Job Description: The Satellite Communications Operator is a Marine that’s trained to install, operate and maintain various satellite communication platforms from the Secure Mobile Anti-Jam Reliable Tactical Terminal (SMARTT/AEHF) AN/TSC-154, the Lightweight Multi-Band Satellite Terminal (LMST/SHF) AN/USC-65(V), the Phoenix Tactical SHF Terminal (TSST) AN/TSC-156 and Very Small Aperture Terminal-Large (VSAT-L)AN/TSC-181B, providing classified and unclassified data, voice and video teleconferencing capabilities in garrison or tactical environments.

  • Branch Branch: Marines
  • Ratings Average Rating:
  • Desinnation Designation: 0627
  • Average Required Test Average Salary: $33,460
  • Entry Type Entry Type: Enlisted
  • Required Test ASVAB: EL: 105
  • Degree Degree: High School
  • Age Age: 17-29
  • Citizen Citizen: U.S. or Permanent Resident
  • Category Category: Communications
Average Age
25 Average Age
Average Age
10 Number Employed
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4.0 YearsAverage Employment


Pros: free lunch, set schedule (sometimes)

Cons: high stress environment

Location: Camp Pendleton, CA


A typical day at work could range between digging a hole to planning a network infrastructure. I guess what we did in down time would be maintenance, paperwork and mentoring our juniors/employees. I will generalize the myriad of things i learned: Leadership/Management, Mentoring, Personal Training/Physical Fitness, Risk Management, Networking, Radio Systems High Frequency – Ultra High Frequency, Electronics, Heavy Equipment Operation, Logistics, Customer Service, Hazardous Materials, peer and superior counseling(business and personal), teaching/training, presentations/public speaking. In the marine corps your “co-workers” come and go, but you build a family type relationship with them in a short amount of time. Hardest part of the job was working hours; there would times where you might not sleep for a few days and still have to go through the bugs of making a modern network run in the middle of nowhere. The most enjoyable part was getting to see and learn things that most people will never get the chance to.