Navmc 3500.89a -

They are colloquially known as Fi STers, regardless of whether they are members of a Fi ST (Fire Support Team) only dreaming of being a part of the PF, FSE (Fire Support Element) or COLTs (Combat Observation and Lasing Teams). Army hold the Military Occupational Specialty of 13F for enlisted and 13A for officers desnating them as members of the Field Artillery corps.


The Battalion Fire Support Officer (FSO) is the Officer in Charge of a Battalion Fire Support Element. After completion of Basic Military Training enlisted soldiers attend a ten week course on the fundamentals of -For-Fire ques as well as general field craft and small unit tactics at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

Marine Corps <i>Artillery</i> Fire Support <i>Training</i>. - Fort Sill - Army

Marine Corps Artillery Fire Support Training. - Fort Sill - Army

The third and least common is Polar where the observer gives their current grid location and provides distance and direction to the target.

Cannoneer School - Fort Sill

military are artillery observers who carry the Military Occupational Specialty desnator of 13F in the United States Army and 0861 in the United States Marine Corps. From there those being assned to Airborne units, most notably the 82nd Airborne Division,173rd Airborne Brade, and 75th Ranger Regiment will attend the United States Army Airborne School after the completion of training at Ft. Additionally both Ranger School and United States Army Pathfinder School are open to both enlisted and officers serving as Forward Observers. Once training is complete members are assned to a Forward Observer Platoon generally part of a Headquarters and Headquarters Company inside a larger Infantry, Cavalry, Armor, or Artillery Battalion.

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