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Military Occupational Specialty Cable Systems Installer-Maintainer. The men and women in this MOS will learn how to install operate and perform unit level maintenance on cabe and wire communication systems, commercial and tactical fiber and communication security devices that allow units to communicate in combat and around the world.

Because communications are sensitive, you must qualify for a secret or top-secret security clearance. The Army will train you to install operate repair and perform unit level maintenance on tactical and commercial wire fiber optics systems local area networks, underground aerial communications, voltage protection devices, telephones and other related equipment. You will also learn how to test cable communications systems to ensure systems quality as well as testing circuit groups to detect and locate line faults.

As specialty cable systems installer, you will be trained to operate various types of manual construction equipment and climb poles as necessary and critical commercial and cable wire lines.

Soldier: “One of the most rewarding parts about being in this mos is that I really have learned the basics of my job in general and I’ve become so close to my peers and my sergeants because they really do try their hardest to make sure that we know the basics and I’ve learned how far I can really go in this MOS.”

After your initial entry training and advanced individual training at Fort Gordon GA., you’ll work supporting military operations around the world. You could also be eligible to attend the advanced communications and cable systems maintainer school, for additional in-depth training on the fundamentals of cable communications and antenna systems.

Serving in this MOS can help you transition from the military to civilian employment.Your abilities in teamwork problem solving and leadership are skills in high demand by civilian employers.

Soldier: this training can not only give you the fundamentals in what you need to know about copper and fiber optics, you have opportunities to obtain many different certifications.

In today’s Army the Soldiers who keep the vital communications going are in Military Occupational Specialty cable Systems installer maintainer.

Cable Systems Installer-Maintainer (25L)

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


Cable systems installer-maintainers are primarily responsible for the maintenance of cable/wire communications systems, communication security devices and other associated equipment. This equipment needs to consistently work in order for the Army to direct the movement of its troops

Job Duties

  • Perform test on cable communications systems and circuit groups
  • Operate manual and motorized cable construction equipment
  • Install and repair circuits and wiring
  • Maintenance on power generators


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 cable systems installer-maintainer requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and eight 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

  • Preference in working with electronic equipment
  • Interest in solving problems

Required ASVAB Score(s)

Surveillance & Communications (SC): 89, Electronics (EL): 89

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


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.


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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