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CONTROL COMMUNICATIONS

Knowledge is power, and the Guard relies on an advanced communication network to get it—and protect it. From Soldiers on the ground to command centers to attack helicopters, technical experts make communication possible—and global.


Information technology (IT) and networking specialists maintain devices, troubleshoot malfunctions and run network facilities. The Guard trains these Soldiers in those vital skills, which are more than tactical—they’re also marketable to civilian employers in this Information Age.

  • 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

     

  • 25C Radio Operator-Maintainer

    OVERVIEW
    Radio operator-maintainers are responsible for the maintenance of radio communication equipment. This equipment needs to consistently work in order for the Army to direct the movement of its troops.

    JOB DUTIES

    • Perform maintenance of communication equipment and security devices
    • Prepare, transmit, receive and record messages
    • Maintain assigned power generators


    TRAINING
    Ten weeks of Basic Combat Training and 12 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: 12 weeks, 4 days 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 of security policies and procedures


    HELPFUL SKILLS

    • Preference for working with electronic equipment
    • Interest in solving problems


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

    FUTURE CIVILIAN CAREERS
    The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career in communications and electronic equipment.


  • 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.

     

  • 25L Cable Systems Installer-Maintainer

    OVERVIEW
    Cable systems installer-maintainers are primarily responsible for the maintenance of cable/wire communications systems, communication security devices and other associated equipment. This equipment needs to consistently work in order for the Army to direct the movement of its troops.

    JOB DUTIES

    • Perform tests on cable communications systems and circuit groups
    • Operate manual and motorized cable construction equipment
    • Install and repair circuits and wiring
    • Maintenance on power generators


    TRAINING
    Ten weeks of Basic Combat Training and 10 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: 10 weeks, 2 days 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

    • Preference for working with electronic equipment
    • Interest in solving problems


    REQUIRED ASVAB SCORE(S)
    Surveillance & Communications (SC): 89
    Electronics (EL): 89

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


  • 25M Multimedia Illustrator

    OVERVIEW
    Multimedia illustrators are primarily responsible for operating multimedia-imaging equipment in order to produce visual displays and documents. They produce graphic artwork that is used in Army publications, signs, charts, posters, television and motion picture productions.

    JOB DUTIES

    • Create illustrations, layouts, map overlays, posters, graphs and charts
    • Produce computer-generated graphics
    • Draw cartoons for filmstrips and animation for films
    • Work with television and film producers to design backdrops and props for film sets


    TRAINING
    Ten weeks of Basic Combat Training and nine 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: 9 weeks, 2 days at Fort Meade, MD

    Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

    • Introduction to graphics, lettering, drawing and layout techniques
    • Illustration and television graphic techniques
    • Theory and use of color


    HELPFUL SKILLS

    • Interest in artwork or lettering
    • Ability to convert ideas into visual presentations
    • Neatness and an eye for detail


    REQUIRED ASVAB SCORE(S)
    Electronics (EL): 93
    Skilled Technical (ST): 91

    FUTURE CIVILIAN CAREERS
    The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career as a graphic designer or an illustrator.


  • 25N Nodal Network Systems Operator-Maintainer

    OVERVIEW
    The nodal network systems operator-maintainer is responsible for making sure that the lines of communication are always up and running. They maintain strategic and tactical nodal systems.

    JOB DUTIES

    • Perform field-level maintenance on electronic nodal assemblages, combat net radios and ancillary communications equipment
    • Perform system/network operations and correct system faults
    • Maintain all internal communications systems devices


    TRAINING
    Ten weeks of Basic Combat Training and 25 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: 25 weeks, 1 day at Fort Gordon, GA

    Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

    • Electronic switching systems and wide-area network (WAN) repair
    • Maintaining telephone exchange
    • Maintaining Internet Protocol


    HELPFUL SKILLS

    • Interest in working with nodal equipment
    • Knowledge of Internet Protocol
    • Configuring, operating and troubleshooting routers and e-switches
    • Ability to work as a team member


    REQUIRED ASVAB SCORE(S)
    Electronics (EL): 102
    Surveillance & Communications (SC): 105

    FUTURE CIVILIAN CAREERS
    The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career in network support, data processing and computer programming.


  • 25P Microwave Systems Operator-Maintainer

    OVERVIEW
    Microwave systems operator-maintainers are primarily responsible for installing, operating and maintaining microwave communications systems. They also work with associated antennas, multiplexing and communications security equipment.

    JOB DUTIES

    • Maintain microwave communications and technical control equipment
    • Monitor and restore telecommunications circuits, trunk groups and systems
    • Maintain circuit, link, system and station records and reports


    TRAINING
    Ten weeks of Basic Combat Training and 10 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: 10 weeks, 3 days 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
    • Problem-solving


    REQUIRED ASVAB SCORE(S)
    Electronics (EL): 107

    WARRANT OFFICER TRACK
    255N 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.


  • 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.


  • 25R Visual Information Equipment Operator-Maintainer

    OVERVIEW
    A visual information equipment operator-maintainer is responsible for filming, script editing and recording military operations and news events that support Army operations.

