Radio Operator/Maintainer (25L)To train enlisted AC/RC soldiers to install, operate, and perform unit level maintenance on HF (AN/PRC-150), Single Channel Ground Radio Airborne Radio System (SINCGARS), Tactical Satellite (AN/PRC-117), Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below (FBCB2), and HF Radios with associated communication security (COMSEC) and power generating equipment.
As one of the largest ground forces in the world, the U.S. Army needs to make sure that all forces can get the correct information. Army communicators are responsible for making sure that their communications equipment is in top working order to get data traffic through. The ability to efficiently communicate allows the Army to track and direct troop, aircraft and watercrarft movements.
Radio Operator/Maintainers are responsible for all maintenance checks and services on assigned radio communication equipment. Some of your duties as a Radio Operator/Maintainer may include:
- Maintaining and testing communications equipment and security devices
- Preparing and transmitting messages
- Receiving, recording and processing messages
- Operating and performing preventive maintenance checks on assigned equipment
- Install, operating and perform preventive maintenance checks on assigned power generators
Job training for a Radio Operator/Maintainer consists of ten weeks of Basic Training, where you'll learn basic Soldiering skills, and 13 weeks of Advanced Individual Training and on-the-job instruction, including practice with equipment. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field. Some of the skills you learn are:
- Programming and operating of Data Communication Devices
- Preventive maintenance procedures
- Communication security policies and procedures
- An interest in working with electrical and electronic equipment
- An interest in solving problems