US Army Job Description and Qualifications

13D -- Field Artillery Automated Tactical Data Systems Specialist

Basic Job Description

A Field Artillery Automated Tactical Data Systems Specialist (FAATDS) is an important member of the Army's field artillery team. FAATDS Specialists are primarily responsible for operating the Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data Systems for both Cannon and Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRS). Field Artillery Automated Tactical Data Systems Specialists play a critical role in the safe, accurate, and lethal delivery of the Field Artillery's various fire support systems.

Both cannon and MLRS systems are used to support infantry and tank units in combat.

Duties performed by this MOS include:

Establishes, maintains and operates communications systems. Assists in preparation of computer center for operation and shutdown. Prepares field artillery tactical data systems for operation to include cabling, installation, and removal procedures. Inputs initialization data and data base information to field artillery tactical data systems. Maintain fire capabilities maps and charts. Operates and performs operator maintenance on field artillery tactical data systems equipment, section vehicles and generators associated with field artillery tactical data systems. Performs crew maintenance and participates in organizational maintenance of section equipment.

Assists field artillery tactical data systems noncommissioned officer in supervision of all fire control operations in multiple launch rocket system platoon fire direction center.

Operates field artillery tactical data systems at multiple launch rocket system battery and battalion, cannon battalion and higher echelons. Performs computer operations including fire mission processing, fire plan schedules and data base construction. Initiates computer center operations, including establishing control information, communications with digital subscribers and data base initialization.

Performs operator, crew and organizational maintenance on section equipment.

Initial Training Information

Job training for a field artillery automated tactical data system specialist requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and seven weeks of Advanced Individual Training with on-the-job instructions. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field under simulated combat conditions.

Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

  • Computing target locations
  • Operating gun, missile and rocket systems
  • Artillery tactics

ASVAB Score Required: 93 in aptitude area FA

Security Clearance: Secret

Strength Requirement: moderately heavy

Physical Profile Requirement: 222221

Other Requirements

  • Color discrimination of red/green.
  • This job is closed to women.
  • Must be a US Citizen

Similar Civilian Occupations

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

  • Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists
  • Business Operations Specialists
  • Computer Operators
  • Data Entry Keyers
  • Database Administrators
  • General and Operations Managers
  • Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines
  • Network and Computer Systems Administrators
  • Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, Except Line Installers
  • Training and Development Specialists

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