SIGNAL SUPPORT SYSTEMS OF DIVISIONAL
FIRE SUPPORT UNITS
Critical Task: 01-5838.07-0001
In this lesson, you will learn about the various signal systems used in fire support units.
TERMINAL LEARNING OBJECTIVE:
Describe the signal support systems used in divisional fire support units.
You will have this lesson.
To demonstrate competency, you must achieve a minimum of 70% on the subcourse
The material in this lesson was derived from the following publications:
FM 6-20-2J, FM 11-30, FM 11-38, FM 11-41, FM 11-50, FM 63-2, and Division
Artillery (Heavy Division) Commanders TOE Handbook.
For an artillery unit to provide effective fire support, it must have an efficient and reliable communications
system. This system must give the commander the means to control his unit, exercise fire direction, coordinate
fires, maintain contact with higher headquarters (HQ), and maintain contact with either a reinforcing or a
supporting unit. The field artillery (FA) battalion has three standard communications means at its disposal: field
wire, FM radio, and AM radio. Each means has inherent advantages and disadvantages.
The communications requirements and the tactical situation must be considered when choosing the most
appropriate communications means.
standpoint, wire and multi-channel are the preferred communications means. However, FM radio becomes the