Naval Combat Information Operator
Canadian Armed Forces
Naval Combat Information Operators are responsible for the operation of all shipboard surveillance radars and associated equipment of the shipboard intelligence, surveillance and recognizance systems.

As members of the ship’s Combat Information Organization, Naval Combat Information Operators assist and advise the ship’s leadership in navigation, anti-air warfare, anti-surface warfare and anti-submarine warfare. Their primary duties are to:

Configure and operate:
Command and control system
Ships’ radars
Intelligence, surveillance and recognizance systems
Multi-tactical data links
Global command and control system -maritime
Information processing systems
Ship borne integrated communication equipment and related sub-systems
Analyse equipment and system performance on all combat information equipment
Perform basic on-line fault diagnostic procedures
Collect, correlate, record, analyse, display, and disseminate all tactical information
Maintain classified logs and publications
Basic Military Qualification
The first stage of training is the Basic Military Qualification course, or Basic Training, held at the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec. This training provides the basic core skills and knowledge common to all trades. A goal of this course is to ensure that all recruits maintain the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) physical fitness standard; as a result, the training is physically demanding.

Learn more about Basic Training here.

Basic occupational qualification training
Naval Combat Information Operators attend the Canadian Forces Fleet School in Esquimalt, British Columbia, for approximately 26 weeks, to prepare for their role as the ship’s Anti-Submarine Plotting Operator. Training includes:

Operate personal computers
Basic radar and radio theory
Radar systems operation/check
Internal and external communications technique
Tactical display preparation set up and update
Tactical information correlation
Use of publications, ship’s logs, files and state boards
Evidence and intelligence gathering
Basic relative velocity
Conduct search and rescue procedures
Underwater Warfare Organization
Available specialty training
Additional training in tactical network planning and procedures, sensor and intelligence information correlation as well as personnel management and leadership are available to those who demonstrate the required ability and potential. Available courses include:

Instructional techniques
Ship’s team diver
Naval boarding party
Naval combat information operator Iroquois class classification
Basic submarine qualification
Naval combat information operator submarine qualification
Submarine control room watch supervisor
Global command control systems – maritime instructor
Available advanced training
Those who demonstrate the aptitude may have the opportunity to specialize an Information Management Director, responsible to Command for the management of information networking and the dissemination of all-source information. Required courses include:

Operations and exercise planning – tactical procedures
Sensor and intelligence information interpretation
Advanced network planning and management courses
Specific Navy training
Naval recruits attend the Canadian Forces Fleet School either in Esquimalt, British Columbia, or Halifax, Nova Scotia, for approximately five weeks. Training includes the following topics:

Naval history and organization
Shipboard firefighting and damage control
Shipboard safety
Watchkeeping duties
Required education
The minimum required education to apply for this position is the completion of the provincial requirements for Grade 10 or Secondaire IV in Quebec. Foreign education may be accepted.

Serve with the Reserve Force
This position is available for part-time employment with the Primary Reserve at certain locations across Canada. Reserve Force members usually serve part time at an Air Force Wing in their community, and may serve while going to school or working at a civilian job. They are paid during their training. They are not posted or required to do a military move. However, they can volunteer to move to another base. They may also volunteer for deployment on a military mission within or outside Canada.

Part time employment
Naval Combat Information Operators serve with the Royal Canadian Navy. They are employed to assist and advise the ship’s leadership in the conduct of naval operations such as maritime surveillance, navigation and search and rescue. They are responsible for the employment of the ships command and control systems, including shipboard intelligence, surveillance and recognizance systems. When they are employed on a part-time or casual full-time basis they usually serve at a CAF home port location within Canada.

Reserve Force training
Reserve Force members are trained to the same level as their Regular Force counterparts. They usually begin training with their home unit to ensure that they meet the required basic professional military standards. Following basic training, and Naval environmental training, Naval recruits train for the Naval Combat Information Operator qualification at the Canadian Forces Fleet School in Halifax, Nova Scotia for approximately 8 weeks.

Reserve Working Environment
Reserve Force members usually serve part-time with their home unit for scheduled evenings and weekends, although they may also serve in full-time positions at some units for fixed terms, depending on the type of work that they do. They are paid 92.8% of Regular Force rates of pay, receive a reasonable benefits package and may qualify to contribute to a pension plan.