Communication Systems Operator

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Other Ranks (Non Technical)

The majority of Army communications personnel receive their communications training at the Defence Force School of Signals (DFSS) at Macleod, VIC. You won't find technical and communication schools with a better teacher/student ratio or better equipment and facilities. DFSS is dedicated to giving you the best technical and communications qualification possible.

So you'll have a real edge in life and be assured of success in whatever employment category you choose. Unlike any other school of its kind, you will be paid while you learn and guaranteed a job when you graduate. The Australian Army is a Registered Training Authority, therefore, you'll be accredited with nationally recognised civilian and military qualifications.

And because you'll learn to be a soldier as well as a qualified Communication Systems Operator, you'll also develop a wide range of additional skills including self-discipline, confidence and a real sense of leadership.

Common Corps Training

Duration: 8 Days.

Location of Training: Defence Force School of Signals, Simpson Barracks Macleod, Victoria.

This course provides basic Royal Australian Corps of Signals skills in radio, line laying and computing and is a prerequisite for all Australian Regular Army RA Sigs trade courses.

Communication Systems Operator (ECN 662) RA Sigs

Duration: 25 weeks.

Location of Training: Defence Force School of Signals, Simpson Barracks, Macleod, Victoria.

Trainees will be instructed in the operation and maintenance of military High Frequency (HF) and Very High Frequency (VHF) radios, portable satellite terminals, frequency hopping and cryptographic equipment. Communication Systems Operators will be trained to deploy computer networks and to operate computer based communications applications. This training will be conducted in a range of simulated environments based upon vehicle and Command Post operations.

On the successful completion of this course you will be entitled to Pay Grade 3. After posting to your first unit and upon successful completion of your Advanced Operator Training (after approximately 18 months) you will advance to Pay Grade 4.

It should be noted that there might be periods of time between courses conducted at DFSS. Should this occur, soldiers will be provided with both meaningful employment and refresher training.

Other Ranks (Non Technical) (Reserve)

Combat Signaller course

Duration: 16 Days.

Location of Training: Defence Force School of Signals, Simpson Barracks Macleod, Victoria and at your local Reserve unit.

This course provides basic Royal Australian Corps of Signals skills in radio, line laying and computing and is a prerequisite for all RA Sigs trade courses. On the successful completion of this course you will be entitled to Pay Grade 1.

Communication Systems Operator 

Duration: 3 x 16 day modules.

Location of Training: Defence Force School of Signals, Simpson Barracks Macleod, Victoria and at your local Reserve unit.

Training incorporates all aspects of communications used in RA Sigs units. Subjects include operation and maintenance of radio equipment, cryptographic equipment and field antennas. On the successful completion of all three modules you will be entitled to Pay Group 3.

Communication Systems Operators can progress to be Warrant Officer Class One, Manager Communication Systems on Pay Group 6.

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