Electronic Warfare Specialist (17E)

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The Electronic Warfare Specialist advises and assists the commander on electronic warfare operations. This person makes use of electromagnetic and directed energy to control the electromagnetic spectrum (EMS) and defeat the enemy through planning, coordination, integration, and execution of electronic attack (EA), electronic protection (EP), and electronic support (ES).

Job Duties

  • Planning and execution of electronic warfare operations
  • Targeting adversary's electronic systems
  • Defeat adversary's electronic systems


Those who want to serve must first take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, a series of tests that helps you better understand your strengths and identify which Army jobs are best for you.


Job training for Electronic Warfare Specialist requires 9 weeks Advanced Individual Training. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field with on-the-job instructions. 

Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

  • Radio wave theory
  • Planning and execution of Electronic Warfare operations
  • Determining proper frequencies

Helpful Skills

  • Ability to work as a team member
  • Perform strenuous physical activities
  • Interest in computers and technology

Required ASVAB Score(s)

Surveillance & Communications (SC): 105, Electronics (EL): 105, Skilled Technical (ST): 105

Learn more about the ASVAB and see what jobs you could qualify for.


Total compensation includes housing, medical, food, special pay and vacation time. Learn more about total compensation.

Earn Cash For In Demand Jobs

You could earn up to $40,000 in cash bonuses just for enlisting under certain Military Occupational Specialties. Visit Jobs in Demand to see if this job qualifies for an enlistment bonus.

Education Benefits

In the Army, qualified students can earn full-tuition, merit-based scholarships, allowances for books and fees, plus an annual stipend for living expenses. Learn more about education benefits.

Future Civilian Careers

The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career in certain government agencies, as well as jobs in private electronic/communication companies.