255A Information Services Technician
Information services technicians supervise and manage information system assets associated with Automated Information Systems (AIS) and Internet Protocol (IP) local-area networks (LAN). They plan, develop, implement and test a myriad of state-of-the-art, real-time voice and data tactical information systems. They lead personnel and sections and manage the training of personnel on the installation, administration, management, maintenance, operation, integration, securing and troubleshooting of tactical AIS, intranets and video teleconferencing (VTC) systems. They perform system integration and administration, develop policy recommendations, and create and implement Information Assurance/Computer Network Defense (IA/CND) programs to protect and defend information, computers and networks from disruption, denial of service, degradation or destruction. They develop policy recommendations and advise commanders and staffs on planning, installing, administering, managing, maintaining, operating, integrating and securing information systems on Army, joint, combined and coalition networks.
- Be a SGT (E-5) or above.
- Be a Warrior Leader Course (WLC) graduate.
- Have Security+ (CompTIA) certification.
- Complete battery (not survey) of Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE), level A 9/10, with all categories (reading, total math and language) at 12th-grade level (12.9+). Applicants with an associate, bachelor's or master's degree meet this requirement.
- Four years of documented practical experience in information systems administration, Army Battle Command System (ABCS) administration, local-area network (LAN) administration, and/or Information Assurance/Computer Network Defense (IA/CND).
- Practical experience may be documented through NCOERs and award citations. In some instances, practical experience acquired from civilian employment may be acceptable provided the experience can be documented by employee evaluations or performance appraisals and determined to be equivalent to military experience.
- A minimum of 36 months of rated time documented in NCOERs.
- This is the minimum prerequisite; all NCOERs must be submitted for consideration.
- Applicant’s three most recent NCOERs must reflect outstanding duty performance ratings.
- A minimum of six semester hours of college composition from an accredited academic institution. Speech and public speaking courses are not considered as meeting this requirement even if administered by the English department of an institution. Successful completion of the CLEP (not composition modular) or an associate degree or higher (when the preponderance of college credit is from college instruction via credited experience) are the only acceptable alternatives.
Applicants with Reserve Component time must submit official documentation in order to properly compute the length of Active Federal Service. Documentation may be a DA Form 1506 (i.e., Statement of Service), an official memorandum (on unit letterhead) signed by the unit S1, or similar documentation (e.g., RPAM statement).
- Advanced Leader Course (ALC) graduate
- 60 semester hours of college
NOTE 1: A letter from a senior warrant officer (CW3-CW5) is required. It is preferred that the letter comes from a senior signal warrant officer. Additionally, though not a requirement or prerequisite, technical certifications also add great weight to the overall strength of the packet and should be cited in the resume and included in the packet. Examples: Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) and Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE).
NOTE 2: Due to the large number of qualified applicants with under 12 years' Active Federal Service for 255A, the signal regiment is discouraging applicants with over 12 years of AFS from applying at this time. Applicants with extenuating circumstances and exemplary files are encouraged to apply.
NOTE 3: Applicants from other military services (Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy) who can substantiate their qualifications with performance evaluations, awards and certificates are encouraged to apply for MOS 255A.
NOTE 4: Reserve Component only: Waiver requests for E-4s and/or for the minimum of three NCOERs will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Such waivers will be considered if the candidate has documented comparable managerial or leadership experience in the government service and/or civilian sector.