25S - Satcom Technician
- The 25S MOS is a great MOS. Satellite communication soldiers receive valuable training which can help give the soldier a job that starts out at $60K to $80K a year because a civilian company does not have to pay for the training. Satcom is a very small MOS. It is likely that a satcom technician will reunite with the same people they trained with at some point in their military career. Sometimes, the 25S MOS can be boring; however, a 25S should never underestimate the importance of his mission because thousands of service members depend on the 25S MOS.
- —Guest Thomas
- I enlisted knowing quite well what Field I wanted and what MOS. I retired from the service after 22 yrs in Telecommunications. I served in a Combat Heavy Engineer Battalion in Baumholder, Germany, 11th Signal Bde in Ft Huachuca, Arizona, 56th Field Artillery (Pershing) Brigade in Swaebisch Gmuend, Germany, 504th Military Intelligence Bn in Fort Hood Texas, a Signal Bn in Quarry Heights, Panama, the Information System Engineering Command (ISEC)) in Ft Huachuca, AZ and JTF-B at Soto Cano AF, Honduras. Being a Telecommunicatios Specialist (Fix and Tactical) my assignments were gratifying, the jobs were always almost the same, except for the type of Unit assigned to; that's were the job changes. From operating, installing, maintenance of all the commo equipment, Van's, trucks and generators; working 12, 14, 16 hrs days, that's Signal the back bone of the service. As not to mislead anyone, if you qualify for a security Clearance you will get it, otherwise you will not.
- —Guest SFC Martinez
25Us Gods among men
- I have been doing 25U for thirteen years and being on my 3rd tour in Iraq I find the field is ever growing ever changing. I love Commo with a passion in spite of what others may think of me or it. There is more pride and honor in Signal than most other branches so join it and be part of the breotherhood!!
- —Guest Mike H
31U Looking to re enlist
- I did 4 years as a 31U 3 of them in the 1-17 CAV 82nd Airborne. I ETSed in 2004 and since then they have changed the 31U to a 25U from what I can see, I have been thinking about re enlisting (I miss it terribly) but I'm not sure if they will want to send me to AIT again. Is there re training involved or is it strait to your duty station?
- —Guest ABNSPC
25U Jack of all master of none?
- im in rotc in college and in my unit im the guy that whenever the commanders computer is down or someones computer crashes or the instructers need some electronic device fixed they call me. morning noon and night. i just want to know that as a 25u will i do nothing while everybody does there specific jobs and i jsut get called when no one is available?
- —Guest ROTC 25U
- I have been in the military as a 25U for a little over 3 years. What you learn in AIT is just a breif introduction to what you will actually be doing in your permanent unit. Take as many notes as possible and save them because you will see them again in your unit's mission. As a uniform you are universal which means you are expected to be able to do every MOS job in the Army. Everyone expects you to know everything so show your knowledge. I was 1st stationed in Korea where I actually did my job in the S6 shop. There I had to operate radios, some of which I never saw in AIT, FBCB2, MTS, MCS, make internet cable, hand held radios, computers, satellites....everything!! I am now at Ft Hood where I am not working at the battalion level but at the company level so now I only do computers, radios, and EPLRS. Most of the time I have nothing to do as long as everything is working properly. I can use my time to catch up on organization and assisting others if needed. 25U is the way to go
- —Guest SPC KM
- I have two MOS's in the Signal Field. 25L and 25B! The main thing you must know with all Army Training is that what you learn in AIT is not what you will be doing as your full time duties. AIT is just the building blocks for what you will be doing. 1/2 of the things I learned in school I never seen again. Just do the work and take it all in.
- —Guest Cable Dogg
once tac sat, ALWAYS tac sat...?
- Hi everyone - I enlisted in Jan '86 as a 26Q (Tac Sat/Microwave Sys Op), then became 31Q and had I not left in '93, I would have been a 31M (which I used to talk about like a DOG, but that was then). I have worked with LOS (mostly digital) and Tropo as well. I did not once think about staying in the field, opting to chase a job in the recording industry, but that did not work out. So here it is, over 15 years since I left, and while I did enjoy work as a postal/mailroom clerk and a telephone interviewer, I certainly wouldn't mind a refresher course of sorts to get back to the line of jobs that a now 25Q would do. Does anyone have any idea on how to determine what those kind of jobs are and how to go after them? You can get at me via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- —Guest Ville Rat
- I was a 281, changes to 26L in 1965 or 66. The title was microwave radio equipment repairman. Do they have that positiob anymore?
Tactical vs. Strategic
- Whether you go tactical or strategic seems entirely random, despite a comment suggesting otherwise. I was the among the highest scorers in my cycle and went tactical while some students that barely avoided being recycled went strategic. If anything this just means there is no consistent method used to decide the tracks the students will follow. The first four months of training were tested by using ctrl+F to search PDF documents for keywords, since there wasn't enough time to properly study all the topics covered. Interesting stuff, despite.
- —Guest 25S
- The 25Q mos is becoming a dead MOS. We dont really use the multi-channel systems. They are training us more on STT terminals (an-tsc/47 F) satcom is the big hitter in todays military. if you were thinking about this job, go 25S instead.
- —Guest Jason
- i am in my second deployment and about to hit my 4 year mark. oh what fun. depending on your leadership will depend on what you will do. my first deployment i played 360 almost everyday because i was unable to take classes or do anything online. i was doing retrans at an out-site. this deployment we don't really have a job. i am cross training. that sucks to learn something new in combat environment. our days are numbered. the 10 designation is now gone and our equipment is phasing out. there are not many jobs out there after retirement. basically, we could be infantry with a radio or we can be s-6 personnel. special forces, rangers and other specialized units always send us emails. just be prepared for a lot of layouts, long days, and details.
- —Guest baking in the sand
25Q - iraq
- currently on deployment in iraq for the second time. and one thing has stayed true for 25Q's. after the first month you dont do much in your job feild until the last month of deployment when you cleaning up. you will mostly be working on 25B stuff. as that is the next closest thing to your MOS. best things you can do as a 25Q while deployed is start some school and get those promotion points built up.
- —Guest SPC F
- Its fun but stressful some times. theres a lot of thing you have to do. then theres a lot of down timee where you sit around for 12 hours waiting, waching movies and playing games. But its not allways like that Im deployed in afghanistan for the first time. I am 9 mounts into it and we where realy buesy for the first 6. fixing network ishus and truble shooting computers and printers. I am in an avation unit so theres not a lot of radios that we work on. its a good MOS. You will learn a lot if you have Good NCO's there to teach you. I have fun. But if you dont like long hours when deployed and stupid questions from people that you work with. And your not good wwith costimers then this mite not be thee MOS for you. i dont realy know tho. It mite be. but just so you know its stress full and a lot of hard work. But its werth it.
- —Guest SPC F
- i am currently at Ft.Gordon, this place is full of shhh. but the mos itself is really good. Stay away from the females, cuz according to everybody here they all got STD's.
- —Guest 25b