MOS 25U Signal Support Systems Specialist

MOS Description

The Signal Support Systems Specialist supervises, installs, employs, maintains, troubleshoots, and assists users with battlefield signal support systems, terminal devices, satellite communications equipment, and automated telecommunications computer systems, to include local area networks, wide area networks, and routers. Integrates signal systems and networks; performs unit level maintenance on authorized signal equipment and associated electronic devices; trains and provides technical assistance to users of signal equipment; and operates and performs preventive maintenance checks and services (PMCS) on assigned vehicles and power generators. For more information on MOS 25U, see this Army website.

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Skill Level

The Skill Level reflects the level, based on MOS training and/or experience, the Soldier should be the most prepared to successfully earn the credential. See the Table Legend for details about each level.

Star

Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improves the MOS technical proficiency.

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Credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (at least one critical task but less than 80%)

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Credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%)

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Renewal Period: 4 years

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Renewal Period: 3 years

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Renewal Period: 4 years

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Renewal Period: 3 years

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Renewal Period: 3 years

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Renewal Period: 3 years

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Renewal Period: 4 years

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Renewal Period: 4 years

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Renewal Period: 4 years

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Renewal Period: 4 years

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Renewal Period: 4 years

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Renewal Period: Lifetime

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Renewal Period: 3 years

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Renewal Period: 4 years

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Renewal Period: 4 years

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Renewal Period: 4 years

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Renewal Period: 2 years

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Renewal Period: 4 years

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Renewal Period: 4 years

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Renewal Period: 4 years

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Renewal Period: 4 years

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Renewal Period: 4 years

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Renewal Period: 2 years

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The Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-I), Fiber Optics Technician (Inside Plant) (FOT-ISP) credential is for technicians who install fiber optic cabling inside plants. FOT-ISPs service, terminate, troubleshoot, test, splice and fix optic transmission cable, connection devices, links and spans used in premises, LANs, enterprise and data center installations. Prior experience in optical fiber cabling and understanding of optical fiber transmissions basics is recommended. Candidates must understand the National Electrical Code (NEC) safety regulations. Candidates must pass both a written and practical exam.
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Renewal Period: 10 years

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Amateur Radio Service – Technician Class is the entry-level certification for most new ham radio operators, or those interested in radio technique solely for personal reasons rather than monetary gain. Millions of amateur operators throughout the world communicate directly or through ad hoc relay systems and amateur satellites, exchanging messages by voice, telegraphy, teleprinting, facsimile, and television. In areas where the FCC regulates the services, an amateur operator must have an FCC or Canadian license. The license allows licensees to communicate locally and within North America on radio frequencies above 30 megahertz. In addition, it allows some limited privileges on the HF (also called "short wave") bands used for international communications. Candidates must pass a written exam.
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Renewal Period: 10 years

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Amateur Radio Service – General Class is for qualified individuals interested in radio technique solely for personal aim and without monetary interest. 29 small frequency bands throughout the spectrum are allocated to this service internationally. The General Class operator license authorizes privileges in all 29 amateur service bands. Millions of amateur operators throughout the world communicate directly or through ad hoc relay systems and amateur-satellites, exchanging messages by voice, telegraphy, teleprinting, facsimile, and television. In areas where the FCC regulates the services, an amateur operator must have an FCC or Canadian license. To receive this license, candidates must pass a written exam.

High

Highly attainable: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

Medium

Moderate ease of attainment: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement = Associate's and/or prerequisite and/or minimum experience = more than 2 years and less than 10 years of experience.

Low

May be difficult to attain: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree, and/or minimum experience is 10 or more years.

Most – Tasks in these careers match most duties of the military job or specialty (approximately 80% or greater)
Some – Tasks in these careers match some duties of the military job or specialty (greater than 20% but less than 80%)
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