    JOB DUTIES

    • Handle television receivers/monitors, cameras and various studio accessories
    • Operate motion and still-photo imaging equipment and closed-circuit systems
    • Control visual imagery satellites, microwaves, radio frequency transmissions and cable distribution systems


    TRAINING
    Ten weeks of Basic Combat Training and 24 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: 24 weeks, 4 days at Fort Meade, MD

    Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

    • Motion picture equipment operation
    • Audio recording and using sound equipment
    • Scripting and special effects techniques


    HELFUL SKILLS

    • Interest in creative/artistic work
    • Preference for working as part of a team
    • Experience with school plays or making home movies


    REQUIRED ASVAB SCORE(S)
    Electronics (EL): 107

    FUTURE CIVILIAN CAREERS
    The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career as a motion picture camera operator, production specialist, sound mixer or recording engineer.


  • 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.


  • 25V Combat Documentation / Production Specialist

    OVERVIEW
    Combat documentation/production specialists are primarily responsible for supervising, planning and operating electronic and film-based still, video and audio acquisition equipment in order to document combat and noncombat operations.

    JOB DUTIES

    • Operate and perform unit-level maintenance on motion, still and studio television cameras
    • Prepare captions for documentation images
    • Operate electronic and film-based processing, editing, audio and printing darkroom equipment


    TRAINING
    Ten weeks of Basic Combat Training and 26 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: 26 weeks, 2 days at Fort Meade, MD

    Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

    • Motion picture equipment operation
    • Audio recording and using sound equipment
    • Scripting and special effects techniques


    HELPFUL SKILLS

    • Interest in creative/artistic work
    • Preference for working as part of a team
    • Experience in school plays or making home movies
    • Interest in photography, graphics, art, speech and drama


    REQUIRED ASVAB SCORE(S)
    Electronics (EL): 93
    Skilled Technical (ST): 91

    FUTURE CIVILIAN CAREERS
    The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career with civilian film production companies, government audiovisual studios, radio and television stations, and advertising agencies. You’ll be qualified to pursue a career as a motion picture camera operator, audiovisual production specialist, sound mixer, recording engineer, or broadcasting and recording technician.


  • 25 Signal Officer

    OVERVIEW
    The signal officer leads the Signal Corps, which is responsible for the Army’s entire system of communication. Officers plan and execute all aspects of communication on a mission and are critical to the Army’s continued success.

    JOB DUTIES

    • Maintain the Army’s voice, data and information systems
    • Make tactical decisions
    • Coordinate employment of signal Soldiers at all levels of command


    TRAINING
    Job training for a signal officer requires completion of the Signal Officer Basic Course, where you learn the skills and operational aspects that are used in the Signal Corps.

    HELPFUL SKILLS

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


    FUTURE CIVILAN CAREERS
    The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career in fields such as business management. Being an officer in the Army is closely related to holding a managerial position in a corporation.


  • 255A Information Services Technician

    DUTIES
    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.

    MINIMUM PREREQUISITES

    • 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).

    PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

    • 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.

  • 255N Network Management Technician

    DUTIES
    Network Management Technicians supervise and manage the operation of tactical and strategic information networks, systems, and associated personnel at the local and wide area network (LAN & WAN) level. They plan, install, administer, manage, maintain, integrate, operate, service, secure, optimize, and troubleshoot information networks and systems. They lead personnel and sections and manage the training of personnel on the planning, installing, administrating, managing, maintaining, integrating, operating, servicing, securing, optimizing, and troubleshooting of information networks and systems. They supervise and manage electronic keying equipment and information at the LAN & WAN level. They develop policy recommendations and provide technical guidance and advice to commanders and staffs on the management and operation of Army, Joint, intergovernmental, interagency, and multinational information networks and systems.

    MINIMUM PREREQUISITES (ALL GENERAL PREREQUISITES APPLY)

    • Be a SGT (E5) or above.
    • WLC Graduate.
    • Security Plus (CompTIA Certification)
    • TABE - Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE), complete battery, level A 9/10. Complete test (not survey) with all categories (reading, total math, and language) @ 12th grade level (12.9+). Applicants with an AA/S, BA/S or Masters degree meet this requirement.
    • Four years of documented practical experience in voice and data internetworking, local and wide area networks (LAN & WAN), and/or network planning.
    • Practical experience may be documented through NCO evaluation reports 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 (not modular) 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 College Composition examination or an Associate’s degree or higher (when the preponderance of college credit is from college instruction vice 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).

    PREFERRED PREREQUISITES
    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: CISSP, CCNA, and CCNP.

    NOTE 2: Due to the large number of qualified applicants under 12 years Active Federal Service (AFS) for 255N, the Signal Regiment is discouraging applicants over 12 years 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 255N. Please contact the proponent POC below only for questions regarding ANY qualifications. Address all other inquiries to the Warrant Officer Recruiting Branch @ wo-team@usarec.army.mil.

    NOTE 4: Reserve Component Only: Waiver requests for E4s and/or for the minimum of three NCOER's will be considered on a case-by-case base. Such waivers will be considered if the candidate has documented comparable managerial or leadership experience in the government service and/or civilian sector.

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