Artillery or Naval Gunfire Observer

Observe and report enemies and simulated enemy locations.
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What do Artillery or Naval Gunfire Observers do?

Observes and reports by specified means of communications, enemy and simulated enemy locations to coordinate and adjust artillery or naval gunfire during combat or training: Selects sites for observation posts. Sets up observation and communication instruments and equipment. Informs infantry, artillery, or naval gunfire ships of enemy activity, location of friendly troops and other pertinent intelligence data, using radio. Confers with artillery and gunship personnel to request and adjust artillery and naval gunfire. Confers with fire direction center personnel to report gunfire results based on knowledge of characteristics, capabilities, and limitations of artillery, mortar, rocket, and naval gunfire, using radio.


Should I be an Artillery or Naval Gunfire Observer?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Enlisted Aircrew/Aerial Observer/Gunner, Master Naval Parachutist

    How to Become an
    Artillery or Naval Gunfire Observer

    Artillery or Naval Gunfire Observers generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Artillery or Naval Gunfire Observer-related education!
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