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Information Systems Technician (IT)



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IT_rating_symbolGeneral Description
The Information Systems Technician of the 21st century operates and maintains the Navy's global satellite telecommunications systems, mainframe computers, local and wide area networks, and micro-computer systems used in the fleet.  Administrative support is also provided with the operation of automated equipment that keeps records of personnel training, disbursement, health, assignments and promotions within the Navy.  They ensure the all-important communications link between units at sea and stations ashore.

What They Do
The duties performed by ITs include:

  • designing, installing, operating and maintaining state-of-the-art information systems technology including local and wide area networks, mainframe, mini and microcomputer systems and associated peripheral devices

  • writing programs to handle the collection, manipulation and distribution of data for a wide variety of applications and requirements

  • performing the functions of a computer system analyst

  • operating and coordinating telecommunications systems including automated networks and the full spectrum of data links and circuits

  • transmitting, receiving, operating, monitoring, controlling and processing all forms of telecommunications through various transmission media including global networks

  • applying diagnostic, corrective and recovery techniques to all facets of the integrated information systems

  • maintaining all necessary logs, files and publications at the communications center

  • providing telecommunications and computer-related training and assistance to a wide variety of personnel

Working Environment
Information Systems Technicians usually work in a clean, air-conditioned electronic equipment space or computer room, and frequently perform their work as part of a team, but may work on individual projects.  Their work is mostly mental analysis and problem solving.  USN ITs are stationed primarily aboard USN deploying ships, FTS ITs are stationed aboard Naval Reserve Force (NRF) ships that deploy or conduct local operations.

Rating Entry Requirements

  • Conversion checklist

  • There are multiple avenues to qualify for IT
    • IT/SG (4YO):
      • AR+MK+EI+VE ≥ 212

      • VE+MK+GS ≥ 156

      • CT+MK+VE ≥ 156 AND CT>=60

    • IT/ATF (6YO):
      • VE+AR+MK+GS ≥ 214

      • VE+MK+GS ≥ 156

      • CT+MK+VE ≥ 156 AND CT>=60

  • Must have normal color perception

  • Must have normal hearing
    Notes: Normal hearing required. Frequencies: 3000hz 4000hz 5000hz 6000hz Average hearing threshold level in these four frequencies must be less than 30db, with no level greater than 45db in any one frequency. If hearing level exceeds these limits, the applicant is enlistment ineligible for the rating.

  • Must have no speech impediment

  • SSBI required

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen

Contact Information
IT TECHAD: (901) 874-2917

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