Whenever the Army creates a new Military Occupational Specialty (MOS), they have to fill it with bodies initially that aren’t actually the MOS. In late 2013 the Army graduated its first class of the new 25D Cyber Network Defender MOS. Shorty there after, the 25D, were placed into the unit COMSEC vaults to do a job that they were never designed to do.
A few months ago, I wrote a story about the uproar that occurred after it was Strava released a heat map that showed it’s users working out and in the process revealed the location of classified military installations. Today the DOD announced that it had updated it’s policy for the use of personal and military owned wearable GPS devices.
I was browsing the 255N Facebook group earlier and saw that someone had pasted this handy graphic that shows when you promotion boards (assuming they don’t change anything) will meet. I figured it would be a nice little resource to add to everyone’s kit bag so here you go.
Yes that’s right after over 19 years of wearing signal orange I have traded it in for cyber grey.
So this morning I was checking my email at work and discovered a message announcing the official publication of TC 6-02.1 (The United States Army Signal Corps Training Strategy). According to it’s preface this TC “provides training guidelines and strategies to develop and certify the proficiency of signal collective tasks in support of maneuver operations.”
A couple of months ago I got an email from the training developer for the 25W SLC course asking if it would be possible for them to use some of the articles that I’ve posted here as a daily handout to be used for a short 15 minute discussion.
This was a busy month with board results to post for both 170A, 255A, and 255N.
Earlier this week HRC released MILPER message 18-144 which announced the schedule for the FY19 Warrant Officer Selection Board.
On Wednesday the Army released MILPER message 18-126 announcing the FY19 Signal Regiment Officer Programs. The programs are open to all 25 branch and FA 26 branch officers as well as 255 warrants and is designed to offer broadening opportunities for Signal officers.
Let me lead with a little insight into my current situation. I am an Army Chief Warrant Officer 3 that is retiring from the Army after 20 years of active duty service. I have attended the Transition Assistance briefings and classes provided by my local installation. But, these classes are very basic and for everyone. The VA briefings do distinguish the differences in benefits between those that ETS and those that retire but that is the extent of any differentiated training between two types of Soldiers exiting the Army. The information about when I, as a commissioned officer, could start employment was very much discovery learning.