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Army Radio Operator (MOS 25C)

Army Radio Operators (MOS 25C) maintain radio communication equipment.

The role is important as 25C MOS need to ensure equipment is consistently working in order to maintain communications out on the battlefield.

Learn more about the position of an Army Radio Operator (MOS 25C) including required education and training, job duties, salary, job reviews, and civilian job outlook.

Education, Qualifications, and Training

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Army Radio Operators (MOS 25C) handle all radio communications equipment. Image: Army.com

Army Radio Operators (MOS 25C) are important to successful combat operations and can potentially save lives through their actions.

What does it take to become an Army Radio Operator? Learn more about the required education, training, and additional requirements.

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Education

The Army has a few basic requirements to enlist.

In terms of education you need to be at least 17 years of age (with parental consent), or 18 with a high school diploma or GED equivalent. 

Then you will want to speak with a local Army recruiter.

The recruiter can provide more information about what you can expect to encounter in the Army and what you need to complete to become an Army Radio Operator (MOS 25C).

You will need to complete the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery.

The series of tests are used by the Army to determine your strengths and weaknesses.

It will help you find a Military Occupational Speciality (MOS) that suits your particular strengths.

In order to become an Army Radio Operator you must score Surveillance & Communications (SC): 98 and Electronics (EL): 98 on the ASVAB.

Qualifications

After you complete the necessary scores on the ASVAB you can proceed forward with the additional requirements of becoming an Army Radio Operator.

Radio Operators need to qualify for secret security clearance.

Gaining security clearance in the military requires a thorough background check.

It will examine everything from a criminal record to drug and alcohol activity.

Submission to a military background investigation will also examine your financial records, and friends and professional associates may also get interviewed.

Army Radio Operators (25C MOS) must also have the ability to type a minimum of 25 words per minute.

The Army also mentions it helps to have a preference for working with electronic equipment and enjoy solving problems.

Training

Your early days in the Army will begin with Basic Combat Training (BCT).

Basic Combat Training, or boot camp, lasts 10 weeks.

If you survive it is time to transition into Advanced Individual Training.

Advanced Individual Training focuses specially on your MOS and for 25C MOS lasts an additional 13 weeks after BCT.

Training is a combination of classroom learning and real world experience.

Army Radio Operators (MOS 25C) learn during training:

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

What does an Army Radio Operator Do?

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Radio Operators (MOS 25C) serve an important purpose. If communications break down on the battlefield things could go sour quickly. Image: Department of Defense

An Army Radio Operator (MOS 25C) takes the practice of communications on the battlefield very serious.

Could you imagine how chaotic, and how quickly it would get if communications broke down in the middle of combat?

Radio Operators have a wide variety of job duties; here are some of the most common:

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Communications

The most important job function of an Army Radio Operator (25C MOS) is to maintain communications.

Radio operators do regular checks and services on radio communication equipment to make sure it is in full working order.

Operators need to install, operate, and perform preventive maintenance checks on radios, teletypewriters, and other communications equipment.

MOS 25C are sometimes assigned to maintain assigned power generators as well.

Security

There is also an emphasis on maintaining security equipment including communications installed in vehicles.

Soldiers oversee communication security and security policies.

They also implement electronic countermeasures when needed to keep communications as confidential as possible.

Lastly, Radio Operators prepare, transmit, receive, and record messages related to communications and security practices.

What does an Army Radio Operator make?

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Your monthly salary in the Army is determined by rank and years of service. Image: Wikimedia Commons

The U.S. Armed Forces does not pay members based on occupation, unlike in civilian life, but rather by military rank and years of service.

It also worth mentioning that in addition to your monthly salary you will receive housing, food, and medical while stationed.

InsigniaPay GradeRankAbbreviationAvg. Monthly Pay
E-1PrivatePVT$1,681
E-2Private Second ClassPV2$1,884
army e 3 insignia - pfcE-3Private First ClassPFC$1,981
army e 4 insignia - specialistE-4SpecialistSPC$2,195
army e 4 insignia - corporalE-4CorporalCPL$2,195
E-5SergeantSGT$2,394
E-6Staff SergeantSSG$2,613
E-7Sergeant First ClassSFC$3,021
army e 8 insignia - master sergeantE-8Master SergeantMSG$4,345
E-8First Sergeant1SG$4,345
E-9Sergeant MajorSGM$5,308
E-9Command Sergeant MajorCSM$5,308
e 9 sergeant major of the army insigniaE-9Sergeant Major of the ArmySMA$5,308

Army Radio Operators (MOS 25C) that work in certain places may also receive cash bonuses.

The Army rewards certain Military Occupational Specialties with as much as $40,000 in bonuses.

Contact a local Army recruiter for more information on monthly pay and potential bonuses.

Benefits

The U.S. Military is considered a great place to serve based on the number of benefits you receive in addition to a salary.

Here are a few of the things you can expect to enjoy:

  • Medical Insurance
  • Retirement
  • Vacation Time
  • Special Pay
  • Housing: Allowances for living expenses, utilities, and maintenance.
  • Food: Allowance for the on-base dining hall and access to tax-free department and grocery stores.
  • Education: Army members can earn full-tuition, merit-based scholarships, allowances for books and fees, plus annual stipend for living expenses.

Job Reviews

Army Radio Operators have steady job reviews on career websites like GlassDoor.com and Indeed.com.

The general consensus is that you will work long and hard days serving the role of MOS 25C.

Regardless, the experience serving in the U.S. Armed Forces is second to none.

The opportunities to grow as a person and make life long friends is hard to match elsewhere.

Expect a fast paced environment.

If you are motivated and looking to progress into a new career yet can’t afford college; serving in the military as a Radio Operator can help you acquire the necessary skills.

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Civilian Job Opportunities

There are several Military Occupational Specialties that do not have a direct civilian job equivalent.

However, the same is not true of an Army Radio Operator (MOS 25C).

There are several companies looking for experienced radio operators/maintenance.

Some former Army Radio Operators choose to work as radio mechanics while others find employment as dispatchers.

It is not uncommon for electrical and electronics engineers to make close to six figures a year.

Regardless of the specific job, MOS 25C will definitely prepare you for work in the telecommunications field.

Summary

Army Radio Operators (MOS 25C) have the important duty of maintaining radio communication equipment.

The rest of the Army depends on Radio Operators to have communications in full working order in the battlefield.

The civilian job outlook for an Army Radio Operator (25C MOS) is also very encouraging.

Resources:

  1. https://www.goarmy.com/careers-and-jobs/browse-career-and-job-categories/computers-and-technology/radio-operator-maintainer.html
  2. https://www.indeed.com/cmp/U.S.-Army/reviews?fcountry=ALL&fjobtitle=Radio+Operator
Rob V.
Rob V.
Rob V. is the founder of OperationMilitaryKids.org. While he never actually served in the US Military, he has a passion for writing about military related topics. Born and raised in Woodbridge, NJ, he graduated from the New Jersey Institute Of Technology with an MBA in eCommerce. His hobbies include beach volleyball, target shooting, and lifting. Rob is also a commercially rated pilot with over 1,500 hours of flight time.

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