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Tactical radio communications play an integral role in the Army's ability to transmit and receive critical information.

Operating and maintaining tactical radio communication systems around the world is the job of the Radio Operator-Maintainer.

As a Radio Operator-Maintainer, you will be responsible for the installation, operation and maintenance of tactical radio communication equipment and security devices..,

... preparing, transmitting, receiving and recording messages..,

... and maintaining assigned power generators, facilities and equipment.

25C NCO Testimonial: What do you do as a 25C?

This career field requires individuals who are effective communicators, team members and leaders..,

... have an interest in tactical communication operations and technical electronic and mechanical systems..,

... possess critical thinking and problem solving skills..,

... and are physically and mentally fit with the ability to perform under pressure.

25C NCO Testimonial: What do you like best about your MOS?

After successful completion of 10 weeks of Army Basic Combat Training you will be assigned to the U.S. Army Signal School at Fort Gordon, Georgia for 13 weeks of Advanced Individual Training.

As a Radio Operator-Maintainer you will be eligible for worldwide assignment and have working knowledge of tactical radio operations, basic antenna theory and basic electrical principles..,

... preventive maintenance procedures..,

... tactical radio antenna installation, cabling techniques..,

... and communication security operations, policies and procedures.

You may also be eligible for additional professional development courses and technical training which will enhance your knowledge and leadership skills.

25C AIT Student Testimonial: How was training?

The skills, knowledge and experience you gain as a Radio Operator-Maintainer may help you in your transition from the military to the civilian work force..,

... where you may find employment in the communications industry and mechanical maintenance career fields.


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Watchful For The Country, Military Occupational Specialty: Radio Operator-Maintainer.

Radio Operator-Maintainer (25C)

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


Radio operator-maintainers are responsible for the maintenance of radio communication equipment. This equipment needs to consistently work in order for the Army to direct the movement of its troops.

Job Duties

  • Maintenance of communication equipment and security devices
  • Prepare, transmit, receive and record messages
  • Maintain assigned 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 radio operator-maintainer requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and 13 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 of security policies and procedures

Helpful Skills

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

Required ASVAB Score(s)

Surveillance & Communications (SC): 98, Electronics (EL): 98

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 in 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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