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Ground Surveillance Systems Operator (96R)

Intelligence and Combat Support Army MOS Information
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  • Closed to Women

Without battlefield sensor technology, personnel and vehicule activities would be impossible to track, enemy positions would be all but invisible and weather forecasting and navigation assistance would be limited.

Members of the battlefield intelligence operations team, such as the Ground Surveillance Systems Operator, monitor sophisticated sensor equipment known as REMBASS. The Remotely Monitored Battlefield Sensor System (REMBASS) is a ground-based, all-weather, day-and-night, battlefield surveillance, target development, and early warning system capable of remote operation under field conditions.

The Ground Surveillance Systems Operator is primarily responsible for supervising or operating ground surveillance systems that are engaged in intelligence and information gathering. Some of your duties as a Ground Surveillance Systems Operator may include:

  • Plotting and recording data on status charts and plotting boards
  • Monitoring early warning sensor systems
  • Sending and receiving messages using radios and electronic communication systems
  • Operating and performing maintenance on ground surveillance systems, organic communications equipment, light wheeled vehicles and power sources
  • Assisting in emplacement, camouflage and recovery of ground surveillance systems and associated equipment
  • Detecting, locating and reporting target data by interpreting ground surveillance system information


Job training for a Ground Surveillance Systems Operator consists of nine weeks of Basic Training, where you’ll learn basic Soldiering skills, and six weeks of Advanced Individual Training and on-the-job instruction, including practice operating and maintaining sensor equipment. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field. Some of the activities that you will perform are:

  • Introduction course on the characteristics, capabilities, limitations, and major components of the REMBASS system.
  • Planning, employment, programming, operating, analyzing, and monitoring of the REMBASS missions.
  • Performing operator maintenance on the REMBASS system.
  • 36-hour field training exercise (FTX) during which perform all tasks associated with the REMBASS system.

Helpful Skills:

Helpful attributes include:

  • An interest in geometry, algebra and science
  • An ability to concentrate for long periods
  • An interest in working with electronic equipment

Advanced Responsibilities:

As an Advanced level Ground Surveillance Systems Operator, you may also be involved in:

  • Providing tactical and technical guidance in team area of operations
  • Assisting in planning surveillance missions using maps, aerial photographs, terrain studies and intelligence reports
  • Preparing overlays and surveillance cards
  • Supervising emplacement operations and maintenance of ground surveillance systems and associated equipment
  • Integrating other unit collection assets with ground surveillance systems.
  • Selecting potential emplacement sites using maps, aerial photographs, terrain studies, and intelligence reports.

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