Always loved the thrill of sailing? Want a career where each day brings a new challenge? Then this is the role for you! As a Naval Combat Information Operator, you’ll assist and advise the ship’s leadership in navigation, anti-air warfare, anti-surface warfare and anti-submarine warfare. You will operate all of the shipboard surveillance radars and associated equipment of the shipboard intelligence, surveillance and recognizance systems.
As a Naval Combat Information Operator, you will work mostly within the ship’s Operations Room with some of the most modern and sophisticated equipment at sea today. Onboard ship, Naval Combat Information Operators experience the unique adventures and challenges that come with work at sea.
As with all sea-going personnel, Naval Combat Information Operators work with their fellow shipmates in out-of-occupation duties such as sentry or lookout duty, line handler for Replenishment At Sea, and as ship hand for entering and leaving harbour. They participate in Search And Rescue events and man-overboard emergencies, act as a member of the ship’s emergency response team for security watches, and routinely perform ship maintenance and repairs. During emergency procedures, they fight fires as members of a Fire Attack Team, and provide damage control in the case of a breach to the hull. If necessary, a Naval Combat Information Operator may serve as a member of the Naval Boarding Party in order to inspect the cargo of suspect vessels and detain the vessel’s crew during inspections.
To be eligible to apply to the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), you must:
- be a Canadian citizen
- be at least 18 years old (17 years old with parental consent), except:
- For the Paid Education programs—you may be 16 years old (with parental consent)
- For the Primary Reserves—you may be 16 years old (with parental consent) and must be enrolled as a full-time student
- have completed at least Grade 10 or Secondaire IV in Québec (some jobs need higher levels of education)
Related civilian occupations
- Maritime Traffic Controller
- Dispatcher and Radiotelephone Operator
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 CAF physical fitness standard; as a result, the training is physically demanding but achievable.
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
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 stateboards
- Evidence and intelligence gathering
- Basic relative velocity
- Conduct search and rescue procedures
- Underwater Warfare Organization
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
Those who demonstrate the aptitude may have the opportunity to specialize as 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
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.
Join the CAF
To learn more about becoming a Naval Combat Information Operator, talk to a recruiter at a centre nearest you or call 1-800-856-8488.
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