Sonar Technician - Associated NECs

Navy Enlisted Classification (NEC)

Sonar Technician stands sentry aboard the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Annapolis.
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The Navy Sonar Technician is highly trained in electronics and acoustics of ships, submarines, and oceanographic issues. Interpreting data received from sensitive sonar equipment and sub-surface fire control systems is the main responsibility of the sonar technician. Whether on ship or submarine, the sonar technician is critical to the safety and mission capability of the vessel and crew.

The Navy Enlisted Classification (NEC) system supplements the enlisted rating structure in identifying personnel on active or inactive duty and billets in manpower authorizations. NEC codes identify a non-rating wide skill, knowledge, aptitude, or qualification that must be documented to identify both people and billets for management purposes.

For example, if a Navy police officer ( MA -- Master at Arms ) receives specialized training as a K-9 Dog Handler, he/she would be awarded NEC MA-2005. From that point on, the sailor could be assigned to Navy law enforcement duties involving military working dogs.

Below are the NECs for the SONAR TECHNICIAN community area:

0402 - AN/SQQ-89(V)2/9 Active Sonar Level II Technician/Operator (APPLIES TO: STG)

0406 - AN/SQQ-89(V)2/(V)9 Sonar Subsystem Level I Operator (APPLIES TO: STG)

0410 - AN/SLQ-48(V) Mine Neutralization Systems (MNS) Operator/Maintenance Tech (APPLIES TO: STG, MN)

0411 - AN/SQQ-89(V)4/6/10 Sonar Subsystem Level I Operator (APPLIES TO: STG)

0414 - AN/SQQ-89(V)3/5 Active Sonar Level II Technician/Operator (APPLIES TO: STG)

0415 - AN/SQQ-89(V) 2/3/4/6/7/8/9/12 Passive Sonar Level II Technician/Operator (APPLIES TO: STG)

0416 - Acoustic Intelligence Specialist (APPLIES TO: STS, STG)

0417 - ASW Specialist (APPLIES TO: STG)

0419 - AN/BSY-1 (XN-1) (V) Advanced Organizational Maintenance Technician (APPLIES TO: STS)

0425 - AN/BQQ-6 TRIDENT LEVEL III Master Operation and Maintenance Technician (APPLIES ​TO: STS)

0429 - AN/SQQ-89(V) MK-116 Mod 6/7/8 Anti-Submarine Warfare Control System Level II Technician (APPLIES TO: STG)

0430 - Underwater Fire Control System MK-116 MOD 7 Anti-Submarine Warfare Control System Operator (APPLIES TO: STG)

0450 - Journeyman Level Acoustic Analyst (APPLIES ​TO: STG, AW, AWO)

0455 - AN/SQQ-89(V) 4/6 Active Sonar Level II Technician (APPLIES TO: STG)

0461 - AN/BSY-2(V) Advanced Maintainer (APPLIES TO: STS)

0466 - Journeyman Surface Ship USW Supervisor (APPLIES TO: STG)

0476 - AN/SQQ-89(V)10 Sensor Level II Technician/Operator (APPLIES TO: STG)

0495 - Sonar Technician AN/BQQ-5 Series (B/C/D/E) Advanced Maintainer (APPLIES TO: STS)

0501 - Sonar (Submarines) Leading Chief Petty Officer (APPLIES TO: STS)

0505 - IUSS Analyst (APPLIES TO: STG, STS, AWO)

0506 - IUSS Maintenance Technician (APPLIES TO: STG)

0507 - IUSS Master Analyst (APPLIES TO: STG, STS, AW, AWO)

0509 - AN/SQQ-89 (V) Adjunct Subsystem Level II Technician (APPLIES TO: STG)

0510 - AN/SQS-53D Sensor Subsystem Level II Technician/Operator (APPLIES TO: STG)

0511 - AN/SQQ-89(V) 11/12 Sonar Subsystem Level I Operator (APPLIES ​TO: STG)

0512 - AN/BSY-1 and AN/BQQ-5E Combined Retained Equipment Maintenance Technician (APPLIES TO: STS)

0518 - Sonar Technician AN/BQQ-10(V) Operator/Maintainer (APPLIES TO: STS)

0520 - Sonar, Combat Control and Architecture (S/CC/A) Equipment Technician (APPLIES TO: STS)

0521 - AN/SQQ-89(V)15 Sonar System Level I Operator (APPLIES TO: STG)

0522 - AN/SQQ-89(V)15 Sonar System Level II Technician (APPLIES TO: STG)

0523 - AN/SQQ-89(V)15 Sonar System Journeyman (APPLIES TO: STG)

0524 - AN/SQQ-89A(V)15 Surface Ship USW Combat Systems Sensor Operator (APPLIES TO: STG)

0525 - AN/SQQ-89A(V)15 Surface Ship USW Combat Systems Maintenance Technician (APPLIES TO: STG)

0527 - AN/SQQ-89A(V)15 Surface Ship USW Combat Systems Journeyman (APPLIES TO: STG)

0530 - AN/BQQ-10(V) TI-10/12 Operator/Maintainer (APPLIES TO: STS)

0615 - IAP Displays Analyst (APPLIES TO: STG)

Qualifications for Navy Sonar Technicians

To qualify for this Navy Sonar Tech, sailors need a combined score of 222/223 on the Arithmetic Reasoning (AR), Mathematics Knowledge (MK), Electronics Information (EI) and General Science (GS) sections of the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test. 

Sonar Technicians, Surface STG (AEF)AR+MK+EI+GS= 223

Sonar Technician Submarine ST SAR+MK+EI+GS= 222-OR-VE+AR+MK+MC= 222

They need to be able to qualify for Secret security clearance and must have normal color perception and normal hearing. Sonar technicians in the Navy are required to be U.S. citizens as they deal with secret to top secret activities when aboard ship or submarine. 

Sub-Specialties Available for This Rating: Navy Enlisted Classification Codes for STG

Sea/Shore Rotation for Navy Sonar Technicians (Surface)

  • First Sea Tour: 50 months
  • First Shore Tour: 36 months
  • Second Sea Tour: 54 months
  • Second Shore Tour: 36 months
  • Third Sea Tour: 48 months
  • Third Shore Tour: 36 months
  • Fourth Sea Tour: 36 months
  • Forth Shore Tour: 36 months

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.