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ETELECTRONICS TECHNICIAN. ETs are responsible for electronic equipment used to send and receive messages, detect enemy planes and ships, and determine target distance. They must maintain, repair, calibrate, tune, and adjust all electronic equipment used for communications, detection and tracking, recognition and identification, navigation, and electronic countermeasures.

What They Do: ETs operate, maintain and repair the electronic, computer and control mechanisms used in weapons systems.

Working Environment: Jobs performed by ETs are performed throughout the Navy's fleet of surface ships including aircraft carriers and Aegis cruisers, and at repair activities ashore.

ASVAB Score:
AECF: AR+MK+EI+GS=223

Other Requirements: Must have normal color perception. Must have normal hearing. Security Clearance, (SECRET) Requirement. Must be U.S. citizen


FCFIRE CONTROLMAN. FC's The Navy's Advanced Electronics/Computer Field offers extensive training in all aspects of electronics including computer systems, radars, communications systems and weapons fire control systems such as the Navy's advanced missile system, Aegis. The standards for selection for enlistment in the Navy's Advanced Electronics / Computer Field are high. Personnel interested in applying for Advanced 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.

Notes: Enlistees enter as E-1s (seaman recruits). Advancement to paygrade E-2 (seaman apprentice) will be made after successful completion of recruit training. Advancement to E-3 will be made after completion of all advancement-in-rate requirements (including minimum time and course work). Advancement to paygrade E-4 (petty officer third class) will be made after successful completion of initial school training and after all advancement-in-rate requirements (including minimum time and course work) are completed. Advancement to E-3 and E-4 is contingent upon maintaining eligibility in the Advanced Electronics / Computer Field program. Eligible personnel may be paid bonuses at the time of re-enlistment. All bonuses are in addition to Navy salary and allowances for food and housing.

What They Do: Only two Navy job specialties, called "ratings," are included in the Advanced Electronics / Computer Field: Electronics Technician (ET) and Fire Controlman (FC). The rating in which an Advanced Electronics / Computer Field candidate is trained is determined in the initial phase of the Advanced Electronics Technical Core Course in Great Lakes, Ill. However, eligibility requirements are the same for both ratings in the Advanced Electronics / Computer Field. FCs operate, maintain and repair the electronic, computer and control mechanisms used in weapons systems. The ET and FC (AEF) ratings comprise the basis of the ship's Combat Systems department aboard ships and are responsible for maintaining the ship's readiness for combat operations.

Working Environment: Jobs performed by FCs are performed throughout the Navy's fleet of surface ships including aircraft carriers and Aegis cruisers, and at repair activities ashore. For some great additional FC rating information, see this unofficial FC Information Website by FC1(SW) Nimocks.

ASVAB Score:
AECF: AR+MK+EI+GS=223

Other Requirements: Must have normal color perception. Security Clearance, (SECRET) Requirement. 72 month obligation. Must be U.S. citizen.

Notes: Visual acuity must be correctable to 20/20. When specified, uncorrected visual acuity must not be greater than that indicated (i.e. 20/100), and must be correctable to 20/20. Must have normal color vision.


GMGUNNER'S MATE. GMs are responsible for the operation and maintenance of guided missile launching systems, gun mounts and other ordnance equipment, as well as small arms and magazines. They work with electrical and electronic circuitry; mechanical, hydraulic and pneumatic systems.

What They Do: The duties performed by GMs include: operating and maintaining guided missile launching systems, rocket launchers, gun mounts and other ordnance systems and equipment; training and supervising crews in the use of all types of ordnance equipment, from large caliber guns and missile systems to small arms; stowing, securing, requisitioning and reclassifying explosives: operating and maintaining magazine flooding and sprinkling systems; making mechanical, electrical and electronic casualty analysis using technical publications, circuit diagrams and blueprints; repairing, maintaining, testing and calibrating ordnance equipment; servicing hydraulic and pneumatic systems; repairing, maintaining, testing and calibrating microprocessing equipment; repairing damaged hydraulic sealing surfaces, mating areas and threads; performing mechanical wire connections including soldering; operating and maintaining night optical devices; operating optical scanning and marking devices to label, identify and report explosives' utilization/expenditure.

Working Environment: Gunner's mates work in almost every kind of Navy environment: ship, shore, in the United States or overseas. Their work and specialties may involve indoor or outdoor situations, clean or dirty work, deck or shop, and any kind of climate or temperature. They work alone or with others, independently or closely supervised. Their work can be both mental and physical.

ASVAB Score:
AR+MK+EI+GS=205

Other Requirements: Must have normal color perception. Must have normal hearing. Security Clearance, (SECRET) Requirement. Must be U.S. citizen.

Notes: Normal hearing required. Frequencies: 3000hz 4000hz 5000hz 6000hz Average hearing threshold level in these four frequencies must be less than 30db, with no level greater than 45db in any one frequency. If hearing level exceeds these limits, the applicant is enlistment ineligible for the rating.


