Warrant Officer Prerequisites and Duty Description
255A - Information Systems Technician
Information Systems Technicians are the Army’s information technology subject matter experts responsible for designing, building, configuring, operating, maintaining, and sustaining information systems and services within the Army’s portion of the cyberspace domain on the Department of Defense Information Networks (DODIN). They secure and protect data systems by maintaining a cybersecurity posture. They implement cybersecurity policies and the use of electronic keys for information systems. They focus on data availability and content management by analyzing, collecting, processing, storing, disseminating, and securing information on-demand to facilitate warfighting and non-warfighting operations. They train and supervise cyberspace information technology personnel on the operation, maintenance and sustainment of information systems and services enabling combat power projection for mission command. 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 service.
Minimum prerequisites (all general prerequisites apply):
- Be a SGT (E5) or above. (NO WAIVERS)
- BLC Graduate. (NO WAIVERS)
- Hold a DoD 8570.1M IAT I / IAM Level II or IASAE 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 semester hours of College Composition (English 100 and English 101 are the only accepted college courses) from an accredited academic institution. Successful completion of the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) College Composition examination (not Composition Modular) or an Associate’s degree or higher are the only acceptable alternatives. (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)
- 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:
CW5 Keisha Towles
Signal Warrant Officer Career Program Manager (Proponent)
U.S. Army Signal School
COM: (706) 791-6545
DSN: (312) 780-6545
CW4 Jorge Roman, JR
ARNG Senior Warrant Officer Advisor/Liaison
COM: (706) 791-6643
DSN: (312) 780-6643
BB: (706) 825-7242
CW5 Selvina Wasson
USAR Senior Warrant Officer Advisor/Liaison
COM: (706) 791-8183
DSN: (312) 780-8183
BB: (706) 726-8501
Last Updated: 10 January 2020