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(STS) Sonar Technician (Subsurface)

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.

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The Sonar Technician, Submarine specialty operate (control, evaluate, and interpret data) submarine sonar, oceanographic equipment, and submarine auxiliary sonar; coordinate submarine sonar and underwater fire control interface; perform organizational and intermediate maintenance on submarine and allied equipment. You cannot enlist with a guarantee for this rating. Instead, you enlist in the Navy's Submarine Electronics/Computer Field (SECF). Following Enlisted Basic Submarine School (BESS) and the first portion of the Submarine Learning Center pipeline course, you are assigned to be trained as ET-COM, ET-NAV, FT, or STS. Your rating is determined from your preferences, scores received in the above two schools, and the "needs of the Navy."

Working Environment
Duties in this rating are usually performed aboard submarines. Submarine Electronics/Computer Field personnel usually work indoors in a clean, controlled environment with comfortable temperatures. However, some work is required in a clean or dirty environment of a shop-like nature. Their work may be independent in nature, but they usually work closely with others under direct supervision.


A-School (Job School) Information
  • Groton, CT -- 4 weeks (Basic Enlisted Submarine School)
  • Groton, CT --18 weeks (Submarine Learning Center)
Note: The Submarine Learning Center includes Apprenticeship Technical Training, Tactical Computer Network Operations, or TCNO, and STS "A-School." Some students may be selected for advanced training ("C-School,") prior to shipping out to the fleet

Security Clearance Requirement: Top Secret


Other Requirements
  • Must be U.S. Citizen
  • Most have normal color perception
  • Must have normal hearing.
  • Must volunteer for submarine duty
  • Must have no record of conviction by civil court for any offense other than minor traffic.
  • Moral turpitude offenses are generally disqualifying.
  • No history of drug abuse.
  • This job (like all submarine jobs) is closed to women

Sea/Shore Rotation for This Rating
  • First Sea Tour: 48 months
  • First Shore Tour: 36 months
  • Second Sea Tour: 36 months
  • Second Shore Tour: 36 months
  • Third Sea Tour: 36 months
  • Third Shore Tour: 36 months
  • Fourth Sea Tour: 36 months
  • Forth Shore Tour: 36 months
Note: Sea tours and shore tours for sailors that have completed four sea tours will be 36 months at sea followed by 36 months ashore until retirement.
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