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Navy Enlisted Rating (Job) Descriptions and Qualification Factors

Submarine Electronics Computer Field (SECF)

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General Info:

The Navy’s Submarine Electronics / Computer Field (SECF) offers extensive training in the operation and maintenance of “Today’s High Technology” advanced electronics equipment, digital systems and computers used in submarine combat control, sonar, navigation and communications systems. An individual selecting SECF will receive training in electricity, electronics, computers, digital systems, fiber optics and electronics repair.

The standards for selection for enlistment in the Navy’s Submarine Electronics/Computer Field are high. Personnel interested in applying for the Submarine Electronics/ Computer Field should be seriously interested in pursuing the challenge this highly technical field offers. They must be mature, ready to take on significant responsibility and willing to apply themselves.

Job Categories.

Volunteers for the Submarine Electronics/Computer Field will specialize in one of three Submarine Ratings ( Electronics Technician – ET, Fire Control Technician – FT, Sonar Technician Submarines – STS), working in one of four areas: combat systems, communications, navigation or underwater acoustic technologies. All three ratings/four specialty areas are heavily involved with computer and electronics systems. The combat systems specialty (FT) is responsible for all operational and administrative aspects of the submarine’s computer and control mechanisms used in weapons systems and related programs (including all Submarine LAN systems). The communications specialty (ET/RF) is responsible for all operational and administrative aspects of the submarine’s radio communication equipment, systems and programs (including submarine LAN systems). The navigation specialty (ET/NAV) is responsible for all operational and administrative aspects of the submarine’s navigation and radar equipment, systems and programs. The acoustic technology specialty (STS) is responsible for all operational and administrative aspects of the submarine’s computer and control mechanisms used for underwater surveillance and scientific data collection. The specialty area is determined at Basic Enlisted Submarine School.

Obligation.

Active duty obligation is five years. Applicants will enlist for four years and concurrently execute an agreement to extend their enlistment for one year.

Advancement.

Enlistees enlist as E-1s (seaman recruits). Completion of all advancement-in-rate requirements (including minimum time-in-rate) must be completed prior to advancement to E-2, E-3 and E-4. Top graduates of initial “pipeline” training may elect accelerated advancement to E-4 if they execute an agreement to extend their enlistment one additional year (six years total obligation). Advancement in this field to E-4 (Petty Officer Third Class) is excellent.

Elite Program.

This rating is open to men who volunteer for submarine duty. Submarine pay is paid monthly upon the start of Basic Enlisted Submarine School, currently $75.00 to $425.00 (see Submarine Pay chart). All submarine ratings are members of an elite community consisting of highly professional, well-trained personnel. Upon advancement to E-4, submariners receive sea pay, in addition to submarine pay.

The American Council on Education (ACE) guide recommends that semester hour credits be awarded in the vocational certificate or lower-division bachelor's/associate's degree categories for courses taken in this rating on basic electricity and electronics, applied mathematics, circuit theory, systems maintenance, and communications.

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