. Leads, supervises, and trains the targeting element in a Tactical Operations Center in conjunction with the Fire Support Element (FSE). Collects and disseminates intelligence information and applies these products to the tactical employment of TA assets and counterfire operations. Assist in monitoring target acquisition assets operations, status, and current and proposed locations. Recommends TA coverage to include com mand and control relationships of organic and attached TA assets. Provides input to DIVARTY S-2 for consolidation into the Target Acquisition Tab. Recommends the positioning of General Support TA assets, sector of search, and radar zone positioning. Prepares Radar Deployment Orders (RDO) as required. Assists in maintain ing the artillery OB Data Base and target file. Recommends cueing guidance to the S-2 for all Division TA assets. Assists in preparing the Target Acquisition Tab of the FA Support Plan. Coordinates logistics requirements and prepares reports summarizing data obtained from radar sections on troop strengths, logistics, surveillance techniques, and tactical operations.

Physical demands rating and qualifications for the initial award of MOS. FA firefinder radar operators must possess the following qalifications:

(1) A physical demands rating of heavy.

(2) A physical profile of 222221.

(3) Normal color vision.

(4) A minimum score of 100 in aptitude area SC.

(5) Security Clearance of SECRET.

(6) Formal training (completion of MOS 13R course conducted under auspices of USA FA School) mandatory.

(7) A U.S. citizen.

NOTE: This job closed to women.

Additional skill identifiers.

(1) P5--Master Fitness Trainer.

(2) 2S--Battle Staff Operations (skill level 3 and above).

(3) 4A--Reclassification Training.

Training/School Information

Information derived from Army Pamplet 611-21

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