A Facelift for Fires
MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA
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No branch of the Army has suffered a greater identity crisis than Field Artillery, as a result of transformation, COIN-centric operations and the non-standard manpower demands of OIFOEF. These are the words of three maneuver brigade commanders in a white paper outlining one of the most alarming problems facing the Army today the degradation of the field artillery to the point that delivery of lethal fires is no longer a simple task for most cannon battalions or fire support teams FIST. The field artillery branch currently oversees eight separate enlisted specialties. For an officer to remain technically and tactically proficient in such a wide range of skill sets is virtually impossible. The two most perishable of these skill sets that are essential to the delivery of fires -- gunnery and fire support -- have grown more challenging and specific and each requires enough expertise to warrant its own officer specialty. To combat the atrophy of core competencymission essential tasks, increase officer proficiency and retention, and negate the loss of division artillery DIVARTY the Army must create two separate officer MOS tracks within the field artillery branch.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Fire Control and Bombing Systems