Army Electromagnetic Spectrum Manager – MOS-25E

Army Enlisted Job Description

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Electronic, voice, line-of-sight communications are what makes the Army maneuver both tactically and administratively. Information technology management has become the new frontier of defense, meaning that the Army Signal Corps couldn't be more relevant today.

From secure and encrypted communications to enhancing the lives of soldiers worldwide, the Army's Signal Corps supplies information systems and worldwide networks for the Army, the Department of Defense, and allied nations in coalition operations. 

Signal Corps Soldiers develop the technical skills necessary to communicate, automate, transmit, and receive voice and data information to keep the Army informed and ready to respond. There simply is not a combat mission in the Army that does not involve competent and secure communications.

Basic Job Description

The Army established this new Military Occupational Skill (MOS), 25E—Electromagnetic Spectrum Manager—in 2010. It is not an entry-level position. As a manager, you have to be in service and the rank of a staff sergeant under 10 years of service.

The Manager Duties

The Electromagnetic Spectrum Manager (ESM) manages division and higher level EMS databases. They assist users in obtaining spectrum support through appropriate federal and host nation agencies. The 25E assists in the resolution of frequency interference incidents, reports unresolved problems to higher headquarters for assistance, and reviews frequency interference databases for trends and repeat incidents.

The ESM provides advice and assistance to subordinate units for mission accomplishment and career progression of other Electromagnetic Spectrum Managers. The Electromagnetic Spectrum Manager serves as an advisor, for electromagnetic spectrum management, to the commander. The ESM prepares electromagnetic spectrum specific briefings for commander and staff. The ESM develop theater level and higher Army EMS management policy and procedures.

The primary duties performed by the Electromagnetic Spectrum NCOs will perform network analysis to determine frequency requirements, performing topography and environmental analyses to assist in network design and engineering line of sight (LOS) radio links. The NCOs maintain and update the frequency portion of network charts, diagrams, and reports. They also perform unit-level maintenance on assigned communications and automation equipment.

Training Information

The 25E Electromagnetic Spectrum Manager MOS in the Signal Career Field is for soldiers who determine frequency requirements for units and assist in the design of supporting communication networks.

If you are looking to advance in rank, changing your MOS to the 25E may be an opportunity for you. However, future advancement is tight, as it is a small community. Soldiers may request reclassification to this specialty within the Signal Corps.

  • ASVAB Score Required: 105 GT and EL
  • Security Clearance: Secret
  • Physical: Color Vision
  • Training Length / Location: 9 weeks, 3 days at Ft Gordon, Georgia 

Other Requirements

  • An SSG with less than 10 years in service.
  • An SSG BNCOC graduate from MOS 25C, 25F, 25L, 25N, 25Q, 25P, 25S, or 25U.
  • Security eligibility of SECRET is required for the initial award of MOS. Must remain eligible to receive security access to TOP SECRET to maintain MOS.
  • Ability to read, comprehend, and clearly enunciate English.
  • Formal Training (completion of MOS 25E Course conducted under the auspices of the USA Signal School) mandatory or waiver may be granted by Commandant, U.S Army Signal School, Ft Gordon, GA 

Job Description and Major Duties

The electromagnetic spectrum manager develops, produces, and distributes the Signal Operating Instructions (SOI) using computer software programs. The 25E maintains a database of frequency requests and assignments and performs periodic reviews and updates.

Other jobs are to resolve frequency interference reports and maintains a database of interference incidents and prepares and forwards properly formatted frequency requests to the appropriate military or civilian agency for coordination and approval and maintains contact with them.

The 25E performs unlimited frequency planning, selection, and de-conflicting using automated tools and performs field level maintenance on authorized signal equipment and associated electronic devices. They also operate and perform Preventive Maintenance Checks and Services (PMCS) on assigned vehicles and power generators.


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