Joint Communications Unit

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Joint Communications Unit (JCU)
U.S. Army JCU DUI.png
Distinctive unit insignia of the Army element of the JCU
Active 1980 – present
Country  United States of America
Type Special Operations
Role Communications
Part of Seal of the Joint Special Operations Command.png Joint Special Operations Command
Garrison/HQ Fort Bragg, North Carolina
Nickname(s) "DoD's Finest Communicators"

The Joint Communications Unit (JCU) is a technical unit of the United States Special Operations Command charged to standardize and ensure interoperability of communication procedures and equipment of the Joint Special Operations Command and its subordinate units. The JCU was activated at Ft. Bragg, NC in 1980, after the failure of Operation Eagle Claw. The JCU has earned the reputation of "DoD's Finest Communicators".[1][2]

The JCU prides itself in its ability to conduct operations and exercises on a variety of platforms including, but not limited to ships, aircraft, vehicle and field conditions.[1] The JCU has positions for active duty Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and DoD civilian personnel in a variety of communications, automation, electronics maintenance and logistic specialties. The JCU is an "Airborne" unit; however, attendance to the United States Army Airborne School is voluntary. Because of the JCU's deployment status, unit personnel receive a wide range of training, including: ultra high frequency and super high frequency satellite systems, local area networks, wide area networks, servers, active directories, networking, voice over IP, videotelephony, video distribution, fiber system installation, and advanced tactical communication scenarios on various air, land, and sea platforms.[2][3]


  1. ^ a b Joint Communications Unit Homepage,, last accessed 28 Sep 2017
  2. ^ a b Joint Communications Unit (JCU) YouTube Channel, YouTube, last accessed 20 May 2017
  3. ^ Joint Communications Unit-About Us,, last accessed 20 May 2017