Federal License
Credential: General Radiotelephone Operator License (PG)  GI Bill resource
Credentialing Agency: Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), General Radiotelephone Operator License (PG) is an intermediate-level technician credential. PG candidates must have knowledge and skills to adjust, maintain, or internally repair FCC licensed radiotelephone transmitters used in aviation, maritime, and international fixed public radio services. Candidates applying for the PG license must be legal residents of the United States, be able to receive and transmit spoken messages in English and pass a written exam.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: Lifetime

General Radiotelephone Operator License (PG)

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 12A Engineer Senior Sergeant MOS other          
Enlisted 12B Combat Engineer MOS other          
Enlisted 12C Bridge Crewmember MOS other          
Enlisted 13F Joint Fire Support Specialist MOS other          
Enlisted 14E Patriot Fire Control Enhanced Operator/Maintainer MOS other          
Enlisted 14P Air and Missile Defense (AMD) Crewmember MOS other          
Enlisted 15B Aircraft Powerplant Repairer MOS most  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information. IV Star credentialStar Proponent FundedFunded  
Enlisted 15D Aircraft Powertrain Repairer MOS most  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information. IV Star credentialStar Proponent FundedFunded  
Enlisted 15E Unmanned Aircraft Systems Repairer MOS most  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information. I Star credentialStar Proponent FundedFunded  Gap Analysis
Enlisted 15F Aircraft Electrician MOS most  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information. I Star credentialStar Proponent FundedFunded  
Enlisted 15G Aircraft Structural Repairer MOS most  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information. IV Star credentialStar Proponent FundedFunded  
Enlisted 15H Aircraft Pneudraulics Repairer MOS most  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information. IV Star credentialStar Proponent FundedFunded  
Enlisted 15J OH-58D/Armament/Electrical/Avionics Systems Repairer MOS most  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information. I Star credentialStar Proponent FundedFunded  
Enlisted 15K Aircraft Components Repair Supervisor MOS most  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information. IV Star credentialStar Proponent FundedFunded  
Enlisted 15N Avionic Mechanic MOS most  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information. I Star credentialStar Proponent FundedFunded  
Enlisted 15P Aviation Operations Specialist MOS most  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information. I Star credentialStar Proponent FundedFunded  
Enlisted 15Q Air Traffic Control (ATC) Operator MOS most  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information. I Star credentialStar Proponent FundedFunded  
Enlisted 15R AH-64 Attack Helicopter Repairer MOS most  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information. I Star credentialStar Proponent FundedFunded  
Enlisted 15S OH-58D Helicopter Repairer MOS most  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information. I Star credentialStar Proponent FundedFunded  
Enlisted 15T UH-60 Helicopter Repairer MOS most  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information. I Star credentialStar Proponent FundedFunded  
Enlisted 15U CH-47 Helicopter Repairer MOS most  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information. I Star credentialStar Proponent FundedFunded  
Enlisted 15W Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operators MOS most  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information. I Star credentialStar Proponent FundedFunded  
Enlisted 15Y AH-64D Armament/Electrical/Avionics Systems Repairer MOS most  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information. I Star credentialStar Proponent FundedFunded  
Enlisted 15Z Aviation Senior Sergeant MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.   Star credentialStar Proponent FundedFunded  
Enlisted 17E Electronic Warfare Specialist MOS some          
Enlisted 18E Special Forces Communications Sergeant MOS some          
Enlisted 19D Cavalry Scout MOS other          
Enlisted 1C Satellite Systems/Network Coordinator ASI other          
Enlisted 1K Tactical Electronic Warfare Operations ASI some          
Enlisted 25C Radio Operator-Maintainer MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 25P Microwave Systems Operator-Maintainer MOS other          
Enlisted 25Q Multichannel Transmission Systems Operator-Maintainer MOS other          
Enlisted 25R Visual Information Equipment Operator-Maintainer MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 25S Satellite Communications Systems Operator-Maintainer MOS other          
Enlisted 25U Signal Support Systems Specialist MOS most  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information. I      
Enlisted 35N Signals Intelligence Analyst MOS other          
Enlisted 35P Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Voice Interceptor MOS other          
Enlisted 35S Signals Collector/Analyst MOS other          
Enlisted 35V Chief Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Sergeant MOS other          
Enlisted 6N THAAD Launching Control Station (LCS) Operator ASI some          
Enlisted 7A THAAD Fire Control Communications (TFCC)/Radar Operator/Maintainer ASI other          
Enlisted 7D Assignment Oriented Training ASI some          
Enlisted 88K Watercraft Operator MOS some          
Enlisted 94D Air Traffic Control Equipment Repairer MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 94E Radio Equipment Repairer MOS other          
Enlisted 94F Computer/Detection Systems Repairer MOS other          
Enlisted 94R Avionic And Survivability Equipment Repairer MOS other          
Enlisted 94Y Automatic Test Systems Operator And Maintainer MOS other          
Enlisted K2 Advanced Communications Signals Analysis ASI some          
Enlisted L7 Joint Fires Observer ASI some          
Enlisted Q7 Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Synchronization Manager ASI other          
Enlisted T5 Target Digital Network Analyst ASI other          
Enlisted U2 Shadow Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) ASI other          
Enlisted U3 Hunter Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) ASI other          
Enlisted U5 Gray Eagle Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) ASI some          
Enlisted X8 THAAD Launcher Operator/Maintainer ASI some          
Enlisted Z8 Technical ELINT Collection and Analysis ASI other          
Warrant Officer 140K Air and Missile Defense (AMD) Systems Tactician WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 140L Air and Missile Defense (AMD) Systems Support Technician WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 150A Air Traffic And Air Space Management Technician WOMOS most     Proponent FundedFunded  
Warrant Officer 150U Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operations Technician WOMOS most     Proponent FundedFunded  
Warrant Officer 151A Aviation Maintenance Technician (Nonrated) WOMOS most   Star credentialStar Proponent FundedFunded  
Warrant Officer 152B OH-58A/C Scout Pilot (RC) WOMOS most   Star credentialStar    
Warrant Officer 152C OH-6 Pilot WOMOS most   Star credentialStar Proponent FundedFunded  
Warrant Officer 152D OH-58D Pilot WOMOS most   Star credentialStar Proponent FundedFunded  
Warrant Officer 152E AH-64E Pilot WOMOS most   Star credentialStar Proponent FundedFunded  
Warrant Officer 152F AH-64A Attack Pilot WOMOS most   Star credentialStar Proponent FundedFunded  
Warrant Officer 152H AH-64D Attack Pilot WOMOS most   Star credentialStar Proponent FundedFunded  
Warrant Officer 153A Rotary Wing Aviator (Aircraft Nonspecific) WOMOS most   Star credentialStar Proponent FundedFunded  
Warrant Officer 153B UH-1 Pilot (RC) WOMOS most   Star credentialStar    
Warrant Officer 153D UH-60 Pilot WOMOS most   Star credentialStar Proponent FundedFunded  
Warrant Officer 153E MH-60 Pilot WOMOS most   Star credentialStar Proponent FundedFunded  
Warrant Officer 153L UH-72A Pilot WOMOS most   Star credentialStar Proponent FundedFunded  
Warrant Officer 153M UH-60M Pilot WOMOS most   Star credentialStar Proponent FundedFunded  
Warrant Officer 154C CH-47D Pilot WOMOS most   Star credentialStar Proponent FundedFunded  
Warrant Officer 154E MH-47 Pilot WOMOS most   Star credentialStar Proponent FundedFunded  
Warrant Officer 154F CH-47F Pilot WOMOS most   Star credentialStar Proponent FundedFunded  
Warrant Officer 155A Fixed Wing Aviator (Aircraft Nonspecific) WOMOS most   Star credentialStar Proponent FundedFunded  
Warrant Officer 155E C-12 Pilot WOMOS most   Star credentialStar Proponent FundedFunded  
Warrant Officer 155F Jet Aircraft Pilot WOMOS most   Star credentialStar Proponent FundedFunded  
Warrant Officer 155G 0-5A/EO-5B/RC-7 Pilot WOMOS most   Star credentialStar Proponent FundedFunded  
Warrant Officer 180A Special Forces Warrant Officer WOMOS other        
Warrant Officer 948B Electronic Systems Maintenance Warrant Officer WOMOS some     Proponent FundedFunded  

