Wednesday March 9, 2011
What is it?
The Army Electronic Warfare (EW), 29-series career field is a highly critical career field which was established in 2006 in order to meet the growing demand of EW capabilities necessary to mitigate IED attacks on U.S. and Allied forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Army is currently recruiting Soldiers (officers, warrant officers and enlisted) who are interested in reclassifying to the new EW 29 series career field.
What has the Army done?
The Army has created specialized EW courses at Fort Sill, Okla., that teach both the fundamentals and advanced theory of Electronic Warfare. These courses teach Soldiers not only Army and Joint doctrine, but also maintenance and troubleshooting procedures required when working with Counter Radio-Controlled Electronic Warfare (CREW) operations. These courses are resident courses which range from 9 to 15 weeks. EW courses are open to enlisted, warrant officers and officers with at least a secret clearance. The Army has instituted reclassification bonuses for those who are interested in changing their MOS. Bonuses change frequently, so it is important for those who are interested to check in with their career manager.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
In the future the Army will continue its recruiting efforts as these skill sets are built through 2014. The bonuses have been successful in meeting enlisted goals for FY11. However, it is still important for warrant officers and officers to receive training. Therefore the Army is actively assessing warrant officers and officers for immediate training. Going forward, Army is seeking qualified applicants for training in FY11 and FY12. Soldiers should contact their career manager if they would like to learn more about this growing Army field. There are approximately 570 EW positions in the Army now and by 2014 there will be up to 1,700. Careers in EW are available from captain to colonel, W2 to W5 and sergeant through sergeant major.
Why is this important to the Army?
The 29-series career field is important to the Army because the current global operations require a skilled warrior who understands electrons and the application of electrons in spectrum warfare for the foreseeable future. EWOs save lives in combat when applying EW trade. In this era of persistent conflict, this critical MOS will continue to grow in importance.
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"Commanders must control the electromagnetic spectrum using electronic warfare. The 29-series Soldier is his electronic warrior."
- Col. Jim Ekvall, Chief, HQDA G-3/5/7 Electronic Warfare Division
"I could have chosen any job I wanted and this is the one I wanted… It took a lot of practice and a lot of mental prep," he said. "They talk about athletes imagining themselves winning. Well, we do the same things. We go through the same dish again and again and again. You write down your time lines you make sure you know what you're going to do, step-by-step and make sure it happens."
-Spc. Jarvis Elliott, chose to be an Army cook, said preparing to participate at the 36th Annual Culinary Arts Competition, held March 3-9, at Fort Lee, Va., which pits military food service professionals against themselves and each other to show off their best cooking skills, was a lot of work
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