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Knowledge is power, and the Guard relies on an advanced communication network to get it—and protect it. From Soldiers on the ground to command centers to attack helicopters, technical experts make communication possible—and global.
Information technology (IT) and networking specialists maintain devices, troubleshoot malfunctions, and run network facilities. The Guard trains these Soldiers in those vital skills, which are more than tactical—they’re also marketable to civilian employers in this Information Age.
If you’ve ever considered a job in IT, become an Information Technology Specialist in the Army National Guard and expand your skills and experience with complex technologies. In this role, you will be responsible for sending, receiving, and processing messages and data on the Guard’s sophisticated networks. You will also maintain and troubleshoot the systems that support the military’s logistics and classified data, and build firewalls that can withstand any attempted cyberattack.
Communication is the pulse of Army National Guard units, and it’s up to the Signal Support Systems Specialist to ensure the information keeps flowing so the military doesn’t miss a beat.
Signal Support Systems Specialists are responsible for integrating signal systems and networks; performing signal support functions and unit-level maintenance on authorized signal equipment; and installing, operating, and maintaining radio and data distribution systems.
Duties of the Satellite Communication Systems Operator-Maintainer include: transmitting, receiving, and logging messages according to military procedures; encoding and decoding classified messages; operating telephone switchboards; installing, maintaining, and operating communications equipment; and monitoring and responding to emergency calls.
As a Multi-Channel Transmission Systems Operator-Maintainer, you will be responsible for keeping information moving through the Army National Guard’s communication systems in both tactical and strategic environments. Your duties will include: installing, repairing, operating, and running maintenance checks on multi-channel transmission diagnostic equipment, devices, and antennae; setting up transmitters, receivers, cable modems, and ultra-high frequency antennas; setting up line-of-sight satellites and cable link systems; and operation of radio equipment.
Your duties will include: supervising, installing, operating, and performing field-level maintenance on Internet Protocol-based high-speed electronic communication systems; working with integrated network control centers; performing network management functions by maintaining, troubleshooting, and re-engineering communication assets; and maintaining communications security, or COSMEC devices and other equipment associated with network communication operations.
Your artistic abilities will shine when you join the Army National Guard as a Multimedia Illustrator. These Soldiers are primarily responsible for operating multimedia imaging equipment in order to produce visual displays and documents such as training manuals, newspapers, and reports, as well as promotional materials including signs, charts, posters, television, and motion picture productions. These projects require the use of professionally developed artwork, and your talents could help make an impact in the military.