Telegraph Operator (236) Enlisted Personnel

Transmits and receives messages in International Morse code, using telegraphic equipment in an Army organization.
Depresses and releases telegraph key with fingers to send coded messages in a series of dots and dashes. Listens to telegraph buzzer to receive coded messages. Maintains station log, recording time of transmission and receipt of messages, operator's name, and other pertinent data. Performs clerical work incident to operation of telegraph, such as completing various reports and forms. May assist in setting up telegraph switchboard, key, and receiver.
May operate track switches and railway signals from a signal tower to control movements of military railway trains.
Must be able to transmit and receive messages at a minimum rate of 13 standard words per minute.

Alternate nomenclatures:

  • Station Agent, Railway