With the introduction of the Enlisted Information Dominance Warfare Specialist (EIDWS) qualification, Sailors in the Information Systems Technician (IT) rating had access to a warfare qualification available to just three other ratings: Aerographer’s Mate, Cryptologic Technician, and Intelligence Specialist.

But EIDWS isn’t the only warfare qualification open to Sailors in the IT rating. In fact, ITs must achieve warfare qualifications if they are assigned to a designated warfare qualifying command. These include Aviation Warfare, Expeditionary Warfare, Parachute Jumper, Fleet Marine Forces, SEABEE Combat Warfare, and Surface Warfare.

And understand that these qualifications are not walks in the park. The Seabee Combat Warfare program, for instance, not only requires ITs to be assigned to a unit of the Naval Construction Force. They also must be qualified with the M-16 or M-4, meet the NCF physical standards, and complete the Personal Qualification Standards; these include Seabee Combat Warfare (Volumes I and II), Navy Safety Supervisor (found on the Navy’s Non-Resident Training Course Web site), and Naval Construction Force 1&C.

For information specialists who know considerably more about sanitizing a database than cleaning an M-240B machine gun, this type of extra training is essential to their service in a unit that could find itself in combat. And while the Global War on Terrorism goes on, that possibility is always closer than a Sailor—Information Systems Technician or not—would prefer.

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