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Radio Operators

Also called: Communications Specialist, Flight Communications Specialist, Radio Electronics Officer (REO), Radio Operator

Where in the Marine Corps? In the Marine Corps: Air Defense (AD) Battle Management System Operator; Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Helper; Airborne and Air Delivery Specialist; Assault Amphibious Vehicle (AAV) Crewman; Cryptologic Language Analyst Apprentice, Chinese; Cryptologic Language Analyst Helper, Korean; Electronic Systems Maintenance Warrant Officer; Microwave Systems Operator-Maintainer; Satellite Communications Operator; Special Warfare Boat Operator

What they do:
Receive and transmit communications using radiotelephone equipment in accordance with government regulations. May repair equipment.
On the job, you would:
  • Monitor emergency frequencies to detect distress calls and respond by dispatching emergency equipment.
  • Communicate with receiving operators to exchange transmission instructions.
  • Operate radio equipment to communicate with ships, aircraft, mining crews, offshore oil rigs, logging camps and other remote operations.


  • customer service
  • administrative services
Safety and Government
  • public safety and security
  • law and government
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics
  • telecommunications


Basic Skills
  • talking to others
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
  • do two or more things at the same time
Hearing and Speech
  • recognize spoken words
  • speak clearly
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Cooperation
  • Self Control
  • Stress Tolerance


You might use software like this on the job:

Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Electronic mail software
  • Email software
Office suite software
  • Microsoft Office software


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
certificate after high school
usually needed

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Job Outlook

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