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Special Forces Communications Sergeant (18E)

  • Enlisted
  • Officer
  • Active Duty
  • Army Reserve
  • National Guard
  • Entry Level


Special Forces Communications Sergeants provide conventional and unconventional tactical communications support during the full range of Special Operations missions.  Special Forces Communication Sergeants are masters of internal communications between team members on a dismounted patrol, the myriad of linked HF, VHF, and UHF/SHF communication platforms within a Gun Mounted Vehicle, and satellite communication in all forms.

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


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 problem-solve communications equipment in the dark, while using night vision devices.

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.


Due to the wide variety of missions, Special Forces Communications Sergeants are trained tacticians, paratroopers and survival experts, as well as trained in many forms of combat. Training consists of 10 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
  • nstallation and maintenance of mobile satellite communications systems
  • Cyber Security practices and techniques

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

Required ASVAB Score(s)

General Technical (GT): 110, Combat (CO): 105

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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 experienced and trained Veterans to join their organization. Find out more about the Army PaYS Program at


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