Fire control technician

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Fire control technician
Rating Badge FT.jpg
Rating insignia
Issued by: United States Navy
Type Enlisted rating
Abbreviation FT
Specialty Weapons / combat control systems

Fire control technician (abbreviated as FT) is a United States Navy occupational rating.

Fire control technicians perform organizational and intermediate level maintenance on United States Navy Submarine combat control systems and equipment, and associated test equipment including tactical computer systems and peripherals.[1]

The Fire Control Technician (FT) is responsible for all operational and administrative aspects of the submarine’s computer and control mechanisms used in weapons systems and related programs. You cannot enlist with a guarantee for this rating. Instead, you enlist in the Navy’s Submarine Electronics/Computer Field (SECF). Following Basic Enlisted Submarine School (BESS) and the first portion of the Submarine Learning Center pipline course, you are assigned to be trained as ET-COM, ET-NAV, FT, or STS. Your rating is determined from your preferences, scores receved in the above two schools, and the “needs of the Navy.”

Training and Qualifications

A-School (Job School)

  • Groton, CT — 4 weeks (Basic Enlisted Submarine School)
  • Groton, CT –18 weeks (Submarine Learning Center)

Note: The Submarine Learning Center includes Apprenticeship Technical Training, Tactical Computer Network Operations, or TCNO, and FT “A-School.” Some students may be selected for advanced training (“C-School,”) prior to shipping out to the fleet

ASVAB Score Requirement

AR+MK+EI+GS=222 or VE+AR+MK+MC=222


Required Qualifications

  • Must be eligible for Top Secret Security Clearance
  • Must be U.S. Citizen
  • Most have normal color perception
  • Must have normal hearing.
  • Must volunteer for and be accepted submarine duty
  • Must have no record of conviction by civil court for any offense other than minor traffic.
  • Moral turpitude offenses are generally disqualifying.
  • No history of drug abuse.
  • This job (like all enlisted submarine jobs) is closed to women.

Career Progression

Note: Advancement ( promotion ) opportunity and career progression are directly linked to a rating’s manning level (i.e., personnel in undermanned ratings have greater promotion opportunity than those in overmanned ratings).

Sea/Shore Rotation for This Rating

  • First Sea Tour: 48 months
  • First Shore Tour: 36 months
  • Second Sea Tour: 42 months
  • Second Shore Tour: 36 months
  • Third Sea Tour: 36 months
  • Third Shore Tour: 36 months
  • Fourth Sea Tour: 36 months
  • Forth Shore Tour: 36 months

Note: 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.

See also


  1. “Navy enlisted manpower and personnel classifications”. Bureau of Naval Personnel. US Navy. Retrieved 2007-01-11.