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Technology constantly evolves—and the Guard evolves with it. Cyber warriors dominate today’s digital landscape, and information techs establish military communication networks. STEM Soldiers possess elite, and often highly sensitive, technological skills, which makes them extremely valuable.


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  • 17C Cyber Operations Specialist

    OVERVIEW
    Cyber operations specialists execute defensive and offensive cyberspace operations (DCO and OCO). Cyber operations specialists ensure the freedom of maneuver within the cyberspace domain and deny the same to adversaries.

    JOB DUTIES

    • Perform cyber attacks/defenses
    • Cyber intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance actions on specified systems and networks
    • Conduct network terrain audits, penetration testing, basic digital forensics data analysis, and software threat analysis
    • React to cyberspace events, employ cyberspace defense infrastructure capabilities, collect basic digital forensics data, provide incident response impact assessments and produce network security posture assessments


    REQUIREMENTS

    Those who wish to serve must first take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB), a series of tests that helps you better understand your strengths and identify which Army jobs are best for you.

    TRAINING
    Job training for a cyber operations specialist requires completing 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and two phases of Advanced Individual Training (AIT). Phase one is located in Corry Station, FL for 25 weeks and phase two is located in Fort Gordon, GA for 20 weeks.

    Some of the skills you'€™ll learn are:

     

    • Conducting defensive cyberspace operations
    • Conducting offensive cyberspace operations
    • Analyzing information


    HELPFUL SKILLS

    • Self-discipline, confidence and intelligence
    • Physical and mental fitness to perform under pressure
    • Ability to make quick decisions
    • Capability to bear numerous responsibilities


    REQUIRED ASVAB SCORE(S)

    General Technical (GT) : 110, Skilled Technical (ST) : 112
    Learn more about the ASVAB and see what jobs you could qualify for.

     

    COMPENSATION
    Total compensation includes housing, medical, food, special pay and vacation time. Learn more about total compensation.


    EDUCATION BENEFITS

    In the Army, qualified students can earn full-tuition, merit-based scholarships, allowances for books and fees, plus an annual stipend for living expenses. Learn more about education benefits.

     

    FUTURE CIVILIAN CAREERS
    The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career in certain government agencies, as well as jobs in private electronic/communication companies.

  • 18E Special Forces Communications Sergeant

    OVERVIEW
    Special Forces communications sergeants can operate every kind of communications gear, from encrypted satellite communications systems to old-style high-frequency Morse key systems.

    JOB DUTIES

    • Organize, train, advise and supervise in the installation, utilization and operation of communications equipment
    • Establish and maintain tactical and operational communications
    • Supervise the communications functions for special operations or missions
    • Plan, prepare and assist in the communications targets portion area of study

    REQUIREMENTS
    Being a Special Forces Communications sergeant is very physically demanding. Good eyesight and physical conditioning are required to reach mission objectives via air, land or water. All Special Forces Communications sergeants are required to be qualified parachutists. Most are also qualified Military Free Fall (HALO) parachutists and combat divers. 

    To serve in the Guard, you must take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB). It’s a series of tests that helps you better understand your strengths and identifies which Army job is best for you.

    TRAINING
    Due to the wide variety of missions, Special Forces communications sergeants are trained swimmers, paratroopers and survival experts, as well as being trained in many forms of combat. Training for Special Forces communications sergeants consists of 60 weeks of formal classroom training and practice exercises.

    Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

    • Physical conditioning, parachuting, swimming and scuba diving 
    • Using land warfare weapons and communications devices
    • Handling and using explosives
    • Bomb and mine disposal

    REQUIRED ASVAB SCORE(S)
    Minimum 50 on the ASVAB with an absolute minimum General Technical (GT) line score of 110


    HELPFUL SKILLS 

    • Readiness to accept a challenge and face danger
    • Ability to stay in top physical condition
    • Interest in medicine and science
    • Ability to remain calm in stressful situations


    WARRANT OFFICER TRACK
    180A Special Forces Warrant Officer

    FUTURE CIVILIAN CAREERS
    As a Special Forces communications sergeant, you’re trained to defend against dangerous forces. You will also receive valuable training in the field of communications.

    The skills you acquire as a Special Forces communications sergeant will most certainly prepare you for a career in law enforcement. The extensive leadership training you’ll receive will enable you to move directly into practically any civilian management position in the corporate world.


