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Signal Officer (25A)

  • Enlisted
  • Officer
  • Active Duty
  • Army Reserve
  • Open to Women
  • Entry Level


The signal officer leads the Signal Corps, which is responsible for the Army’s entire systems of communication. Officers plan and execute all aspects of communication on a mission and are critical to the Army’s continued success.

Job Duties

  • Maintain the Army’s voice, data and information systems
  • Making tactical decisions
  • Coordinate employment of Signal Soldiers at all levels of command


Those who want to serve must first take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, a series of tests that helps you better understand your strengths and identify which Army jobs are best for you.


Job training for a signal officer requires completion of the Signal Officer Basic Course, where you learn the skills and operational aspects that are used in the Signal Corps.

Helpful Skills

  • Self-discipline, confidence and intelligence
  • Physically and mentally fit to perform under pressure
  • Ability to make quick decisions
  • Capable of bearing numerous responsibilities


Total compensation includes housing, medical, food, special pay, and vacation time. Learn more about total compensation.

Education Benefits

In the Army, qualified students can earn full-tuition, merit-based scholarships, allowances for books and fees, plus an annual stipend for living expenses. Learn more about education benefits.

Future Civilian Careers

The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career in fields such as business management. An officer in the Army is closely related to managerial positions in corporations.


Those interested in this job may be eligible for civilian employment, after the Army, by enrolling in the Army PaYS program. The PaYS program is a recruitment option that guarantees a job interview with military friendly employers that are looking for experience and trained Veterans to join their organization. Find out more about the Army PaYS Program at

  • AT&T, Inc.
  • Hewlett-Packard Company
  • Kraft Foods Global, Inc.
  • Sears Holdings Corporation
  • Time Customer Service, Inc.
  • Walgreen Co.


My name is Captain Michael Pope. I’ve been in the Army for nine years now. I’m currently stationed at Santa Clara University as their enrollment officer. I began my Army career in 1998 when the Army offered me a four-year Army ROTC scholarship to South Carolina State. Once I entered South Carolina State I started pursuing a mechanical engineering technology degree. I completed my degree in 2003. When I completed my degree I was commissioned into the Army as a second lieutenant and also I came into the Army under the Branch Detail Program. The Branch Detail Program is essentially where you do a combat arms focused type specialty for two years and then you transition into a more technical specialty. So I served my first two years as a fire support officer, or a field artillery officer. Essentially what I did was the different fires and indirect fires that the Army has; I did the planning for those. After my two years was complete I went into communications. As a signal officer my primary purpose is to give a field environment the same functionality that you would have in an office building. So I work with satellites, I provide secret communications, I provide regular internet, I provide printing service, things of that nature. The first six year of the Army was spent in Hawaii with the 25 ID Infantry Division with the 211 Field Artillery. After finishing up there I came to Santa Clara University in January 2010 as their enrollment officer. Thus far the enrollment officer position has been the most re warding position for me. The reason for it as I said earlier, the Army offered me a four-year Army ROTC scholarship to attend South Carolina State. So this current position provides me the opportunity to interact with college students and high school college-bound students on a daily basis.