06 - Communications

The Communications Occupational Field (OccFld) includes the design, installation, interconnection, operation and defense of networks in support of data systems to provide secure, non-secure, and coalition information exchange requirements in a tactical or garrison environment. Additional responsibilities include to operate and perform preventive maintenance on both hardware and software systems; including radio, telephone, cryptographic, network and data systems, which are essential links in the overall functions of communication and command and control.

 

Marines serving in the communications field face the challenge of operating in a technological innovative environment where emerging capabilities and requirements demand highly skilled operators. Qualifications to work in this field include manual dexterity and language skills, must be eligible to hold a security clearance, able to master complex communication systems, computer networks, computer/cybersecurity related concepts, theory and troubleshooting.

 

Formal schooling is mandatory for assignment of a communications MOS. Types of entry-level jobs include work as a Transmissions System Operator, Troposcatter Transmissions Systems Operator, Satellite Transmissions System Operator, Network Administrator, and Data Systems Administrator. Lateral move opportunities are available in the following fields, Defensive Cyberspace Operations, and Information Security.


The opportunity to participate in the Northern Virginia Community (NOVA) College advanced standing credit program in order to achieve a Cybersecurity Associate of Applied Science degree is available in some MOSs within OccFld 0600. Additionally, some MOSs within the 0600 OccFld qualify for apprenticeship or certification credentials provided by the Department of Labor Apprenticeship or the Marine Corps Cool program.

Officer MOS List

0601

Basic Communications Officer

2ndLt - Capt

Basic MOS

0602

Communications Officer

2ndLt - LtCol

Primary MOS

0603

Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) Communications Planner

2ndLt - LtCol

Secondary MOS

0605

Cyber Network Operations Officer

Capt - LtCol

Primary MOS

0620

Space and Waveform Integration Officer

WO-CWO5

Primary MOS

0630

Network Engineering Officer

WO-CWO5

Primary MOS

0640

Strategic Electromagnetic Spectrum Officer

WO-CWO4

Primary MOS

0670

Data Systems Engineering Officer

WO-CWO5

Primary MOS

0691

Communications Training Instructor

WO-CWO5, Capt - LtCol

Secondary MOS

Enlisted MOS List

Basic Communications Marine

0600

Pvt - GySgt

Basic MOS

Transmissions System Operator

0621

Pvt -Sgt

Primary MOS

Troposcatter Transmissions System Operator

0623

Pvt -Sgt

Secondary MOS

Satellite Transmissions System Operator

0627

Pvt -Sgt

Primary MOS

Transmissions Chief

0629

SSgt - GySgt

Primary MOS

Network Administrator

0631

Pvt - Sgt

Primary MOS

Network Transport Technician

0633

Pvt - Sgt

Secondary MOS

Network Chief

0639

SSgt - GySgt

Primary MOS

Spectrum Manager

0648

Sgt - MSgt

Secondary MOS

Data Systems Administrator

0671

Pvt - Sgt

Primary MOS

Applications Developer

0673

Sgt - GySgt

Secondary MOS

Data Systems Chief

0679

SSgt - GySgt

Primary MOS

Information Security Technician

0681

SSgt - MGySgt

Primary MOS

Defensive Cyberspace Operator

0688

Sgt - GySgt

Primary MOS

Defensive Cyberspace Chief

0689

MSgt - MGySgt

Primary MOS

Communications Training Instructor

0691

SSgt - MGySgt

Secondary MOS

Communications Chief

0699

MSgt - MGySgt

Primary MOS