New worried mom here
Hi my 22 year old son just went to Louisville today to be shipped to Ft. Sill Ok on Wednesday the 9th. His MOS is Cannon Crew Member and he got a 40,000 sign on bonus for 6 years. Can somebody tell me how dangerous this MOS is? Will he likely go straight to Iraq without passing go? Someone told me alot of Ft.Sill's go to Germany, is this true. Any encouraging words are happily accepted....:)
sorry hun I wish I could help you but I dont have a clue what that MOS is. My son just went in also and i am not to sure what all the lingo is yet. Sorry. Maybe some of the others here can help ya when they all wake up and get back here lol...
Don't worry mom.....We look after our brothers.....Always.
13B - CANNON CREWMEMBER
A Cannon Crewmember is an important part of the Army's success on the battlefield. Artillery teams are used to support infantry and tank units in combat, but also have responsibilities during peacetime. Cannon Crewmembers work on cannons known as 'howitzers,' a heavy artillery machine piece with single-barrel firing capability.
Here are some of the duties of a Cannon Crewmember:
Starts and maintains wire and radio communications
Identifies target locations
Operates self-propelled howitzers, ammunition trucks and other vehicles
Cannon Crewmembers constantly lift heavy objects and perform strenuous activity for long periods without rest. Being in top physical and mental shape is definitely a plus. Normal color vision is also required in order to read color-coded ammunition, maps, and charts.
Job training for a Cannon Crewmember requires nine weeks of Basic Training and 14 weeks of Advanced Individual Training. Part of this time is spent in a classroom and part in the field under simulated combat conditions. Some of the skills you will learn are:
Methods of calculating targets electronically and manually
Operating gun, missile and rocket systems
Artillery tactics and battle strategy
Helpful attributes include:
Interest in rocket and cannon operations
Ability to take on challenges and remain calm under stress
Top physical and mental shape
Ability to work as a team member
Advanced level Cannon Crewmembers supervise other crewmembers and the distribution of ammunition to other units. Advanced Cannon Crewmembers manage cannon operations, training and maintenance. They are also responsible for positioning weapons in the right direction and maintaining all support vehicles..
Good Luck..Don't worry mom we look after our own like brothers. Always. I promise...
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Thank you for the information. Sounds scary though....do you think he will go to Iraq straight away?
Thank you!! I am so PROUD too. There were some people though in his family that tried to talk him out of it and I guess they get me down sometimes. I can handle him going to Iraq if I know what to expect and I think that is what creates alot of worry. The not knowing. I have strong faith in God and know he can keep him safe wherever he is. For that matter he could have been killed right here in our drug infested town just as much as on the streets of Iraq.
My son has had no direction in his life for awhile and this has made him so much different already, he feels like he has a purpose. I can't wait to see him in his uniform at graduation. The recruiter told his dad and me that they would give us some kind of password where we could actually see him over the internet at his training. Have you ever done that?
Most of the time it's like he is not even gone. I get emails a few times a week, and I have even had a couple of phone calls from him since he got over there. One day when he called he mentioned he had, had Subway for dinner! I am a control freak and I don't like not knowing where my children are so there were some letting go issues I had to work through, but I have for the most part.
When he was in basic there was a website that the Drill Sergeants kept up (for the most part) with pictures of the guys in training. It was pretty cool. There was only one that I could tell you for sure it was my son and it was picture of the back of his head with his name on his hat! But it was neat to see everything. They had DVD's we could purchase with a small donation at graduation.
Just stay positive for him, support him and let him know you love him. That's all mine every wants to know is do we support him, miss him and love him. Of course we do!
keep an eye on Fireball, she can get a little crazy at time, but is the best army wife on this site. she can be great to talk to when you need, and she makes some realy great cookies. (by the way fireball, i havent recieved my christmas batch yet?)
Texasmom is someone you may relate to a bit more, and she's proving to hold her own around here. i hear she freaks out from time to time (im sorry i missed the freakout post).
the guys around here are great to, but they get mad when we talk desperate housewives. but we girls cant help it, we love that ****.:D
My son left on the 3rd and it is driving me crazy him being gone. I am trying to learn how to cope with it but he is all I can think about. My son is also at Fort sill. I will pray for your son also. God Bless.
Fort Sill too!! Maybe they will be there together. What is your son's MOS?
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