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There is a big difference in a FOO (and JTAC) and an MFC or other arms observer.
Calling for fire can be done by any idiot with access to a radio.
But they are not running Fire Plans for Deliberate Attacks, or setting up Defensive Fire Plans either.
During GWOT a lot of folks got given ‘god guns’ to try to call air strikes, and coordinate which A/C was hitting what — it was messy and dangerous— you want a JTAC to do that.
You can only get so many FOO’s and JTAC’s as their is only so many assets to go around to run courses and keep current.
Not everyone needs a FOO or JTAC. All Arms Calls for Fire and learning adjustment aren’t hard (I mean I was a FOO Tech back in my Arty days, it can’t be that hard ), but when your dealing with coordinating of fires or dealing with multiple air assets, it isn’t for the layman.
Each Coy should have a FOO party able to be assigned to it - as well as there should be MFC’s available at the Platoon level that can help.
Most SOF teams will have a JTAC attached, and the OPS Sgt is generally a qualified MFC or equivalent.
I appreciate that asking isn't getting.
I appreciate that there is a difference between designating targets and co-ordinating responses.
Just like you can't have too much data you can't have too many targets. The key in both cases is being able to sort and manage and decide, while keeping people informed.
As you said, MFCs and FOOs are different than those manning the FSCCs.
And I am still convinced that there will be a wider distribution of God Guns as software permits and dispersion demands.