Fire Support Team Consolidation Marine Corps Association

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.


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.

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

They are officially ed Fire Support Specialists in the U. Members of Forward Observer teams are required to attain and maintain a Secret security clearance due to the requirement for Forward Observers to be aware of not only the mission of their own unit but of other U. Observer teams are expected to be able to move, communicate, interact and carry out missions as members of these units with a hh level of proficiency in addition to their responsibilities as Forward Observers.


Observers must be able to work independently for long periods of time and, because the clandestine nature of their work and their frequent placement on or behind enemy lines, the ability to operate with minimal support is of great importance as some missions can often last for days or weeks. The first and most common is ed a Grid Mission where artillery fire to directed based on the map grid coordinate of the target based on a standard map.

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