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Military Occupational Specialty: Satellite Communication Systems Operator Maintainer.

The Army has always relied upon timely and reliable communication to achieve victory in the field.

And the soldier of today has more information available than ever before.

It is the job of the Signal Corps to ensure that vital communication flows between units,

and Satellite Communications, or “SATCOM,” is the backbone of this capability.

25S Greenscreen Interview TESTIMONIAL: What is the job of a 25S? How much does the Army rely on Satellite Communications?

Because data from satellite transmissions is sensitive, you must qualify for a SECRET CLEARANCE in this MOS

Then your training will begin at Fort Benning, Georgia, with Basic Electronics Theory and practices.

Here you’ll be introduced to the fundamentals that govern how electronic equipment operates.

You’ll continue with hands-on training in the inspection, troubleshooting and preventive maintenance that will be a core function of your duties.

Next, the Army will train you in multichannel satellite communication systems, including the installation, operation and maintenance of the equipment that transmits and receives information;

as well as the devices that encode and safeguard that information.

You’ll receive training on the datalinks and routing systems that the Army relies on to move ever-increasing quantities of data around the world.

And be taught to align equipment, make operating adjustments, and to analyze communication signals to optimize performance.

25S Greenscreen Interview TESTIMONIAL: How is AIT preparing you to perform your job duties in the field?

After your Initial Entry Training,

and Advanced Individual Training,

you'll install, operate, and maintain ground terminals, systems and networks that keep the entire Army updated, informed and situationally aware.

Additional duties may include the installation and maintenance of tactical satellite antennas,

enhancing communication capabilities of units in the field.

You will also be tasked with conducting both stressed and unstressed network operations.

You may also monitor satellite tracking;

operate and maintain Strategic Tactical Entry Point, or STEP facilities;and complete equipment repair forms and other performance reports.

25S Greenscreen Interview TESTIMONIAL: In what ways do soldiers in other MOS depend on 25S?

Serving in this MOS, you'll have the opportunity to apply for and earn certification and credentials

Through the Army's Credentialing Opportunities Online…

Further assisting your transition from the military to the civilian employment sector.

25S Greenscreen Interview TESTIMONIAL: How will SATCOM technology and capabilites evolve in the future?

The men and women in this MOS ensure that the communication linking units all across the globe remains unbroken, helping the Army remain “Watchful for the Country.”

Join us in Military Occupational Specialty: Satellite Communication Systems Operator Maintainer.

Satellite Communication Systems Operator-Maintainer (25S)

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


Satellite communication systems operator-maintainers are responsible for making sure that the lines of communication are always up and running. They maintain the multichannel satellite communications for the entire Army.

Job Duties

  • Maintenance of satellite communications equipment and associated devices
  • Conduct stressed and unstressed network operations
  • Prepare system and equipment related forms and reports


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 satellite communication systems operator-maintainer requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and 18 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:

  • Use of various types of communications equipment
  • Working with codes
  • Maintenance and care of communications equipment

Helpful Skills

  • Interest in communications equipment and satellite systems
  • Ability to perform physically and mentally under pressure
  • Can thrive in team environment

Required ASVAB Score(s)

Electronics (EL): 114

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 as a communications equipment operator at airports, telephone companies and police/fire stations.


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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