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Communication and information systems are key components of battlefield operations.

From radio transmitters that allow units to exchange enemy target information, to the computer and network systems that allow commanders to stay informed, and to track and direct their troops’ movement.

This vital signals support equipment must work consistently and reliably. To keep its forces connected, the Army depends upon the skills of the Signal Support Systems Specialist.

Soldiers in this MOS install, deploy, maintain, troubleshoot, and assist with communications equipment within the Tactical Operations Center, Command Post, and vehicle platforms.

These include Battle Command Systems, Communications & Electronic equipment, Communications Security devices, telephone wires, Local Area Networks, and routers.

Candidates for this MOS should have good problem-solving skills, an interest in working with electronic equipment.

And the ability to obtain a Secret Security Clearance.

After successful completion of Basic Combat Training, you will attend 20 weeks of Advanced Individual Training at Fort Gordon, Georgia.

Where you will learn:

Electrical principles
Preventative maintenance procedures
Wiring techniques
Communication security policies and procedures

After successful completion of training, you may work supporting Army operations in the field, where you may be responsible for:

Maintaining radio and data distribution systems, performing signal support functions and technical assistance for computer systems,

Providing technical assistance and training for local area networks, maintaining equipment, terminal devices, assigned vehicles, and power generators.

The skills, discipline, and leadership experience gained by serving in this MOS can help you transition to a civilian career.

An essential part of Army Signal Corps operations.

Military Occupational Specialty: Signal Support Systems Specialist.

 

Signal Support Systems Specialist (25U)

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

Overview

Signal support systems specialists are primarily responsible for working with battlefield signal support systems and terminal devices. This equipment needs to consistently work in order for the Army to direct the movement of its troops.

Job Duties

  • Maintain radio and data distribution systems
  • Perform signal support functions and technical assistance for computer systems
  • Provide technical assistance and training for local area networks
  • Maintenance for equipment, terminal devices, assigned vehicles and power generators

Requirements

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

Job training for a signal support systems specialist requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and 16 weeks of Advanced Individual Training with on-the-job instruction. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and in the field.

Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

  • Mechanical and electrical principles
  • Preventive maintenance procedures
  • Line installation and wiring techniques
  • Communication security policies and procedures

Helpful Skills

  • Interest in working with electronic equipment
  • Good at solving problems

Required ASVAB Score(s)

Surveillance & Communications (SC): 92, Electronics (EL): 93

Learn more about the ASVAB and see what jobs you could qualify for.

Compensation

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

Earn Cash For In Demand Jobs

You could earn up to $40,000 in cash bonuses just for enlisting under certain Military Occupational Specialties. Visit Jobs in Demand to see if this job qualifies for an enlistment bonus.

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 with companies that produce communications and electronic equipment. Additional study and two years of electronics experience will also qualify you for certification as an Associate Certified Electronics Technician.

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 experienced and trained Veterans to join their organization. Find out more about the Army PaYS Program at http://www.armypays.com.

 

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