In charge of transmitting and receiving radio signals, radiomen also had to process all types of telecommunications through multiple transmission media by using various frequencies. The circuits they would maintain were voice and data circuits between the aircraft of a battle group and allied units. Other responsibilities radiomen had in all the military branches were message systems for generalized broadcasts and unit specific messages, which were handled depending on message priority and handling procedures.
Because the duties of radiomen also included periodic maintenance of communications equipment such as transmitters, receivers, and antennas, they were exposed to asbestos to a moderate extent. While their exposure was not as severe as in other military branches, they are still at a considerable risk of developing a disease as a consequence of asbestos inhalation or ingestion today.
While present in the U.S. Navy, the rating of interior communications technician was quite similar to that of radiomen. Interior communications technicians were responsible for directing and coordinating the installation, maintenance, and repair of interior communications systems such as indicating and navigation systems, visual landing aids for aircraft, communication systems, and safety and warning systems. Although their exposure to asbestos was moderate, they are still at considerable risk of receiving a terrible diagnosis today as a result of the inhalation and ingestion of toxic fibers.
Relevant job titles
- broadcast operator
- message center operator
- facilities control supervisor
- inbound/outbound traffic checker
- repro/distro operator
- CRYPTO operator
- interior communications technician
- information systems technician
- radio operator
- airborne radio mechanic
- radio communication
- radio rigger
- electrical technician
- communications installer
- radio inspector