The modern Army uses a lot of highly sophisticated computer systems to keep things moving, equipment functioning, and troops safe. The Computer/Detection Systems Repairer—military occupational specialty (MOS) 94F—has the important job of keeping the Army's sophisticated computer and electronic systems functioning properly. Without access to these systems, the Army and its soldiers would be at a disadvantage.
If you have an affinity for tinkering and repairing small electronics, can focus on your work for extended periods of time, and can perform well under stress and as part of a team, this job may be a good fit for you. Of course, any background working with computers and components would serve you well if you're applying for MOS 94F.
The Computer Detection Systems Repairerperson will need the knowledge to repair and maintain hundreds of different types of computer systems and parts. This list includes microcomputers, telecom equipment, switchboards and telephones, field artillery (FA) digital devices, GPS systems receivers, distance and azimuth-orienting devices, and battlefield illumination devices.
They're also tasked with repairing and maintaining nuclear, biological, and chemical warning and measuring devices.
MOS 94F inspects all these types of systems for any faults and conducts troubleshooting to ensure they're in top operating condition. They repair and replace defective parts, service tools, and test and diagnostic equipment.
In addition, these soldiers provide technical assistance to subordinates and supported users, and will request and maintain authorized bench stock, repair parts, supplies, and technical publications.
MOS94F position has a very heavy physical demands rating. This means the work requires the service member to work in combat situations and frequently lift over 50 pounds or more of equipment. At times, the weight of equipment may be over 100 pounds.
MOS 94F Training and Requirements
Job training for an Army computer/detection systems repairer includes the standard 10 weeks of boot camp, formally known as Basic Combat Training, and 20 weeks of Advanced Individual Training (AIT) at Fort Gordon, Georgia. While you'll spend some of this time in the classroom, you'll also have the opportunity to practice repairing and replacing equipment parts.
You'll learn electronic principles, how to use and maintain electrical and electronic test equipment, and equipment repair techniques for specific Army computer systems.
You will need a normal color vision to perform the duties of this position. Further, you will need a physical profile serial system (PULHES) that includes good muscular development, no limitation of motion in hands or arms, no loss of digits, as well meeting other physical requirements.
A secret security clearance is required.
It stands to reason that qualifying for this job requires some demonstration of electronics capability. You'll need a 102 on the electronics (EL) segment of the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) tests.
Although there's no Department of Defense security clearance required for this job, you must be a U.S. citizen and should have successfully completed one year of high school algebra and general science. Normal color vision (no colorblindness) is also required.
Similar Civilian Occupations
Even though much of the work you'll be doing will be on Army-specific equipment, you should be well-positioned for a variety of civilian careers with the training you'll receive in this job. You can work as an electronics repairer on commercial and industrial equipment, or as a supervisor or manager of mechanics, installers, and repairers.