Forward Observer Duty Descriptions

13F20 Forward Observer

The 13F20 Forward Observer performs reconnaissance, both map and physical, to gather critical information. They select observation posts, develop visibility and capability diagrams, and orient maps using optical devices and compass. Establishing communications with supported units, the Forward Observer identifies, locates, computes data, and initiates fire on targets. They also adjust artillery, mortar, naval, or aerial fire to ensure accurate targeting. In addition, the Forward Observer prepares fire support plans for offensive and defensive operations and possesses the capability to conduct night operations using night observation devices or coordinated illumination techniques.

13F20 (Forward Observer) Light Infantry Platoon

In this role, the Forward Observer serves within a light infantry platoon that can be deployed to support a wide range of combat operations. They assist in the planning, synchronization, and execution of lethal and non-lethal fires, including indirect fires, attack aviation assets, close air support, civil affairs, information operations, psychological operations, and electronic warfare. The Forward Observer ensures that effects training is integrated and synchronized effectively. They are responsible for the well-being and accountability of one Soldier as well as MTOE equipment valued at over $75,000.

Forward Observer 13F2

The Forward Observer serves in an Infantry Rifle Battalion as part of a Stryker Brigade Combat Team. With the capability to deploy worldwide within 96 hours of notification in support of U.S. policies and objectives, their primary responsibilities include plotting, target direction, calling for, and adjusting indirect fires, close combat attack, and close air support. Additionally, they are responsible for the accountability and maintenance of all assigned equipment, which exceeds a value of $200,000.

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