ICINTERIOR COMMUNICATIONSMAN. ICs install, maintain and repair the equipment needed for interior communications within ships and shore facilities. These communications systems include, public address systems, interior telephone systems, alarm systems, engine telegraphs to communicate orders for changes in engine speed from the bridge (ship's command station) to the engine room, certain kinds of ship control and equipment monitoring devices, the ship's gyrocompass, the rudder position indicator, audio-visual equipment for the ship's TV entertainment systems, advanced navigation and various other equipment.

What They Do: The duties performed by IC's include: maintaining and repairing interior communications systems; preparing and interpreting blueprints, wiring diagrams and sketches; installing and inspecting dry cell and storage batteries; recharging wet cell batteries; testing interior communications and gyrocompass equipment; installing telephone and other communications circuits, boxes, switchboards and bell buzzer systems; maintaining plotters and dead reckoning equipment; maintaining and operating TV systems; maintaining and repairing shipboard navigation equipment.

Working Environment: People in the IC rating work in many different situations, at sea and ashore. While most of their work is performed indoors, it may be in a clean or dirty environment of a shop-like nature, and it may be in any kind of climate or temperature. IC's usually work closely with others. Most systems IC's work on are of the modern solid state electronic type, making the rating a very technical profession.

ASVAB Score:
VE+AR+MK+MC=209
ATF: AR+MK+EI+GS=213

Other Requirements: Must have normal color perception. Security Clearance, (SECRET) Requirement. Must be U.S. citizen


ITINFORMATION SYSTEMS TECHNICIAN. ITs of the 21st century operates and maintains the Navy's global satellite telecommunications systems, mainframe computers, local and wide area networks, and micro-computer systems used in the fleet. Administrative support is also provided with the operation of automated equipment that keeps records of personnel training, disbursement, health, assignments and promotions within the Navy. They ensure the all-important communications link between units at sea and stations ashore.

What They Do: The duties performed by ITs include: designing, installing, operating and maintaining state-of-the-art information systems technology including local and wide area networks, mainframe, mini and microcomputer systems and associated peripheral devices; writing programs to handle the collection, manipulation and distribution of data for a wide variety of applications and requirements; performing the functions of a computer system analyst; operating and coordinating telecommunications systems including automated networks and the full spectrum of data links and circuits; transmitting, receiving, operating, monitoring, controlling and processing all forms of telecommunications through various transmission media including global networks; applying diagnostic, corrective and recovery techniques to all facets of the integrated information systems; maintaining all necessary logs, files and publications at the communications center; providing telecommunications and computer-related training and assistance to a wide variety of personnel.

Working Environment: Information Systems Technicians usually work in a clean, air-conditioned electronic equipment space or computer room, and frequently perform their work as part of a team, but may work on individual projects. Their work is mostly mental analysis and problem solving. USN ITs are stationed primarily aboard USN deploying ships, TAR ITs are stationed aboard Naval Reserve Force (NRF) ships that deploy or conduct local operations.

ASVAB Score:
AR+2MK+GS=222 or AR+MK+EI+GS=222

Other Requirements: Must have normal color perception. Must have normal hearing. Must have no speech impediment. Security Clearance, (SECRET) Requirement (BI). Must be U.S. citizen.

Notes: Normal hearing required. Frequencies: 3000hz 4000hz 5000hz 6000hz Average hearing threshold level in these four frequencies must be less than 30db, with no level greater than 45db in any one frequency. If hearing level exceeds these limits, the applicant is enlistment ineligible for the rating.


STGSONAR TECHNICIAN. STG's are responsible for operating sonar systems, underwater fire control systems, and supporting equipment on surface ships such as frigates, destroyers and cruisers. STGs are also responsible for undersea surveillance, and aid in safe navigation and search-and-rescue operations. They use equipment to detect, analyze and locate targets of interest.

What They Do: The duties performed by STGs include: identify sounds produced by surface ships, torpedoes, submarines, evasion devices, sonar transmissions, marine life and natural phenomena; operate sonar sensors for detection and classification of contacts; identify the characteristics, functions and effects of controlled jamming and evasive devices on sonar operations; prepare and interpret sonar messages; operate underwater fire control systems for firing of torpedoes and anti-submarine rockets; recognize major equipment malfunctions during sensor operations; operate tape recorders, bathythermographs and fathometers; use and maintain hand tools and portable power tools; operate underwater communications equipment.

Working Environment: STGs usually work indoors in a clean, comfortable shop-like environment and computer equipment rooms. They work closely with others and require little supervision.

ASVAB Score:
AR+MK+EI+GS=223
AEF: AR+MK+EI+GS=223
SS: AR+MK+EI+GS=222 OR VE+AR+MK+MC=222

Other Requirements: Must have normal color perception. Must have normal hearing. Security Clearance, (SECRET) Requirement (PRP). Must be U.S. citizen.

Notes: Normal hearing required. Frequencies: 3000hz 4000hz 5000hz 6000hz Average hearing threshold level in these four frequencies must be less than 30db, with no level greater than 45db in any one frequency. If hearing level exceeds these limits, the applicant is enlistment ineligible for the rating.

 
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