National Credential
Credential: RADAR Electronics Technician (RAD)  GI Bill resource  ICAC resource
Credentialing Agency: Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-I)

The Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-I), RADAR Electronics Technician (RAD) is a journeyman-level certification recommended for radar electronics technicians with knowledge of radar basics and concepts applicable to all types of avionics, maritime and land systems. RADAR Electronics Technicians must be knowledgeable and have abilities in the following technical and human relations areas: Block Diagrams and Schematics, Components, Cabling and Antennas, Hand Tools & Soldering, Mathematics, Amplifiers, RADAR Transceivers, Interfacing, Satellite, Wireless, and Data Communications, Computers and Digital Concepts, Software Programming, Troubleshooting, and People Relations. Candidates must hold the Associate Electronics Technician (CETa) certification prior to taking the RADAR exam. Individuals with a valid FCC Element 8, and either the ETA Associate CET (CETa) or a Journeyman (CET) certification, are eligible for a rollover to an ETA RADAR certification. Candidates must take a written exam.

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

Renewal Period: 4 years

RADAR Electronics Technician (RAD)

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 13R Field Artillery (FA) Firefinder Radar Operator MOS some          Gap Analysis
Enlisted 14E Patriot Fire Control Enhanced Operator/Maintainer MOS some     Star credentialStar    
Enlisted 14G Air Defense (AD) Battle Management System Operator MOS some          
Enlisted 14P Air and Missile Defense (AMD) Crewmember MOS other          
Enlisted 15F Aircraft Electrician MOS other          
Enlisted 15N Avionic Mechanic MOS other          
Enlisted 17E Electronic Warfare Specialist MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 18E Special Forces Communications Sergeant MOS some          
Enlisted 1K Tactical Electronic Warfare Operations ASI some          
Enlisted 6N THAAD Launching Control Station (LCS) Operator ASI some          
Enlisted 7A THAAD Fire Control Communications (TFCC)/Radar Operator/Maintainer ASI some          
Enlisted 94A Land Combat Electronic Missile System Repairer MOS other          
Enlisted 94D Air Traffic Control Equipment Repairer MOS other          
Enlisted 94M Radar Repairer MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 94P Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) Repairer MOS other          
Enlisted 94R Avionic And Survivability Equipment Repairer MOS other          
Enlisted 94S Patriot System Repairer MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 94T Short Range Air Defense System Repairer MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted G9 Technical Surveillance Countermeasures (TSCM) ASI other          
Enlisted U5 Gray Eagle Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) ASI other          
Warrant Officer 140A Command And Control Systems Integrator WOMOS some        
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 352N Signals Intelligence Analysis Technician WOMOS other        
Warrant Officer 352S Signals Collection Technician WOMOS other        

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.

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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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RADAR Electronics Technician (RAD)

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: Associate Electronics Technician (CETa)
  • Experience: 2 years
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

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

Renewal Period: 4 years

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

Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-I)
5 Depot Street
Greencastle, IN  46135
Phone: (800) 288-3824
Fax: (765) 653-4287
Email: eta@eta-i.org

RADAR Electronics Technician (RAD)

Candidates must pass the Associate Electronics Technician (CETa) exam before they qualify to sit for the RADAR Electronics Technician (RAD) exam.

The RAD certification is a Journeyman certification that requires two years of combined work and electronics training.

RADAR Electronics Technician (RAD)

  • Block Diagrams and Schematics
  • Components
  • Cabling and Antennas
  • Hand Tools and Soldering
  • Mathematics
  • Amplifiers
  • RADAR Transceivers
  • Interfacing
  • Satellite, Wireless, and Data Communications
  • Computers and Digital concepts
  • Software – Programming
  • Troubleshooting
  • People Relations

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the RADAR Electronics Technician (RAD) 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.

RADAR Electronics Technician (RAD)

Renewal Period: 4 years

The RADAR Electronics Technician (RAD) credential has the following recertification information:

  • The Radar Electronics Technician (RAD) is renewable every four years. RAD holders must earn continuing education credits totaling ten hours per year for a total of 40 hrs over the term of the certification or will provide employer verification that they continue to work in electronics. That combined with the updating of contact information will constitute renewal for the RAD.

    Detailed information related to the recertification process, associated fees and forms can be obtained from the Additional Certification Renewal/Maintenance Information on the certifying agency’s website.

    Note: If the four year term for the RAD is exceeded without renewal by certification maintenance, and the certification expires, then the RAD holder is required to retake the current version of the examination and will then again be eligible for the certification maintenance.