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Navy Enlisted Job Descriptions & Qualifications
Electronic Warfare Technician EW
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General Info: (NOTE: This rating has merged with the CTT Rating. See related article).

Electronic Warfare Technicians (EWs) operate and conduct preventive maintenance on computer-controlled electronic equipment used for detection, analysis, and identification of radar emissions. They operate systems that produce high-power electronic signals used to deceive and jam enemy electronic sensors, including those associated with electronically guided weapons. EWs are responsible for interpreting incoming electronic signals to determine their source and location. They utilize computer databases to analyze the electronic intelligence they receive, allowing them to evaluate weapon and detection system capabilities and limitations.

What They Do: The duties performed by EWs include: operating electronic detection and deception systems; evaluating intercepted radar emissions using computer databases to determine whether emissions originate from land based, surface ship, or airborne platforms; performing technical analysis of radar signals and systems in support of technical reports used by national level agencies plotting intercepted signals to determine effective defensive maneuvers in case of attack; tracking surface and airborne targets; defending the ship against inbound threats including anti-ship missiles; Routinely working with classified information and technical material in support of national security.

Detailed List of Required Duties

ASVAB Score Requirements: VE+MK+GS=162

Other Requirements: Must have normal color perception. Must have normal hearing. Must have no speech impediment. Security Clearance (SECRET) Requirement. Must be U.S. citizen.

Notes: Visual acuity must be correctable to 20/20. When specified, uncorrected visual acuity must not be greater than that indicated (i.e. 20/100), and must be correctable to 20/20. Minimum auditory requirements: Cycles/ISO 500/35, 1000/30, 2000/30, 4000/40, 8000/45

Technical Training Information: Enlistees are taught the fundamentals of this rating through formal Navy schooling. Advanced technical and operational training is available in this rating as part of normal career development.

Course Title Location Calendar Days
EW TAC BAS OPS Corry Station, FL 96

Subjects: Electronic Intelligence (ELINT) and Electronic Warfare operations Training Methods: Group, individual instruction and laboratory Students receive extensive training utilizing modern, computer simulated scenarios. Graduates are usually assigned to sea duty on ships for their first tour, working in the Combat Information Center.

Working Environment: EWs perform their duties on board surface ships and at shore stations. On board ships they stand watch in Combat Information Center (CIC), providing critical electronic intelligence to key decision makers. The duties of EW are usually performed in clean, air conditioned spaces. EWs normally work alone with little supervision on tasks that require more mental than physical effort.

Opportunity Rating:

E-1 to E-4 E-5 E-6
3 2 3

1 = Currently undermanned
2 = Currently manned at desired levels
3 = Currently overmanned

Note: Levels are as of 10 December 2003. Subject to change without notice.

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Above Information Courtesy of United States Navy

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