Submarine Electronics/Computer Field
ETR Community Overview
ETR Career Path
ETV Career Path
FT Community Overview
FT Career Path
STS Community Overview
STS Career PathGeneral Description
The Navy’s Submarine Electronics / Computer Field (SECF) offers extensive training in the operation and maintenance of “Today’s High Technology” advanced electronics equipment, digital systems and computers used in submarine combat control, sonar, navigation and communications systems. An individual selecting SECF will receive training in electricity, electronics, computers, digital systems, fiber optics and electronics repair.
The standards for selection for enlistment in the Navy’s Submarine Electronics/ Computer Field are high. Personnel interested in applying for the Submarine Electronics/ Computer Field should be seriously interested in pursuing the challenge this highly technical field offers. They must be mature, ready to take on significant responsibility and willing to apply themselves.
What they do
Volunteers for the Submarine Electronics/Computer Field will specialize in one of four Submarine Ratings (Electronics Technician – Communications (ETR), Electronics Technician - Navigation (ETV), Fire Control Technician – FT, Sonar Technician Submarines – STS) working in one of four areas: combat systems, communications, navigation or underwater acoustic technologies. All four ratings/ specialty areas are heavily involved with computer and electronics systems. The combat systems specialty (FT) is responsible for maintenance and operation of advanced electronic equipment (in regards to guided-missile systems, underwater weapons) used in the submarine weapons systems. The communications specialty (ETR) is responsible for all operational and administrative aspects of the submarine’s radio communication equipment, systems and programs. The navigation specialty (ETV) is responsible for all operational and administrative aspects of the submarine’s navigation and radar equipment, systems and programs. The acoustic technology specialty (STS) is responsible for all operational and administrative aspects of the submarine’s computer and control mechanisms used for underwater surveillance and scientific data collection.