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by akkieoa
08-28-2021 04:21 AM Go to last post
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The Navy’s Advanced Electronics/Computer Field (AECF) 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.
by FlyNavy
11-26-2017 04:48 PM Go to last post
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Boatswain Mate, the oldest rate in the Navy, has a rich history of honored traditions. BM’s are the leaders and backbone of every ship’s crew. A Boatswains Mate maintains the exterior surfaces of ships, deck handling machinery and equipment, handle cargo and operate small boats during a number of evolutions including Anti-Terrorism Operations and Maritime Interdiction boardings of suspect ships.
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Culinary Specialists prepare menus and order the quantities and types of food items. They operate galley and dining facilities, manage large facilities, keep records for food supplies and financial budgets, and can even serve as flight attendant aircrewmen. They can also serve as personal food service specialist, household/estate manager or chef for an admiral, the First Family, President of the United States at Camp David and the White House, to the Vice President at Number One Observatory Circle or for a commanding officer aboard ship or at shore bases. Ashore, Culinary Specialists often manage and maintain clubs, TAD hotels and Permananent Party naval barracks.
by Kgard12
11-11-2014 03:57 AM Go to last post
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Fire Control Technicians maintain the electronic equipment used in submarine weapons systems. They are responsible for the operation and maintenance of the complex electronic, electrical and mechanical equipment required to ensure the accuracy of Navy guided-missile systems and underwater weapons. They are responsible for ship safety by recognizing and analyzing data from several critical systems including sonar, radar, periscope, radio, and torpedo inputs. Fire Control Technicians are also responsible for the submarine's internal LAN system.
by Craig
02-24-2011 02:25 PM Go to last post
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Gunner's Mates operate and maintain all gunnery equipment, guided-missile launching systems, rocket launchers, guns, turrets, and associated equipment. They repair electrical, electronic, hydraulic and mechanical systems, and make detailed casualty analysis. They test ammunition, missiles and their ordnance components. GMs train and supervise personnel in the handling and stowage of ammunition, missiles, and assigned ordnance equipment.
by FlyNavy
07-25-2016 02:36 PM Go to last post
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Hospital Corpsmen are medical professionals who provide health care to service people and their families. They serve as pharmacy technicians, medical technicians, nurse's aides, physician's or dentist's assistants, battlefield medics, and more. All work falls into several categories: first aid and minor surgery, patient transportation, patient care, prescriptions and laboratory work, food service inspections, and clerical duties.
by akkieoa
08-28-2021 04:21 AM Go to last post
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Interior Communications Electricians operate and repair electronic devices used in the ship's interior communications systems, SITE TV systems, 1MC (public address system), electronic megaphones and other announcing equipment. They are responsible for the gyrocompass systems
by bubbme
06-17-2018 02:10 PM Go to last post
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Legalmen are trained paralegals who assist professionals in the field of law. They work in Navy legal offices, performing administrative and clerical tasks necessary to process claims, conduct court and administrative hearings. They maintain records, documents and legal reference libraries. Legalmen may give advice on tax returns, voter registration procedures, immigration and customs regulations, regulations governing Social Security and veterans' benefits. They perform many duties related to courts-martial and nonjudicial punishment hearings.
by Craig
02-24-2011 03:06 PM Go to last post
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Logistics Specialists are the Navy's supply clerk. They see that needed supplies are available including everything from clothing and machine parts to forms and food. They have duties as civilian warehouse-men, purchasing agents, stock clerks and supervisors, retail sales clerks, store managers, inventory clerks, buyers, parts clerks, bookkeepers and even fork lift operators.
12-24-2015 08:41 PM Go to last post
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Masters-at-Arms uphold law and order aboard ships, shore stations, control access to naval installations, and deploy overseas with expeditionary forces and squadrons performing Antiterrorism/Force Protection (AT/FP) duties. The basic duty of an MA is to enforce rules and regulations, maintain good order and discipline, and protect life and property. Some other duties include conducting criminal investigations, personal protective services, take part in correctional and rehabilitative programs, Military Working Dog (MWD) handlers, small arms instruction, lethal and non-lethal weapons training, and organize and train sailors assigned to Shore Patrol police duty. Their equivalents in the civilian world are detectives, security guards, and policemen.
