A Career Of A Marine Artillery Cannon Specialist

The Marine use an Artillery Cannon Fire team to help operate the large equipment and missile systems, as well as the large caliber ammunition used to support infantry and tank units. The Marine Corps Artillery Cannon Specialist is a team member of a Marine Field Artillery Cannon unit. As such the Marine Artillery Cannon specialist is directly responsible for directing large artillery fire support and cannon fire down upon a specific enemy location. Marine Field Artillery Cannon specialists also work to support personnel on land, air and sea and to help defend against air attack. Some of the duties of a Marine Corps Artillery Cannon specialist may involve: using electronic and computer systems to prepare targets for attack, establishing and maintaining fire control and targeting communication systems, and making ready tactical field artillery targeting and weapons system targeting.

This Job Is For Real Men That Can Sweat!

The Marine Corps Cannon Artillery fire team specialist involves a lot of physical stamina and requires a lot of strength and physical conditioning. You have to have normal hearing and vision ability, and you must not be colorblind as the position requires using color-coded materials and charts to sort ammunition. Training for the job of Marine Corps Artillery Cannon specialist starts with 9 weeks of basic combat training, the same as any other Marine enlisted personnel. After boot camp you will progress to an advanced Marine Corps Field Artillery Fire Direction School. You will receive 7 weeks of training under simulated and real conditions, and classroom training. You will receive skills and training in how to perform as part of an artillery team, mortar, gun, rocket and missile training, methods and procedures in handling ammunition, basic and advanced artillery tactics and targeting, as well as a number of other Artillery Cannon Fire procedures.

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Training and skills that you obtain as a Marine Corps Artillery Cannon specialist will allow you to compete successfully in the civilian world. You will receive technical and computer skills that you can use in practically any career from computer information technology to data processing. As a Marine Artillery Cannon specialist you will rise in training and rank as time passes, and you will increasingly be responsible for training and assisting junior enlisted Artillery Cannon Personnel. You may eventually be called to command a small Field Artillery unit as a Senior Enlisted man.

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military dot image Rachell Grant    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hey I have a question on this…so I’m trying to work everything out for me and my fiance.So he leaves for basic Aug.23,2010.And he is going to the Marines.But the recruiter said most likely he’ll get to go into Artillery.SO if you go into artillery do you still have to do school of infantry?And for Artillery how long is the training?Thank you.
Please answer,very much appericated.
Rachell Grant


military dot image arin    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

No he won’t attend the infantry school. He will go through 9 weeks of basic and then 7 weeks at artillery school


military dot image brian    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

i leave augest 23rd as well. marine corps artillery. well go thru 13 weeks basic training at parris island. followed by school of infantry ( every single marine regardless of job goes to it) followed by artillery training. so yes he will go thru school of infantry


military dot image Mike    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

A crusty USMC arty guy chiming in:

He will attend, 13 weeks of USMC boot camp at either Parris Island or MCRD San Diego (dependent entirely upon geography, same school at either place), followed by 10 days of accrued “boot leave” to go home and show off his spiffy new uniforms… then he will attend the MCT (Marine Combat Training) course at whichever school of infantry is appropriate (Pendelton for San Diego, Camp Gieger for Parris Island)… this course is somewhere around 20 days and is a stripped down, bare bones, “infantry-for-non-infantry” version of the actual school that true infantry go through: he will shoot a few guns, throw a grenade or two, and hike a bit… then off to Ft. Sill Army base in OK where he will spend about 7 weeks learning the Artillery MOS.


military dot image kris    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

mike is right, back in the day, you did everything at boot camp, sent home for a week or two, then off to your designated school(mos). i was one of the lucky ones to go to fort sill ,ok,, and had a blast , so to speak.. then its off to who ever needs ya, i landed in le june , but was never really there for any period of time, cause they needed arty guys all over the world, at any givin time… SEMPER FI


military dot image Nate    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

How things have changed! I did my Arty School at 10th Marines. Got to B 1/10 in Feb ’84 and after 3 weeks went on a NATO float for 2 1/2 months, came back and some field ops. I didn’t do school until I was there for 6 months!


military dot image Mauricio    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

From the halls of Montezuma,
To the shores of tripoli.
We fight our countries battles,
In air, on land, and sea.
First to fight for the right and freedom,
and to keep our honor clean.
We are proud to claim the title of,
THE UNITED STATES MARINES.

Our flag’s unfurled to every breeze,
From dawn to setting sun.
We have fought in every climb and place,
Where we could take a gun.

Respect the Marines, Finish the HYMM!


military dot image Jeff    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

For Miss Grant. Boot camp is 12 weeks plus 1 week for processing. No SOI after basic but he will have to attend MCT, Marine Combat Training which is less than 3 weeks.
Semper FI


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