Job Description: Perform core and specialty functions of communications operations, message processing, and network administration and security; establish, monitor, and maintain Radio Frequency (RF) communications systems; perform spectrum management within an area of responsibility; handle, store, and retrieve incoming and outgoing messages; perform network system administration, maintenance and training; manage, plan and coordinate unit-level information systems security and integration across platforms, fleets, and services; and ensure the proper security, handling, accounting, reporting, and control of Communications Security (COMSEC) materials, systems, and equipment.

  • Branch Branch: Navy
  • Ratings Average Rating:
  • Desinnation Designation: IT
  • Average Required Test Average Salary: $41,524
  • Entry Type Entry Type: Enlisted
  • Required Test ASVAB: AR+2MK+GS=222
  • Degree Degree: High School or GED
  • Age Age: 17-39
  • Citizen Citizen: U.S. or Permanent Resident
  • Category Category: Administration, deck, technical, and weapons
Average Age
28 Average Age
Average Age
11,384 Number Employed
Average Age
7.0 YearsAverage Employment


Pros: Excellent civilian positions available post-military ONLY if the member acquires certifications.

Cons: Duty station, department, and divisions will jurisdict which type of IT you are.

Location: Maryland


This rate allows a member to live comfortably with great opportunities later on; however, this type of job can be very demanding due to its’ customer service oriented style. Non-experienced users of computing should not obtain this rate. The only positions that would be reasonable for this lack of skill are hardware (ADP), radio, and/or messaging. “Personal Experience:

Joined knowing I wanted to be an IT. Previously was working on a CM/IS (Computer Management/Information Systems) degree with a liking to graphics design, web development, and Java coding. I do not suspect to learn, nor work in these fields as an IT in the Navy. The mission simply does not permit. I also discovered my dislike of Operational level information systems troubleshooting. Overall, I am happy with the benefits of stress management and educational time this rate has given me.”