Army Table Legend


Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

Promotion Points Promotion Points icon

This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

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Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

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This icon indicates credentials which Soldiers may have funded through their MOS proponent. Some proponents offer credentialing opportunities in conjunction with military training and/or as part of MOS development beyond the training base.

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General Radiotelephone Operator License (PG)

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: Lifetime

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

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General Radiotelephone Operator License (PG)

The General Radiotelephone Operator License (PG) credential has the following other requirements:

  • Candidates must be a legal resident of (or otherwise eligible for employment in) the United States.
  • Candidates must be able to receive and transmit spoken messages in English.

General Radiotelephone Operator License (PG)

  • Element 1
    • Rules and Regulations
    • Communications Procedures
    • Equipment Operation
    • Other Equipment
  • Element 3
    • Principles
    • Electrical Math
    • Components
    • Circuits
    • Digital Logic
    • Receivers
    • Transmitters
    • Modulation
    • Power Sources
    • Antennas
    • Aircraft
    • Installation, Maintenance and Repair
    • Communications Technology
    • Marine
    • Radar
    • Satellite
    • Safety

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the General Radiotelephone Operator License (PG) examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

General Radiotelephone Operator License (PG)

Renewal Period: Lifetime

The General Radiotelephone Operator License (PG) credential has the following recertification information:

  • The PG license is issued for the holder's lifetime. No recertification is required.

General Radiotelephone Operator License (PG)

Additional considerations for the General Radiotelephone Operator License (PG) include:

  • The FCC does not administer commercial operator license examinations. To obtain a new or upgraded FCC commercial operator license, candidates must pass an examination administered by a COLE Manager.