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Special Forces Communications Sergeant (18E)

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

Overview

Special forces communications sergeants can operate every kind of communications gear, from encrypted satellite communications systems to old-style high-frequency Morse key systems.

Job Duties

  • Organize, train, advise and supervise in the installation, utilization and operation of communications equipment
  • Establish and maintain tactical and operational communications
  • Supervise the communications functions for special operations or missions
  • Plan, prepare and assist in the communications targets portion of area study

Requirements

Special forces communications sergeants have very demanding physical requirements. Good eyesight, night vision, and physical conditioning are required to reach mission objectives via parachute, land or water. Also required is excellent hand-eye coordination to detonate or deactivate explosives.

In most instances, special forces communications sergeants are required to be qualified divers, parachutists and endurance runners.

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.

Training

Due to the wide variety of missions, special forces communications sergeants are trained swimmers, paratroopers and survival experts, as well as trained in many forms of combat. Training for the special forces communications sergeants consists of 60 weeks of formal classroom training and practice exercises.

Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

  • Physical conditioning, parachuting, swimming and scuba diving
  • Using land warfare weapons and communications devices
  • Handling and using explosives
  • Bomb and mine disposal

Helpful Skills

  • Readiness to accept a challenge and face danger
  • Ability to stay in top physical condition
  • Interest in medicine and science
  • Ability to remain calm in stressful situations

Future Civilian Careers

As a member of a special forces communications sergeants, you’re trained to defend against dangerous forces. As a special forces communications sergeants you will also receive valuable training in the field of communications.

The skills you acquire as a special forces communications sergeants will most certainly prepare you for a career in law enforcement. The extensive leadership training you’ll receive will enable you to move directly into practically any civilian management position in the corporate world.

PARTNERSHIP FOR YOUTH SUCCESS (PaYS) Program

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 http://www.armypays.com.

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

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