Skill Level 1 Integral member of a crew that operates high technology cannon artillery weapon systems. Loads and fires howitzers. Sets fuse and charge on a variety of munitions, including high explosive artillery rounds, laser guided projectiles, scatterable mines, and rocket assisted projectiles. Uses computer generated fire direction data to set elevation of cannon tube for loading and firing. Employs rifles, machine guns, and grenade and rocket launchers in offensive and defensive operations. Drives and operates heavy and light wheeled trucks and tracked vehicles. Transports and manages artillery ammunition. Participates in reconnaissance operations to include security operations and position preparation. Operates in reduced visibility environments with infrared and starlight enhancing night vision devices and other equipment. Coordinates movement into position. Camouflages position area. Communicates using voice and digital wire and radio equipment. Uses critical combat survival skills to operate in a hostile environment. Maintains operational readiness of vehicles and equipment.
Skill Level 2 Supervises handling, transportation, accountability, and distribution of ammunition. Assists section chief in supervision of howitzer operations, maintenance, and training. Lays weapon for direction, conducts bore sighting, and basic periodic tests. Supervises the operation, loading, and maintenance of the Field Artillery Ammunition Support Vehicle.
Skill Level 3 Directs and supervises movement emplacement of the howitzer section. Supervises and directs the construction, camouflage, and defense of the section position. Trains, instructs, and supervises section personnel in cannon gunnery procedures and firing. Responsible for the verification of safe firing data. Supervises the handling, storage, accountability, and distribution of ammunition. Supervises the performance of operator, crew, and organizational maintenance on section vehicles.
Skill Level 4 Assists platoon leader in the planning, preparation, and execution of collective training activities of the platoon. Conducts battery/platoon reconnaissance, selection, occupation, and defense of position areas. Supervises firing battery personnel engaged in firing battery operations, maintenance, and training. Lays the unit for direction of fire and verifies safe operations before and during firing. Supervises battalion ammunition trains operations. Reviews, consolidates, and prepares technical, personnel, and administrative reports covering firing battery element activities.