Military Communications Equipment Operators

Military Career

General Information

Description

Communications equipment operators are responsible for generating, transmitting, tracking, and routing military communications. They operate sophisticated, state-of-the-art, electronic receivers and associated analysis and recording equipment to collect airborne, shipborne, land-based Radio Detection and Ranging (RADAR), and other signals within the electromagnetic spectrum. They use this equipment to communicate a wide range of information, including operational plans and the transmission of classified information. They may perform limited operator maintenance.

Work Environment

Communications equipment operators may work either indoors or outdoors, depending on the specialty. They may be assigned to ships, aircraft, land bases, or mobile field units.

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Military Outlook

Service Branches

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Military Status

  • Enlisted
    • Hands-on/specialized
    • High school diploma required

Military Workforce

Communications Equipment Operators in the Military

28,656

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Salary

Average Salary

$57,605

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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Post-secondary certificate 23%
  • Bachelor's degree 19%
  • Some college 14%
  • Associate's degree 14%
  • Post baccalaureate 14%
  • High school 4%
  • Master's degree 4%
  • First professional degree 4%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%

Military training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training, which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field, and covers tactical and survival skills, physical training, military life and customs, and weapons training. Job training for communications equipment operators consists of classroom and on-the-job instruction, including practice in operating a variety of communication systems. Training content varies depending on specialty, and may include: Radio/satellite equipment installation, operation, and maintenanceCommunications securityMessage encoding and decodingCommunications plan developmentSignals exploitation

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Knowledge

  • Telecommunications
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Mathematics
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