Operations Specialist (OS)
Operations Specialists function as plotters, radio-telephone and Command and Control sound-powered telephone talkers and maintain Combat Information Center (CIC) displays of strategic and tactical information. OSs operate surveillance and altitude radars' Identification Friend or Foe (IFF), and associated equipment. They serve as air traffic controllers for helicopters and fixed-wing supersonic jet aircraft.
OS's serve as watch supervisors and section leaders, and they interpret and evaluate presentations and tactical situations and make recommendations to supervisors during watch conditions. They apply a thorough knowledge of doctrine and procedures applicable to CIC operations contained in U. S. Navy instructions and Allied or U.S. Navy publications and procedures necessary for radar navigation contained in Naval Oceanographic Office publications.
Operations Specialists provide to the command technical information and assistance related to Anti-Surface Warfare, Anti-Air Warfare, Anti-Submarine Warfare, Amphibious Warfare, Mine Warfare, Naval Gunfire Support, and search and rescue operations, and other matters pertaining to the Operations Specialist's area.
Upon completion of the required rating courses, OSs will be able to plot a ship's position, heading, and speed. They operate common marine electronic navigation instruments including radar systems, and provide target plotting data to the combat information center based on information received from target tracking devices.
Operations Specialists must be U.S. citizens and be able to meet all security clearance requirements. Adversely adjudicated drug abuse offenses will not receive waiver consideration. A good working knowledge of arithmetic, the capability for understanding modern computing devices, the ability to speak and write well and function as a member of an integrated team, do detailed work and keep accurate records, some physical strength and good manual dexterity are important qualifications.Normal color perception and hearing are required.