Warrant Officer Prerequisites and Duty Description
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 Cyber Security/Information Assurance (CS/IA) 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 (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. Scores required are Reading, Total Math, and Language @ 12th grade level (12.9+). Applicants with an AA/S, BA/S or Masters degree meet this requirement and do not require the TABE.
- 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 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 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 (not composition modular) 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).
- 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 MCSE.
NOTE 2: Due to the large number of qualified applicants under 12 years Active Federal Service (AFS) for 255A, 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 255A. Please contact the proponent POC below only for questions regarding ANY qualifications. Address all other inquiries to the Warrant Officer Recruiting Branch @ email@example.com.
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.
Points of Contact:
CW4 Keisha Towles
Signal Warrant Officer Personnel Developer (Proponent)
U.S. Army Signal Center of Excellence & Fort Gordon
COM: (706) 791-6545
DSN: (312) 780-6545
CW5 Maryan Hopkins
ARNG Senior Warrant Officer Advisor/Liaison
COM: (706) 791-6643
DSN: (312) 780-6643
BB: (706) 825-7242
CW5 Christopher Hall
USAR Senior Warrant Officer Advisor/Liaison
COM: (706) 791-8183
DSN: (312) 780-8183
BB: (706) 726-8501
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