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MOS 13D- Field Artillery Automated Tactical Data Systems Specialist Email This Story Print This Story

13D Field Artillery Automated Tactical Data Systems Specialist FA:100
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A Field Artillery Automated Tactical Data Systems Specialist is responsible for operating field artillery tactical data systems on a Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) Team. MLRS teams are used to support infantry and tank units while supplementing cannon artillery in combat. They also launch various missiles and ammunitions in quick strikes during combat. The field artillery tactical data systems (FATDS) specialist leads, supervises, or serves as a member of an activity operating field artillery tactical data systems in a multiple launch rocket system (MLRS) battalion, battery, platoon in a field artillery cannon battalion or higher.


  • A minimum score of 100 in aptitude area FA

  • A physical demands rating of moderately heavy (lift on an occasional basis a maximum of 80 pounds with frequent or constant lifting of 40 pounds)

  • Color discrimination of red/green

  • A Security Clearance of SECRET


  • Establish, maintain and operate communications systems

  • Assist in the preparation of computer centers for operation

  • Prepare field artillery tactical data systems for operation

  • Determine target location using computers or manual calculations


  • Nine weeks of Basic Training

  • Seven weeks, one day of Advanced Individual Training (part of this time is spent in a classroom and part in the field under simulated combat).

  • Some of the skills included in training:

    • Methods of computing target locations

    • Ammunition-handling techniques

    • Gun, missile and rocket system operations

    • Artillery tactics

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Field Artillery Automated Tactical Data Systems Specialist is a military profession and therefore has no direct civilian counterpart. However, as an Advanced level Tactical Automated Fire Control System Specialists you will learn discipline, teamwork, and leadership. The skills, knowledge and personal development that you gain are valuable assets and will complement any career you should choose to pursue.

Information source: Army Pamphlet 611-21


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