05-23-2019 01:24 PM Go to last post
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Mass Communication Specialists are public affairs and visual information experts. They present the U.S. Navy story to audiences in the Navy and to the rest of the world through a variety of media. Mass Communications Specialists write and produce print and broadcast journalism, news, and feature stories for military and civilian newspapers, magazines, television and radio broadcast stations. They record still and video photography of military operations, exercises, and other Navy events.
07-02-2015 03:46 PM Go to last post
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Minemen test, maintain, and repair mines and their components. They are responsible for assembling, testing, and delivering mines to the planting agent. They maintain mine-handling and mine-laying equipment.
06-01-2015 08:16 PM Go to last post
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Musicians play in official Navy bands and special groups such as jazz bands, dance bands and small ensembles. They give concerts and provide music for military ceremonies, religious services, parades, receptions and dances. Official unit bands usually do not include stringed instruments, but each musician must be able to play at least one brass, woodwind or percussion instrument. Sailors are selected for this rating through auditions.
09-14-2013 11:30 PM Go to last post
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by Craig
02-24-2011 12:40 PM Go to last post
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Operations Specialists operate radar, navigation and communications equipment in the shipboard combat information centers (CICs) or bridges. They detect and track ships, planes, and missiles. They operate and maintain identification friend or foe (IFF) systems, electronic countermeasures (ECM) equipment and radio-telephones. They control and assist aircraft.
by Auridan
05-28-2015 06:05 AM Go to last post
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Personnel Specialist (PS) provide enlisted people with information and counseling related to Navy occupations, opportunities for general education and job training, requirements for promotion, and rights and benefits. PS maintain and audit pay and personnel records of military personnel, determine military pay, travel entitlements, and deductions. They prepare the financial/accounting reports related to individual pay and travel transactions and operate associated accounting systems. They also assist enlisted personnel and their families with special problems or personal hardships.
by FlyNavy
05-24-2017 08:11 PM Go to last post
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Quartermasters assist the navigator and officer of the deck (OOD), steer the ship, take radar bearings and ranges, make depth soundings and celestial observations, plot courses and command small craft.
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Religious Programs Specialists assist Navy chaplains with administrative and budgetary tasks. They serve as custodians of chapel funds, keep religious documents and stay in contact with religious and community agencies. They prepare devotional and religious educational materials, set up volunteer programs, operate shipboard libraries, supervise chaplains' offices and perform administrative, clerical and secretarial duties. They train personnel in religious programs and publicize religious activities.
01-02-2016 11:55 AM Go to last post
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Ship's Servicemen manage barber shops, tailor shops, ships' uniform stores, laundries, dry cleaning plants and cobbler shops. They serve as clerks in exchanges, gas stations, warehouses, and commissary stores. Some ship's servicemen function as Navy club managers.
by Craig
02-24-2011 12:20 PM Go to last post
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Sonar Technicians are responsible for underwater surveillance. They assist in safe navigation and aid in search and rescue and attack operations. They operate and repair sonar equipment and jam enemy sonars. Sonar Technicians operate, maintain and repair sonar systems, antisubmarine warfare, fire control equipment and other various equipment associated with underwater detection, counter-detection, warfare and communications.
by Elph_29
05-22-2016 02:58 PM Go to last post
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Yeomen perform secretarial and clerical work. They deal with visitors, telephone calls and incoming mail. They organize files and operate copy and order and distribute supplies. They write and type business and social letters, notices, directives, forms and reports.
