Weather and terrain play critical roles when firing artillery because these conditions can affect the weapon's accuracy. And since the most important thing when firing field artillery is knowing where to shoot, the Field Artillery Surveyor/Meteorological Crewmember is a critical member of the team that fires large ammunition or missiles to support infantry and tank units in combat.
Specific duties in this position include monitoring weather conditions and patterns, as well as providing firing position data, schematic sketches of terrain, and astronomic observations so units can fire and launch missiles accurately. Crewmembers also prepare meteorological balloons for launching, and operate and perform maintenance on survey/meteorological equipment, vehicles, and weapons.
Some of the Skills You’ll Learn
• Methods of computing target locations
• Artillery tactics and field combat strategy
• Ammunition-handling techniques
• Gun, missile, and rocket system operations
• Interest in mathematics
• Physically and mentally fit to perform under pressure
• Ability to multitask
The skills you learn as a Field Artillery Surveyor/Meteorological Crewmember, such as teamwork, discipline, and leadership, will help you in any civilian career you choose. You will gain a strong background in mapping techniques and instrument repair that will help prepare you for a career as a construction site surveyor, construction work estimator, or within the field of precision instrument repair.
Earn While You Learn
Instead of paying to learn these skills, get paid to train. In the Army National Guard, you will learn these valuable job skills while earning a regular paycheck and qualifying for tuition assistance.
Job training for Field Artillery Surveyor/Meteorological Crewmembers consists of 10 weeks of Basic Training, where you'll learn basic Soldiering skills, and eight weeks of Advanced Individual Training. Training consists of both classroom and field work.
Requires military enlistment. Programs and benefits are subject to change. Ask your Army National Guard recruiter for the most up-to-date information. Actual MOS assignment may depend on MOS availability.