Careers Career Paths Operations Specialist (OS) in US Navy Information on Job Description and Qualification Factors Share PINTEREST Email Print Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jess Lewis / Released Career Paths US Military Careers Technology Careers Sports Careers Sales Project Management Professional Writer Music Careers Media Legal Careers Government Careers Finance Careers Fiction Writing Careers Entertainment Careers Criminology Careers Book Publishing Aviation Animal Careers Advertising Learn More By Rod Powers Rod Powers Air Force NCO Academy Rod Powers was a retired Air Force First Sergeant with 22 years of active duty service. Learn about our Editorial Process Updated on 11/06/19 Operation Specialists (OS) function as plotters, radio-telephone and Command and Control sound-powered telephone talkers and maintain Combat Information Center (CIC) displays of strategic and tactical information. They operate surveillance and altitude radars Identification Friend or Foe (IFF), and associated equipment. They also serve as Air Traffic Controllers for helicopters and fixed-wing supersonic jet aircraft. OS Sailors serve as watch supervisors and section leaders; interpret and evaluate presentations and tactical situations and make recommendations to supervisors during watch conditions. They apply a thorough knowledge of doctrine and procedures applicable to CIC operations contained in U. S. Navy Instructions and Allied or U.S. Navy Publications and procedures necessary for radar navigation contained in Naval Oceanographic Office publications. OSs provide to the command technical information and assistance related to Anti-Surface Warfare, Anti-Air Warfare, Anti-Submarine Warfare, Amphibious Warfare, Mine Warfare, Naval Gunfire Support, and search and rescue operations, and other matters pertaining to the Operations Specialist's area. Other duties performed by Operations Specialists include: Plot a ship's position, heading, and speedOperate common marine electronic navigation instruments including radar systemsProvide target plotting data to the combat information center based on information received from target tracking devices Working Environment Operations Specialists 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 OSs are stationed primarily aboard USN deploying ships, FTS OSs are stationed aboard Naval Reserve Force (NRF) ships that deploy or conduct local operations. Upon completion of the course, OSs will be able to plot a ship's position, heading, and speed; operate common marine electronic navigation instruments including radar systems, and provide target plotting data to the combat information center based on information received from target tracking devices. Since Navy programs and courses are revised at times, the information contained on this rating card is subject to change. A-School (Job School) Information Virginia Beach, VA -- 61 calendar days ASVAB Score Requirement: VE + MK + CS = 157 or AR + 2MK + GS = 210 Security Clearance Requirement: Secret Other Requirements Must have normal color perceptionMust have normal hearingMust have no speech impedimentMust be a U.S. Citizen Advancement opportunity and career progression are directly linked to a rating's manning level (i.e., personnel in undermanned ratings have greater promotion opportunities than those in overmanned ratings). Sea/Shore Rotation for This Rating First Sea Tour: 54 monthsFirst Shore Tour: 36 monthsSecond Sea Tour: 48 monthsSecond Shore Tour:36 monthsThird Sea Tour: 48 monthsThird Shore Tour: 36 monthsFourth Sea Tour: 36 monthsForth Shore Tour: 36 months Sea tours and shore tours for sailors that have completed four sea tours will be 36 months at sea followed by 36 months ashore until retirement.