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03-02-2020 09:48 AM Go to last post
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Aviation Boatswain's Mates are responsible for aircraft catapults, arresting gear and barricades. They operate fuel and lube oil transfer systems, as well as direct aircraft on the flight deck and in hangar bays before launch and after recovery. They use tow tractors to position planes and operate support equipment used to start aircraft.
by FlyNavy
07-19-2015 12:44 PM Go to last post
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Navy Air Traffic Controllers perform duties similar to civilian air traffic controllers and are responsible for safely and effectively directing aircraft operating from airfields or the decks of aircraft carriers.
by Haasino
12-05-2019 12:00 PM Go to last post
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Aviation Machinist’s Mates are aircraft engine mechanics. They inspect, adjust, test, repair and overhaul aircraft engines and propellers. ADs also perform routine maintenance, prepare aircraft for flight and assist in handling aircraft on the ground.
by Wes272
03-27-2018 09:41 AM Go to last post
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by Temen
08-12-2014 03:25 AM Go to last post
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Aerographer’s Mates are the Navy’s meteorological and oceanographic experts, trained in the science of meteorology and physical oceanography.
07-18-2016 03:56 PM Go to last post
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The Aviation Structural Mechanic - Hydraulics, maintains all aircraft main and auxiliary hydraulic power systems, actuating subsystems and landing gear. Responsible for maintenance on the aircraft fuselage (mainframe), wings, airfoils, and associated fixed and moveable surfaces and flight controls.
04-21-2019 07:59 PM Go to last post
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The Aviation Structural Mechanic - Safety Equipment, maintains and repairs utility systems throughout the aircraft. They work on systems such as air conditioning, heating, pressurization and oxygen, plus multiple safety devices.
by KBZ404
11-05-2014 07:47 PM Go to last post
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Aviation Ordnancemen are aircraft armament (weapons) specialists in charge of storing, servicing, inspecting and handling of all types of weapons and ammunition carried on Navy aircraft.
01-19-2016 08:53 PM Go to last post
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Aviation Support Equipment personnel operate, maintain, repair and test automotive electrical systems in ground equipment, gasoline and diesel systems, and associated automotive, hydraulic and pneumatic systems.
01-02-2017 10:33 PM Go to last post
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Aviation Electronic, Electrical, and Computer Systems Technicians work with some of the most advanced electronics equipment in the world and repair a wide range of aircraft electrical and electronic systems. Repair jobs can range from trouble-shooting the computer-controlled weapon system on an F/A-18 Hornet on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier to repairing circuit cards or tracing electrical wiring diagrams in an air-conditioned work center.
06-18-2015 08:06 PM Go to last post
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The Aviation Warfare Systems Operator has gone away, and the new name of Naval Aircrewmen has replaced it per NAVADMIN 153/08. AW will be the single source rating with five new service ratings (AWR, AWS, AWO, AWF, AWV). Official Conversion to the new AW will occur 1 Oct 2008 and will be completed by 1 Oct 2010.
03-02-2020 09:48 AM Go to last post
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AT is actually divided into 3 different specialities. They are the normal AT= Aviation Electronics Technicians, the ATI = Aviation Electronics Technician (Intermediate Maintenance) & the ATO = Aviation Electronics Technician (Organizational Maintenance). They do this to allow Navy advancement test to reflect the actual job your doing.
by Agrias
04-04-2015 01:55 PM Go to last post
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Aviation Maintenance Administrationmen perform a variety of clerical, administrative, and managerial duties necessary to keep aircraft maintenance activities running efficiently. The rating requires close communication with all other aviation maintenance ratings.
03-10-2014 04:55 PM Go to last post
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Aircrew Survival Equipmentmen are responsible for the packing and care of parachutes. They maintain flight clothing, rubber life rafts, life jackets, oxygen-breathing apparatus, protective clothing, and air-sea rescue equipment.
by Craig
02-24-2011 12:32 PM Go to last post
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by WoodsKS
01-03-2019 01:30 PM Go to last post
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Builders make up the largest segment of the Naval Construction Force. They work as carpenters, plasterers, roofers, concrete finishers, masons, painters, bricklayers, and cabinet makers.
