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Navy Enlisted Rating (Job) Descriptions

Sonar Technician, Submarine (STS)

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The Sonar Technican, Submarine specialty (STS) operate (control, evaluate, and interpret data) submarine sonar, oceanographic equipment, and submarine auxiliary sonar; coordinate submarine sonar and underwater fire control interface; perform organizational and intermediate maintenance on submarine and allied equipment. You cannot enlist with a guarantee for this rating. Instead, you enlist in the Navy's Submarine Electronics/Computer Field (SECF). Following Enlisted Basic Submarine School (BESS) and the first portion of the Submarine Learning Center pipline course, you are assigned to be trained as ET-COM, ET-NAV, FT, or STS. Your rating is determined from your preferences, scores receved in the above two schools, and the "needs of the Navy."

Working Environment

Duties in this rating are usually performed aboard submarines. Submarine Electronics/Computer Field personnel usually work indoors in a clean, controlled environment with comfortable temperatures. However, some work is required in a clean or dirty environment of a shop-like nature. Their work may be independent in nature, but they usually work closely with others under direct supervision.

A-School (Job School) Information

  • Groton, CT -- 4 weeks (Basic Enlisted Submarine School)
  • Groton, CT --18 weeks (Submarine Learning Center)

Note: The Submarine Learning Center includes Apprenticship Technical Training, Tactical Computer Network Operations, or TCNO, and STS "A-School." Some students may be selected for advanced training ("C-Shool,") prior to shipping out to the fleet

ASVAB Score Requirement: AR+MK+EI+GS=222 or VE+AR+MK+MC=222

Security Clearance Requirement: Top Secret

Other Requirements

  • Must be U.S. Citizen
  • Most have normal color perception
  • Must have normal hearing.
  • Must volunteer for submarine duty
  • Must have no record of conviction by civil court for any offense other than minor traffic.
  • Moral turpitude offenses are generally disqualifying.
  • No history of drug abuse.
  • This job (like all submarine jobs) is closed to women

Sub-Specialties Available for This Rating: Navy Enlisted Classification Codes for STS

Current Manning Levels for This Rating: CREO Listing

Note: Advancement ( promotion ) opportunity and career progression are directly linked to a rating's manning level (i.e., personnel in undermanned ratings have greater promotion opportunity than those in overmanned ratings).

Sea/Shore Rotation for This Rating

  • First Sea Tour: 48 months
  • First Shore Tour: 36 months
  • Second Sea Tour: 36 months
  • Second Shore Tour: 36 months
  • Third Sea Tour: 36 months
  • Third Shore Tour: 36 months
  • Fourth Sea Tour: 36 months
  • Forth Shore Tour: 36 months

Note: Sea tours and shore tours for sailors that have completed four sea tours will be 36 months at sea followed by 36 months ashore until retirement.

Much of the above information courtesy of the Navy Personnel Command

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