Intelligence & Communications
Deciphering and protecting classified information for the Navy and our country is the top priority of Sailors in the intelligence and communications field. They are the Navy’s information experts. From detecting enemy radar signals to tracking surface and inbound threats to coding and decoding classified information, the intelligence and communications team keeps the fleet informed with the latest news and developments. If the responsibility of handling high-tech classified information appeals to you, answer your life’s challenge with a job in the field of intelligence and communications.
What Will You Do?
Individuals in this community must be able to meet all security clearance requirements. The most state-of-the-art electronic equipment is available to Sailors in this field. You could operate equipment such as the Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) system on a ship. As part of this occupational specialty, you may:
- Track targets
- Operate underwater communications equipment
- Defend ships against inbound threats including antiship missiles
- Analyze intelligence
- Maintain Combat Information Center (CIC) displays of strategic and tactical information
- Serve as air traffic controllers
- Operate and maintain the Navy global satellite telecommunications systems
- Work with highly classified and technical material
- Provide technical support to deployed units
- Operate electronic radio receivers
- Operate state-of-the-art computer equipment
Skills and Training
Positions in the intelligence and communications field involve a high level of responsibility and maturity in dealing with highly technical equipment and classified information. Individuals can receive extensive Navy training in the operation, maintenance, and repair of complicated computers and electronics.
Your training may also prepare you for a future career as a:
- Intelligence Specialist
- Cryptographic Machine Operator
- Photographic Interpreter
- Computer Programmer
- Data Communications Analyst
- Electronic Intelligence Operations Specialist
- Computer Systems Hardware Analyst
- Air Traffic Controller
Earn College Credits
Most of the training in the intelligence and communications field directly translates to credit at colleges and universities. You may have the opportunity to continue your education through various college programs and with tuition assistance. Advanced training may be available in computers, electronics, and air traffic control. Other incentives in the intelligence and communications field for qualified individuals may include receiving pay and benefits while attending college full-time.
Whether in the civilian community or in the Navy, the experience and responsibility you will receive with a job in intelligence and communications is invaluable. Your training may be extensive, from learning highly technical database design and computer networking to decoding classified information. Skills in this field equip you for countless jobs in the high-tech industry.