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Communication & Information Systems Sailor
Want to be challenged and involved in dynamic military communications and computer systems? Welcome to the world of the Communications and Information Systems sailor.
Communicators and Information Systems (CIS) sailors operate the Navy's telecommunications systems using equipment which spans the communications spectrum. The CIS sailor also performs visual communications and operates and administers a number of Local and Wide area information technology networks used in the fleet. If you are a capable individual who can handle the challenge and responsibility of ensuring essential information flows to enable the Navy to fight and win at sea, a job in the field of telecommunications, visual communications and information technology maybe for you.
Due to the technology CIS sailors are involved in, they require a high level of responsibility and maturity in dealing with highly technical equipment and information. Precision, dependability and discretion are essential qualities for a CIS sailor due to the exposure to both classified and personnel information. You must be willing to accept responsibility early in your career and be able to either work independently and/or function as part of a team.
The primary roles of the CIS Category at sea are:
As a junior member of the CIS team, you will ensure the essential communications links between units at sea and stations ashore are maintained. You will be required to:
In addition to telecommunications, visual communications and information technology responsibilities CIS sailors:
In the first six years you will complete recruit training, Initial Entry Training and serve at sea or ashore performing Communications and Information Systems duties. You can expect to serve at sea for at least 12-18 months on a Major Fleet Unit. On completion of your service at sea you will serve ashore in a Defence Communications Station or Fleet Information Communications Technology Support element. You may also volunteer and be recommended for sea service in Minor War Vessels.
For those who are competitive for promotion to Leading Seaman within the first six years, you will conduct the first of four Skill Grade advancement courses (Intermediate course). This Skill Grade course prepares CIS sailors for employment ashore and in any class of ship. You will be challenged with supervising the telecommunications, visual communications and information technology both at sea and ashore.