posted on Mar, 22 2015 @ 05:40 PM
a reply to: Brotherman
Our Recce (kind of like STA) platoons have guys trained as MFC and FOOs. Snipers usually do it as an additional qual once badged.
Anyone in my Bn past Cpl learns the basics of calling in fire, and all the boys are signals trained (remember, no comms = no bombs). We practice
simple air control, but we don't have the knowledge or training that the FACs or JTACs have. It takes them 18 months to learn the trade and there is
a massive failure rate. The British military only has about 200 trained JTACs.
They learn all about any aircraft that may be used in theatre from any allied force, the munitions packages of each including the specs of all the
weapons such as safe ranges, danger close ranges, blast radius, penetration depth, fuse types for specific targets etc for each bomb. They learn
tactics and procedures that allow them to quickly read the ground, identify enemy and friendly positions, work out best line of approach, figure the
best weapon for the job and relay all this information to the pilot and the ground commander in a matter of seconds. They must look at the ground from
the ground, and visualise it from the pilots perspective.
As an aside, Prince Harry (Capt Wales) is one of them, and apparently quite good at it.
They are worth their weight in Haribo.