  • 25B Information Technology Specialist

    OVERVIEW
    Maintain and troubleshoot systems that support the Army’s logistics and classified data. Build firewalls that can withstand any cyberattack and the programs that Guard Soldiers rely on to accomplish their mission.


    JOB DUTIES

    •    Perform maintenance on networks, hardware and software
    •    Help others learn to use networks and software
    •    Build and test your own computer applications


    REQUIREMENTS

    To serve in the Guard, you must take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB). It’s a series of tests that helps you better understand your strengths and identifies which Army job is best for you. You must also be a U.S. citizen and eligible to obtain a Secret security clearance.


    REQUIRED ASVAB SCORE(S)

    Skilled Technical (ST): 95


    TRAINING

    To become an information technology specialist, you will attend 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and 20 weeks of Advanced Individual Training with on-the-job instruction.


    Some of the skills you’ll learn are:
    •    Use of computer consoles and equipment
    •    Computer systems concepts
    •    Planning, designing and testing computer systems


    HELPFUL SKILLS
    •    Interest in computer science
    •    Attention to detail
    •    Ability to communicate effectively
    •    Experience in installation of computers

     

  • 25D Cyber Network Defender

    OVERVIEW
    The cyber network defender performs specialized computer network defense duties, including infrastructure support, incident response, auditing and managing. The cyber network defender also protects against and detects unauthorized activity in the cyberspace domain and uses a variety of tools to analyze and respond to attacks.

    JOB DUTIES

    • Tests, implements and deploys infrastructure hardware and software
    • Responds to crisis or urgent situations within the network to mitigate immediate and potential cyber threats
    • Uses defensive measures and information collected from a variety of sources to identify, analyze, and report events that occur or might occur within the network in order to protect information, information systems, and networks from threats
    • Provides detailed analysis reports as necessary
    • Uses mitigation, preparedness, and response and recovery approaches as needed.
    • Conducts assessments of threats and vulnerabilities


    REQUIREMENTS
    In order to qualify as a cyber network defender, the successful candidate must have:

     

    • An SSG, MOS immaterial, with at least four years of experience in IA and IT. This experience must be verified by the personnel development officer
    • Top Secret Security Clearance
    • Contact your recruiter for additional requirements


    TRAINING
    Job training for 25D Cyber Network Defender is conducted under the auspices of the USA Signal School at Fort Gordon, GA. Contact your commanding officer for inquiries regarding waivers.

    Some of the skills you'll learn are:

     

    • Conducting defensive cyberspace operations
    • Conducting offensive cyberspace operations
    • Analyzing information

    HELPFUL SKILLS

    • Self-discipline, confidence and intelligence
    • Physical and mental fitness to perform under pressure
    • Ability to make quick decisions
    • Capability to bear numerous responsibilities

    REQUIRED ASVAB SCORE(S)
    General Technical (GT) : 105, Skilled Technical (ST) : 105
    Learn more about the ASVAB and see what jobs you could qualify for.

    COMPENSATION
    Total compensation includes housing, medical, food, special pay and vacation time. Learn more about total compensation.

    EDUCATION BENEFITS
    In the Army, qualified students can earn full-tuition, merit-based scholarships, allowances for books and fees, plus an annual stipend for living expenses. Learn more about education benefits.

    FUTURE CIVILIAN CAREERS
    The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career in certain government agencies, as well as jobs in private electronic/communication companies.

     

  • 25Q Multichannel Transmission Systems Operator-Maintainer

    OVERVIEW
    A multichannel transmission systems operator-maintainer works directly on equipment that communicates through more than one channel. They are responsible for the maintenance check of these devices, antennae and associated equipment.

    JOB DUTIES

    • Maintain assigned equipment, vehicles, security devices and power generators
    • Analyze BIT/BITE diagnostics to isolate faults in line-replaceable units


    TRAINING
    Ten weeks of Basic Combat Training and 20 weeks of Advanced Individual Training with on-the-job instruction. Part of this time is spent in the classroom, and part in the field.

    Advanced Individual Training: 20 weeks at Fort Gordon, GA

    Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

    • Operating multichannel transmission equipment and diagnostic equipment
    • Performing maintenance on associated transmission vehicles
    • Participating in more classes and training as your career continues


    HELPFUL SKILLS

    • Interest in working with radios and transmissions
    • Ability to apply electronic principles and concepts
    • Enjoys working on electronics and fiber optics
    • Strong problem-solving skills


    REQUIRED ASVAB SCORE(S)
    Electronics (EL): 98
    Surveillance & Communications (SC): 98

    WARRANT OFFICER TRACK
    225N Network Management Technician

    FUTURE CIVILIAN CAREERS
    The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career with companies that produce communications and electronic equipment.


