posted on Jul, 17 2004 @ 12:11 PM
wow, lots a bad info there. FO are artilery branch, they actually work for the artiler guys, and dont realy do recon, we do the recon for them, and
they opperate off of that info.
infantry mortars often have their own call for fire guys as well
what I am is MOS 19delta. my official job title is CAVALRY SCOUT, not a forward observer. my training certificate from knox says "recon
Our job is to provide forward recon of the enemy, terrian, obsticles or anything else that may be usefull to the comander. we are his eyes and
My MOS actually has more combat tasks than any conventional warfare MOS, to include infantry. we also have more than rangers. this is not opinion, it
is an actual fact. In our 16 weeks of OSUT (we dont go thrugh BCT, the 8 week basic training) we learn everything from C4 demolitions, mine and
bobytrap laying and dismantling, how to drive and fire bradley fighting vehicles, mk19 grenade launchers, m203 grenade launchers, m250
50 cal machine gun, m240b machine gun, advanced hand to hand, advanced combat first aid, survival training, ect., ect. Our OSUT is one of the few
initial entry trainings left that does not have women trainees or drill sgts.
oh, and yes calling for arty is a big part of our job. Mostly what we do is sneak way forward of any friendly forces in small 2 to 4 man teams, set up
an observation point on a hill, and look for enemy to report and call for arty fire on. we also do recon on routes, and area recon.
so basicly our job is for a few of us to sneak into enemy held territory and peek around without getting caught. we are a jack of all trades. they
attach us to infantry units, armor units, combat enginers, basicly we can work alongside anyone, or as a stand alone fighting unit.
so yes, i am an actual, honest god SCOUT. My job is to do RECON, and I have ACTUALLY ATE A SNAKE IN THE FEILD.