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13R -- Field Artillery Firefinder RADAR Operator


Basic Job Description

A Firefinder Radar Operator is crucial to the Army's field artillery radar team. 'Firefinder' is the name given to highly specialized machines that detect mortars, planes and other objects by using radio or sound waves to determine their location. The Firefinder Radar Operator uses radar to detect opposing forces and alert units in the Army.

Duties performed by this MOS include:

  • Operate Firefinder Radar and other systems
  • Establish and maintain radio and wire communications
  • Construct fortification like bunkers and areas for other field artillery
  • Maintain Firefinder Radar with scheduled check-ups

Initial Training Information

Job training for a field artillery firefinder radar operator requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and eight weeks of Advanced Individual Training with on-the-job instruction. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and also partly on firefinder equipment.

Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

  • Operating firefinder equipment
  • Basic workings of radar and identifying objects
  • Field tactics and combat communications
  • Calculating/recording speed, direction and altitude

ASVAB Score Required: 98 in aptitude area SC

Security Clearance: Secret

Strength Requirement: heavy

Physical Profile Requirement: 222221

Other Requirements

Similar Civilian Occupations

There is no civilian occupation that is directly equivalent to MOS 13R. However, the following civilian occupations make use of the skills developed through MOS 13R training and experience.

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