MOS 255A—Information Systems Technician

Information Systems Technician (MOS 255A) Description / Major Duties:

Information Systems 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 Requirements for MOS 255A:

  • Be a SGT (E5) or above3.
  • 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 level English 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 general examination in English or an Associates 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).
  • NOTE 1: MOS 251A is in the process of transition to MOS 255A. Application will be made against MOS 251A until 1 Oct 2012 when implementation of MOS 255A is finalized, however, students enrolling in WOBC after 1 Oct 2009 will graduate as MOS 255A. Applicants for MOS 251A will automatically be assessed for MOS 254A.
  • NOTE 2: Although a letter from a senior Signal Warrant Officer is not required, it will add weight to the overall strength of the packet. In its place, and of much greater value, is a letter from an IT professional (e.g., your unit S3 or S6, a GS-13, or, even better, a senior Signal Warrant Officer), with personal knowledge of your technical skills and leadership potential. Additionally, though not a requirement nor a prerequisite, the following certification (in order) also provide great weight to the overall strength of the packet and should be cited in the resume and included in the packet: CCSP, CCNP, CCNA, and MCSE.
  • NOTE 3: 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.

Article Last Modified: February 24, 2011

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