25U Signal Support Systems Specialist

Signal Support Systems Specialist (25U)

  • Enlisted
  • Officer

  • Active Duty
  • Army Reserve
  • Open to Women
  • Entry Level
The signal support systems specialist supervises, installs, deploys, maintains, troubleshoots, trains, and assists the General Purpose User (GPU) with Programs of Record (POR) and Commercial off the Shelf (COTS) communications equipment, as appropriate, within the Tactical Operations Center (TOC), Command Post (CP), and vehicle platforms. This includes information systems support and Battle Command Systems (BCS) (e.g., Command Post of the Future (CPOF), Maneuver Control System (MCS), Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below(FBCB2), Blue Force Tracker (BFT), etc.); Communications and Electronic (C&E) equipment (e.g., Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS), Frequency Modulation (FM) systems, High Frequency (HF) systems, Tactical Satellite (TACSAT) systems, hand held and manpack systems, etc.); Communications Security (COMSEC) devices (e.g., Automated Net Control Device (ANCD), Simple Key Loader (SKL), etc.); and telephone wire, Local Area Networks (LAN) and Routers. Performs field level unit maintenance on authorized C&E systems and COMSEC devices and prepares maintenance and supply requests for field level signal support. Disseminates and enforces signal policies and integrates signal systems and networks with adjacent units. Installs, Operates, and Maintains (IOM) Radio Retransmission (RETRANS) operations and performs Preventive Maintenance Checks and Services (PMCS) on assigned vehicles and power generators


Signal support systems specialists are primarily responsible for working with battlefield signal support systems and terminal devices. This equipment needs to consistently work in order for the Army to direct the movement of its troops.

Job Duties

  • Maintain radio and data distribution systems
  • Perform signal support functions and technical assistance for computer systems
  • Provide technical assistance and training for local area networks
  • Maintenance for equipment, terminal devices, assigned vehicles and power generators


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 signal support systems specialist 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:

  • Mechanical and electrical principles
  • Preventive maintenance procedures
  • Line installation and wiring techniques
  • Communication security policies and procedures

Helpful Skills

  • Interest in working with electronic equipment
  • Good at solving problems

Required ASVAB Score(s)

Surveillance & Communications (SC) : 92, Electronics (EL) : 93
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Total compensation includes housing, medical, food, special pay, and vacation time. Learn more about total compensation.

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 with companies that produce communications and electronic equipment. Additional study and two years of electronics experience will also qualify you for certification as an Associate Certified Electronics Technician.


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 experience and trained Veterans to join their organization. Find out more about the Army PaYS Program at

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