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Information Systems Technician
ITS (Subsurface) ITS
Information Systems Technician Submarines (ITS) perform core and specialty functions of network system administration, maintenance, security, and training; plan, coordinate, and manage unit-level Information Systems (IS) security and integration across platforms, fleets, and services.

 The Information Systems Technician Submarines of the 21st century perform core and specialty functions of network administration; install applications and peripherals, troubleshoot user problems, and provide assistance with the use of computer hardware and software including printers, word-processors, electronic mail systems, and operating systems; conduct system backups and restores; utilize knowledge of database management systems to maintain, administer, test, and implement computer databases; and work with General Service (GENSER), unclassified, and Special Intelligence (SI) systems including Global Command and Control System-Maritime (GCCS-M), Navy Tactical Command Support Systems (NTCSS), Tactical Support Center (TSC) data processing systems, Integrated Conning Systems (ICS), Integrated Communications and Advanced Networks (ICAN), Submarine Wide-Area-Networks (SWAN), and submarine’s control or engineering systems.


The duties performed by ITS include:

  • designing, installing, operating and maintaining state-of-the-art information systems technology including local and wide area networks, mainframe, mini and microcomputer systems and associated peripheral devices;
  • writing programs to handle the collection, manipulation and distribution of data for a wide variety of applications and requirements;
  • performing the functions of a computer system analyst;
  • operating and coordinating telecommunications systems including automated networks and the full spectrum of data links and circuits;
  • transmitting, receiving, operating, monitoring, controlling and processing all forms of telecommunications through various transmission media including global networks;
  • applying diagnostic, corrective and recovery techniques to all facets of the integrated information systems;
  • maintaining all necessary logs, files and publications at the communications center;
  • providing telecommunications and computer-related training and assistance to a wide variety of personnel.


Working Environment

Information Systems Technician Submarines usually work in a clean, air-conditioned electronic equipment space or computer room, and frequently perform their work as part of a team, but may work on individual projects. Their work is mostly mental analysis and problem solving.

ITS - Information Technology Manager (IT) Submarine

Submarine Information Technology (IT) Managers plan, coordinate, and manage unit-level Information Systems Security (ISS) and integration across platforms, fleets, and services; direct Information Assurance (IA) programs and manage and implement Information Systems Security accreditations packages; design, plan and prepare for network expansions and upgrades; manage administrative functions and security procedures governing the special security programs; and coordinate the allocation of personnel and financial resources, protection of classified information, and the training of Submarine Information Technology (IT) Technicians.

ITS - Information Technology Technician (IT) Submarine

Submarine Information Technology (IT) Technicians perform core and specialty functions of network administration; assist with the use of computer hardware and software including printers, word-processors, electronic mail systems, and operating systems and troubleshoot user problems with those systems: conduct system backups and restores; install applications and peripherals: monitor and protect network computer systems by detecting and reporting threats of network intrusion and unauthorized access; protect information from and recover information after loss or damage using backups, virus detection, and recovery software procedures; manage and validate network systems security using hardware, software, and established procedures; utilize Information Assurance (IA) and Computer Network Defense (CND) programs; and perform network accreditations and certifications.

Information Systems Technician Submarines must be Applicants must be U.S. citizens and meet eligibility requirements for access to sensitive compartmented information (SCI).

Eligibility for a Top Secret clearance is determined by the results of a Single Scope Background Investigation followed by a reinvestigation every five years. ITS’s immediate family members must be U.S. citizens.

Other helpful characteristics are a good working knowledge of arithmetic, the capability for understanding modern computing devices, the ability to speak and write well and function as a member of an
integrated team, do detailed work and keep accurate records, some physical strength and good manual dexterity are important qualifications.


Enlistees enter the Navy as E-1s (seaman recruits). Advancement to E-2 (seaman apprentice may be achieved after nine months of successful naval service, with advancement to E-3 (seaman) after an additional nine months.


** Note: Information Systems Technicians now includes former rating of Ctyptologic Technician-Communications (CTO)


110215-N-8040H-093 ARABIAN SEA (Feb. 15, 2011) Information Systems 3rd Class Jamonte Reed verifies the azimuth and elevation for voice circuits in the satellite communications room aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group is deployed supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christopher K. Hwang/Released)





110207-N-4031K-180 YOKOSUKA, Japan (Feb. 7, 2011) Information Systems Technician Seaman Erick Martinez covers his teammates during ship's reaction force training aboard the U.S. 7th Fleet command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19). The scenario is part of the final exercise during Ship's Reaction Force Bravo training, a force protection primer to prepare Blue Ridge Sailors to react to threats to the ship. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Steven Khor/Released)

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