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The key to success for all Army operations is the ability to transmit and receive critical information and microwave communication systems play an integral role in that success. Installing, operating and maintaining microwave communication systems around the world is the job of the Microwave Systems Operator-Maintainer. In this Army career, you will be responsible for: setting up facilities, maintaining communications and technical control systems, working with antennas, multiplexing and communications security equipment, monitoring and restoring telecommunications circuits, trunk groups and communication links, and maintaining station records and reports.

This career field requires individuals who are effective communicators, team members and leaders, have an interest in communication operations and technical electronic and mechanical systems, possess critical thinking and problem solving skills and are physically and mentally fit with the ability to perform under pressure.

After completion of 10 weeks of Army Basic Combat Training you will be assigned to the U.S. Army Signal School at Fort Gordon, Georgia for 20 weeks of Advanced Individual Training. Your training will encompass technical and mechanical classroom courses with labs as well as training in a tactical field environment. Your training will give you the skills needed to perform your duties around the world. As a Microwave Systems Operator-Maintainer you will have working knowledge of mechanical and electrical principles, operation and installation of communications equipment, preventive maintenance procedures and communication security policies and procedures.

You will also be eligible for additional professional development courses and technical training which will enhance your knowledge and leadership skills. The skills, knowledge and experience you gain as a Microwave Systems Operator-Maintainer will help you in your transition from the military to the civilian work force where you may find employment in the tele-communications industry and mechanical maintenance career fields.

Ensuring military success is a Microwave Systems Operator-Maintainer.

Microwave Systems Operator-Maintainer (25P)

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Microwave systems installer-maintainers are primarily responsible for installing, operating and maintaining microwave communications systems. They also work with associated antennas, multiplexing and communications security equipment.

Job Duties

  • Maintain microwave communications and technical control equipment
  • Monitor and restore telecommunications circuits, trunk groups and systems
  • Maintain circuit, link, system and station records and reports


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 a microwave systems operator-maintainer requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and 11 weeks of Advanced Individual Training with on-the-job instruction. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and in the field.

Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

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

Helpful Skills

  • Interest in working with electronic equipment
  • Problem solving

Required ASVAB Score(s)

Electronics (EL): 107

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 with companies that produce communications and electronic equipment.


Those interested in this job may be eligible for civilian employment, after the Army, by enrolling in the Army PaYS program. The PaYS program is a recruitment option that guarantees a job interview with military friendly employers that are looking for experienced and trained Veterans to join their organization. Find out more about the Army PaYS Program at

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