Job Description: Provide weapon direction systems employment recommendations; perform organizational and intermediate maintenance on digital computer equipment, subsystems, and systems; operate and maintain combat and weapons direction systems, radar systems, surface-to-air and surface-to-surface missile systems, and gun fire control systems at the organizational and intermediate level; inspect, test, align, and repair micro/minicomputers and associated peripheral equipment, network systems, data conversion units, data display equipment, data link terminal equipment, print devices, and system related equipment; perform analyses for detailed systems, computer programs, electronics, and electronic casualty control and operate associated built-in and external test equipment; and load, initialize, and run preprogrammed diagnostics, performance and testing routines for digital computer equipment, digital systems, digital subsystems, and overall combat systems.
- Branch: Navy
- Average Rating:
- Designation: FC
- Average Salary: $41,850
- Entry Type: Enlisted
- ASVAB: AR+MK+EI+GS= 222
- Degree: High School or GED
- Age: 17-39
- Citizen: U.S. or Permanent Resident
- Category: Administration, deck, technical, and weapons
28 Average Age
4,437 Number Employed
7.0 YearsAverage Employment
Pros: Small community means advancement is guaranteed eventually. Opportunities in small arms.
Cons: Sitting around doing nothing. Won’t work in your rate. Trouble getting schools
When I left AD I never expected to come back. I joined the reserves almost on a whim and it has been an interesting experience so far. Service members leaving active duty will be blown away by the slow pace of the reserves. Even in a high op-tempo unit, month long gaps between drill weekends, where you spend most your time doing the basic naval requirements (PFA, GMT, endless paperwork, etc.), result in things moving at a snail’s pace. I have several collaterals got a new NEC and stayed as engaged as I could this year, but when it came time to write my eval it was a struggle in comparison to a year’s worth of work on active duty. I haven’t done any work as an FC since I joined the reserves. I work in weapons department at a Riverine Unit, so I’m doing the work of a GM. I’m sure there are opportunities to mobilize on a ship or with a CRAM unit, but I haven’t had a chance to try them since I’ve been pursuing my degree. As far as life as a Fire Controlman on a ship is concerned, I loved my rating and would encourage anyone to join the community. The job is a mixture of standing watches and troubleshooting electronics. Some watches are on call technician duties while others are spent behind a radar console. The troubleshooting is generally to the module level it isn’t insanely difficult but it is interesting and challenging. The FC community is one of the best in the fleet. It is a close-knit group that sticks together and takes pride in their equipment and as well as their rate. Don’t expect to only do FC work. You’ll be standing physical security watches, a member of a fire party, and doing line handlers at the very least.