Fire control technician
|Fire control technician|
|Issued by||United States Navy|
|Specialty||Weapons / combat control systems|
Fire control technicians perform organizational and intermediate level maintenance on United States Navy Submarine combat control systems and equipment, and associated test equipment including tactical computer systems and peripherals.
The Fire Control Technician (FT) is responsible for all operational and administrative aspects of the submarine's computer and control mechanisms used in weapons systems and related programs. You cannot enlist with a guarantee for this rating. Instead, you enlist in the Navy's Submarine Electronics/Computer Field (SECF). Following Basic Enlisted Submarine School (BESS) and the first portion of the Submarine Learning Center pipeline course, you are assigned to be trained as ETR, ETV, FT, or STS. Your rating is determined from your preferences, scores received in the above two schools, and the "needs of the Navy."
Training and Qualifications
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A-School (Job School)
- Groton, CT—4 weeks (Basic Enlisted Submarine School)
- Groton, CT—18 weeks (Submarine Learning Center)
Note: The Submarine Learning Center includes Apprenticeship Technical Training, Tactical Computer Network Operations, or TCNO, and FT "A-School." Some students may be selected for advanced training ("C-School,") prior to shipping out to the fleet
ASVAB Score Requirement
AR+MK+EI+GS=222 or VE+AR+MK+MC=222
- Must be eligible for Top Secret Security Clearance
- Must be U.S. Citizen
- Must have normal color perception
- Must have normal hearing.
- Must volunteer for and be accepted submarine duty
- Must have no record of conviction by civil court for any offense other than minor traffic.
- Moral turpitude offenses are generally disqualifying.
- No history of drug abuse.
- This job prior to 2015 was closed to women.
Note: Advancement ( promotion ) opportunity and career progression are directly linked to a rating's manning level (i.e., personnel in undermanned ratings have greater promotion opportunity than those in overmanned ratings).
Sea/Shore Rotation for This Rating
- First Sea Tour: 54 months
- First Shore Tour: 36 months
- Second Sea Tour: 54 months
- Second Shore Tour: 36 months
- Third Sea Tour: 36 months
- Third Shore Tour: 36 months
- Fourth Sea Tour: 36 months
- Fourth Shore Tour: 36 months
Note: 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.
- "Navy enlisted manpower and personnel classifications". Bureau of Naval Personnel. US Navy. Archived from the original on 2008-04-10. Retrieved 2007-01-11.
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