The field artillery firefinder radar operator is responsible for detecting enemy forces and alerting the units in the Army. Using a “firefinder” — which are highly specialized radars — they can detect various objects and their locations.
- Operate firefinder radar and other systems
- Establish and maintain radio and wire communications
- Construct bunkers and similar areas for other field artillery
- Maintain firefinder radar with scheduled checkups
Those who want to serve must first take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, a series of tests that helps you better understand your strengths and identify which Army jobs are best for you.
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
- Interest in radar and electronics
- Skills in geometry and math
- Ability to maintain long periods of focus
Required ASVAB Score(s)
Surveillance & Communications (SC) : 98