02-26-2015 05:23 PM Go to last post
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Construction Electricians build, maintain, and operate power production facilities and electrical distribution systems for Naval installations.
by WoodsKS
01-03-2019 01:30 PM Go to last post
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Construction Mechanics (CM) repair and maintain heavy construction and automotive equipment including, buses, dump trucks, bulldozers, rollers, cranes, backhoes, pile drivers, and tactical vehicles. CMs also prepare detailed maintenance records and cost control data and acquire parts.
10-27-2013 06:39 PM Go to last post
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Engineering Aids (EA) assist construction engineers in developing final construction plans. They conduct land surveys; prepare maps, sketches, drawings and blueprints; estimate costs; perform quality assurance tests on common construction materials such as soils, concrete and asphalt; and perform other engineering technician functions.
by Craig
02-24-2011 03:31 PM Go to last post
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Equipment Operators (EO) operate heavy transportation and construction equipment including, trucks, bulldozers, backhoes, graders, forklifts, cranes and asphalt equipment.
by Craig
02-24-2011 02:45 PM Go to last post
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Utilitiesmen supervise and perform tasks involved in the installation and maintenance of plumbing, steam, compressed air and fuel storage and distribution systems. They maintain air conditioning and refrigeration equipment, as well as sewage collecting and disposal facilities.
by Craig
02-16-2011 10:59 PM Go to last post
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01-12-2018 12:58 PM Go to last post
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Damage Controlman DC’s do the work necessary for damage control, ship stability, firefighting, fire prevention, and chemical, biological and radiological (CBR) warfare defense. They also instruct personnel in the methods of damage control and CBR defense, and repair damage control equipment and systems.
01-12-2018 12:58 PM Go to last post
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Electrician's Mates are responsible for the operation and repair of a ship's or station's electrical power plant and electrical equipment. They also maintain and repair power and lighting circuits, distribution switchboards, generators, motors and other electrical equipment. Electrician's Mates are employed onboard nuclear powered ships to maintain the control subsystems in nuclear reactors.
by Angst
01-28-2016 09:38 AM Go to last post
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Enginemen (EN) operate, service and repair internal combustion engines used to power some of the Navy’s ships and most of the Navy’s small craft. Most enginemen work with diesel engines. Enginemen also operate and maintain electrohydraulic controllable pitch propeller systems and steering engines, refrigeration and air conditioning systems, air compressors, desalinization plants and small auxiliary boilers.
01-18-2013 08:23 PM Go to last post
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Gas Turbine System Technician are responsible for all gas turbine engines. They maintain propulsion machinery, including gears, shafting and controllable pitch propellers, assigned auxiliary equipment propulsion control systems, electrical and electronic circuitry up to the printed circuit module, and alarm and warning circuitry. They handle administrative tasks related to gas turbine propulsion system operation and maintenance.
10-12-2017 12:15 PM Go to last post
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HT’s do the metal work necessary to keep all types of shipboard structures and surfaces in good condition. They also maintain shipboard plumbing and marine sanitation systems, repair small boats, operate and maintain ballast control systems, and manage the Quality Assurance Program.
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Machinist's Mates are responsible for the continuous operation of the many engines, compressors, gears, refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment along with other types of machinery onboard ships and shore installations. They are responsible for the ship's steam propulsion and auxiliary equipment and the outside (deck) machinery. Machinist's Mates are deployed on-board nuclear powered ships to maintain the machinery and piping in nuclear reactors.
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Machinery Repairmen are skilled machine tool operators. They make replacement parts and repair or overhaul a ship's engine auxiliary equipment, such as evaporators, air compressors and pumps. They repair deck equipment, including winches, hoists, condensers and Heat exchange devices. Shipboard Machinery Repairmen frequently operate main propulsion machinery, besides performing machine shop and repair duties.
