Indirect fire infantrymen in the Army are responsible for launching and firing mortars, the infantry's most powerful and long-ranging weapon. They are key members of infantry units, making sure combat operations go smoothly and safely.
The Army categorizes this key job as military occupational specialty (MOS) 11C.
Duties of Indirect Fire Infantrymen
These soldiers have a long list of responsibilities both on and off the battlefield. They set up, load and fire mortars, scout enemy troop and weapons locations and communicate with commanding officers and other troops via radio.
Indirect fire infantrymen also are responsible for firing and deploying and neutralizing and recovering mines. They engage in ground combat, both offensive and defensive, and use automatic weapons when called upon (it's also up to them to clean and store most of the weaponry they operate).
Training for MOS 11C
These soldiers take what's known as One Station Unit or OSUT training, which combines their basic training (boot camp) and infantry training at Fort Benning in Georgia for 13 weeks. They take an additional eight weeks of training in a course specifically designed for MOS 11C, which also takes place at Fort Benning.
Most of the training for this job takes place in the field, and includes instruction in landmine warfare, anti-armor techniques, M203 grenade launcher, machine guns, military operations on urban terrain and squad tactical training.
Soldiers in this course will not only learn the techniques they need for combat, but also will learn the self-discipline and physical readiness needed to serve as a productive members of an infantry unit.
Qualifying for MOS 11C
To be eligible for this Army job, you'll need a xxx or higher on the xxx of the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) tests.