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Coolness factor: 1000 percent. A Communications Research Officer is the actual title for the expert who intercepts and deciphers messages from other foreign units, some of which might actually be in code. Being the person who relays information that was meant to be secret: Basically the closest you'll ever get to actually becoming James Bond. It's a highly specialized department and requires training, but also a natural knack for communications and critical thinking. You'll work with commanding officers to make sure the armed forces always know what it's up against. So we guess you could say it's kind of a big deal.

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Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.


Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.


Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Operation and Control

Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

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