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Old 25 July 2009, 10:55
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Special Forces Fire Support

I am currently a 1LT(P) FSO with the 82d ABN. Wondering what all goes into becoming a fire support liason at a SF Group. How does this process work and what are some pre-requisites, i.e. rank, time in service, schooling, etc.
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Old 25 July 2009, 11:16
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The Fires guy in the CJSOTF is normally a MAJ in FA. He'll have alot of line experience, and will have worked closely with the boys in blue, too.

Do you REALLY like being a JOClodyte? (they don't get out much at all)
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Old 25 July 2009, 11:50
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Read "The Path Less Traveled: Fire Supporters in SOF" in the Mar/Apr issue of Fires Bulletin. Should answer all your questions.
You do read Fires, don't you young sir?

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Old 25 July 2009, 11:56
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Old 26 July 2009, 10:59
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The FA guy that supported the CJSOTF on my last OEF rotation was a CPT, and he ended up hating life. 12-14 hour days in a room with radios and flat screens, the only breaks are for chow and the crapper. Stay as far away from this while you can AirborneFSO.
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Old 26 July 2009, 14:15
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Thanks for the heads up! I read the article, pretty interesting, but like SATCOM said seems like my ass would be glued to the TOC, not like its much different these days for OIF.
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Ditto...

Though our FSO got to work for Task Force and call himself the "Ops-O," which is undoubtedly a good bullet on his OER, he was hating life as a 12-on, 12-off, TOC monkey. I know cuz I was right there beside him.
Difference is, I transitioned when the time was appropriate... he was stuck there as hired help. Anyhoo, make sure you know what you're getting into (as with all things I suppose).
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