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.