U.S. Army Job Profile: 25C Radio Operator-Maintainer

Keeping the Army communicating is an important job

Georgia Army National Guardsman 2nd Lt. Tye Walden, platoon leader, relays radio traffic to Pvt. David Lemons during a live fire exercise at the Georgia Garrison Training Center, Fort Stewart, Ga. The platoon leader and radio operator relayed fire commands to the fire teams on the firing line during a combined arms live fire exercise at the 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team's eXportable Combat Training Capabilities (XCTC) training at Fort Stewart.
Army photo by Sgt. Michael Uribe

In the Army, adequate communication is important, especially in combat or field situations. Radio operator-maintainers are primarily responsible for all maintenance checks and services of radio communication equipment.

Military occupational specialty (MOS) 25C has a wide variety of duties with a focus on keeping radio and other communication equipment up to date and working properly. 

Duties Performed by MOS 25C

The list of duties for this MOS is long, but it all comes down to keeping the radios working.

Soldiers in this job will install, operate and perform preventive maintenance checks on radios, radio teletypewriters, and other communications equipment, including security equipment, vehicles, and power generators. 

These soldiers will oversee communication security and security policies, and implement electronic countermeasures as needed. This is by no means an exhaustive list of all the duties and responsibilities of this job, but it's a peek into the kinds of skills and interests you'll need to be successful. 

Training for MOS 25C

Job training for a radio operator-maintainer requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and 13 weeks of Advanced Individual Training with on-the-job instruction. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and in the field, for about three months at the Army's Fort Gordon in Georgia.

Some of the skills you’ll learn in this job include:

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

You can see how an interest in electronics or radio equipment would be a plus if pursuing this Army job.

Qualifying for MOS 25C

You'll need to score a 98 on the Surveillance and Communications (SC) section of the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB)  test, and an 89 on the Electronics (EL) section.

 

Soldiers in this job need to be able to qualify for a secret security clearance, which means you should have a record free of arrests or drug activity. Expect a background investigation that will examine your financial records and include interviews with personal and professional references.

In addition, you should be able to type a minimum of 25 words per minute and be a U.S. citizen.

Similar Civilian Occupations to MOS 25C

There's a variety of options for a post-military career if you're trained as a radio operator-maintainer. Jobs include radio mechanic, radio operator or dispatcher. This training will prepare you for work in the telecommunications field, for jobs repairing and installing equipment, or as a supervisor of mechanics, installers and repairers.