Artillery and Missile Officer ... (Military - Officer)  What They Do

Just the Facts


Directs artillery crew members as they position, maintain, and fire guns, cannons, howitzers, and rockets at enemy positions and aircraft. Normally specializes by type of artillery.

This career is part of the Government and Public Administration cluster National Security pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Directs training activities of artillery and missile crew members.
  • Directs fire control operations and firing procedures.
  • Selects location of artillery and missile strikes and coordinates their use with other combat units.
  • Directs maintenance, testing, and inspection of artillery and missile system equipment.
  • Directs security operations at missile sites.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposed to conditions such as high voltage electricity, combustibles, explosives, and chemicals more than once a month
  • Exposed to hazardous equipment such as saws, machinery, or vehicular traffic more than once a month
  • Exposed to hazardous situations involving possible injury such as cuts, bites, stings, and minor burns more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Moving the arms, legs and torso together when the whole body is in motion
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Exerting oneself physically over long periods of time without getting out of breath

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Overnight travel
  • Overtime work
  • Rotating shift work
  • Weekend work