  • 25S Satellite Communication Systems Operator-Maintainer

    OVERVIEW
    Help keep open the line of communication that missions and lives depend on. Maintain a multichannel radar system that spans the entire Army. Everyone will depend on you, from first-class privates to four-star generals.

    JOB DUTIES

    • Maintenance of satellite communications equipment and associated devices
    • Conduct network operations
    • Prepare system- and equipment-related forms and reports


    TRAINING
    Ten weeks of Basic Combat Training and 28 weeks of Advanced Individual Training with on-the-job instruction. Part of this time is spent in the classroom, and part in the field.

    Advanced Individual Training: 28 weeks at Fort Gordon, GA

    Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

    • Use of various types of communications equipment
    • Working with codes
    • Maintenance and care of communications equipment


    HELFUL SKILLS

    • Interest in communications equipment and satellite systems
    • Ability to perform physically and mentally under pressure
    • Can thrive in a team environment


    REQUIRED ASVAB SCORE(S)
    Electronics (EL): 117

    WARRANT OFFICER TRACK
    225N Network Management Technician
    948B Electronic Systems Maintenance Warrant Officer (with approved feeder MOS waiver) 

    FUTURE CIVILIAN CAREERS
    The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career as a communications equipment operator at airports, telephone companies and police/fire stations.


  • 25U Signal Support Systems Specialist

    OVERVIEW
    Signal support systems specialists are primarily responsible for working with battlefield signal support systems and terminal devices. This equipment needs to consistently work in order for the Army to direct the movement of its troops.

    JOB DUTIES

    • Maintain radio and data distribution systems
    • Perform signal support functions and technical assistance for computer systems
    • Provide technical assistance and training for local-area networks
    • Maintain equipment, terminal devices, assigned vehicles and power generators


    TRAINING
    Ten weeks of Basic Combat Training and 16 weeks of Advanced Individual Training with on-the-job instruction. Part of this time is spent in the classroom, and part in the field.

    Advanced Individual Training: 16 weeks at Fort Gordon, GA

    Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

    • Mechanical and electrical principles
    • Preventive maintenance procedures
    • Line installation and wiring techniques
    • Communication security policies and procedures


    HELPFUL SKILLS

    • Interest in working with electronic equipment
    • Strong problem-solving skills


    REQUIRED ASVAB SCORE(S)
    Surveillance & Communications (SC): 92
    Electronics (EL): 93

    WARRANT OFFICER TRACK
    255A Information Services Technician

    FUTURE CIVILIAN CAREERS
    The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career with companies that produce communications and electronic equipment. Additional study and two years of electronics experience will also qualify you for certification as an associate certified electronics technician.


  • 29E Electronic Warfare Specialist

    OVERVIEW

    The electronic warfare specialist advises and assists the commander on electronic warfare operations. This person makes use of electromagnetic and directed energy to control the electromagnetic spectrum (EMS) and defeat the enemy through planning, coordination, integration, and execution of electronic attack (EA), electronic protection (EP), and electronic support (ES).

     

    JOB DUTIES

    • Planning and execution of electronic warfare operations
    • Targeting adversary's electronic systems
    • Defeat adversary's electronic systems

     

    REQUIREMENTS

    Those who want to serve must first take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, a series of tests that helps you better understand your strengths and identify which Army jobs are best for you.

     

    TRAINING

    Job training for Electronic Warfare Specialist requires 9 weeks Advanced Individual Training. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field with on-the-job instructions. 

    Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

     

    • Radio wave theory
    • Planning and execution of Electronic Warfare operations
    • Determining proper frequencies

     

    HELPFUL SKILLS

    • Ability to work as a team member
    • Perform strenuous physical activities
    • Interest in computers and technology

     

    REQUIRED ASVAB SCORE(S)

    Surveillance & Communications (SC): 100, Electronics (EL): 100, Skilled Technical (ST): 100 

     

    COMPENSATION

    Total compensation includes housing, medical, food, special pay and vacation time.

     

    EDUCATION BENEFITS

    In the Army, qualified students can earn full-tuition, merit-based scholarships, allowances for books and fees, plus an annual stipend for living expenses. 

     

    FUTURE CIVILIAN CAREERS

    The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career in certain government agencies, as well as jobs in private electronic/communication companies.

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