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Steelworkers rig and operate all special equipment used to move or hoist structural steel, structural shapes and similar material. They erect and dismantle steel bridges, piers, buildings, storage tanks, etc. They work with steel shapes, plates and built-up sections used in the construction of overseas facilities. They are skilled in arc welding, MIG welding, TIG welding, and gas welding.
09-08-2013 05:15 PM Go to last post
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Cryptologic Technicians Interpretive are the Navy’s linguists. They specialize in analysis of foreign naval developments, radiotelephone communications and preparation of statistical studies and technical reports requiring knowledge of a foreign language. Language include Arabic, Russian, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, and Persian. A Defense Language Aptitude Battery (DLAB) test of 95 is required. Based on the DLAB score of 95-99 qualifies personnel for Spanish, Persian-Farsi, Russian. A DLAB score of 100 is required for the Arabic, Chinese and Korean languages.
01-11-2021 07:46 AM Go to last post
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The Cryptologic Technician Maintenance (CTM) branch offers a career in the installation, configuration, diagnosis, and repair of state-of-the-art electronic, computer, and network hardware and software systems. As with any CT rating, Applicants must be U.S. citizens and meet eligibility requirements for continuous access to sensitive compartmented information (SCI). Eligibility for a top secret clearance is determined by the results of a Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) followed by a reinvestigation every five years.
01-27-2016 05:04 AM Go to last post
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Cryptologic Technician Networks perfom a variety of duties associated with computer network operations across global networks. A combination of technical and analitical computer network skills provides the situational awareness required to plan and execute information operations (IO) actions/ counter-actions.
by Barbazu
11-27-2018 09:20 PM Go to last post
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Cryptologic Technician Collection (CTR)s perform a variety of duties worldwide at numerous overseas and stateside shore commands, aboard surface ships, aircraft and submarines. Duties include performing collection, analysis and reporting on communication signals using computers, specialized computer-assisted communications equipment, video display terminals and electronic/magnetic tape recorders.
by FlyNavy
05-20-2016 06:59 PM Go to last post
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Cryptologic Technicians Technical (CTT) perform a variety of specialized duties associated with the collection and processing of airborne, shipborne, and land-based radar signals. They operate electronic intelligence receiving and direction finding systems, digital recording devices, analysis terminals, and associated computer equipment. Systems they operate produce high-power jamming signals used to deceive electronic sensors and defeat radar guided weapons systems. Additionally, intelligence derived from collection and processing update national databases which are crucial to tactical and strategic units throughout the world.
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Intelligence Specialists are involved in collecting and interpreting intelligence especially secret information about enemies or potential enemies. They analyze photographs and prepare charts, maps, and reports that describe in detail the strategic situation all over the world.
by SBE6287
10-17-2017 06:50 PM Go to last post
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Information Systems Technicians design, install, operate, and maintain state-of-the-art informations systems. This technology includes local and wide area networks, mainframe, mini and microcomputer systems and associated peripheral devices. They also write programs to handle the collection, manipulation and distribution of data for a wide variety of applications and requirements. They perform the functions of a computer system analyst, operate telecommunications sytems including automated networks and the full spectrum of data links and circuits.
by Guilted
06-30-2018 08:08 PM Go to last post
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by akkieoa
07-17-2021 01:17 AM Go to last post
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Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technicians locate, identify, render safe and dispose of all forms of ordnance (conventional, nuclear, chemical and biological, military and improvised) both U.S. and foreign made. Parachute or Helicopter Insertion and Deep-sea diving capabilities are sometimes necessary to perform this mission.
04-07-2017 10:18 AM Go to last post
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Navy Divers are responsible for a wide variety of tasks like underwater ship maintenance, construction, explosive ordnance disposal (EOD), and underwater rescue. They are assigned to Naval Special Warfare Units to provide diving technical expertise and supervisory support to all submersible operations.
