Joined ARMY MOS:13F basic at: FT.Sill Oklahoma - Page 2




 
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June 2nd, 2004  
GreggK
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by RnderSafe
There is a difference between Ranger FISTers and big Army FISTers, so my perspective is a bit limited in providing any more information than what I wrote above.
thisis what iam confused about... what does this mean?
June 2nd, 2004  
DTop
 
 
I think Gregg might not know that FIST is a term for fire support team. Ranger and even us non-ranger light infantry types generally have mortars (60mm,81mm, and sometimes 4.2inch)as our organic indirect fire weapons. On the other end of the spectrum are the various larger weapons of the artillery. I have done lots of work with mortars, including FO (Forward Observer). He's the guy registering targets, observing the enemy, and calling for fire missions based on the enemy's proximity to those registration points. This is pretty much what you'll be training to do for the artillery. FIST teams often control all the indirect fire and will request a particular weapon based on the target. For example, you'll learn that it will do little real good for you to call in mortars onto enemy armor, it just ticks them off. You'll also be on a first name basis with your FDC (fire direction center) as these are the guys you'll be in constant communication with and they will translate your panicked blabbering into something the gun crews(a strange breed of people) can actually understand.
June 2nd, 2004  
GreggK
 
DTop thanks for the clarification.. that is exactly what i was confused about. so basically enemy tanks+motars= them being kinda pissie..... send in real loads and give them a whole lotta bad juju......
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June 2nd, 2004  
DTop
 
 
Yep, the best result you could hope for from mortars against armor is to get the armor to button up their hatches and let the TOWs or other anti-armor take them on. Of course if you have some artillery with Armor Piercing ammunition, that would be the way to put steel on that target. BTW, "Steel On Target" is a phrase you should hear often in your training so get used to it
June 3rd, 2004  
FutureRANGER
 
 
I was at Fort Sill for two days. In those two days, one was over 100 and the other was a heavy rain and lightning storm. I couldn't imagine being there 9 weeks. :P

Just cause I know you want to here my two cents.
June 3rd, 2004  
GreggK
 
lol i get to be there 13 weeks...
June 3rd, 2004  
DTop
 
 
Gregg check out http://sill-www.army.mil/FAMAG/ There's a story about SSG Jarvis Bass from my old outfit. He is a 13F (Forwrd Observer) on the FIST team and was deployed in Operation Iraqi Freedom. I think you'll find it interesting reading.
June 6th, 2004  
smitty
 
 

Topic: Ft. Sill....Beauty or Beast


GreggK. I don't know where you're from, but I'm from Oklahoma and all I ask is don't judge the rest of the state by Ft. Sill. Don't get me wrong, you will get excellent training there. My son took basic and MOS training there, but Ft Sill is not the prettiest part of Okla. and it's hot in the summer and cold in the winter. The wind blows all the time. Your time will go fast though.
Smitty
June 23rd, 2004  
RyanWalt
 
Okay well I as well ave a ship date for Aug 25th and have a question about 13F. I wanted a cool scouting job where ill see guns and war. Also fighting and nightvision without seeing the enemy too much like infantry. I was told Calvery Scout. I walk into MEPS and tey said oh go 13F casue its the same thing...........Then I heard its all a desk job this 13F. Can someone clear this up im in a panic attack and if i NEED to change my job since i want action not computer work. I need to know now so I can change my job.
Thanks
PFC Walters
June 23rd, 2004  
Redneck
 
 
RyanWalt, how about going to the Welcoming Center and giving us an introduction?