September’s Hot Job Is … 13D Field Artillery Tactical Data System Specialist

Each month throughout 2015, On Your Guard is spotlighting a “hot job.” What defines these featured jobs as “hot”? One all-important benchmark: number of times people searched for it on the National Guard jobs board. So, here’s what’s hot for September.

Are you smart with computers and math? Do people tell you how great you are under pressure? Does the idea of working with cannon and rocket systems seem pretty cool? If you answered “yes” to these questions, then you may be a perfect fit to train as a 13D Field Artillery Tactical Data System Specialist in the Army National Guard.

Watch this video about the 13D military occupational specialty (MOS) to get a first-hand look at what Field Artillery Tactical Data System Specialists do, and then read on to learn more about the job.

13Ds play an integral role on the team that provides fire support for infantry and tank units. Their main role: operating the tactical data systems on Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRS). Specialists establish, maintain, and operate communications systems; prepare computer centers; set up the field artillery data systems; and determine target locations using computers or even manual calculations.

Plus, part-time 13D Soldiers gain valuable skills needed for in-demand civilian careers working with computer and communications systems.

13Ds must first attend 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training, followed by 7 weeks of Advanced Individual Training that includes both classroom learning and hands-on, in-the-field instruction.

Field Artillery Tactical Data System Specialists are eligible for any of the Guard’s outstanding education benefits, healthcare and life insurance, retirement programs, and more.

If you think you’ve got what it takes to perform these high-level technical duties for the Guard, visit our jobs board and contact a recruiter today.

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STEM in the Guard: A Focus on Math

This summer, during the first week of every month, we’ve been taking a closer look at Army National Guard careers in each of the four STEM disciplines: science, technology, engineering, and math. Why? Because these jobs are in demand, both in the Guard and in the civilian workforce. Candidates with expertise in these fields are needed right now and well into the foreseeable future. In fact, the U.S. Department of Commerce predicts that STEM opportunities will increase by 17 percent over the next three years.

We conclude this summer series today, with Part 4 … mathematics.

STEM_MathematicsDo you like to crunch numbers? Are you masterful at solving puzzles, seeing patterns, and understanding formulas? Are you always on the move and searching for a new challenge?

If so, a career in mathematics may be a smart choice for your future. Selecting one of the Guard’s many math-oriented military occupational specialties (MOS) would also be a smart choice, for three important reasons:

  • The skills you learn in the Guard will give you a head start on qualifying for civilian positions like market research, financial management, air traffic control, operations research, statistical analysis, intelligence, electronics, and more.
  • As with most Guard careers, your service is part-time, so you can earn a degree and/or work in that civilian job at the same time.
  • Finally, the Guard offers money for college and other great benefits like healthcare and life insurance.

Just as important, the National Guard’s math specialists are charged with vital missions. Some manage air traffic control services. Others use mathematical models and analytical techniques to solve complex problems. And then there are those who break codes and use statistics to predict situations and possible outcomes.

The following are just a few of the Guard’s mathematics positions. Click the links to view nationwide job openings and read a more detailed description for each MOS.

13D Field Artillery Technical Data System Specialist – Operates the tactical data systems that launch rockets; determines target locations using computers and/or manual calculations

15Q Air Traffic Control Operator – Provides the precision-oriented takeoff and landing instructions needed to ensure flawless, safe aircraft operations

35N Signals Intelligence Analyst – Intercepts and analyzes foreign communications, as well as relays intelligence reports regarding combat, strategic, and tactical intelligence information

36B Financial Management Technician – Performs a wide array of budgeting, disbursing, and accounting duties, including computing payroll, auditing financial records, and preparing payments for various types of transactions

If you aren’t sure which of these math-based career paths is best for you, don’t worry. One way to narrow it all down is to take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test. All Guard applicants take the ASVAB to help align their strengths with the military occupational specialties that best capitalize on those skills.

To learn more about STEM careers in the National Guard, check out our STEM Career Guide, visit our jobs board, and contact a recruiter today.

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