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Radio Operator/Maintainer (25C)

Mechanics Army MOS Information
  • Enlisted
  • Active Duty
  • Army Reserve

As one of the largest ground forces in the world, the U.S. Army needs to make sure that all forces can get the correct information. The Army communications maintenance team is responsible for making sure that all communications equipment is in top working order. This equipment allows the Army to track and direct troop, aircraft and watercrarft movements.

Radio Operator/Maintainers are primarily responsible for all maintenance checks and services on assigned radio communication equipment. Some of your duties as a Radio Operator/Maintainer may include:

  • Maintaining, testing and repairing communications equipment and security devices
  • Preparing and transmitting messages
  • Receiving, recording and processing messages
  • Operating and performing preventive maintenance checks on assigned equipment
  • Installing, operating and performing preventive maintenance checks on assigned power generators


Through your extensive Army training and experience, some additional study and two years of electronics experience, you’ll have the opportunity to qualify for certification as an Associate Certified Electronics Technician.


Job training for a Radio Operator/Maintainer consists of nine weeks of Basic Training, where you’ll learn basic Soldiering skills, and 10 weeks of Advanced Individual Training and on-the-job instruction, including practice with equipment. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field. Some of the skills you learn are:

  • Mechanical, electronic and electrical principles
  • Preventive maintenance procedures
  • Line installation and wiring techniques
  • Communication security policies and procedures

Helpful Skills:

Helpful attributes include:

  • An interest in working with electrical, electronic and electromechanical equipment
  • An interest in solving problems

Advanced Responsibilities:

Advanced level Radio Operator/Maintainers supervise and train other Soldiers. As an advanced level Radio Operator-Maintainer, you may be involved in:

  • Supervising and performing the operation of single channel AM radio, radio teletypewriter, Army Special Operations communications equipment or net control station assemblages
  • Supervising and performing authorized maintenance on assigned equipment
  • Controlling and using Signal Operating Instructions
  • Implementing communication security, operational security and physical security policies and procedures
  • Recognizing and implementing electronic countermeasures

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