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                                             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.

 As we all know, Operations Specialist is an extremely sea intensive rating.  Due to the sea intensive nature of our rate, in-rate shore assignments are extremely limited.  The Enlisted Community Manager (ECM) recommends both Recruiting and RDC duty for a successful OS career milestone.  An eligible OS approaching (9) month negotiation window is highly encouraged to consider nomination for Recruiting and/or RDC duty.  Shore Special Programs are extremely career enhancing and provide unique opportunities for Operations Specialists to broaden their career experience.   Recruiting and RDC tours are the ultimate in Sailorization tours and enjoy high advancement rates.





- Assignment to locations outside of Fleet Intensive areas (based on district availability).

- Special Duty Assignment Pay (SDAP) of $450.00 per month.

- Recruiting Command Advancement Program (RCAP).

- Specialized Training in highly marketable skills (Sales, Counseling, Management)


The NPC web page maintains eligibility requirements and a list of available Recruiting Districts that are not advertised on CMS-ID:






- Special Duty Assignment Pay (SDAP) of $450.00 per month.

- Additional Annual Clothing Allowance.

- Uniform Dry Cleaning Services.

- Master Training Specialist (MTS) certification opportunity.

- Guaranteed choice of coast for follow on assignment (upon completion of tour).

- Advancement rates nearly double the Navy average to CPO and SCPO.

- Recruit Training Service Ribbon.

- Meritorious advancement program.


The NPC web page maintains eligibility requirements and a list of available Recruiting Districts that are not advertised on CMS-ID:


Contact your Operations Specialist Detailer for more information.

- E7-E9 Detailer                 OSCM Sims                                 

- E5 Detailer (ATL)            OSC MASSON                          

- E5 Detailer (PAC)           OS1 CACCHIOTTI                    





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