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Basic Job Description

The topographic analyst supervises and/or performs cartographic and terrain analysis duties; collects and processes military geographic information from remote sensed imagery, digital data, intelligence data, existing topographic products and other collateral data sources; edits cartographic and terrain analysis products; advises command and staff officers on topographic operations and special map product planning.

Duties performed by Soldiers in this MOS include:

Extracts terrain data from remote sensed imagery, field reconnaissance, digital data, existing topographic products and other collateral data sources. Records analysis results addition to a military graphic data base. Draws, scribes, digitizes and scans cultural, topographic, hydrographic, and/or other features on overlay/scribing surfaces or in digital formats. Utilizes basic drafting techniques to tailor terrain products and revises planimetric and topographic maps. Performs digital manipulation of topographic information by querying, viewing, evaluating, and downloading digital data.

Performs duties in the preceding skill level, supervises lower grade soldiers and provides technical guidance to the soldiers in accomplishment of their duties. Analyzes collected military geographic information to produce tactical decision aids. Predicts terrain and weather effects as applied to command, control, communication, computer, and intelligence systems. Performs data base management for the storage of aerial photographs, maps, digital data bases, and collateral source materials. Performs quality assurance during all stages of topographic operations.

Training Information

16 weeks, 2 days at at Fort Belvoir, VA

ASVAB Score Required: 100 in aptitude area ST

Security Clearance: Secret

Strength Requirement: heavy

Physical Profile Requirement: 221211

Other Requirements

  • Normal color vision required
  • Successfully completed (and be able to show proof of credit by official copy of transcript) 1 year of high school algebra or geometry, or equivalent
  • A maximum of 175 seconds of arc visual stereoscopic acuity
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen

Similar Civilian Occupations

  • Cartographers and Photogrammetrists
  • Surveying and Mapping Technicians

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