07-04-2016 09:07 AM Go to last post
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Special Warfare Boat Operators drive fast speedboats down narrow, winding rivers, or the open ocean while performing high speed, medium range, or all weather insertion/extraction of Special Operations forces. They participate in maritime interdiction operations, tactical swimmer operations, intelligence collection, operation deception, and Coastal patrol.
by FlyNavy
02-10-2017 07:18 PM Go to last post
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Special Warfare Operators are Navy SEALs. They are trained to jump from airplanes at high altitudes and open their parachutes at low proximity to the earth into frigid waters. They jump from helicopters travelling 30 knots at 30 feet over the water with no parachute. In addition Special Warfare Operators oversee ocean-borne mine disposal, carry out direct action raids against military targets, conduct reconnaissance, and secure beachheads for invading amphibious forces.
by akkieoa
07-17-2021 01:17 AM Go to last post
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by prop827
08-15-2020 12:24 AM Go to last post
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Nuke is not a rating, but a field. All enlistees will attend the NF Class “A” School for training in one of the following ratings: Electronics Technician (ET), Electrician’s Mate (EM), Machinist’s Mate (MM).
by prop827
08-15-2020 12:24 AM Go to last post
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07-11-2017 08:29 PM Go to last post
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Culinary Specialists operate and manage Navy messes and living quarters established to subsist and accommodate Navy personnel. They prepare menus, manage and account for subsistence inventories, prepare and maintain financial records. CSs are needed on every ship and shore base in the Navy. Navy Culinary Specialists provide food service catering for admirals and senior government executives and operate the White House Mess for the President of the United States. CS are divided into 2 different service ratings. They are CS = CULINARY SPECIALIST (Group 2) & CSS = CULINARY SPECIALIST (SUBMARINE QUALIFIED) (Group 1).
by Craig
01-23-2009 07:08 PM Go to last post
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Missile Technicians (Submarines) receive extensive training in the operation and maintenance of advanced electronic equipment and computers and electro-mechanical support systems used in submarine strategic weapons systems. Responsible for the assembly, maintenance and repair of nuclear-capable ballistic missiles carried on submarines and their associated advanced electronics and electro-mechanical navigation and targeting systems, MTs are a vital element in the maintenance of strategic deterrence so vital to the security of the United States.
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Sonar Technicians are responsible for underwater surveillance. They assist in safe navigation and aid in search and rescue and attack operations. They operate and repair sonar equipment and jam enemy sonars. Sonar Technicians operate, maintain and repair sonar systems, antisubmarine warfare, fire control equipment and other various equipment associated with underwater detection, counter-detection, warfare and communications.
by Craig
02-16-2011 10:51 PM Go to last post
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Volunteers for the Submarine Electronics/Computer Field will specialize in one of three Submarine Ratings (Electronics Technician – ET , Fire Control Technician – FT, Sonar Technician Submarines – STS) working in one of four areas: combat systems, communications, navigation or underwater acoustic technologies.
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This enlistment program option enables men and women to eventually qualify for one of several Navy ratings (skill specialties) through on-the-job Airman Professional Career Track (PACT) training. The program also offers apprenticeship training in a rating that may not be available at the time of enlistment. After completion of recruit training, enlistees in the PACT program will attend a three-week Airman Common Core course on basic theory in Aviation operations and evolutions.
05-29-2015 10:42 PM Go to last post
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This enlistment program option enables men and women to eventually qualify for one of several Navy ratings (skill specialties) through on-the-job Seaman Apprenticeship training. The program also offers apprenticeship training in a rating that may not be available at the time of enlistment. After completion of recruit training, enlistees in the PACT program will attend a three-week Surface Common Core course on basic theory in shipboard operations and evolutions.
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This enlistment program option enables men and women to eventually qualify for one of several Navy ratings (skill specialties) through on-the-job Fireman Professional Career Track (PACT) training. The program also offers apprenticeship training in a rating that may not be available at the time of enlistment. After completion of recruit training, enlistees in the PACT program will attend a three-week Engineering Common Core course on basic theory in shipboard engineering operations and evolutions.
12-21-2014 04:29 PM Go to last post
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