Warrant Officer Prerequisites and Duty Description

255A - Information Systems Technician

 

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Duties:

Information Systems Technicians establish and maintain the ability to collect, process, store, secure, search for and discover, retrieve and disseminate information utilizing the application layer environment of the Army’s portion of the Cyberspace domain; they enable information dissemination management/content staging in order to perform the required information management/knowledge management functions supporting combat information superiority and decision dominance.  They supervise and manage the systems, services and personnel in operation centers that ensure efficient and effective caching, compiling, cataloging, retrieval and distribution of information as an element of combat power.  Information services technicians plan, install, administer, manage, maintain, operate, integrate, service, secure and troubleshoot information systems and services to include Mission command systems and various automation information systems enabling voice, video, data and imagery processing.  They manage the training of personnel on the planning, installation, administration, management, maintenance, operation, integration, servicing, securing and troubleshooting of information systems and services.  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 systems and services.

***Applicants must meet all Administrative Requirements to become a Warrant Officer.***

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Minimum prerequisites (all general prerequisites apply):

  • Be a SGT (E5) or above.  (NO WAIVERS)
  • BLC Graduate.  (NO WAIVERS)
  • Hold a DoD 8570.1M IAT Level II / IAM Level I or IASAE Level I certification (CCNA Security; SEC+; CASP; or CISSP)  (NO WAIVERS)
  • Applicants with a Secret security clearance may apply, but will initiate procedures to obtain a Top Secret (TS) clearance with special compartmentalized information (SCI) access immediately upon selection to the MOS 255A.  Failure to obtain an adjudicated TS/SCI clearance will disqualify an individual from holding the MOS.
  • Applicants with a TS/SCI security clearance requiring periodic reinvestigation (PR) must submit their PR paperwork prior to submitting a Warrant Officer Accession Application.
  • A letter from a Senior Signal Warrant Officer (CW3-CW5) is required.  (NO WAIVERS)
  • Four years of documented practical experience in information systems administration, Mission Command systems administration, Local Area Network (LAN) administration, and/or Cyber Security/Computer Network Defense (CS/CND).  (NO WAIVERS)
  • Practical experience 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 are required for consideration.  ARNG and USAR applicants may request a waiver for NCOER time, but must provide civilian performance appraisals in conjunction with their NCOERs or in lieu of not having NCOERs.  (NO WAIVERS FOR ACTIVE DUTY Applicants)
  • A minimum of six (6) semester hours of College Composition from an accredited institution, English 100 or higher, such as English Composition, Technical Writing, Business Writing, etc.  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 in English (not Composition Modular) or an Associate's degree or higher are the only acceptable alternatives.  Transcripts comprised of only military training credit are not acceptable.  The Department of Education maintains a database of accredited postsecondary education institutions and programs at http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. (NO WAIVERS)
  • A minimum of three semester hours of College Algebra or higher is the only accepted college course from an accredited academic institution.  Successful completion of the CLEP College Algebra examination or an Associate’s degree or higher are the only acceptable alternatives.  (NO WAIVERS)


    Preferred Prerequisites:

  • ALC Graduate
  • AA/AS Degree
  • Hold an active TS/SCI security clearance

Additional industry technical certifications: MCTS, MCITP, MCSE, CCNA, Linux+; or Oracle

 

NOTE 1: Applicants from other military services (Air Force, Coast Guard, 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 your Regional Warrant Officer Recruiter.

NOTE 2: Reserve Component Only: Waiver requests for E4s or the minimum of 36 months of rated time on NCOER's are considered on a case-by-case base.  The applicant will have documented comparable managerial or leadership experience in the government service and/or civilian sector.

 

Points of Contact: 


CW4 Brandon Wilson
Signal Warrant Officer Career Program Manager (Proponent)
U.S. Army Signal School
COM: (706) 791-6545
DSN: (312) 780-6545 
E-Mail: 
brandon.m.wilson28.mil@mail.mil

 

CW5 Jorge Roman, JR
ARNG Senior Warrant Officer Advisor/Liaison
COM: (706) 791-6643
DSN: (312) 780-6643
Cell: (706) 825-7242
E-Mail: 
jorge.l.roman2.mil@mail.mil

 

 

CW4 Mark A. Chambers

USAR Career Program Manger (Proponent)

COM: (706) 791-2081

DSN: (312) 780-2081

Cell: (706) 691-3865

Email: mark.a.chambers2.mil@mail.mil

 

 

Last Updated: 30 July 2020